Below are some of the flittery paragraphs, plus a few, that didn’t make the cut for today’s Forthright Magazine article, “Monday editorial flitter.”

¶ At the editorial link above, you’ve been given a Monarch butterfly to enjoy. Around here, though, the common butterfly is solid yellow, a smiling burst of joy that flutters the heart. Can’t miss them.

¶ Jesus is called the Word because he expresses the mind of God. “As a word is an exact image of an idea, so is ‘The Word’ an exact image of the invisible God” (A. Campbell).

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It is my belief that passions as strong as his are more likely to be countered by the unexpected force of poetry, which can ambush the human heart at any time.

via The Unexpected Force of Poetry

This is not why I write poetry. I write it because I must. I always have, since a child.

But Steven Lloyd’s point is valid, that the form of poetry and the content of Scripture as Story may gain a better hearing today. Poetry may be that sneaky approach that surprises and captures the reader.

I pray my poetry might have that capacity and that effect.

 

… people want very much to hear from God until they actually do. In other words, if God said right now, “Andy, I need you in the slums of Detroit by the morning.” and I saw the fire leaving my home and headed towards Detroit, would I follow? Is certainty really preferred to ambiguity? Are we comfortable in our ignorance? How crazy would it be if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt where you were supposed to go?
—Andy Burns, #58/366 – Numbers 8-10 – Thinking on These Things.

I shared the first line also on QBT.

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READ: “Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names stand written in heaven” Lk 10.20.

THINK: The saint rejoices in eternal salvation and in his participation in the sufferings of Christ, Mt 5.10-12; Acts 5.41; Heb 10.34; 1 Pet 4.13. Joy overrides circumstances. Trials are reason for joy, Jas 1.2-4. It is contagious, Rom 12.15. With so many reminders in the Bible, it seems that we easily forget our joy. Heavenly joy over repentance ought to be our joy also, Lk 15. Continue reading

On this site I’ve changed the permalink structure to remove the date numbers. Then I did a URL redirect in the .htaccess file. So if you find that links posted before today aren’t getting you to the posts, please let me know. It seems to be working for me, but that’s no guarantee.

Here’s an example. This link:

http://randalmatheny.com/2015/11/10/love-attention/

should redirect you to here:

http://randalmatheny.com/love-attention/

If it doesn’t, please let me know.