Advent, Day 5


An ancient mosaic representation of the “Holy City of Jerusalem” (hagia polis ierousalem), with walls


The readings for the first Thursday of Advent:


In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.

Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust.

The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy.  (Isaiah 26:1-6, KJV)


How’s THIS for a house built on a rock?


On the OTHER hand . . .


Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. . . .

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.  (Matthew 7:21, 24-27)



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  • MormonPromises

    Still waiting on the publication of a new article for I have faith that you will deliver, but this faith is slowly diminishing as we approach the weekend. Just publish some of your old stuff, you know rehash some articles you wrote for FARMS. Here’s pro tip. Open Microsoft Word, then:

    1. click on “File” tab, the first tab you should see
    2. Click on “Options”
    3. In the Options Menu click on “Customize Ribbon”
    4. In the box “choose commands from”, select “all commands”
    5. Search for “Auto Summary” or “Summary” … the name will be different depending on which version of word you have installed
    6. Add this summary function to a “tool bar”

    Now, open up your old FARMS writings in Word, highlight the text, and then click the auto-summary function, and then WIN! See that? You have a whole new article and it’s just as relevant as everything else you write–no relevance at all. At least it looks good, and is complicated enough that mindless Mormons, even Mormon academics, will buy your snake oil.

    • danpeterson

      It’s revealing that your hostility is so intense that you felt you had to leave a message like this following a blog entry about Advent. Do you also steal presents from under Christmas trees, yell “Bah, humbug!” at little kids seated on Santa’s lap, spray graffiti on churches, unplug people’s Christmas lights, and kick nativity displays over?

      Anyway, Interpreter has published an article or review every Friday since its founding in early August — without fail, and without missing a beat. (It will do so yet again later today.) So your insinuation that we’ve failed to publish much since we began is . . . well, rather odd.

  • Nathan

    Speaking of Advent, I want to travel to China some day.

  • Raymond Takashi Swenson

    MormonPromises sounds like a Hurricane Sandy kind of guy, who builds a house on the beach and complains when the foreseeable storm surge destroys it.

    • danpeterson

      It was, I agree, an exceedingly weird comment.

      Rather like complaining that, although the builders of Yankee Stadium promised baseball games, he’s beginning to lose confidence that they’re ever going to fulfill their pledge.

      • Kiwi57

        I believe the weirdness is dispelled by the knowledge that this is just one of the many sockpuppets of “Kore Kosmou.”