Saint Severin, November 2015

Lisa G Westheimer

What is this mysterious building?  Let's go see! What is this mysterious building? Let’s go see!

A church?  Why write about a church and include it as a gallery crawl?  What can I say, I’m a huge fan of houses of worship, always have been.  I see a church and the door is unlocked, I go in.  I am an admirer of any house of worship, but I don’t as a rule snoop around inside religious structures other than those Roman Catholic.  I don’t want to be disrespectful and I don’t know if other religions have a certain protocol I might infringe upon- like if there are separate areas for men and women, if an area inside is off limits or sacred.  I reserve visiting places like mosques, synagogues, temples or shrines if I am invited or they are open to the general public as a tourist attraction.

So allow me to write about Roman Catholic churches from…

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THE MOST ACCURATE OCEAN FLOOR MAP EVER MADE: SCIENTISTS REVEAL THE ALIEN LANDSCAPE BENEATH THE SEA IN INCREDIBLE DETAIL

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2FAC4A5E00000578-3378097-image-a-3_1451424928931We have more complete maps of the surface of Mars than we do of some areas on Earth.

In an effort to change this, scientists have created the most detailed view of the Earth’s seafloor to date, revealing huge mountains and giant crevices beneath the ocean.

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Lee Strobel The Case for Christ

New Word of the Day — “EUCATASTROPHE”

Missional Field Notes

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The following is a morning devotional from Skye Jethani from this week:

The Advent of Jesus Christ is what sets Christianity apart from other religions. We affirm that Christ is indeed Immanuel—God with us—and that in him the fulness of God was pleased to dwell. He is the image of the invisible God and with Jesus, an entirely different way of relating to God has been revealed to us.

J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings, often employed a narrative device in his stories he called eucatastrophe. A catastrophe is an unexpected evil, but Tolkien added the Greek prefix eu- meaning “good” to express the unexpected appearing of goodness. He defined it as “the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings you to tears.” It has this effect on us “because it is a sudden glimpse of Truth” in…

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