Happy Newspaper Carrier Day

Yep, there really is one, and it’s today!

Happy Newspaper Carrier Day

For those of us who still get a newspaper delivered to our homes this is a High Holy Day!

I’ll admit, I get most of my news on line, but I still like to do my crosswords from the newspaper.

So, happy Newspaper Carrier Day!

It’s Friday, and you were looking for a reason to party, right?

 

Could This Be It?

The end of the world?

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.  Revelation 6:12-14

Sometime in the early morning of September 28, we will see one of the darkest and brightest moons of the year.

That’s assuming “we” are awake, and frankly that is highly unlikely!

About 2 AM, the moon will come closer to the earth than normal; causing it to shine more brightly than usual and become what is called a Supermoon.

That scientific rarity will last a short time and about 4:30 or so, the Earth will stand directly between the moon and the Sun for about an hour and a half.  During this time the sun’s rays will bend around the earth making the moon look red.

Well, actually copper.  But Copper Moon sounds like a bunch of policemen dropped trou, and that’s just not where we’re going with this.

So, red it is, hence, Blood Moon.

blood moon

This will be the fourth blood moon in about a year.  TV preachers John Hagee and Mark Blitz claim this is a sign the world is ending.

Well, it is a sign that the world is ending, but it isn’t the sign the book of The Revelation of Saint John the Devine is talking about in the Bible.  Hagee and Blitz say it is a sign that the end is near, but a few more things have to happen for the real end to show UP.

So, relax.

But, not completely, there are a few things that could happen.  The moon will be extremely close to the Earth – not so close you can touch it or anything – but close enough to have a stronger effect on the ocean and cause some increased tides.

But again, relax; the tides will rise about an inch.  Hardly epic, and so, so not Biblical.

Frankly, though I think the end of the world is closer than we realize, it’s not as close as Hagee and Blitz would like for us to believe.

And it’s for darned sure not September 28th.

I suspect this has more to do with promoting Hagee’s new movie, oddly enough titled “The Four Blood Moons” than it does promoting the truth of the Bible.

John, Mark, please stop this.  You’re scaring people and missing the point of what you’re supposed to do, tell them the Gospel story.

And for you out there, here’s a thought, pick UP a Bible and cruise through the Book of the Revelation.  Then make UP your own mind.  Or, you could set your alarm and see what happens.

I’ve been wrong before.

Blood Moon 2

Great Balls of Fire!

A fire broke out in a bakery on Sunday, September 2, 1666, and three days later, much of medieval London was gone.

Area of destruction

The fire started at the lowly bakery of Thomas Farriner on Pudding Lane.  Things started to heat UP shortly after midnight, and due to the narrow streets, highly flammable building materials, and lack of fire fighting expertise, the fire spread rapidly.

17th Century firefighting consisted of fire breaks, which meant the destruction of entire sections to keep them from catching and spreading the fire.  But even that was delayed by the indecisiveness of the Lord Mayor of London.  Sir Thomas Bloodworth wrung his hands while the city burned.

Great Fire of London

The fire consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St. Paul’s Cathedral and most of the municipal buildings of the city.

70,000 of the 80,000 city’s residents were homeless after the fire.

The death toll is unknown as well as controversial.  Seems there were only six verified deaths!  But, back in the day, deaths of the poor and middle-class were rarely reported.  Plus, the fire was so hot, it probably cremated most of its victims, leaving no visible remains.

Archaeologists tell us the fire reached 1700 degrees Celsius!

Of course, as in all disasters, the first item on the agenda after the fires died down was to lay blame.

Scapegoats abounded!  Robert Hubert confessed to starting the fire.  Said he was an agent of the Pope and had started the fire in Westminster.  He changed his story to say that he started it in Pudding Lane.  He was convicted, and hanged at Tyburn even though questions about his fitness to testify were plentiful.

Once dead and buried, it was determined he was actually on a ship in the North Sea the day the fire started.

Oops!

Of course King Charles II, on the throne at the time of the great fire, did little to help.  His actions came after the disaster.  He had a monument erected – designed by the great Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke no less – at Pudding Lane.  It stands 200 feet tall and is a constant reminder to the city’s great fire.

King Charles II

In the spirit of blaming, the monument was inscribed with this message: “Here by permission of heaven, hell broke loose upon this Protestant city…the most dreadful Burning of this City, begun and carried on by the treachery and malice of the Popish faction.  Popish frenzy which wrought such horrors, is not yet quenched.”

The Anti-Catholic movement of the 17th and 18th Centuries is sort of England’s Confederate Battle Flag.

Some say the Great Fire of London was in the end a good thing.

The plague epidemic a year before killed a sixth of the Londoners.  Some historians suggest that since plague didn’t recur in London after the fire, the fire saved lives in the long run by burning down so many places with rats and their fleas which transmitted plague.

Others agree to disagree, saying that most of the truly unsanitary housing was left unscathed.

One would think a disaster of such magnitude would change London for ever.  I really didn’t.  Sure, new buildings were constructed and new building requirements demanded, but what remained of London after the fire, remained for another 100 years or so.

Take My Advice…

…well, actually it’s Cheryl Richardon’s advice…

Just Because