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Month: February 2009 (page 2 of 8)

sound bites of life on 2009-02-24

  • @breyeschow it is a WP plugin – check it out http://alexking.org/projects/wordpress #
  • come on let’s get over it, there is no Christianity, but many Christianities. #
  • @Janetta Done. Now it is in your court. #
  • @uchristian I’ll look forward other lent events. I’ll work my way there. #
  • @venegas I thought you were secuestrado as part of the jury for Acevedo Vila #
  • still discussing names for the baby boy. No we are not going for Barack. #
  • @patl it would become Patricio in Spanish, and that’s not a very flattering name. Sorry Patricio. #
  • enjoying the new revamped http://www.missional.ca/ #
  • Feast of Saint Matthias Apostle http://tinyurl.com/bwgg5c #
  • I’ll be reading and reflecting on the life and words of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero during Lent. #
  • MSA hosting a Recession Preparedness session for church/org leaders in Seattle. http://tinyurl.com/b6tqgs #
  • MSA is interested in hosting this kind of events for your group/church/org – let us know if you want to partner http://tinyurl.com/b6tqgs #
  • “I ain’t got nothing but today and a whole lots of tomorrows.” Piri Thomas #
  • RT @CommonPrayer: RT @stationscross Ash Wednesday is coming soon…pass the word about stationsofthecross.wordpress.com as a Lenten practice #
  • RT @thomasknoll: ZOMG! I never want to sit on one of those chairs again!?!?! http://bit.ly/geN5d #
  • RT @bobcarlton: Beliefnet has just launched a support site for the economic meltdown http://tinyurl.com/bsht7w #
  • Looking fwd dancing with Catie at St. Mark’s Mardi Gras party tonight. It is one of her favorite parties. #

sound bites of life on 2009-02-23

  • Catie made me a dreadlock wig to wear to Tom’s birthday dinner http://twitpic.com/1n6at #
  • @markvans that new monasticism and radical christanity thing is over rated. #
  • @missional re:travel that is assuming that you have the privilege to afford it. #
  • The Oscars, seriously?! #
  • I truely adore my kids. #
  • My parents were doing the new monasticism thing in Puerto Rico long time ago, before it was the new radical hip thing to do. Just sayin’ #
  • @missional by making sure that is equal among people. Sometimes privilege need to be self limited in order to be shared. #
  • Share your privilege. Work toward others enjoying the same privilege you have even if that means that you’ll enjoy less. #
  • @wbboyd I don’t think that was me I would have said at least hi, Maknling me less a**holish. #
  • @missional man that is a question of concience am I am not the one to answer such a loaded one. Questions that help are… #
  • @missional have I done all I can a bit more to share it? How did I got it? At what expense does I getbto excersice it? #
  • at Cloud City missing my good friend Kiwiupover whom is now living down under. #
  • Homebrewing a new series of blog posts about living Intentional Community (IC). Topics: Philosophy behind it, Ideas, Resources, Questions… #
  • @spiritfarmer oh that what that thing is! #

Remembering Saint Polycarp Bishop of Smyrna



Polycarp occupies an important place in the history of the Christian Church. He is among the earliest Christians whose writings survive. It is probable that he knew John the Apostle, the disciple of Jesus. He was an elder of an important congregation in an area where the apostles laboured. And he is from an era whose orthodoxy is widely accepted by Orthodox ChurchesOriental Churches, Seventh Day Church of God groups, Protestants and Catholics alike. All of this makes his writings of great interest.

Polycarp was not a philosopher or theologian. He appears, from surviving accounts, to have been a practical leader and gifted teacher, “a man who was of much greater weight, and a more steadfast witness of truth, than Valentinus, and Marcion, and the rest of the heretics,” said Irenaeus, who remembered him from his youth.[7] He lived in an age after the deaths of the apostles, when a variety of interpretations of the sayings of Jesus were being preached. His role was to authenticate orthodox teachings through his reputed connection with the apostle John: “a high value was attached to the witness Polycarp could give as to the genuine tradition of apostolic doctrine,” Wace commented,[8] “his testimony condemning as offensive novelties the figments of the heretical teachers. Irenaeus states (iii. 3) that on Polycarp’s visit to Rome his testimony converted many disciples of Marcion and Valentinus. Surviving accounts of the bravery of this very old man in the face of death by burning at the stake added credence to his words.

His martyrdom is of particular importance in understanding the position of the church in the pagan era of the Roman Empire. While the persecution is supported by the local proconsul, the author of the account noted the bloodthirstiness of the crowd in their calls for the death of Polycarp (Ch. 3). Additionally, the account also demonstrates the complexity of the Roman government’s position toward Christianity, since the Christians are given the opportunity to recant and are not punished immediately as confessed criminals. This rather odd judicial system toward the crime of Christianity would later be derided by Tertullian in his Apology.

Polycarp was a great transmitter and authenticator of Christian Revelation in a period when the gospels and epistles were just beginning to achieve acceptance. Although his visit to Rome to meet Anicetus has in the past been used by some in the Roman Catholic Church to buttress papal claims, the documented truth according to Catholic sources is that Polycarp did not accept the authority of the Roman Bishops to change Passover (rather, they agreed to disagree, both believing their practice to be Apostolic) — nor did some of those who have been suggested to be his spiritual successors, such as Melito of Sardis and Polycrates of Ephesus.

The chief sources of information concerning Polycarp are four: the authentic epistles of Ignatius, which include one to Polycarp; Polycarp’s Epistle to the Philippians; passages in Irenaeus’ Adversus Haeresis; and the letter of the Smyrnaeans recounting the martyrdom of Polycarp.

Read more about Saint Polycarp

Lessons appointed for use on the Feast of Saint Polycarp


sound bites of life on 2009-02-22

  • @iamjoshfrank I see most methodology and convo re: emergent, at it’s own peril, been done without much consideration to multiculturalism #
  • Back home from a fantastic evening enjoying Ethiopian food, music, coffee and culture. #
  • Yes, I’m an anarchist who drive a minivan. #
  • @jupiturnip we were offer some eggs in xnge of something that we grow in our garden that might feed the chickens, but the guy had no idea #
  • @spiritfarmer Entourage? There got to be a forum for the 5 of you to discuss your problem. #
  • At Greenlake walking and conversation with Chivo. #

sound bites of life on 2009-02-21

  • Why the heck did Jesus asked people to carry an execution aparatus designed to kill magicians, thieves and political subversives? #
  • @toddgrotenhuis it is hard to believe that he was using the unmentionable imperial execution tool as metaphorical. #
  • RT @humanspectrum: My Place or Yours: Embracing Mixed Ethnicity Saturday, February 21st, 10am-8pm at Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle #
  • Nice surprise call from Tomas Yaccino tonight. Always good to connect with los caminantes from La Red del Camino. #
  • Gardening day at the Mustard Seed House #
  • @iamjoshfrank re: empire- emergents of in-between cultures and emergents of color are always asking and living in the margins of the empire #
  • @iamjoshfrank re: empire migrants, exiles and redugees know well how to live creatively in-between and resisting empire assimilation #
  • @iamjoshfrank re:empire emergents need to engage more with communities in the margins questioning the dominant social cosntructs #
  • @iamjoshfrank re:empire and less on contextualizing and assimilating. #
  • Question and resist more, contextualize and assimilate less. #
  • @RayLevesque more like critical liberationist pedagogy applied to contemporary christian movements with a lot of café negro. #
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