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be ye kind – not

Last week’s readings were all from Ephesians. That is one special piece of scripture. Whoever wrote this toward the end of the first century had some very strong opinions. He(!) had a strong sense of living in the latter days and basically describes what life in the kingdom of Christ is supposed to look like if it were for him. He knows what’s right and wrong and you have to listen to him. Ever heard this type of preacher? He even claims Paul’s authority even though most of his ideas strictly oppose core beliefs that Jesus and Paul stood for.

Following a list of special twists that are unknown to Jesus or Paul:
– Resurrection a thing of the past (Ephesians 2:1-10): “In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world.”
Paul hopes for future resurrection, taking this life and world serious (1 Corinthians 15): “But the truth is that Christ has been raised from death, as the guarantee that those who sleep in death will also be raised.”
– Law abolished (Ephesians 2:11-22): “He abolished the Jewish Law with its commandments and rules, in order to create out of the two races one new people in union with himself, in this way making peace.”
Jesus makes clear (Matthew 5:18): “Remember that as long as heaven and earth last, not the least point nor the smallest detail of the Law will be done away with—not until the end of all things.”
– Church concerned about itself (Ephesians 4:1-16): “And so we shall all come together to that oneness in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God; we shall become mature people, reaching to the very height of Christ’s full stature.”
The movement that Jesus intended was about outreach not inreach (Matthew 5:13): “You are like salt for the whole human race.”
– Be ye kind (Ephesians 4:32): “and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Jesus opposes kindness wholeheartedly (Matthew 10:34): “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
– Male dominance (Ephesians 5:21-33): “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as to the Lord.”
Jesus knew better (Mark 10:43): “This, however, is not the way it is among you. If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of the rest;”
– Obedient children (Ephesians 6:1-4): “Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents, for this is the right thing to do.”
The law is not geared toward children but grown-ups: You must feed your elderly parents even though they are unproductive for the household.

Whoever wrote this letter sure knows what he wants heaven to look like – the conservative world he has always dreamed about. Tell me what you heaven looks like and I tell you what your worldview is.

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Marriage Equality coming to Utah

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Marriage Equality has been achieved in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa, the District of Columbia and now New York. If history is an indicator for the future gay marriage will be coming to Utah in 2028. Here is why:

When the LDS Church was established in 1830 in New York they were given a hard time wherever they went until they eventually found a safe haven in Utah in 1847. So for new developments it takes seventeen years to make it from New York to Utah. Brace yourself Utah! You will open yourself to people you’ve never dreamed of. It has happened before, it is going to happen again. Appointments for the summer of 2028 are filling fast. Book your ceremony now, I’d be happy to help!

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Casual Couponing

I really enjoy Extreme Couponing – watching the TV show that is. The lesson it teaches is straight forward: In order to make money you have to put in a lot of work – the harder you work the more you make. All that I enjoy watching from a distance on TV.

Back in the real world couponing still looks appealing to me because it is so freaking easy. I don’t want to put in a lot of time or effort so I’m okay with not cashing in big time. But a little effort can bring you far with Casual Couponing in Utah:

I have two easy steps:

1. Whenever a coupon circular is in the paper I file under its date.

2. I use grocerysmarts to match coupons and sales:
Sunday: Target, Walgreens, RiteAid
Monday: Harmon’s
Wednesday: Smith’s, Macey’s and Fresh Market
Since I have to go grocery shopping at least once a week anyway I allow a matched list to direct me to a particular store.

Without adding more work, any suggestions for improvement?

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Twitter vs. Facebook

They are both huge and I need them both even though I have never been able to describe what they are good for. Now I found the quote I’ve needed:

“I liken Facebook to a class reunion.
I liken Twitter to a huge roundtable discussion.”

Or even more concise in my own words:

“Facebook: Who?
Twitter: What?”

Please follow me on twitter and facebook!

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Love Without End

Well, I haven’t blogged a whole lot lately. It’s all Ben’s fault. Sometimes the offline-life is more impressive than what’s going online. Here is what keeps me busy as of late: