So, I hope to use Librem Social in a responsible way: I hope to use it to connect to people. Not to pacify boredom, not to discover new content (though I look forward to finding new folks to follow who have compelling things to share with me). I hope to engage with this network for what it is: a technological tool for me to gather with people, and connect with them in community. I humbly hope if you're reading this that you'll join me in this endeavor. 🙂
The genius of the gospel is not to cause a political revolution, for such things do more harm than good, but rather to transform the inner person which in turn transforms relationships with others. In these transformations lie the seed to lasting change.
I have been thinking about one issue in particular recently. An issue with Bible translations. Most Bible translations are proprietary in nature, something God's word should never, ever be. God's word *must* be freely available for anyone who wants it. I am not saying a publisher must give a copy gratis to anyone who asks for one (however good that may be). What I am saying is that there should be no restrictions on reading, copying, and using the Bible for any purpose.
Forbidding copying the Bible is evil. Anyone must be able to share the Bible as much as they want. Translating the Bible does not change the fact that it is God's word, and that you cannot own it. Thus there should be no ownership over the Bible, and those who assert ownership over it are better off not even translating it.
For these reasons I do not like to recommend Bible translations with heavy restrictions, such as the NKJV, NLT, NIV, ESV, and NASB. The NET is okay in some ways, as it is very loose, but the publisher still asserts a certain amount of ownership over it.
It's been a long time since I last heard this hymn. The Holy Spirit just brought it back to my mind and I thought I'd share it with you:
"He paid the debt he did not owe
I owed a debt I could not pay.
I needed someone to wash my sins away.
And now I sing a brand new song,
Amazing Grace . . .
Christ Jesus paid the debt
That I could never pay"
Thanks be to God for His most gracious gift, one which I could never earn in 1000 lifetimes.
"Before the Lord the whole universe is as a drop of morning dew upon the earth. But you have mercy on all, Lord, because you can do all things. You overlook people's sins that they may repent. Therefore you rebuke offenders little by little. You warn them and remind them of the sins they are committing that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in you."
I've been following the Kanye West story for a while now. I've been really optimistic about what #Christ is doing in his life.
If you have any abiding doubts, please, watch this appearance with Jimmy Kimmel:
Jimmy: "Are you a Christian artist now?"
Kanye: "I'm just a Christian everything."
His new album, "Jesus is King," is out now. Give it a listen. Taste and see.
Just heard @Wimpy is the new director of Ubuntu Desktop. This is fabulous news! I couldn't imagine a better pick for the job, and I look forward to a strong 20.04 release in his hands.
GOONerment GOONsquad hard at work protecting us from Aloe Vera:
"taking prescribed medications is the fourth leading cause of death among Americans"
NOTHING to see here *innocent whistling*...
“By far the greatest number of [prescription drug-related] hospitalizations and deaths occur from drugs that are prescribed properly by physicians and taken as directed”
Lest any try to tell me that there's an unspoken, understood "social contract" that I somehow consent to by virtue of standing in the United States, whereby I agree to pay taxes and the government agrees to provide me with services such as protection by the police, note this: miscarriages of duty such as this render any such contract (if there ever was one) null and void.
This is no contract between state and citizen. This is an abusive monopoly on force.
In Col 4.7, most versions prefer translating the Greek word διάκονος as "minister" rather than its general sense, "servant." Why is that? A few, mostly off-versions, translate it as "deacon." Are most of them tainted by a clergy mindset? Or is it simpler, that the third noun is σύνδουλος, which most translate as "fellow(-)servant", and they don't want to translate it a slave, so avoid servant twice in the same phrase? NASB doesn't have a problem with that, however.
"The following keywords violate Google Ads advertising policies." What term triggered that message? "Christian." https://www.eff.org/takedowns/no-targeting-allowed-christian-veterans-ministry-denied-ad
Egypt Is Using Apps to Track and Target Its Citizens, Report Says
A cybersecurity firm says evidence suggests the Egyptian government carried out cyberattacks on journalists, academics, lawyers and rights activists.
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