Friday, January 20, 2006

Friday Hodgepodge III

Italian Court Requires Proof that Jesus Existed

I do not want to comment on the at length, but I read an Associated Press article this morning in the Louisville Courier-Journal that reported that in Italy “a small-town parish priest (has) been ordered to appear in court next week after the Roman Catholic cleric was accused of unlawfully asserting what many people take for granted: that Jesus Christ existed.”

The plaintiff, Luigi Cascioli, an atheist and a boyhood friend of the priest, the Rev. Enrico Righi, says, “"I was born against Christ and God. I'm doing it (the complaint) now because I should do it before I die."

I am unsure proving—or disproving—that “Jesus Christ existed” would have any impact on the faith of anyone but those with the least faith. The central message of Christianity is not the existence of Jesus Christ but his resurrection. If someone brought a case into court and asked that the Resurrection be proved, that would be an entirely different matter. From my viewpoint, it is very easy to prove Jesus existed, but almost impossible to prove that he rose from death.

I Recovered a Toy to Maybe Rival Some of Bucky’s

I was searching through a box that contained some of my office stuff that sat on my desk at the last church I pastored and recovered this little guy. He is possible and I used to form his body into postures that reflected how I was feeling or what I was doing each day. He/she is now back on my next where she/he belongs:

How to install a new security system.

Since I am still concerned about the uninvited return of my pre-Christmas guests, someone sent the the following instructions for an inexpensive security system:

1. Go to a second-hand store, buy a pair of men's used work boots—a really big pair.

2. Put them outside your front door on top of a copy of Guns and Ammo magazine.

3. Put a dog dish beside it—a really big dog dish.

4. Leave a note on your front door that says something like "Bubba, Big Mike and I have gone to get more ammunition - back in a hour. Don't disturb the Pit Bulls, they are mad, they've just been castrated."

Alex Update

Alex is still being... Alex.


  1. Alex's face looks like Yoda's!

  2. Maybe impossible to prove but impossible for me to deny, since He lives within me.

    What is Alex sitting on, your printer? ec

  3. Abby: Alex looks like Yoda? I’ll pass that on to the cat who owns me, but I think his reaction will be that he’d rather eat Yoda than look like him.

    Kylz: What can I say? Alex being Alex is sort of life being life.

    Mreddie: Christ within us doesn’t need to be proved to others, does it? It is when we speak of him to others or act in his name that we get sued or imprisoned or crucified. Right?

    Yes, Alex is sitting on my combination printer/fax/etc. It is one his favorite spots in the house. Sometime he turns it on; sometimes he tries to catch the paper as if feeds into the printer; sometimes he attacks the paper as it comes out of the printer. Some day he will get his paw or his tail caught in the paper feed, even though I have told him time and again to no stick parts of his body into places into which he cannot see.

  4. I think that guy is an tool for artists to pose.

  5. I heard about that Italian lawsuit on the BBC. Strange what people take into courts.

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