Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Speaking in Tongues

There really isn't any specific reason for me to start blogging again, other than that I am at this moment at the San Francisco Public Library where any attempt at getting work done is being thwarted by the East European grandmother chatting up the empty space behind my left shoulder in a language I do not understand.

I find it oddly comforting that approximately 75% of the library population is comprised of the homeless or other disadvantaged groups. Such as the unfortunate man with an epileptic phone that hasn't stopped beeping in the past 30 minutes. He shows admirable restraint in not answering it. I do the same in not clubbing him over the head.

I wonder what they do to keep the homeless away at NYPL's main branch. There's something wonderfully San Francisco hippie free love come together-y about eating lunch at a restaurant called Ananda Fuara (fountain of delight, in Bengali) where an East-Asian origin young woman wears a sari and serves you delicious vegetarian meatloaf against blue walls adorned with photographs of some Indian guru named Sri Chinmoy. And then you commune with the homeless and white women wearing rudrakhshas in a rather nice public library. I'm not trying to propagate stereotypes, all this is just happening to/around me.

I wonder if there are pot brownies to be had in the vicinity.

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...


Were denominations created so they could teach the apostles doctrine? No they were not.

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.(NKJV)

The Roman Catholic denomination was established so it could teach the doctrine of popes, cardinals, the doctrine of the Roman Catholic denomination.

The Lutheran denomination was formed so they could teach the doctrine of Martin Luther.

The Baptist denominations were brought into existence so they could teach the doctrine of John Calvin and that of Baptist preachers.

Denominations were formed so they could teach doctrines contrary the doctrine of the apostles.

Can you name one denomination that teaches the terms for pardon that the apostle Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost?(Acts 2:22-41 ......40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them,)(NKJV)

Peter did not preach. .1 Salvation by good works. 2. Salvation by Law keeping. 3. Salvation by grace alone. Salvation by faith only. 5. Salvation by saying the Sinner's Prayer.

Peter preached. 1. Faith; John 3:16. 2. Confession; Romans 10:9. 3. Repentance; Acts 2:38. 4. Water Baptism; Acts 2:38.
Peter preached the apostles doctrine.

Denominations were created to teach and preach the doctrines of men.

Mark 7:5-13......"making the word of God of no effect through your traditions which you have handed down. And many such things you do."(NKJV)

Denominations were created to teach the traditions of men.

If all believers in Christ taught the apostles doctrine, found in the New Testament Scriptures, there would be no denominations.