Thinking Out Loud

February 10, 2019

From the Twitterverse

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:30 am

My social media worlds don’t necessarily overlap much, but my WordPress world and my Twitter world are closer. Even so, you may not have seen these (and a few retweets) …

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May 6, 2017

Weekend Cat

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:26 am

We’re cat-sitting for 48 hours, which normally would be like heaven to me, a dedicated cat person, were it not for the gallons of water rushing into the basement as I type this. The cat is not the one in the picture who apparently is smart enough to take a selfie of itself with some dogs.

Returning to having a cat in the house after many years without one is educational. Similar to those recent grandparents who after years of not having children in the home must suddenly remember basic parenting skills. There are probably many spiritual analogies here, but I hesitate, much like the pastor who realizes that to do a cat illustration is to possibly alienate half of their dog-preferring congregation.

Clearly, you cannot force a cat to do anything. It has to be their decision. They may eventually do what you are suggesting but has to be on their terms. It has to be their idea. Even though the spot on the couch you’re trying to coax it to is nice and comfortable, they remain on the floor ignoring your beckoning. It’s rather like — oh, yes; I said I wouldn’t do the analogy…


For those of you wanting a hefty dose of randomness this morning, the Saturday Brunch at Internet Monk is particularly lengthy today, and there’s always the Weekly Meanderings at Jesus Creed which isn’t necessarily Jesus-y.

If you prefer something more faith-focused, consider the recent posts at Christ and Pop Culture.  For my women readers, scroll to the bottom of this article by Holley Gerth and you’ll find links to 114 recent blog posts

And of course, there’s always Alltop.

January 29, 2011

Dogs and Cats in the Bible

Filed under: bible, Humor — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 10:35 am

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Some weekend fun with a post that first appeared in January of 2009:

Hands up everybody who has been told this at some point:

The cat is the only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible

But I’d like to offer a corollary to this great axiom:

…but the dog is never exactly depicted in a positive way

In fact, given these verses, I’ll take the absence of a mention in scripture over what follows. Think about it:

Revelation 22:15
Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Luke 16:21
and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

Matthew 15:26
He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”

Matthew 7:6
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Philippians 3:2
Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh.

…and those are just the New Testament examples; imagine if we include a few OT ones like:

Isaiah 56:11
They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain.

Proverbs 26:11
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

1 Samuel 24:14
“Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea?

Exodus 22:31
“You are to be my holy people. So do not eat the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts; throw it to the dogs.

Psalm 59:14
They return at evening, snarling like dogs, and prowl about the city.

By the way, I think “dog” has got to be one of those words which doesn’t change according to various English translations of the Bible. (There are 40 instances in the NIV.)

Stay tuned next week for another chapter in Superficial Bible Studies.

Related post — April 2008 — Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates — where Charles Colson argues our pets won’t be in heaven

Related post — August 2008 — Remixing Cold Noses — where I backtrack on my endorsement of Colson after reading Randy Alcorn.

I included “Theology” in the tags… that’s gonna disappoint a few people; but if you’re one of them and that’s what brought you, now that you’re here, check out some other posts in this blog.  (It can only improve from here, right?)

July 3, 2009

Is The Person You Married The Same Person You’re Now Married To?

Filed under: family, parenting — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:00 pm

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  • When she married him, D. was a party animal.   The first year of their married life, a quarter of their budget was concert tickets.   But now he sits in the recliner reading John Grisham novels.
  • S. made it quite clear about seven years into the marriage that she was no longer into church.   Just stopped going.   Her husband is a bit perplexed, and ends up taking the kids himself, which leaves the people there asking questions.
  • M. said she was a dog lover, and J. didn’t like cats, so it seemed perfect; but now M. says she doesn’t want a dog in the house.
  • Y. knew when she married F. that he had smoked a cigarette or two, but never expected all these years later to be married to a confirmed smoker; especially in view of all the scientific data we now have.
  • T. was the picture of health when they got married, so V. never expected he’d be spending his life playing both husband and nurse.
  • R. had never spent a lot of time around kids; was never a babysitter; and made it clear to B. she wanted a small family.   That was five kids ago.

A lot of people wake up one morning and realize that they’re not married to the person they walked down the church aisle with.   (A strange expression, since most brides walk down the aisle with their father, to whom they had better not be married.)

Much of the tension in marriage is due to a crisis of expectations.    It reminds me of the book title, This Isn’t The Trip I Signed Up For. Judging it from Day One, it didn’t look like it would be like it is today.

Today’s question is, do you think this is the norm or the exception?   Is it better that “people change” than if they don’t change at all?    Does it matter how long a couple dated or were engaged, or do the “surprises” in marriage happen regardless?

And of course:   What changed in your partner after the wedding?   Did you change?    Did the marriage survive?

And yes, you’re allowed to say, “My marriage is fine, but I have this friend…”

February 7, 2009

The Life of Christ in Cats

Filed under: Christianity, Humor, Jesus, Religion — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 12:30 pm

Okay, I love cats probably more than most of you, but this is simply wrong. Funny; creative; but ultimately wrong.

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Strangely, on the subject of irreverence, on the subject of not treating the things of God with proper respect; the first verse that popped into my mind was, “Do not give that which is holy to dogs.”   The advertising line at the top should read, “If you truly know what discernment is, you won’t bring this collector plate into your home.”

Collector plate source (Wuffworld; woof.me.uk)

HT: James Kingley at Churchy Design.

January 14, 2009

Cats and Dogs in the Bible

Filed under: bible, Christianity, theology — Tags: , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:26 pm

cat

Hands up everybody who has been told this at some point:

The cat is the only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible

But I’d like to offer a corollary to this great axiom:

…but the dog is never exactly depicted in a positive way

Think about it:

Revelation 22:15
Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Luke 16:21
and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

Matthew 15:26
He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”

Matthew 7:6
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Philippians 3:2
Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh.

…and those are just the New Testament examples; imagine if we include a few OT ones like:

Isaiah 56:11
They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain.

Proverbs 26:11
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

1 Samuel 24:14
“Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea?

Exodus 22:31
“You are to be my holy people. So do not eat the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts; throw it to the dogs.

Psalm 59:14
They return at evening, snarling like dogs, and prowl about the city.

By the way, I think “dog” has got to be one of those words which don’t change according to various English translations of the Bible.  (There are 40 instances in the NIV.)

Stay tuned next week for another chapter in Superficial Bible Studies.

I included “Theology” in the tags… that’s gonna disappoint a few people; but if you’re one of them, now that you’re here, check out some other posts in this blog.  (It can only improve from here, right?)

[Possibly ridiculous and only mildly related post: Click here.]

January 9, 2009

Cats that Speak and Eat Cheeseburgers

Filed under: Humor, internet — Tags: , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 12:58 pm

aarons-ichc-racoonIf you’re looking for some escape on the internet, you can’t do better than looking at the funny cat pictures people have posted at I Can Has Cheezburger, at least if their site traffic is any indicator.   Actually, the mis-spelled captions — allegedly written by the cats themselves — that people come up with are what makes ICHC unique.    Occasionally, other animals make it on the site, so my son had hopes for this raccoon shot, but it didn’t make the final cut.   Doesn’t matter.   We’re just so glad to have the coons out of the attic.

After this one was caught and photographed, we were assured he was a solo male and it was unlikely we’d need further help.  Instead, we had to bait and trap another one just days later.   And then a third.    We think they’re gone now.    We didn’t bother with photographs on the second and third ones, because we were less than amused at that point.

If  “lolcats”* are too mindless for you, the same people that do ICHC produce something called GraphJam, which we’ve used content from here before.   It’s a bit more intellectually stimulating; though a tad crude at times.

*lol = laughing out loud, cats = cats

November 13, 2008

Sometimes You Have To Decide Which Tree You’re Climbing

Filed under: Humor, theology — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:05 pm

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from Random Kitten Generator

So are you a dog person or a cat person?   Beer drinking or non-beer drinking?   Cure a sore back with ice or with a heating pad?   Plasma or LCD?   Annual vacation or save up for a big one?   This is a lot more relaxing than asking people if they’re pre-milenialists or post-milenialists; or if they are Calvinist or Arminian.

September 9, 2008

Cats Quoting I Cor.

Filed under: Christianity, Religion — Tags: , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 6:49 pm

To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time the very popular, all-cats, all-the-time website I Can Has Cheez Burger has quoted scripture.    But with 325 pages at about 10 pictures per page, I may not have seen them all.

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