Inyo Register: By the Creek
The Inyo Register is allowing us to submit an article every week. (Thank you, Inyo Register!) Articles are written by Pastor Kelly Larson and other members or friends of Bishop Creek Community Church.
Published in the Inyo Register on October 25th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
“If a tree falls in the forest and there is nobody around to hear it, did it make a sound?” This silly question of a metaphysical conundrum has plagued the pretentious philosophers for years, yet at the heart is the idea of reality and truth.
Both the difficulty of the question, and the answer itself lies in how a person elects to define “sound.” Is sound the reception of waves upon the tympanic membranes of the receivers? Or, is sound better understood to be the transmission, the production of those sound-waves from the point of origin? Simply, is sound defined from the point of occurrence, or the point of recognition? Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on October 18th, 2014 Written by Sarah Bradfield
Proverbs 6:6-8 reads, “Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.” Solomon was heavy handed with this particular word, sluggard, in the book of Proverbs. He mentions it over a dozen times, the word being interchangeably translated as slothful. The sluggard is someone characterized by excessive sleep, desiring yet having nothing, void of understanding, and my personal favorite, “as a door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed” (Proverbs 26:14). We are the generation who desire yet hide our hand in our bosom, and will not so much as bring it to our mouth again (Proverbs 19:24). In other words, we want it given to us on a silver platter, and even more, we want someone to put the food in our mouths! Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on October 11th, 2014 Written by Linda Wisdom
I’ve just returned from a short trip to the mountains of northern Mexico and it was great. For several years I’ve been helping to prepare literacy books for a remote group of Native people. To see these adults now reading their own language was fantastic. What I’m doing involves working on books in a language I don’t know and it’s been a challenge. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on October 4th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
It amuses me that people who reject the significance of Jesus Christ are faced everyday with reminders of his time on earth with us, the date. Every time someone writes a check or sends a letter or an email, they are affirming the greatest earthly event of all time; the incarnational work of Christ. He so monumentally changes history that his birth is the standard by which we measure time. Most civilized cultures across the globe use the Jillian or Gregorian calendars which consider Christ as the central figure of history.
And it’s not just from the time of Christ forward that time is measured; events are recorded retroactively from the point of Christ. Events are recorded as B.C. or “Before Christ.” Christ has such an impact on the face of history, that all across the world when people use this dating system, they are attesting that our lives are being lived A.D. or Anno Domini, “in the year of our Lord.” Hence, the dating system that has been embraced for over a thousand years is the BC/AD system.
Undoubtedly this system bugs many people as the move is on to “rewrite” dating by using the terms, B.C.E, Before Common Era, and C.E., or Common Era. They are trying to write Christ out of history. Nice try, but what does Common Era even mean? It just so happens that their “Before Common Era,” and their “Common Era” coincide exactly with the incarnation of Christ. A big question needs to be answered; what separates the Common Era from the Before Common Era? Was the “Before Common Era” considered the “Uncommon Era?” What was so uncommon about it? Anyway, why is this era we live in today considered “Common?”
It is true the “common” word was introduced by a monk to replace the regnal system of dating, a system which referenced the reign of royalty as a reference to time, i.e. “ in the third year of the king…” Though the word “common” was introduced by a monk, Dionysius, he was intending to do away with the measurement of time by a ruler named Diocletian, a persecutor of Christians. In today’s usage, however, those who insist on the BCE/CE system are those who seek to hijack it to question the historicity of Christ. I am doubtful they would even be able to give an intelligible response to what the “common” means in reference to “common era.” That is not their concern; their intent is the erosion of Christ, the One who forever changed the face of history by giving man the opportunity to be reconciled to a Holy God through His blood.
Isaiah 32:6 says,
“For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity,
to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the LORD,
to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied ,and to deprive the thirsty of drink.”
Yep, it’s what they are doing!
Next time you write a check, write a letter, or send an email, or look at the morning paper, anything with a date on it, I would encourage you to offer up a little prayer under your breath, “Thank you Lord Jesus for changing the face of history.”
Have a great day, Anno Domini!
Published in the Inyo Register on September 20th, 2014 Written by Sarah Bradfield
As a new Christian I picked up the notion somewhere that I was supposed to be on the hunt for people to save. Those close to me at the time noted the change in my life but were not interested in it for themselves. Why couldn’t I pull a “woman at the well” scenario in my own life? Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on September 13th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
Most of us speak it several times a day without ever thinking of the origin of the word. In an ever so casual demeanor we issue the greatest of divine blessing upon all those from whom we depart. We may issue it in a letter or even in the course of terminating a conversation on the street. The word is the simple valediction of “Good-Bye”. Most of us may never even think about it, but the word is actually a contraction of the Middle English phrase God be with ye. It was originally shortened to Godbwye and subsequently evolved to the forms we know today as goodbye, or good-bye. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on September 6th, 2014 Written by Linda Wisdom
I’ve heard it said that in the grand scheme of things being a grandparent is far more fun than being a parent—spoil them rotten, then send them home. How perfect is that? I also realize that some grandparents are doing double duty as they fill the role of raising their grandkids—bless you! Whatever the situation in your family, did you know there is an official Grandparents Day? It’s a day to celebrate you! Grandparents Day is one of those little known celebrations and tomorrow, September 7, is the official day. If you haven’t received a card by now it may not be coming, but stay by the phone just in case. If no one in your family remembers, don’t despair. Please know that you are important. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on August 30th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
I must admit the world has quite a few enticements to which I have grown accustomed; Toyota Tacoma’s, Apple Computers, Ping golf clubs, Reebok tennis shoes, Levis, Craftsman tools. Coffee, chocolate malts, Hershey bars, chocolate chip cookies (no nuts…Well, Macadamia nuts are all right), brownies (no nuts), chocolate cake (no raspberry filling), in fact anything chocolate (still no raspberry). Pillsbury Orange Danish with chocolate macadamia coffee (oh! Wow!), Pineapple chicken, teriyaki chicken, sweet sour chicken, flame broiled chicken, in fact most chicken dishes (but no curry or mushrooms). Golf, ukuleles, books, movies. And of course, Coconuts (yay! God), shredded with added sugar. These things represent some of the best things that this world has to offer. What can I say? I like them. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on August 23rd, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
It seems like we spend generous amounts of our time and effort getting from one place to another, figuratively or otherwise. From one freeway to another. From one job to “a better” one. From one dwelling to the next. Maybe even from one emotional state to one that is more satisfying. Yet, often what inhibits us from achieving that goal is some sort of barrier that that shuts us down, so we give up. After all if it’s “impossible” or just too hard we re-evaluate the benefits and lose motivation. Read more »
Published in the Inyo Register on August 9th, 2014 Written by Kelly Larson
Many of us have read Victor Hugo’s, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a classic, yet dark depiction of a physically deformed, socially rejected “orphan” whose name is Quasimodo. He is a grotesquely malformed person who has been relegated by society to merely ringing the bell at the great cathedral of Notre Dame, which subsequently caused his deafness. Of minimal verbal abilities, facial deformities, partial paralysis in his limbs and yes, the hunch in his back, he was abandoned as a baby, and lived out his days in the cathedral, as the public shunned him for his appearance. One of the rare excursions outside was to the Festival of Fools where he was elected Pope of Fools because of his perfect hideous “disguise,” a rare time of “acceptance” by the community. Read more »