Satur-deja Vu

It was Saturday, July 9th before we celebrated Independence Day and did all the things. Thanks again to our friends Justin and Marisa Henderson for inviting us out maybe for the third year in a row for family friendly grilling out and fireworks after dark. 30 years ago he was a bratty little kid in my Sunday School class. Now he has four kids and manages our local Tractor Supply.

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iMonk Radio Podcast #97

First podcast on sabbatical; The Christian Book Nook is still open in Louisville, KY; Prince Caspian and Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull were new movies; Why does C.S. Lewis get a pass from modern Protestants? Sympathy for Christians for whom Christianity “just isn’t working.”

Satur-deja Vu

Happy Anniversary to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter who on July 7th celebrated 76 years of marriage. Carter was governor of Georgia and President of the United States from 1976 to 1980. He is the longest lived president in American history and they are the longest married presidential couple. At the age of 97 he continues to serve as a deacon and teach Sunday School at his church and Plains, GA, and they still volunteer one week each year at Habitat for Humanity.

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The Jesus-shaped Project

In iMonk Radio Podcast #96 Michael talks about shutting down the Internet Monk website and starting a new project, Jesus Shaped Spirituality. So let’s address the Internet Monk website first. He was warning people at the time that if where was anything they wanted to keep forever they needed to download it and save it. His plan was to heavily redact much of the material he had written and posted between the end of 2000 and the spring of 2008. He did delete some older posts but never to the extent he discussed early on. Internet Monk continued for another decade after Michael passed and there are 20 years worth of posts archived today at iMonk.blog

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iMonk Radio Podcast #96

Discussion of putting the Internet Monk website into mothballs, making it little more than a frontpage for the podcast, and Michael’s next big project Jesus Shaped Spirituality. I will have more to say later about that project but for now let’s keep this post the same size and shape as the other iMonk Radio posts.

Happy Monday

The late Macho Man Randy Savage, shown here loving his country.

So on Saturday I said something like “we’ll see if Van Til comes in on Monday.” We’re giving Van Til the long weekend and I’m going to wish you all a Happy Monday myself. We’ll start with a couple of scripture ref’s and inspiration quotations as usual and then do a very red, white and blue post. Heat up the grill, it’s 4th of July Happy Monday!

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Satur-deja Vu

Photo Op – I was a 16-year-old high school student when I got my first summer job in 1992. My dad spent much of his adult life working in textile mills and he knew that a department would be a adding second shift that summer. Gary Quarles is a friend of the family, his father-in-law being my church pastor at the time, and he was going to supervise that second shift. He needed to hire a full crew so the old adage about who you know certainly proved to be true. John Thornton was the owner of American Rug Crafstmen in Sugar Valley, GA. He never moved to Georgia and drove down each day from Maryville, TN. After being chosen Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992 the local newspaper came out for an interview and Thornton gave him a tour of the mill. It was my first day of my first job. Gary, who has also pastored a Baptist Church for several years now, was literally explaining the job to me. I had only been there for about 10 minutes when the owner of the company and a newspaper photographer walked up to “my” station. True story.

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iMonk Radio Podcast #95

Ministering to students; Cornerstone 2008 coming soon; discussion of “Jesus Shaped Spirituality” and what to do with those ideas; music by Sarah Groves; discovered Internet Monk fanpage on Facebook (that page still exists but doesn’t get many posts these days); union with Christ.