Timothy Good

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Name: Timothy Good
Date registered: April 20, 2012
URL: https://profiles.google.com/105772228397740298280

Latest posts

  1. Thoughts of a Naked Alien: The Virgin. — December 18, 2014
  2. Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Naked Thoughts on Temples. — December 16, 2014
  3. Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Rules of the Road FAQs. — December 12, 2014
  4. Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Broken Hearts and Cities. — December 10, 2014
  5. Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Psalmic Poetry – The Restored. — December 8, 2014

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Dec 18 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: The Virgin.

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/WUYV/~3/arwq_OJFMVk/the-virgin.html


(Annunciation by James Tissot)

 Naked Thoughts on Luke 1:26-38.

God sent an angel to talk to a virgin. The virgin was one of many Marys living in the village of Nazareth up in the back-country. The virgin was promised in marriage to an older man from the branch of Jesse. Like many others, his name was Joseph. It makes me think of the beginning of the movie “The Wizard of Oz” – a monochrome world waiting for something to happen.

When the angel told her not to be afraid because God loved her, did she know he was an angel? Or was he just some crazy man to her at first? Then, he told her that she would give birth to a boy named Jesus. He didn’t say when – he could have been talking about “someday”! But then the angel dropped a bomb: this boy-to-be will be the Son of God and the messiah of mankind. BOOM!

Mary overcame the social conventions against a woman being alone and speaking with a “man”, and boldly looked the angel in the eyes: “Impossible! I have never had sex.” Was she wondering if people were telling lies about her behind her back at the well? How would he have come up with something so outrageous on his own? He didn’t even know her!

Some of our Bible translations use some very earthy sexual innuendo for the angel’s reply: the Spirit will “come upon you”; God’s shadow will “lie upon you”. Again he stressed to her that the boy would be God’s son. What was she thinking?

“God can do this”, the angel told her. “Your old barren cousin Elizabeth is six- months pregnant. Go visit her if your want proof.” If we were looking at this text alone, we would see John as miraculous proof that the God of Sara et al was still in the fertility business. We would miss out on his pending ministry of shaking things up. As another John wrote: “Let It Be.” Mother Mary gave the angel her answer, and he left.

Advent is all about feeling the ground tremble and watching the walls fall. A tornado is coming and a new day rises in glorious color.

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Dec 16 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Naked Thoughts on Temples.

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/WUYV/~3/L5Q8YCOPDJk/naked-thoughts-on-temples.html


 


In 2 Samuel 7:1-11, King David starts to feel a little guilty that he lives in a mansion, while Yahweh “lives” in a tent. Instead of giving stuff and status up by living more humbly, he wants his God to live more grandly - problem solved!

I live near Joliet where we have several prisons, so I recognize the layout of the Temple with its high security solitary confinement in the center, and a series of decreasingly secure zones as you move outward. We consistently forget that the God who frees prisoners can not be imprisoned Himself.

This time of year, we remember that God chose His own home in a crowded stable in Bethlehem; on the hot dusty road of exile; in a cottage in a small insignificant village in a backwater territory of Galilee. Jesus’ early life reminds us that a home is not a house - it is a family. Just like church…

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Dec 12 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Rules of the Road FAQs.

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/WUYV/~3/6_zNwOS2Mno/rules-of-road-faqs.html


Rejoice? Always!
Pray? Without stop!
Give thanks? No matter what!

This is His Will.
This is The Way.

Don’t quench? The Holy Spirit!
Don’t despise? Discomforting words!
Test what? Everything!
Hold onto? Goodness!
Let go of? Badness!

May your every single atom be sanctified.
May your spirit, soul, and body be well.
May you remain blameless until the end.

You are called, and the Caller is faithful –
He will bless you as I have blessed you.

 (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 retold)

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Dec 10 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Broken Hearts and Cities.

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/WUYV/~3/AEKQ7btb7D0/broken-hearts-and-cities.html


The Spirit envelopes me, Isaiah –
I am under Her influence; and
He has blessed me for my task.
They have sent me: to bring joy;
 
To heal the broken-hearted;
To proclaim universal emancipation;
To throw down locked doors;
To announce final judgment;
To comfort weeping masses;
To lift the signs of mourning;
To decorate with festive trappings;
To share the perfume of gladness;
To remove the worn threads of fear;
To don bright raiment of praise.

The Lord planted tiny acorns,
That grew into righteous oaks.

They shall resurrect the old ruins.
They shall replant the wastelands.
They shall heal the broken cities.
They shall tend to the wounded.

Compassion envelopes Me, the Lord.
I love justice.
I hate injustice.
I will compensate the wronged.
I will ever be your true God.
Your seed shall blow across the globe.
Your offspring shall grow everywhere.
Everyone will rejoice at your flowers.
Everyone shall recognize the Source.

I, Isaiah, celebrate my Lord –
My every atom vibrates with love.
He has dressed me with saving grace,
And covered nakedness with goodness.
She has clothed me as the excited groom.
They have adorned me as the happy bride.

From rich earth comes new shoots –
Gardens explode in inherent glory.
So shall goodness and joy rise up.
 
(Isaiah 61:1-4 and 8-11 retold by Tiwago)

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Dec 08 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Psalmic Poetry – The Restored.

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/WUYV/~3/Wc9Ga-sOog4/psalmic-poetry-restored.html


When God restored us,
We were as dreamers.
Our mouths filled with glee -
Joy on the tip of every tongue.
And the cold hard world said:
“Truly are they happy people!”
God restored us, we rejoiced.

Please God restore us!
Restore our blessings,
Like a desert flash-flood!
Let sowers of tears,
Harvest fruits of joy!

Let those who cried,
As they emigrated,
Return to their home,
Carrying their bounty.
 

(Psalm 126 retold by Tiwago)

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Nov 28 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Righteous Rioting?

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/WUYV/~3/21i65xEwAv4/righteous-rioting.html


There is a meme going around which asks: "Did you see white people riot when OJ was aquitted?" It made me think about what triggers are involved in rioting...

Why would I riot?

A. To protest of a great injustice;
B. To honor a sports championship; or
C. To get a cheap TV on Black Friday.

This is of course hyperbole! It highlights my condemnation of the hypocrisy of the meme's indirect message that only black people riot.


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