Well, we couldn’t quite do it by midnight last night–Lee made a mess of it–but a few minutes after midnight, Beverly came along to win the common contest–and we now have over 75,000 comments here!
As you can see from the picture, all of us here on Rottnest Island are celebrating.
G’day! Byron the Quokka here: and the business at hand is to congratulate Beverly and find out which prize she wants–the autographed book or the T-shirt that says “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost –Lee Duigon.” (Note: We’re out of Vol. 1, Bell Mountain, so don’t ask for that one.) We’ll also need your mailing address, Beverly. You can email that to Lee if you’d rather not put it up here for everyone to see. Not that “everyone” reads this blog… *sigh*
Thank you, one and all, for your comments–going back ten years now–and for sticking with us even as Big Tech tries to cut us off from our audience.
And there’ll be another comment contest–and maybe even other kinds of contests–in the future. So please keep clicking this site!
And no, I am not going to scold anybody to click the Like button. Waddaya think this is–YouTube?
I am supposed to write a Newswithviews column today, but I don’t know what to write about. Scanning the news of the week so far, we find an embarrassment of poverty. I mean, do I really want to write about drag queen shows at Nellis Air Force Base being held up to us as morale boosters and part of military readiness? How far could I go with that without tossing my cookies? If we ever have to fight a war against someone who can fight back, we’re done for.
I notice in the cartoon that the poor brain is positioned where the 8-ball would normally be. As Edgar Rice Burroughs once said, to be behind the 8-ball and out on a limb at the same time is very bad business.
Look, I’ve got to go pick up my laundry. If you’ve got any suggestions, I’ll read them as soon as I get back. And then I really must write something.
If Paul Revere were here, he’d be wondering why so many of us are still in bed.
Big Tech is trying to cut us off from our audience by shoving us all the way down to the bottom of the search engine rankings. They don’t dare ban us outright, it might blow up in their faces; but what they’ve been doing to silence us has been pretty effective so far.
We need to support each other! That’s why I make a point of displaying posts by other Christian bloggers on my page. We should all be doing that!
If you are a Christian blogger and would like to see one of your posts displayed here, please let me know!There must be hundreds of your blogs out there that I haven’t yet discovered.
I will charge nothing for this service, so the cost to you will be only a minute or two of your time to drop me a line–and however much time you devote to doing the same on your site.
(I won’t be able to see whether it worked until after it’s posted.)
The thing I love about the Epistle to the Romans is the host of real people who come in at the end, when St. Paul salutes them. These are our fathers and mothers in the faith!
(Well, let’s see if it worked.)
Well, OK, it did! And if you scroll down a little on the original, you’ll see a picture of beautiful grapes on the vine. How that brings me back to my grandpa’s house! He had a nice grape arbor that bore abundant fruit every year.
See the shock! Hear the fear! Vicariously, of course.
How could I ever have been so pusillanimous even to think of dumbing down my blog–in a vain hope that if I stuck with a sixth-grade reading level, I’d get more readers. What? Did some perverse fragment of my psyche want to be thought of as a latitudinarian?
All right, all right, you’ve made your point. Now stop showing off.
The problem here is that Big Tech is subverting Christian bloggers. They’re afraid to just ban us all outright. The pushback just might be strong enough to push them into a tar pit. But if they play with the search engines and use algorithms that shove conservative thought down to the bottom of the lists, that’s just as good as banning us.
And they ain’t doin’ that to us because they don’t like big words.
So let that sixth-grade reading level be Tokyo, and multi-syllabic words Godzilla. I’ll use the words I want to use, I’ll enjoy and share the richness of the English language, and I’ll be horsewhipped if I do any different. [Cue in Godzilla music]
Our friend and colleague “SlimJim” has a thoughtful essay on questions Christians should ask about “Woke.” It’s a lot more thoughtful and careful than I would ever be, dealing with this exasperating topic. But then he’s a real minister and I’m not.
I’m inclined to write ’em off, “If you’re woke, you’re a joke.” But Jim goes much deeper than that and you should probably listen to him instead of me. “Woke” individuals may sometimes be pointing to real problems, real wrongs, that ought to be addressed.
Acts 8 tells of one Simon the Sorcerer, who had convinced the people of his town that he was “some great one.” When he saw the apostles lay hands on his neighbors and baptize them with the Holy Spirit, he tried to buy the ability to do this himself.
And St. Peter said, “Thy money perish with thee.”
We have more than our share of false prophets–and worse–today, many of whom seem to think that the spiritual gifts of God are up for sale. They have their followings.
But the gifts of God are not for sale! They are given by God’s grace alone; they are not merchandise.
I’ve always wondered what happened with the rest of Simon’s life, after he asked Peter to pray for him. Did he repent and sin no more? Or did he just set up shop somewhere else?
The question’s not as easy as it looks! After all, God made us in His image, and we change our minds all the time. But it’s important to remember that God made us “in His image”; He didn’t make us gods. No, He didn’t do that! But because He is in a very real sense our Father, we can’t help viewing Him in human terms.
Okay! Thanks to Weavingword, with a little boost from SlimJim, I am now on MeWe and I’ve just made my first post there. I have no idea where this is going to take me. I’m trying to rally Christian bloggers to fight the censors by reblogging or linking to each other’s posts, and I hope MeWe can be part of that.
What I should be seeing is referrals from MeWe. At least, that’s what I think I should be seeing. But it’s very easy for me to go wrong when dealing with computer stuff.
Soon I should be able to put all my blog posts on my MeWe page.
A big part of taking our country back has to be to break the Big Tech oligarchs’ stranglehold on social media.
And get those incredibly wasteful and harmful “colleges” and “universities” defunded!
Now, what if other Christian bloggers, reading this, decide to reblog it or link to it on their own respective pages? The post gets more views, and censorship is weakened–not to mention God’s word gets preached!
They can stifle us one at a time, but I don’t think they can stifle us all at once.
We should at least try.
Enjoy Kristi Ann’s post, and let’s support each other!