slight sarcasm

hermeneutical question

This is well outside my norm, but I’m up for a little controversy today. Here you go (it’s a two-parter):

Is it possible to reconcile the command in 1 Cor 7.5 with the exhortation in 1 Thess 5.17?  If so, how would you do it?

The floor is open to serious, whimsical and even sarcastic responses.

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all in a good brew

While I do not need more ‘proof’ that coffee is good and not, as one friend calls it, ‘the devil’s urine’; this article in Yahoo’s food page offered pleasant support to an already pleasing endeavour.  Although, I must say that I have a slight issue with number 4: ‘[Coffee] can harbor bacteria.’  (Keep in mind, this article is about facts and not benefits; the two can be quite different).

My issue here is that, in light of what the ‘fact’ states, bacterial growth is not necessarily the fault of coffee; the fault in this case lies with those who fail to clean out their coffee makers.  (Heaven forbid that I suggest humans need to own up to the problems they cause and not assign blame elsewhere).  Moreover, the propensity for bacterial growth is not something exclusively inherent to coffee; nearly any (if not all) food stuff has the potential of becoming the host for a bacterial Glastonbury.  Thus, there is no real (or even good) reason to single out coffee in this way.  Shame.

Now, time for more coffee.

found, but apparently still lost

YahooTravel supplies us with a captivating look at ‘10 lost cities of the world‘.[1] Forbes.com runs the same story but adds five cities to the list. These sorts of categorisations make me laugh primarily because such places are not lost; they’re found, and have been so for quite some time. If these cities were truly lost, we would not be reading about it on Yahoo or Forbes . . . or anywhere else, for that matter. Why? Because they would be lost–i.e. unseen by us. ‘Lost cities’? Give me a break; the Yahoo and Forbes writers aren’t fooling anyone (I hope).

Despite the misnomer, one thing about the pictures is unmistakable: the ancients were incredible in their skill.

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[1] What I found interesting was that the above headline is what the article says, but the header in the internet window reads: ’10 Cities of the Lost World,’ which carries a different meaning.

try again

The ‘artwork’ mentioned in this story is quite impressive; the journalist’s attempt at being profound and dramatic, not so much. After a gander through the available photos, I failed to see how ‘unless you look really closely, you’ll miss him entirely’ could possibly be true.* Maybe I have a rare gift and I can spot easily what other people miss.  Or maybe it’s the fact that the dude is not ‘truly invisible’ (as the writer suggests), and his shape and shadows give him away, and that his painted self disrupts the natural and seemless blend of colours in the background. You want to see someone do invisible or disappear from sight completely, try playing hide-and-seek with a US Marine Corps sniper or a team of US Navy SEALs.

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* I’ll admit that one photo did take a couple extra seconds.