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Police and Black Protestors - The Unnecessary Divide

The clashes between police and black protestors have riveted the nation.  Young black men have lost their lives at the hands of police and police have lost their lives in retaliation.  As a result charges of racism have been thrown back and...

Brazil is Loud!

Most days I see this beautiful city through cars like these.  They safely pick up and drop off staff, but as I am still new to the Brazilian culture, I love looking, thinking about what life must be like.  The puzzle-pieced sidewalks of sto...

Violence in France, Turkey, Afghanistan and Elsewhere Shows the Bible is Right About the Fall

Charles Darwin’s shadow in Verdun. Image courtesy of Ketounette, Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0). Joel Kontinen We should not be surprised by the recent spate of violence and killings in France, Turkey, Germany, Syria and Afghanistan. Often...
by Joel Kontinen on Aug 1, 2016

Symbols of Peace

This will be posted as we are performing our first full dress rehearsal.  I'll make sure to give you any details tomorrow (of what I can share that is).  In the meantime, two days ago, I posted about some parts of the protocol of the ceremo...
by Bryan Pinkall's World of Opera on Jul 31, 2016

Shock and Awe

Bring in the audience!  Tomorrow, begins the first of two full runs with audience.  As is the case in most every Olympics, the ceremony is recorded three times.  Traditionally, this was necessary so the television broadcasters would be...
by Bryan Pinkall's World of Opera on Jul 30, 2016

Cauldron Lighting 101

In the ceremony, there are many protocol elements; these are elements that must happen as part of the ceremony.  Some portions are rigidly adhered to: anthems and flag presentations, speeches and declarations, oaths.  Others have complete a...
by Bryan Pinkall's World of Opera on Jul 29, 2016

Cauldron Lighting 101

In the ceremony, there are many protocol elements; these are elements that must happen as part of the ceremony.  Some portions are rigidly adhered to: anthems and flag presentations, speeches and declarations, oaths.  Others have complete a...
by Bryan Pinkall's World of Opera on Jul 29, 2016

Cauldron Lighting 101

In the ceremony, there are many protocol elements; these are elements that must happen as part of the ceremony.  Some portions are rigidly adhered to: anthems and flag presentations, speeches and declarations, oaths.  Others have complete a...
by Bryan Pinkall's World of Opera on Jul 29, 2016

City of God and Favela Kings

Feathers, drums, whistles, skin - it's Carnival in Rio.  Prior to Lent every year, the "City of God" breaks out into celebration with one of the most famous of Brazilian holidays.  People around the city regularly practice all year for the...
by Bryan Pinkall's World of Opera on Jul 28, 2016

Native Empire, Diverse Creativity

The days are counting down and I am moving at an ever increasing pace.  Cars honk, vendors yell, flags whip, sweat pours - time is quickly running out, and I have blisters on my toes.  In the rehearsal tents, dancers and actors with colored...
by Bryan Pinkall's World of Opera on Jul 27, 2016

today we run the race of Christian faith

The Race of Faith Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily … Continue reading →...

Blue Earth

Rio feels very European, but as one kind local mentioned to me about her street stand, "We work when we want to, we're happier that way."  And yes, Brazilians are very happy, joyful people and have been quick to share that joy.  Especially...
by Bryan Pinkall's World of Opera on Jul 26, 2016

Deliverance by the blood of Jesus

Psalm 27 vs. 7 – Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. Psalm 121 vs. 1-2 – I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven an...
by Save the World on Jul 26, 2016

The Simple Pyramid

Hello again from Rio!  Today, I had a brief meeting at the Cathedral downtown.  Brazil is the world's largest catholic country, and you may be surprised with one of it's largest churches.Rio Cathedral Inside Rio CathedralBell TowerThis...
by Bryan Pinkall's World of Opera on Jul 25, 2016

The World's Pilgrimage

Seemingly to bless our feet in the pilgrimage, shimmering clouds of silvery granite dust swirl around the many feet and pathways, guiding our way toward the top of the mountain.  Strange fruits grow on the trees within a truly urban jungle where...
by Bryan Pinkall's World of Opera on Jul 24, 2016

DIMPLES AND ICECREAM

I am not exaggerating when I tell you that literal sparkles form in my eyes. I become overwhelmed by the close to heavenliness of it. In those few moments complete bliss just…happens.  Eating ice cream.… Continue Reading… The post DIMP...
by Let There Be Pets on Jul 22, 2016

DREAM INTERPRETATION: A message from the Superconscious mind [symbols: angels, battle]

Hi Aneta, The following event occurred late at night, while I was awake, a few years ago, where I could actually hear a great spiritual battle Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulword.org]...
by The Mindful Word on Jul 21, 2016

Dear UMC: Please No New Denominations

Personal Note This is the first time I’m writing a blog post for Unsettled Christianity—or any blog post, for that matter. I want to thank Joel Watts for the opportunity to share these thoughts on Unsettled Christianity. Schism—a sad possibilit...
by The Church of Jesus Christ on Jul 20, 2016

Book Cover

My Book cover is  Done. I think the designer did  a wonderful job depicting some of the scenes in the book. We are now on Typesetting. Moving right along! More later, Carolyn      Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Christ, christian...
by Treasures Of His Presence on Jul 11, 2016

Mathew 4: Temptation of Jesus: lessons and commentary

  You need to feed on the word of God as you feed on food and drinks – Matthew 4 vs. 4 – But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Act with wisd...
by Save the World on Jul 11, 2016


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