Monday, March 29, 2010

Prophecy from America's Past, 1948

Mary showed me this video. She will probably put it on her blog. But it is well worth watching. This cartoon comes from Harding College, Arkansas in 1948.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Buckskin and Maple Syrup

No photos uploaded yet. I'll try to get them.

Well, I saved one good hide from last fall's harvest. I tried with some others last fall, but gave up too soon. I put the salted hide in a 35 gallon trash bin with water and hydrated lime. Let it set for several days. Saturday I scraped it. The hair came off very easily. I did manage to burn my hands a bit with the hydrated lime. "Moisturize me, Moisturize me!"

There were an incredible number of deer ticks embedded in the hide. Scraped them out too. I folded the hide, put it in a trash bag and into the freezer for scraping this summer. Then I got the other old hides. Another one is in the hydrated lime and water now.

Maple Syrup:
Gene A called Saturday to ask if we wanted 10 gallons of Maple Sap. "Yes!" I said. He came over today. I've had it on a burner in the garage now for about 7 hours. It has reduced to about 3 gallons now. I will turn it off before bed. If I do it right we might get 3 pints of home made Maple Syrup from the batch.

The garage smells really nice right now. Thank you, Gene.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Lent" is "Lenthening"

"Lent" is the time of year when the days grow longer, in English, "Spring." For the historically observant Christian, it is the season following three Sundays after Epiphany is done. The first day in Lent is Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter.

So the length of the Epiphany season depends on when Easter takes place.

Easter is the Sunday following the full moon of Passover.

In our Gregorian Calendar that ends up to be the first full moon after March 20th.

If that full moon is on a Sunday, then Easter is the following Sunday. So if the full moon happens on March 20, then Easter is March 27 (as it was in 2005 and will be in the year 2016). In the year 2008 Easter happened on March 23rd, the first Sunday when the full moon happened after March 20th. In 2011 Easter will happen as late as April 24th.

If you are interested in learning how to figure out the date of Easter on your own, you can go to this link.

Lent is a penitential season for most Christians. As the days lengthen in this season we look forward to the light of Easter and Christ's Resurrection. During this penitential season of Lent many Christians are taught to focus on giving something up that they enjoy.

The purpose of this "fast" from one or more enjoyable things is to discipline our physical bodies.

For some people in nominal Christianity this is a way of paying respect to God, for some others it is a way of self-denial and a holy obligation--a work that they believe will please God; for others it is a way of disciplining their own bodies to make their bodies subject to their own will rather than to the cravings of the sinful nature. But there are many in Christianity don't deny themselves anything during this Lenten season. 

Such a seasonal requirement for a fast is not demanded by God in Scripture. Fasting is required by some denominations for their members. It is encouraged in other denominations; recommended in others; ignored by some. And in a few denominations any fasting is condemned simply because other denominations in Christianity require it.

Lent begins 46 days before Easter on Ash Wednesday.

The pre-Easter season is roughly 49 days and the post-Easter season roughly 49 days. The Sunday before Lent begins is called Septuagessima "50th" day before Easter. 50 days after Easter is "Pentecost."

As the days of Lent lengthen so does our appreciation of Christ and the debt He paid for us with His life, death, and resurrection.

In my own observance of Lent it is a season of self-denial, great physical and spiritual obligation, and extensive time spent on the parish. My family doesn't get as much of my attention as they deserve.

This year I have had a fairly easy Lent. During this season I have the regular 4 weekend services, the Wednesday School and worship service for Wed. School, three weekday worship services, plus three weekday Bible Studies. This is on top of regular visits, hospital visits, family time and such. I have this every Lent.

But over the past 9 years I've usually had at least 3 and as many as 6 funerals during this season. Each funeral means two more sermons.

This year I am thankful that I have had no funerals (so far) during Lent. This has been a wonderful gift, allowing me to do better at my regular duties to family and parish.

But it has still been a very busy season. And I apologize for not posting more regularly on what I've been doing. I just didn't get to it.

Sorry, readers, but this blog is one of the things that I tended to give up during Lent. There just isn't all that much time to write.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Napkin Myth is going around again....grrr

The email you get will say

Why Did JESUS Fold the Napkin? 

And it claims:

'The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes."

That much of the claims about the "napkin" are true. But that's all.

It further claims:
In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.

The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every
Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.
The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished..

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, "I'm finished.."

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because..........

The folded napkin meant, "I'm coming back!"

No, the story is not true. It's fluffy and nice sounding, but not a bit about the napkin is true except that the burial head covering, τὸ σουδάριον, [translated with the unfortunate word "napkin"] was found folded separately from the rest of the burial clothes.

There is no recorded tradition about folding an eating cloth. The originator of this may have meant well, but he or she lied--er, made it up, er--fabricated the story out of whole cloth along with the fake tradition.

What is funny is that while the word "napkin" has to do with an eating towel or paper in American English, the British, Aussies, and New Zealanders usually use the word for what we call diapers. In previous generations the Brits and their cousins used the word "napkin" for a head covering and handkerchief, and further back for a small table-cloth. This last bit is where American English diverged and kept the implication of a cloth used at the table.

The Greek word τὸ σουδάριον, according to my Liddell and Scott (Abridged) means a "face cloth" and was used to wipe sweat away or to cover a dead person's face.

It only is used in 4 passages:

Luke 19:20 where in Jesus' parable an unfaithful servant hides his talent in a piece of cloth.

John 11:44 about Lazarus' grave coverings: 44 He that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes; and his face was bound about with a "napkin." Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

John 20:7 --the verse in this internet rumor.

and Acts 19:12 where people would touch Paul with small pieces of cloth in hopes of a miracle.

The nearest thing I can find in Greek to our table "napkin" is
ἀπομαγδαλία ἀπομάσσω

the crumb or inside of the loaf, on which the Greeks wiped their hands at dinner, and then threw it to the dogs, dog's meat, Ar.

Liddell and Scott. An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon. Oxford. Clarendon Press. 1889.
But that word is not used in the New Testament.

The Romans used a cloth for wiping up sweat. They borrowed the Greek word τὸ σουδάριον into Latin as sudarium. But that wasn't ever used as a word for the cloth covering a face at burial.

The etymology is this:
SUDARIUM a linen handkerchief, carried in the hand or in the sinus, answering to our pocket-handkerchief, but primarily intended, as the word implies, to wipe the sweat from the brow or face (Quint. Inst. 6.3, 60; 11.3, 148). It was a comparatively modern introduction, when fine linen came into use at Rome, which may be placed in the time of Cicero (Cic. Ver. 5.56, 146; Hehn, Kulturpflanzen, 146): with this agree the mention of the sudarium being used by Vatinius (Quintil. l.c.) and the sudaria Saetaba (of Spanish linen) spoken of by Catullus (12, 14; 25, 7). The word is borrowed by Hellenistic writers as σουδάριον (Luke 19.20), for which Pollux (7.71) says that the older names were ἡμιτύβιον (Aristoph. Pl. 729) and καψιδρώτιον. The later name at Rome was orarium (Vopisc. Aurel. 48), and other less common names are found, such as facitergium, manupiarium.
Besides its use for wiping the face, it was worn round the neck (Petron. 67; Suet. Nero 51), and was in the later period (as orarium) waved in the circus to signify applause (Vopisc. l.c., cf. κατασείειν ταὶς ὀθόναις ἐν θεάτροις: Euseb. Hist. Eccl. 7.30), for which the lappet of the toga had formerly served (Ov. Am. 3.2, 74). Göll (Becker-Göll, Gallus, 3.268) denies that it was used to wipe the nose, which operation, he says, was performed in “the most primitive fashion.” It is difficult to prove or disprove this as a universal rule; and the passage which he cites from Mart. 7.37 is capable of either interpretation. The word emungo may imply the use of a handkerchief or the hand alone, the latter probably in Plautus, and certainly in Anth. Pal. 7.134, D. L. 4.46: but it may be questioned whether the use of the pocket-handkerchief was not coming in under the Empire, and the passage in Auct. ad Herenn. 4.54, 67, seems to imply this even for the late Republic: that it was so in the time of Arnobius is clear from the etymology of the word mucinium, which (2.23) he uses as=orarium.
Basically, none of these were "table napkins."

Please don't pass this myth around. Focus on what God's Word says, Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! We don't need to follow any cleverly invented myths made by men. God's Word is sufficient.

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Good News Report on Gun Control

Thank you to Jessie for posting this on the Plucked Chicken. For my readers, if you have ever looked at the bottom of this blog you will see a blog called Gun Watch that I read which makes a good effort at documenting the issue of gun carrying in the United States. The general upshot of all the data is that carrying a weapon can save your life.

Here's the video Jessie posted:

One of the cities highlighted in this video is Kennisaw, Georgia. I had the pleasure to live there for a short time while I was in college in 1986. Back in 1982 the city of Kennisaw, GA, passed a law requiring each household to have a gun. Partly this was in response to the gun ban that Morton Grove, IL, passed in 1981. The results speak for themselves. Home burglaries in Kennisaw dropped from 65 to 26 just in the first year that the law requiring ownership of guns was passed. By 1984 there were only 11 burglaries.

Gun carrying and ownership wasn't really a burning issue on my mind in those days. But I do remember seeing quite a few people carrying handguns openly; even in in church.

When we lived in Chicago in 1994-5 I had three members of the congregation I served two said they carried guns, one said she carried a knife. Each of them said they carried these weapons to protect themselves. Chicago banned handguns in the Spring of 1982. From that time Chicago's crime rate with handguns has exploded. While we lived there the city of Chicago also banned ammunition for handguns.

Guess what? The bad guys didn't care. When we lived in Oak Park, IL, a man defended his home by shooting the would-be intruder. The home owner was taken to trial. But his family lived. And eventually, the home owner was declared right by U. S. court in what he did.

Look at these sites:

1997 Firearms Fact Sheet 

What the Media Won't Tell you (about Gun Control)

And an interview with the writer of More Guns, Less Crime.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Can I Go Out?

Donna got up early, in her nightgown to get ready to go outside.


It was just below 30 F (-1 C).

Louisa's Birthday

Louisa's Birthday party Slide Show

Louisa's friend Alysa and her family came over on Saturday to help us celebrate Louisa's Birthday.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Input on Hunting Regulations


March 11, 2010 7:00 – 9:00 pm
WAO High School Auditorium, 224 E. Bridge Ave., Warren, MN

DNR seeks input on deer hunting, trapping, duck and fall turkey hunting

Each year, the DNR conducts public meetings across the state to gauge hunter opinions about regulations, seasons and other wildlife management issues. Those who cannot attend the meetings are urged to complete a questionnaire online at starting Feb. 23, 2010.

Topics to be addressed include:

Furbearer harvest: In an effort to simplify regulations and provide additional opportunity, public comment will be taken on allowing river otter trapping statewide, including in southwest counties where the season is currently closed.

Youth deer season: This four-day, youth-only deer season would be conducted statewide during what’s colloquially known as MEA Weekend, when public school students are given a two-day break on Thursday and Friday so teachers can attend the annual Education Minnesota Professional Conference. Youth would be allowed to take one either-sex deer statewide. Adults would not be allowed to carry a firearm. The early antlerless season would coincide with the youth season in areas where an early antlerless hunt already is scheduled.

Buck cross-tagging: Public comment is being taken on requiring hunters in Zone 3 to tag only bucks that they shoot. Hunters would no longer be allowed to tag bucks for others in their hunting party.

Antler point restriction: In an effort to protect the majority of yearling bucks and encourage the harvest of does. Zone 3 hunters would be restricted to harvesting only bucks with at least four antler points on one side.

Zone 3 season length: If an antler point restriction were enacted, the Zone 3A season would be lengthened to nine days under this proposal.

Crossbows: Public comment is being taken on allowing anyone 55 and older to hunt during the archery season with a crossbow.

Fall turkey hunting: Public comment is being taken on a proposal to expand fall turkey hunting to a single 30-day season. Public comment will also be taken on allowing dogs while hunting fall turkeys.

Duck opener: Public comment is being invited on a possible legislative change that would allow the duck season to open in late September. For example, the 2010 duck season could open on Sept. 25 rather than Oct. 2 if this proposal were carried forward.

Duck shooting hours: Comment is being taken to gauge public support for moving shooting hours for ducks on opening day to one-half hour before sunrise as opposed to the current shooting hours, which begin at 9 a.m. Actual changes would require future legislation.

Other Waterfowl Management Options: Opportunity for public comment on other management options such as moist soil units, additional refuges, controlled hunting areas and split seasons and zones.

Those who can’t attend the meetings may submit comments via e-mail or mail written comments to: Season Comments, DNR Section of Wildlife, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4007.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010