Why Theology?

Why Theology?   Many people ask me that question. In todays day and age, Theology seems to be a topic that should not be discussed in social circles.

So, why am I showing interest?

Consider what Theology is: “Theo-”  means God.  “ology” means to know.   Knowing God or the study of God’s whole nature.

For a Christian, Theology is an important root of knowledge. Why? It is best summed up by a fellow who live about 2000 years ago:

1Pe_3:15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you

This is a foundational statement for any Christian follower. To be prepared to speak of and defend your beliefs, keeping in mind that others may not share the same beliefs.

Theology therefore spans a plethora of topics and issues and addresses both God and all of His Creation, including God, Cosmology (the Heavens), Anthropology (Man), Psychology (the Mind). I have an interest in these particular subjects and so will spend time discussing the multitude of topics and issues we all are facing in our lives.

I hope you all read these posts with an open mind, knowing that they are intended to spawn interest, questions and further thought.

long Winter and cold Spring 2014

Winter in Maine
Maine Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

A long winter was had in 2013-2014 up here in Maine. There was an unusual amount of snow, although it was more due to multiple storms regularly passing through, rather than big blizzards.

In Mid-Winter, we had a significant Ice Storm which deposited 3/4 inch layers of clear ice on the trees, power lines and ground surfaces. Even now, the effects are seen in many young Birch trees that remain bent over in slender arcs.

The buildup of snow, due to very little melting between storms, was also noticeable and had lasting affects. Power outages were also an issue, especially after the ice storm. Fortunately, we are on a main power grid and did not have any prolonged outages.

But once Spring came along, it was very evident that the Winter had left it’s mark. Driving along the state roads, there were many downed trees and broken branches that littered yards. We also had several evergreen bushes with broken branches due to the heavy weight of snow sliding of the rooftops and staying where they landed for most of the winter.

This all had a significant impact on transportation in and around the Mid-Coast of Maine. There were quite a few functions, meetings and gatherings that were cancelled or re-scheduled multiple times.

But, there was a positive side as well. The seasonal onslaught of blackflies has been  either abated or at least delayed. The Spring started cold and remained so until Mid-May and we have not yet experienced the usual swarms of blackflies yet. I must admit though, I found a wood tick crawling up my leg from my first venture out in the edge of the woods. So, the turkeys out there should have no shortage of food.

So now, we have the yard cleanup, extra pruning of the trees and bushes and then finally some delayed planting of vegetable gardens. The prices of vegetables will be higher this year since we are not the only ones with a memorable Winter and Spring.

Angbac and Greble

On May 11, 2014…
Angbac and his crow-wife Greble arrived today for the spring and summer season at the farm. They perched above me in the Mighty Maples, seriously pretending they were not observing me, when in fact they studied me carefully.

Crows are amazingly clever. They are able to recognize individual humans by face identification. So, as they huffled their feathers and pretended not to stare- I wondered if Angbac saw the new grey hairs that developed from surviving the past Maine winter. Then I chuckled.

It’s Mother’s Day! My crows have come to pay their respects to their crow-mother who feeds them, sings to them and calls them by name. I think they should have brought flowers, though…

….just saying.

Mephfth

on April 14 2014…
Well, a young, unskilled, socially inept crow, “Mephfth”… came and carried off  the putrid squirrel body. The crow crowd watched in judgment from their superior perches in the tree, looking down their beaks so to speak, at this young fool.

But now we have broken the ice and can get on to open speaking again. Thank you Mephfth! Peanut butter, raisins, bananas and a dead mouse for dessert. It’s spring.

crow-talk negotiations

 

Angbac --   the old one
Angbac — the old one

 

 

 

April 13 2014
Found a squirrel body on the granddaughter’s play-set yesterday.. must have been there all winter. It was pretty putrid.  We took it to the “crow offering” site. A special tabernacle where I leave food for my crow friends. They are always in our trees and watching. Some have names and we speak back and forth. Most have come to love the offerings and opened up a relationship with me.  Well, so far the body is still there. It must be really beyond food, because they love dead things, love everything really.  I think I have lost credibility and respect from my crows. I’m thinking there will be revenge of some sort. Not a good sign for the start of crow-talk negotiations for spring and summer yard relationships. Just saying…(that “just saying” was for you Phyllis..I like that comment).