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My sons band. Adrian on keyboard! I'll admit I'm a proud father.

Joachim Elsander ☕ on Instagram: “Bandet @koltsfoot levererar på , här solar sonen @adrian.elsander på keyboard. (Ljudet blir ju som det blir med en mobil)”

36 Likes, 2 Comments - Joachim Elsander ☕ (@elonje) on Instagram: “Bandet @koltsfoot levererar på , här solar sonen @adrian.elsander på keyboard.…”

It is not the way of the compassionate Maker to create rational beings in order to deliver them over mercilessly to unending affliction in punishment for things of which He knew even before they were fashioned, aware how they would turn out when He created them—and whom nonetheless He created. All the more since the fore-planning of evil and the taking of vengeance are characteristics of the passions of created beings, and do not belong to the Creator
St Isaac the Syrian

Sad but true...

The coming death of just about every rock legend

"It was all a lie, but it was a beautiful one. The rock stars' days are numbered. They are going to die, as will we all. No one gets out alive. When we mourn the passing of the legends and the tragic greatness of what they've left behind for us to enjoy in the time we have left, we will also be mourning for ourselves."

"The next time you glimpse sight of the transcendent, be that in a sunset or in a song, recall that you are experiencing something akin to what our ancestors felt hundreds of thousands of years ago. Alternatively, the next time you contemplate the image of a religious figure, be that a stone saint or person on a cross, remember you’re doing something that in various ways has been found helpful for tens of thousands of years."

"When the Church rejected this high view of God’s goodness and replaced it with a view of God as an eternal torturer, the dark ages began, almost to the day. Ever since, there has remained a small, constant and stubborn strand of those embedded in the Church who believe Hell is not an eternal torture chamber..."

An old Zen story:

A man once asked Hakuin, "What happens after we die?"

Hakuin answered, "I don't know."

The man said, "Well, what do you mean, I don't know? Are you not a Zen master?"

Hakuin said, "Yes, but not a dead one."

This is hopeful for the USA! I hope all the major denominations joins!

"We are Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant; Republicans, Democrats, and independents. Despite our denominational and political differences, we are united by the conviction that there are certain political solidarities that are anathema to our shared Christian faith."

"Royal lunacy is traditionally a secret, but in Twitter-age America it’s a shared national experience. We are all somersaulting down and out the sanity chute. The astonishing thing about Trump is that he wasn’t foisted on us by a council of Bourbons, or by succession law. We elected the man, and are poised to do it again."

Me and my wife Emma, this summer we have been married for 25 years. We have 5 children and I still love her with all my heart. We have been together through thick and thin.

I'm sad that Marty Sampson never got the chance to process these questions. Every church work with them, and every pastor ought to struggle with them:

"How many preachers fall? Many. No one talks about it. How many miracles happen. Not many. No one talks about it. Why is the Bible full of contradictions? No one talks about it. How can God be love yet send four billion people to a place, all ‘coz they don’t believe? No one talks about it."

Sorry, just in Swedish.
OBS bara på svenska.

Det här är vårt första poddavsnitt någonsin. Det är Joachim Elsander och hans dotter Lydia som pratar om allt möjligt, vi satte oss helt enkelt ner i sommarstugan och spelade in för några veckor sedan. Betoningen kom att ligga på helande, sjukdom, prövningar och lovsång men annat kommer också upp. Vi var rätt spontana som ni kommer att höra.

"A truly profound atheist is someone who has taken the trouble to understand, in its most sophisticated forms, the belief he or she rejects, and to understand the consequences of that rejection. Among the New Atheists, there is no one of whom this can be said, and the movement as a whole has yet to produce a single book or essay that is anything more than an insipidly doctrinaire and appallingly ignorant diatribe."

David Bentley Hart

"Nothingness is the sister of possibility. It makes an urgent space for that which is new, surprising, and unexpected. When you feel nothingness and emptiness gnawing at your life, there is no need to despair. This is a call from your soul, awakening your life to new possibilities."

John O'Donohue

“Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live.”

― Happy birthday to Natalie Babbitt, author of Tuck Everlasting, who was born in 1932

"Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ....get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed."
Abraham Joshua Heschel

If you can handle the language I kind of like this approach to Christianity. I wouldn't have said everything like Pete and I don't agree 100% but still, I think this makes more sense then many traditional explanations.

God is not a man with a beard on a throne in the clouds | Pete Holmes

Why Sweden Takes So Much Vacation

It might sound crazy to non-Europeans but Swedes take 41 vacation days each year. Why do Swedes take so much annual leave and why does it work?

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