Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I'm Alright (Ain't Nobody Worry'n 'Bout Me)

9/23/09 - 4th Day - Evening. Hey y'all. I'm still alive. I've been busy writing and pondering, along with some considering and ruminating. I hope to have Chapter 11 posted sometime tomorrow (Lord willing). I hope you all will stop by and get the Chapter when it is up. Thanks for your comments.

Your servant in Christ Jesus,

Michael Bunker


Anonymous said...

I knew you were alright, Hank Williams Jr. told me so:

The preacher man says it's the end of time And the Mississippi River she's a goin' dry

The interest is up and the Stock Markets down And you only get mugged
If you go downtown

I live back in the woods, you see
A woman and the kids, and the dogs and me

I got a shotgun rifle and a 4-wheel drive And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

I can plow a field all day long
I can catch catfish from dusk till dawn

We make our own whiskey and our own smoke too. Ain't too many things these ole boys can't do

We grow good ole tomatoes and homemade wine And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael,
I have found your articles through links from the Delibrate Agarian. I have been a follower of his for the last year or so and was greatly disappointed when he stopped writing his daily articles. I find an affinity with the agrarian lifestyle that you follow and preach about.( I practise it to some degree)Ifind that the all pervasive culture of the modern society with its consumerism and cult of celebrity leaves me despairing for modern man. I have found your writings on Off Grid Living particulary interesting. I was brought up a Catholic but have left that religion behind for various reasons the main one being the hipocrisy of the Catholic Church.Deep down I problay still belive in the existence of a higher power but am reluctant to devote myself to a particular brand of religion. How does one know which is the true religion ? Can a man not acknowledge the existence of God as an individual and give thanks to him without the attachment to an organised church ? Your thoughts on these matters would be appreciated.
Kind Regards

Anonymous said...

I probably didn't give proper attribution for Country Boy and now the RIAA is flying around in black helicopters attempting to find me and air drop a platoon of hungry lawyers to practice their black art.

Ray, you didn't didn't ask me and Michael probably has more and better things to say, but I will share a bit of my own experience.

Growing up a solid athiest, I considered God and especially Jesus as fairytale characters that only the simple-minded would actually believe. The word Jesus to me was almost a dirty word, I didn't like to say it aloud.

Before I married my wife I agreed that when we had children, we would take them to church. I didn't see any harm in it. I thought that it might provide some moral instruction, and that I could tell the kids that the Bible was a fiction but had some good stories.

When it came time to take the children to church, I didn't care where we went. We could go Mormon, Jewish, whatever just pick a group that had the best stuff going or best group of people and let the churching begin.

We decided on a non-denominational church. I still had a problem buying in to the more "fairytale" stories like the story of Noah, Jonah, and Jesus resurrecting. One book that the Holy Spirit used in what eventually became my becoming saved was written by a heretic, Marcus Borg's "The God we Never Knew". His view was that you didn't have to take the Bible as being literally true to get some value out of the stories. This was the kind of religion that I could get into: some concept of a higher power, the Bible as a u-pick moral framework that was written in much the same way and with the same idea as Aesop's fables.

I don't know if this is where you are Ray, but it sounds close. The problem with this very popular idea, is that it puts the individual in the place of God. I talk to people all the time who say, "My concept of God is..." or "My God wouldn't..." or whatever. The problem is that the God they are talking about is no better than or nor more than an idle carved in the mind and carried around like a talisman.

Another book I read (actually I listend to it as an audio book) in the process of my conversion was "The Case for Christ" by Lee Strobel. Through this book, I came to understand the historicity of the Bible, its divine authorship, the truth of Jesus's crucifixion and being raised from the dead. At this point obviously, I had to totally reject Borg and his ideas. The problem is that if you believe that the Bible is God's word, then it isn't a buffet where you can select or reject ideas or commands as you see fit. It is something that needs to be taken as a whole.

I would recommend that you get The Case for Christ. It really helped me with my questions about "why the Bible, why not the Koran, or some other supposed holy book". Once you see the bible as the inspired word of God, then it becomes clear that you need to read it and find out what it has to tell you.

I pray the Lord blesses you and leads you to the truth, as he did for me.


Sonya said...

Hello, Michael. Glad all is well with you. Thoroughly enjoyed Chapter 10-Water. Precious little informaton it seems for the homesteader on something so vital to survival, though Backwoods Home magazine did a very good writeup a few years back dedicating an entire issue to Water. I wonder... as more and more agrarians move to lands with little rainfall and build cisterns and ponds, surely the water table eventually rises as that which the agrarian uses is put back into the earth. Hope that makes sense.

Looking forward to chapter 11.

RPowers said...

Glad to hear you are still alive. Thanks for the amazing amount of thought and design you are putting into the book! I have a question for you: Do you like mushrooms? The cool weather and abundant rain here in NW Arkansas have brought forth a bumper crop of mushrooms (which I like to pick). If you like the flavor, I can send you a few OZ of dried Black Trumpets or Chanterelles. Email me. I'm using the comments and not email to get in touch, cause I figure you have time to check this.

Ryan Powers

Anonymous said...

Hi Todd,
thanks for the advice, I will look up Lee Strobel's book
Kind Regards,