Well, a lot has been going on with me the past couple of weeks. I’ve been blogging and writing like crazy, and I still have been doing a lot of other things. I’m a little tired, so I’m going to tie up some loose ends and call it a week.
It seems that Dr Paul Kieffer in “The silent gospel” also asks “Can you really preach the gospel by not preaching the gospel?” I’m glad someone in UCG agrees with me, even though I have no illusions that he knows my position or posted it for my benefit.
UCG also sent out a letter to its members reminding them that local congregations have a responsibility for “providing a loving atmosphere for” those that respond to the Gospel. “We all have a hand in the process,” they wrote [emphasis theirs]. I would agree, but I’m not sure how that squares with what Dr Kieffer wrote. Making new people feel welcome is a necessary ingredient to our own calling nonetheless, and maybe some of my future blog posts will build on that idea.
UCG has also announced that “the Council has asked the ministry to become more united and work together for our common purpose.” I pray that they do. They have asked elders to set aside time this month for fasting. “This is Satan’s world, and he is our enemy,” a sentiment to which I agree. Collectively and individually, Satan will do what he can to divide people. It is not other people or even other peoples’ opinions that are the enemy for we war “not against flesh and blood”.
I still believe it would be a good thing, health permitting, for the lay membership of UCG to set aside time for fasting as well. “Unity” should be amongst all the brethren and not the council only!
On the media front, UCG has also announced that Beyond Today program will begin to be shown on “commercial television” in April. I assume that means stations like WGN or something, but at minimum it means that by the end of the year, it will be showing to a much larger audience. I suppose that will quiet the clamor about whether TV is more effective than the Internet somewhat, but I still see television in general as a dying medium. Windows 7 even has IPTV built into it, and I hope to find some time to explore that a little more in the very near future.
Speaking of media, Legacy Institute has sent out an update that they will stop sending entire videos through email and instead send links to videos on a web server. I’m all for that! Now, if I can just get some of my email friends to do the same!
Well, I discovered some more sites:
Church of God in Wales – Looks like another HWA memorial at first, but appears some original material is on the site as well.
Faithful Church of God in Laodicea – a split of a split, which I believe was a split. It’s getting to where you need genealogy software to keep track of ‘em all!
I found a site with a bunch of video clips of HWA, GTA and JWT at Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
Speaking of sites, Ambassador Watch has posted its last, it seems. At any rate, there are already predictions of a successor of some sort by various parties it seems. We’ll see, I guess. I questioned long ago if it still had a purpose after all these years. I (really) want to be able to write down that it helped to keep some people accountable for their actions, but given the current situation in the COGs, I’m not so sure even that is true. After all, once you declare yourself a prophet, an Elijah or an Apostle, then who are you going to give an accounting to?
As well as tooting his own horn that he “expected” AW would fold (with the usual lack of links and references), Robert Thiel is also patting himself on the back about his book predictions coming true. Of course, it obviously has to be low hanging fruit to be coming true just a few months after the book came out, so I just glanced at the post.
When I view his book on Amazon.com, I get the ad “Psychologists and Therapists in Cleveland”. When I click on “What’s this?”, I get, “These ads feature third-party offers that complement the products [emphasis mine] you’re shopping for on Amazon.com.”
I wonder if he “expected” that one! ;->