Peonies, Lillies, and Tulips

Things are starting to bloom at Big Oak Ridge.

Mulching the peonies and lillies

Today we were blessed with another day of reasonable weather. We mulched around the peonies and lillies that form a border around the front drive. We also cleaned the “big coop” in preparation for the arrival of new chicks soon.

the second photo is a view of the fountain in front of the house and the flower beds. Tulips, grape hyacinths, jonquils, and daffodils are in full bloom this week.
Fountain and Tulips

2008.12.12 Open House

On December 12 we hosted an open house for some of our friends and church family. Great party!

Open House 1



Meetings in 2008

2009.05.17 What Happened?

Need to find my notes …

A quick clarification …

Randy brought to my attention after the meeting tonight that I kind of left part of my subject “undeveloped” or at least not fully developed.

I was discussing the tripartite man: body, soul, spirit. The point I was attempting to make was NOT that we are not tripartite, but that normally I think we view the soulish man as more connected to the physical realm – that is, we think of the “mind, will, emotions” as a function of the brain. I was trying to share that I am beginning to believe the soul is more closely tied to the spirit than the flesh, and may NOT be a function of the brain at all – that what we think of as the “mind, will, emotions” may have existed in Satan (Lucifer), who is non-corporeal (no body, hence, no brain) and therefore these things may not be a function of the brain.

I’m not ready, at this point, to make a doctrinal statement out of this. There are other aspects of this subject that could be examined more closely – for example, whether or not the soul is immortal, whether it is redeemed by the blood of Jesus, etc.

I don’t want this to confuse anyone, or scare anyone off. The bigger picture I was seeing had to do with how we understand faith, and how that impacts our actions. I was trying to “make the bridge” between the spiritual and the temporal, and how God (and how we) call “those things that are not as though they are, creating what is seen (the temporal) out of what is not seen (the spiritual).

If this needs more clarification please let me know.

Tommorow’s Meeting

We’ll be on Truth Project 5 part 2: Science (continued).
Paula: Hot Dogs
Shelli: Dessert
Sue: Fruit
Angie: Vegetable (Angie had her baby, I’m guessing she won’t be here. I haven’t heard from Tony yet.)
Penny: Buns

See ya there!

Today: Communion and Truth Project #5 – “Science, what is true?” Part 1

We will be celebrating communion today. We will also be sharing The fifth “tour” of the Truth Project. This is one of my favorites.

Truth Project Update

Where we’ve been so far:

1. Veritology: What is Truth?
2. Philosophy and Ethics: Says Who?
3. Anthropology: Who is Man?

4. Theology: Who is God?

Remember that there are resources and additional information available at for each lesson.


Thanks, Tony, for leading the Truth Project series. I’m really enjoying this.

Thanks everyone, that prayed for the sick among us. Paula was stiff this morning when she got up, but we’re continuing the fight. Haven’t heard an update on Gary and his family yet.

Let’s all remember to pray for one another.

First Truth Project went well

I thought today meeting went well.  I need to find a different program for watching DVD’s since VLC seemed to have a couple issues, but the TV was easy to see and the volume was plenty loud enough.  I thought that overall it went pretty well.  The basement is a nice big area to have meetings in.