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Zippy Ep 16: Thankful With a Huge Helping of Hope

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:36 PM

Like a Thanksgiving Dinner, Jason​ and I have a bit of everything in this episode of Zippy the Wonder Snail. Need something to listen to as you go over the river and through the woods? Here’s the menu: thankfulness in the difficulties of life, Christmas music, shopping foibles ahead of #BlackFriday and hope from the Epistle to the Romans ch. 2. Also, we turn back to the subject of Spiritual Abuse, Judy Dabler and Peacemaker Ministries “conciliation” that I wrote about last week.

Jason and I would love to have you join us!

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The Reminder We Shouldn't Need

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:40 PM

That whole Judy Dabler scandal that Christianity Today​ broke yesterday in a bombshell report? I’m one of those who experienced her spiritual abuse at a church I attended long ago. As a survivor-turned-pastor, I wrote my thoughts over on Open for Business on what we can learn from this and other such scandals…

The lesson every Christian needs to internalize is this: listen. Each of us is responsible for our brothers and sisters in Christ. If they are hurting, listen. If seemingly untoward things happen, don’t make excuses. And, don’t — I repeat, don’t — believe the lie that “these are just minor things” that will hurt the Church’s reputation if we blow them “out of proportion.” That lie still smells of the sulfur of its place of origin.

Christians, we can do better for God’s Glory.

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52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 46: 2 Peter)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:30 PM

Join us as Jim takes us to the woods (and 2 Peter) to think of the real source for how we become “better people.” It isn’t a self-help book.

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52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 45: 1 Timothy)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:30 PM

How should we be people of thanksgiving not just as we enter the month that features “Thanksgiving Day,” but every day?

Red in 11 Days

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:55 PM

I’ll just admit I’m kinda obsessed with “Taylor’s Version” rereleases. Revisiting the original “Red” ahead of the new version reminds me of so much from some of my favorite years of life thus far. And some tracks stand out more now than they did then. This one is so hauntingly beautiful.

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Mercy Not Strained (November 1, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 9:01 PM

As we conclude our exploration of Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the temple, we’ve returned multiple times to our failures and need for forgiveness. Solomon also speaks of justice. How do we balance justice and mercy?

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52 Verses, 52 Books, 52 Weeks (Week 44: Judges)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:48 PM

Join us on Reformation Sunday (and Halloween) as Melanie Haynes takes us to Judges as we continue our journey through the Bible.

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Please Don't Go Brandon

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:54 PM

The phrase kept showing up in my social media feed, probably as it has for you. I’ve been busy, so I kept putting off finding out the reason for the latest social media fad, but finally bit: just who is “Brandon” and why is everyone cheering him on? It seemed like everyone was having lighthearted fun… at first.

tl;dr: The phrase is shorthand for “f—- Joe Biden.” And that seems like a problematic statement coming from believers.

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The Missed Third Act of the Apple Touch Bar

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 9:38 PM

I might be in the minority, but I actually like the Apple Touch Bar:

The way we use the alphanumeric and function keys on a keyboard are quite different. We pound letter and number keys repeatedly by feel when touch typing, so tactility is paramount. The butterfly keyboard failed the “Design is how it works” test, trading an appearance problem for a how-it-works problem.

The Touch Bar isn’t just for looks; it also solves a how-it-works problem in the more cryptic regions of a keyboard. The “F8” label tells me nothing about what it does, say, in Adobe Photoshop.

Diverting F-keys to be “multimedia keys” has been a decent solution for most users, but limits the utility of a significant part of a laptop’s real estate. While in Word, one sixth of the control area of my computer is devoted to functions like “play” and “pause” rather than “bold” and “italic.”

Read my whole Touch Bar eulogy and case for a third edition of the same here.

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No "Ist," "And" or "Buts." (Octobert 25, 2021)

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 8:31 PM

As we continue to explore the prayer dedicating the temple, what does that prayer reveal about its purpose? Was the temple merely a way to encourage Israel’s worship of the Lord or did God direct them (and us) towards something more?

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