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“One of the consequences of our culture’s slide away from the true faith has been a marked rise in Christians making their peace with various forms of uncleanliness — in food prep, in personal hygiene, with tattoos, in dumping litter, in sexual practices, or how they keep their living rooms and yards. “

One my good buddies Nick Smith (Pastor of Nampa United Reformed Church) gets a hat tip for pointing me to Wilson’s post,  “Jesus. Reason. Soap.” The quote above comes from Wilson’s post.

Ouch, but he’s right. Part of the creation mandate was to cultivate, and I would say beautify or maintain the beauty of creation. Because of sin, creation has been affected, but it still retains much majesty and glory. Part of the Mosaic law spoke to matters of hygiene, what to do with one’s body, etc, for the intention of separating Israel from the nations in their lifestyle. While I am not advocating that we keep the ceremonial law, it is important for us to note that Christ fulfilled the law…He was a lamb without spot or blemish. He was pure. He was clean.

Christ seeks to restore beauty in our lives, both inward and outward as part of His redemptive work in our lives. While the ceremonial law no longer applies, the substance of it still speaks to us…that we should cultivate a clean and beautiful life. It was to mark Israel as distinctly clean and beautiful. We also are to be marked off in such a way that our lives proclaim to the nations that our Lord is beautiful, that His ways are good. The way we dress, the way we eat, the way we host guests, all of these things matter. The Proverbs 31 woman beautifies her surroundings because she has a beautiful heart. Her husband and children are blessed because of her. Paul also said that outward training has some value and that we do need to tend inwardly first, but Paul didn’t say that tending outwardly was on no value, just puts it in its proper perspective.


Free KFC Meal…Coupon Ends Today…Thanks Oprah

Posted: May 6, 2009 by Rick Hogaboam in Food

I never thought I would ever be thanking Oprah for anything, but hey, who can pass up FREE FOOD? Here’s the link:

Must be printed out today…but you can use the coupon for like up to a week later.

A Plug for a Great Little Cafe

Posted: July 17, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Food
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I am no longer in upstate New York, but I want to offer a whole-hearted recommendation for a little cafe in Palmyra, NY that I think is a best kept secret. “Muddy Waters” Cafe is nestled next to an updated section of the Erie Canal, providing a deck overlooking the greenery and flowing water. There is a walkway and some benches down by the canal itself. Anyhow, the menu includes breakfast sandwiches, bagels, specialty sandwiches, paninis, wraps, homemade soups and salads, full line of espresso drinks, and desserts.

It is located at 100 Division St., Palmyra, NY. Ph: 315-502-4197


So I was getting my car serviced at Aamco the other day and needed to kill a couple hours and walked down the street to a Mexican joint that was attached to a hotel. Sorry I have no pics to post, but it is a typical hole in the wall place with a brick and mortar street feel. I had a Chile Verde combo for only like $5.

The real litmus test is the chips and salsa when you are seated. As soon as I sat, I was greeted by warm chips, homemade salsa, AND a bean/cheese dip. Rarely does one receive a bean dip in addition to the customary salsa. Anyhow, it was all yummy and I spent some time reading “Believer’s Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ” (

A link to the restaurant can be found here:

And NO, I am not being paid to write this…just giving some props to a local establishment that will see my future patronage.