Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.

Friday, January 24, 2003  

Giving As Good As You Get Department: Giving offense, that is. It seems that Blogs4God stirred things up tremendously with a contest. The intent was to point out the folly of Planned Parenthood's poster contest. As they say, the fit hit the shan.

On the one hand, I can understand that this contest scraped the already raw feelings that many people have about abortion. (MeanDean apologized, and has pointers to many of the responders here.)

On the other hand (isn't there always one of them?), how offensive were the prophets, John the Baptist, and Jesus? At times, very. "Brood of vipers," "whitewashed tombs," "den of thieves," etc. People in his own hometown "took offense" at Jesus.

It seems we're called to walk a very fine line. Paul says "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." I take that to include "try to avoid offending people." Yet at the same time, we are to speak the truth, and telling the truth means calling sin and evil what it is, without euphemism. And that will offend some people.

Meanwhile, what to do? I'm going to keep reading Blogs4God. It's a good resource, a good meetingplace for Christian bloggers and nonbloggers.

For those who were offended, I can't say much beyond this: Ask yourself--with much prayer and careful thought--if you feel offended because someone has genuinely sinned against you. If so, then follow Jesus' command in Matthew 18:15-17.

For those who gave offense, the advice is similar, but reversed: Ask yourself--with much prayer and careful thought--if you have sinned against your brother or sister. Then I think Matthew 5:23-24 applies.

Your milage may vary.

Joshua Claybourn offers his thoughts on this.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 1:53 PM

I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like Department: Virginia Woolf is to Great Novelist as Andorra is to Global Super Power.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 11:43 AM

Rummy Goes Biblical Department: Tom Paine wonders what would happen if Donald Rumsfeld took a biblical approach in his press briefings:

Essentially we are experiencing plenty of diplomatic support from those of our allies who can be depended on, which is certainly encouraging news. You will note that Australia and New Zealand are sending forces to the theatre, which is a good sign. They come from a distant land, from the end of the heavens, the Lord and the weapons of His fury to destroy all the land. Lament for the day of the Lord is near, like a raid from the Almighty it shall come.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 8:36 AM

Tuesday, January 21, 2003  

Wonder Down Under Department: There's good stuff going on in Australia (and some bad stuff too, such as the raging brush fires that have hit Canberra hard): Darren Rowse is a Baptist minister working to plant a church in Melbourne. Go check out the Living Room.

Also, pray for the citizens of Canberra. Four people have been killed by the fires, and more than 400 houses destroyed. Darren and Jan have more information on this disaster.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 8:41 AM

Monday, January 20, 2003  

This is Jank! Department: It isn't Japanese, and it isn't English, it's Engrish!

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 1:43 PM
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