I find it encouraging to visit churches, both supporting and no, and to see the great diversity in those matters of opinion in which the Bible doesn’t determine. Long gone are the days of three songs and a prayer, even though progressives still love to criticize in such terms. They need to update their tune. I suspect faithful churches have never been so monolithic in their practice of the one faith, but it makes for great finger-pointing.
• In that spirit, we enjoyed the VBS with the Lemalsamac congregation in Newbern TN last Wednesday night. I gave a quick update on the GoSpeak/Forthright work. The church made it possible for me to go back to Brazil in 1979, again in 1981, and provided funds for our move in 1984. Then after some 10 years, they began participating monthly. This small congregation, begun many years ago, is alive and well, with two parttime ministers.
• My parents rode over with us to Lemalsamac, about an hour and a half away from their house. We enjoyed that time together. Then, we enjoyed grilled burgers, hot dogs, and barbequed bologna provided by the brethren at the end of VBS.
• Thanks to you who made suggestions on the digital voice recorder. Jon’s note about use with Mac nudged me in the direction of the one he recommended. A Radio Shack employee who uses Mac and used both Olympus and Sony recorders confirmed Jon’s recommendation by saying the latter does better with a Mac. (And RS carries only the former!) But the UX200 has been replaced with the improved UX512, and was less than half the price, so that’s what I went with.
• Started reading Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln. My mom checked it out from the local library. Anybody read it? It caught my attention after our visit to the Lincoln Museum in Springfield IL. Don’t know that I’ll get it finished before we leave here Sunday, but any part of it ought to be of interest, doncha think?