I’ve started a post four times and I’ve quickly discovered that it is impossible to blog when you have two small children trying to vie for your attention. Guess I’ll try again later.
So, I made a Turkey quiche for Thanksgiving day brunch with my family since we’ll be having dinner with my in-laws, but this will work for tomorrow’s breakfast too when you’re looking for something to do with the leftovers. You’ll need the following. This will make two pies, so you can halve the measurements and make just one:
- Turkey breast meat, I used about 10 oz between two pies.
- 14 eggs
- 2/3 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
- Cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, or a blend will work)
- 3/4 cup of fried onions
- Two boxes of prepared cornbread stuffing
- Granulated garlic, salt, and pepper to taste
Spray your pie pans with non-stick spray, take the prepared stuffing and pour it into the pie pan, press it along the bottom and sides of your pie pan to form a crust. Mix milk, eggs, and yogurt together. Add turkey, fried onions and spices to the mixture. Pour into your pie shells over the stuffing until full.
Bake in the oven at 375 for about 30-40 minutes, if the tops start to get too brown, shield with foil until done.
1 pie should serve about 8 people.
53. Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.
Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “disposable” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised – they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the “exploited” but the outcast, the “leftovers”.
54. In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.
14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
And I’m back.
Interesting month. The end of one chapter and the beginning of another. I’m hopeful.
The Word, the complete expression of God’s being, attributes, and character, became flesh. The eternal, all-powerful, supreme being that was incomprehensible to us, that was so high above us that it would be impossible for us to grasp Him, became one of us. You can see why some of the early Christians had trouble conceiving of this. You can see why the Jewish religious leaders of the day had trouble accepting this.
To them, God was the pillar of fire, the burning bush, the One who spoke and the universe came to be, the One so above the material realm that He created that He forbade any attempt at all to make a likeness of Him because it degraded and distorted His being.
This God, this holy God, who spoke only through prophets and then only indirectly, became flesh and dwelt among us.
It is an absurd, awesome, nearly incomprehensible thing. God decided to reveal Himself to us and He chose a way we could understand the best: by becoming one of us and living a human life the way He expected us to live.
I’m not the kind of person who responds well with book learning and lectures. I like reading. I like school. I enjoy it. But for me to really grasp how to do something, I need someone to show me how to do it and then walk me through doing it myself. That’s what the Word is to us. He is the expression of God’s being and an expression of the life that God expects of us: one in perfect harmony with His being and character.
15 John testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
John the Baptizer’s testimony and the call back to the Law of Moses both show that the Law and the Prophets were the lesser revelations of God. The Ten Commandments were a partial revelation of how we should conduct ourselves and the nature of God. They were first reportedly written by God the first time, and by Moses at God’s command the second time. The Prophets were indirectly given revelation from God through signs, dreams, visions, and impressions. Both were given through humans with their own limited understanding, prejudices, and faults. They were, to apply Paul’s analogy, seeing through a mirror darkly.
Christ existed before both. He was in the beginning with God. There was at no point in history or pre-history a time when God existed that the Son did not also exist as the exact representation of God. The greatest revelation to us is the person of Jesus Christ. He is God in human flesh. God whom we could see, touch, speak to, hear, watch, and follow in His footsteps. He is the perfect revelation of God. He is the Word made flesh.
And how does John the apostle describe Him? Full of grace and truth. The very act of the incarnation is the supreme act of graciousness, as the eternal becomes mortal and the incomprehensible takes the greatest pains to become understandable. And full of truth: there is no falseness, no flaw, nothing that mars the revelation of God. His words are true. His actions are a true expression of God’s character. His sacrifice is the pinnacle of God’s feelings and thoughts toward us.
To know and understand the Word is to know and understand the Father. So with this introduction, we begin John’s memories of his time watching, hearing, and trying to follow in the footsteps of the Word and what exactly that means for us.
So, here’s my testimony out of my own personal trial.
I lost my job Nov. 1st. Two weeks to the day, I received another offer for a higher base salary from a company that is closer to my house and also retains its employees for decades.
I don’t know why God was gracious to me like this, but I am very grateful and humbled by it.
I’ll be back blogging next week.
Well, day one, I applied to about 30 different jobs, got a few leads on some more, and made myself an Excel spreadsheet to track my applications and scheduled follow-ups and potential interviews.
I’m nerding it up here, folks.
I guess I should get back into my regular blogging routine. I’ll try and post something on John tomorrow as well as my usual rants about nerd stuff and politics.
and the Lord takes away. Blessed by the name of the Lord.
With that out of the way, I’m getting laid off today from my job of 10 years due to budget cuts, and I would appreciate your prayers and positive thoughts.
I don’t know how I’m going to keep paying bills or put food on the table at this point, but I trust that God will provide.
I guess I’ll have a lot more time in the next few days to write.