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  1. Do you really assume/surmise that telling the stories people tell on GSC are about "trying to get someone to settle their differences with someone else? Why might you have a hard time grasping that telling one's story or stories is about anything other than telling one's stories?
  2. Btw, it appears you've not had any significant contact in your life with journalists or historians. Of course, I could be wrong. However, journalists and historians tell the stories of what has happened. Humans are ALL about STORIES. What has been your experience with stories? Are you still IN twi? Just askin' ...
  3. Your empathy seems to be deficient. Your apparent need to pass judgment on people who post here more than makes up for it.
  4. For clarification, are you suggesting you know better what any person other than yourself is specifically responsible to do with her/his life, specifically? Your comments read like you are condemning GSC and the people who continue to contribute here long after leaving TWI. Is that what you intended? World population is now estimated by the United Nations to be 7.8 billion people. That could be quite a burden of oversight if that's what you're thinking.
  5. Though there is some humor in Ms. Kidd's book, that's not the thrust. It's really about the protagonist, Ana, a young woman wanting to find her voice in the world at that time.
  6. Meticulous anthropological and cultural research . To write a compelling novel about the subject, she would have to have deep and extensive background knowledge about the era and the cultural geography. Frankly, I find the story quite compelling. Kidd isn't proselytizing for or against Christianity. But she did imagine Jesus's humanity in greater depth and detail probably than anyone else in our contemporary times. Even if Jesus was/is both God and man, how much does anyone, even JW's or wayfers actually imagine his interaction with people except on the surface? That, anyway, i
  7. Put another way, magical thinking.
  8. Since Jesus Christ is not God, and since we don't know anything about his life entailed during his 20s, what do you think about the recent story by Sue Monk Kidd, The Book of Longings? Here's what Amazon's page for selling the book says about it, In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furt
  9. Looks like it was the old "extratropical transition" trick... missed it by... that much. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Paulette Paulette developed from a tropical wave on September 7. Due to relatively favorable conditions, Paulette gradually strengthened into a strong tropical storm, though an increase in wind shear caused it to weaken. Wind shear continued to increase to the south of the system, but despite the shear, Paulette unexpectedly strengthened back into a strong tropical storm on September 11, with deep convection located just north of the center. A dry ai
  10. Just to the east of that cone (Fri night to Sat night) sits the Azores Islands. Some 45 years ago or so, I endured a few hurricanes... with horizontal rain and one storm wherein we got 8 inches of rain in two hours in early October one year. I was there for about three years. I hope this storm dissipates soon and doesn't damage anything in the Azores.
  11. A new look for GSC too? Have to keep up with the Zuckerbergs?
  12. Thank you very much, Socks, for sharing your insight. Indeed, I see the human nature of Christian pastors/teachers wanting to reach the entire world. And that's how I view it, as human nature. But your point about the intimate nature of Jesus' work is wonderful. Hopefully many more Christians will have their eyes opened up to that insight. Peace n love back at you. Selah.
  13. You want to meet people in person who can relate to your experience? Are you in California?
  14. Jared Byas' book (Love Matters More) seems to go directly to the heart of why Wierwille was a charlatan.
  15. Yes, that's it. Thanks WW. Here's a related reference from Goodreads: "This is all I have known for certain, that God is love. Even if I have been mistaken on this of that point, God is nevertheless love. If I have made a mistake it will be plain enough; so I repent- and God is love. He is love, not he has love, nor, he will be love, oh no, even that future was too slow for me, he is love. Oh, how wonderful. Sometimes, perhaps my repentance does not come at once, and so there is a future. But God keeps no person waiting, he is love. Like spring-water which keeps the same temperature
  16. The only time I ever recall hearing anything about this theologian/philosopher was on the game show Jeopardy. I found a review on Goodreads of Provocations: Spiritual writings of Kierkegaard that stirred me. Soren Kierkegaard's radical idea: what would happen if someone were to introduce Christianity to.... Christians? He doesn't actually state it as such but that is the essential thrust of the writings collected in this volume. His work is an antidote to a factory assembly line version of Christianity; a reminder that spirituality is not outwardly conforming to a certain manne
  17. One of my favorite books. My favorite word.
  18. I hope damage is minimal in Houston. Good luck, George.
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