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Tom- Blogmaster Mainer for 10 years. Yankee for 60 years. Christian for 40 years.

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.

Cowbirds

April 29, 2014

The first Cowbirds were sighted at the end of April. They have a nasty habit of dropping their eggs in other birds nests. Sometimes they even knock existing eggs out of the nest to make room for one of their eggs. Fortunately, we only feed our bird friends Black sunflower seeds. Cowbirds do not like this menu item, so they quickly move on. I enjoy helping them leave.

“Mugwa”  the  cowbird
Find the cowbird egg

 

 

 

 

 

Some humans are not satisfied with that and check the birdnests for Cowbird eggs. When found, the cowbird eggs quickly leave the nest. The eggs can be distinguished pretty easily.