Back in the saddle again

Around Thanksgiving I started feeling a little off. Not sick really just a lot more fatigued than normal and generally blah. Anyway, I chalked it up to the weather, a not so great holiday season diet, busy work schedule, not enough sleep…

So I figured I would pass on workouts until the new year and start fresh on 1 Jan like almost everyone else.

Then I passed out while getting ready for work one morning, spent a couple days in the hospital twice, got the all clear to work out again from my doctor, and here I am. Five runs so far this year and I’m not doing too bad. 3.5 miles today in 29 minutes.

On a completely unrelated note, I had a minor online dust-up with someone who believes the Earth is flat.

I love God, love people, and always try to see the best in people regardless of who they are, what they’ve done, where they come from, what they believe, etc.

But how, how, how can someone with such a bizarre, fringe, and nonsensical belief be taken seriously?

What say you, readers? Does the idea that the Earth is anything other than an oblate spheroid deserve any credit whatsoever or is it complete lunacy?

Also, is it wrong for a Christian to say, “I love you but, with regard to ________ you are seriously off your nut?” If not, why not?

*If you are wondering what that thing next to my foot is, it’s a bit of snow. I am in South Dakota for work and we are supposed to get up to two feet tomorrow so I figured I would get a run in while I could.



Categories: Christianity, Fitness

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  1. Complete lunacy! Lol! And, I would not have any problem telling someone they’re completely off their rocker. They’re also completely free to live out their fantasy in a different sphere of influence. 😉

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  2. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

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  3. Glad to hear you are back and up running in more ways than one

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  4. I’ve run into a couple of the “flat earthers” also, hard to believe. And when the tone on the exchange changes to nasty, well I just back off. I try not to insult them by just saying we obviously disagree and move on from there. Same thing with evolution and old and young earth perspectives. I have my own overview, you have yours, the main issue from my understanding is our faith in Christ, everything else is secondary. When anything else becomes your major concern in our walk with God, our balance is off. Glad to see you getting back in the saddle, I used to do a lot of running in my younger days but I’m also 74 now and just thrilled that I still have no problem getting around. Grace, love and blessings to you and yours my friend.

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  5. Great news that you can run again. Glad you are feeling better.

    I try to stay away from the flat earth discussions.

    Blessings. Enjoy South Dakota!

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  6. Glad to hear you’re doing better!

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  7. Flat earth? That’s crazy, but I’ve heard there are those who still believe it. How about “You’re seriously off your nut when it comes to ______, but I love you anyway.” Hope you’re enjoying the snow!

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  8. I don’t agree with flat earth arguments but I think it’s important to separate the theory from the man when talking about it and to leave personal insults off the table, especially if you consider this person a friend. Is he someone who you otherwise respect and think intelligent? Is he a Christ follower? Is he presenting his case in a non threatening and cordial way? Does he deserve the respect of a fellow child of God who just happens to have ideas you disagree with? If so I see nothing wrong with a friendly back and forth. You might want to ponder too why this rubs you the wrong way so much.

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    • I never said I didn’t respect CS or mention him at all in my post, he came to me to set me straight when I wrote that a coworker of mine wasted a ton of time with flat-earthers.
      To be honest, I didn’t even know CS was a flat-earther until he popped in to inexplecably accuse me of being in bed with “science clowns, Obama, and everyone else who has no time for opposing views.”
      Now, is CS a friend of mine? No, not really, I avoid him as much as I can and have for quite some time. I don’t read his blog (I have but I never made it a habit because it’s not my cup of tea) and I don’t interact with him unless he initiates. Where is it written that we have to be pals? Besides, couldn’t I be showing my respect for this brother by letting him pontificate about whatever he wishes without calling him out all the time? Have you ever noticed that linking to other bloggers I have a weird beef with is something I don’t do?
      In fact, the last interaction we had was the last time he flew into my blog like an angry hornet (you would call this cordial, I suppose) to set me straight about something else that had nothing whatsoever to do with him.
      Also, do flat earthers bother me? No, not in the least. In fact, and I’m astonished you didn’t pick up on this, the post was about what a waste of time and emotional energy it is to be bothered by such buffoonery.

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  9. Nice to see you back, James. I have no issue with telling another person, even a believer, that they just might be full of it. On the other hand, it seems this might have become more than that with both of you guys. Personally, I am rather glad that we don’t actually all have to be buddies to remain Christian brothers and sisters. If that was the rule, I would actually be in deep trouble, and possibly quite lonely. That’s in reference to real life mostly. Thankfully, on here, I semi manage to think before I type, so generally, I manage. But, because we are brothers and sisters, most manage to overlook my personality flaws as long as we are working towards the same goal, that being the spread and defense of the faith. I have been corrected more than a time or two for my coarseness, however. Yet, we never break fellowship.

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    • Nice to be back, Wally.

      Nah, no more than that between us two because there nothing between us two.

      I basically said flat-earthers are loons which apparently offended one of them who, after reading a blog post, began stomping his fleet like a toddler.

      I have been very careful for quite a while now to think before I type but I stand by my last few posts 100 percent. Was I a tad harsh on flat-earthers? Sure and I may regret that a tiny bit. But their opinion deserves no respect at all. Nor does it deserve consideration, thought, discussion, or debate as it is utter lunacy.

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  10. Nuts seem to be a dime a dozen these days. DC is full of them.

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