Saturday, September 25, 2010

' Be prepared for a great default. Your neighbors aren't.'

Should be of interest to more. From North.

'The goal of a central bank is to shift the risk of default from big banks to the government. This, they always do.

The threat of a government default is great when central banks quit buying government debt in a mass inflation. But hyperinflation is sure death to banking. Debtors pay off their loans with worthless money. So, I believe that the Federal Reserve will not allow hyperinflation.

The threat is Congress. We now have supposed conservatives calling for Congress to take over the Federal Reserve. If this idea spreads, we are facing the ultimate threat. This is why I have decided to publish my minibook on the Greenbackers.''Make hay while the son shines.

Be prepared for a great default. Your neighbors aren't.'

Sunday, September 19, 2010

USA Debt Larger Than Total World Product

'As the Obama administration pushes through Congress its $800 billion deficit-spendingeconomic stimulus plan, the American public is largely unaware that the true deficit of the federal government already is measured in trillions of dollars, and in fact its $65.5 trillion in total obligations exceeds the gross domestic product of the world.
The total U.S. obligations, including Social Security and Medicare benefits to be paid in the future, effectively have placed the U.S. government in bankruptcy, even before new continuing social welfare obligation embedded in the massive spending plan are taken into account.'

I heard this while switching stations on the radio coming home today.

We have been in similar situations before, to the detriment of those who trusted in princes. Can we be smarter this time, and make a transition with less bloodshed? Weimar Germany.

One historian says that the overburdened Southern planters before 1776 were in a similar situation.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Holidays organize societies. Here's a 'new' one to 'organ'-ize the next era: 'The Battle'

Holidays organize societies. Here's a 'new' one to 'organ'-ize the next era: 'The Battle'

In the proposed calendar, House Of Singing Times (HOST) is one of the holidays that writes a covenant sequence on the year.

By following this, we are shaped.

There are many calendars. The eternal one is that of the Life of Christ and our response--Church Year.

There are work calendars, community calendars (4th of July, Tulip Time), academic calendars, etc. Sports seasons, biological events, and others are not remnants of orders of civilization, in Rosenstock-Huessy's thought. Community=tribal, work=empires, ecclesiastical=Israel, academic=Greek.

It's easiest to think of The Battle Of The Mountain Of Festival Assembly as Sinai. Public Vindication would be the Red Sea, and Total Christ would be the conquest of the Land. In liturgical worship services, these are, respectively, Confession=PV, Sermon=TBOTMOFA, total Christ (Totus Christus) = Communion.

As we participate in HOST over the years, we mature.

And The Symphony of Peace (History) BRIEFLY explained in this poor quality video, would be part of this maturation, since it recapitulates and glorifies the process by which God matured Israel of Old. [Since this video, much has been added, in my mind, so that we would become a better singing song, but the Symphony (TSOH/HOST, you see) is cruciating, it is painful. It is dragvolution.

'I believe in dragvolution. God lovingly drags us into His future, changing us. As we are torn in the present between the future and the past, between in and out, our howl becomes music, and we the singing song.

(Faintly: Rests—absences—are as important as notes—presences.)'

Imagine if a congregation composed/sang/was/did a Symphony per year (coram)! What a record of matruation!

Love in King Jesus,

PS: In my photos, I have a one-pager of the calendarHOST for this 'year,' Easter to Easter. More layers of rhymes will be added. Thanks to Facebook for making this easier to share.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Godparent Ceremony for Evangelical Churches

[This is posted for purposes of Godparents for Eldsters. I cannot find Pastor Monk for response at this time. This will be taken down at his request. Chuck]
Godparent Ceremony for Evangelical Churches
Developed by Brett Monk
Founding Pastor, Westgate Chapel, Chantilly, VA

The Bible is rich with examples of people taking spiritual responsibility for the care and raising of children who were not biologically theirs. Traditionally, the role of Godparents is set in place at infant baptism; so many churches that practice adult baptism have neglected this beautiful tradition.

We have developed the following ceremony, which is appropriate for a baby dedication, or for a later time when Godparents have been identified. This could also be adapted for use as part of an adult baptism ceremony, if people desire to become spiritual godparents to a newly “born again” person of any age.

This ceremony is written in an informal style. The family may be standing at the front of the room with the minister throughout the ceremony, or may wait until called just before the anointing and declaration.

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Huiothesia (Godparent) Ceremony

There’s a saying that you can’t choose your family, but the Bible is rich with examples of people who chose to make someone a member of their family. Traditionally, the role of Godparents is set in place at infant baptism; so many churches that practice adult baptism have neglected this beautiful tradition.

Pharaoh’s daughter adopted Moses in Exodus 2:10, and Mordecai adopted Esther in Esther 2:7. Ruth adopted her mother-in-law Naomi saying,

Ruth 1:16 (NASB95)
"Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.
In the Greek language of the New Testament, the word “Huiothesia” (Whee-oh-THEE-see-uh) is usually translated “adoption”, but a more accurate translation would be “son setting”, or setting a child into their place in the family as a member and heir.

Jesus was the Son of God, fully Man and fully God. As such, Joseph chose to raise and bring into His humble family, the very Son of God. And to fulfill the proper ritual, God the Father set Jesus into His place of ministry at His adult baptism, as it is recorded in

Matthew 3:16-17 (NKJV)
When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
This public declaration of acceptance served as a turning point in the life and Ministry of Jesus. It is from this point on that we see record of His miracles, His ministry, and his God-ordained destiny. It was an announcement to mankind and to the powers and principalities of the spiritual realms that Jesus Christ was the Firstborn Son and Heir to the Most High God.

By His unimaginable, Grace, God chooses to set us into His family. For those who have received the sacrifice of Jesus the atonement for their sins, God grants us not just forgiveness, but a full position as family members and heirs, as it says in

Romans 8:14-17 (NKJV)
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Today we celebrate the decision of (Godfather) and (Godmother), to bring (child) into their family. As Jesus was anointed with water and with the Holy Spirit, today (Godfather) and (Godmother) will be anointing (child) with oil, a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

Would the family please come forward.

Minister: (to godparents)
Do you, (Godfather) and (Godmother) desire to make (Child/Children) a part of your spiritual family, and assume responsibility and authority over their spiritual lives to raise and train them as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ?

We do

Minister: (to Child/Children)
Do you accept (Godparents) as your spiritual parents and promise to respect and obey them as they help you grow?

We do

I’m now going to ask (Godparents) to anoint (Child/Children) with oil as a symbol of sealing this public declaration.

(Godparents anoint children with oil)

Would the congregation please join me in prayer?

Heavenly Father, we thank You that You have made us children and heirs in Your Kingdom and joint-heirs with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today we witness and affirm the public declarations before mankind and the principalities of the spirit realm, that (Child/Children) are now under the protection, covering, and spiritual authority of (Godparents). We as witnesses to this event dedicate ourselves to encourage and support this spiritual family as we all seek to learn and grow toward maturity and the fullness of Christ until that day when we receive the fullness of our inheritance in Your Kingdom that is to come. We pray this in Jesus name, Amen.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Transitions: Logy, the Phenomenological Logic of the Decalogue

Transitions: Logy, the Phenomenological Logic of the Decalogue

To think god's thought after Him, it would be wise the fill in the gaps of His sequences, and thus to see how He transitions.

Thus, the Declogue.

Prologue: I brought you out of Egypt.
First Word: Have no other gods before me.

What is the 'logy'? How is this transition made? Could it be, 'Whoever brings you out of Egypt (bondage) is your god before whom you are to have no other gods?

OK, First Word to Second (Protestant 'numbering). No idols, no carving of them, etc.

Logy? If you have one type of god (none other before Him) you can't have a carved one?

You get the idea. Do it for all 10. Then do it for the transitions between them. How does God get from 'Whoever brings you out...,' to 'If you have one type...'?

Continue on until you have a 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 set if transitions--what will you find.

Two other things. There are transitions between layers, on both sides of this structure.

There are overarching and internal transitions. The overarching starts with no other gods, and ends with no coveting.

Internally we can see Father, Son, Holy Spirit. and with 5 and 8, Adam's sin. 6 and 9, Cain's. 7 and 10, Seth's.

We can also see differences in iterations. Deut vs. Ex., Daniel is in a Decalogue form, it is said, the rich young ruler--some left out?

Love in King Jesus,