One of the Mac’s Great Mysteries

If you have a Mac, you’ve seen it: Mercury OverRelease Samples.  A folder on your desktop that mysteriously appears after a crash or sometimes for unknown (by me) reasons.

Google it and you get about two results.  From at least six years ago.  Questions about what is “Mercury OverRelease Samples” and why is it there.  In all cases, the questions go “officially” unanswered.

After the two relevant Google hits, with no joy, come a myriad of articles about the dangers of mercury.

Maybe it’s such a dark secret, Apple refuses to even mention the name. Mercury OverRelease Samples.  We’ll probably never know.  I must let it go.

C. S. Lewis – For No Other Purpose

This is the whole of Christianity. There is nothing else. It is so easy to get muddled about that. It is easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objects—education, building, missions, holding services. Just as it is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects—military, political, economic, and what not. But in a way things are much simpler than that. The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden—that is what the State is there for. And unless they are helping to increase and prolong and protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time. In the same way the Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other purpose.

— from Mere Christianity

Welcome To The Family

The very word membership is of Christian origin, but it has been taken over by the world and emptied of all meaning. In any book on logic you may see the expression “members of a class.” It must be most emphatically stated that the items or particulars included in a homogeneous class are almost the reverse of what St. Paul meant by members. By members. . . .he meant what we should call organs, things essentially different from, and complementary to, one another, things differing not only in structure and function but also in dignity. . . . . How true membership in a body differs from inclusion in a collective may be seen in the structure of a family. The grandfather, the parents, the grown-up son, the child, the dog, and the cat are true members (in the organic sense), precisely because they are not members or units of a homogeneous class. They are not interchangeable. Each person is almost a species in himself. The mother is not simply a different person from the daughter; she is a different kind of person. The grown-up brother is not simply one unit in the class children; he is a separate estate of the realm. The father and grandfather are almost as different as the cat and the dog. If you subtract any one member, you have not simply reduced the family in number; you have inflicted an injury on its structure. Its unity is a unity of unlikes, almost of incommensurables.

A dim perception of the richness inherent in this kind of unity is one reason why we enjoy a book like The Wind in the Willows; a trio such as Rat, Mole, and Badger symbolises the extreme differentiation of persons in harmonious union, which we know intuitively to be our true refuge both from solitude and from the collective.

—from “Membership” (C. S. Lewis – The Weight of Glory)

Thoughts on Pain (from Jack Deere)

The fact that someone else’s catastrophe is greater than mine has never made my pain feel better.

I have never overcome my pain by comparing it to someone else’s pain.

I have never overcome my pain by reasoning myself out of it, nor has it helped to seek comfort in some version of theology that gets God off the hook for my pain (and there are plenty of versions to choose from today).

What helps me, is to remember that God is still writing my story and my story is not about avoiding pain, but about finding a way to let God redeem my pain.

-taken from various teaching messages from Jack Deere (

Matt Chandler: 4 Ways Christians Should Share Their Faith That Are Actually Effective – RELEVANT Magazine

Pastor and Acts 29 president Matt Chandler wants people to know the key to sharing their faith in the 21st century. Hint: It does not involve throwing one’s Bible at non-Christians.
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