No Adultery: Monday Monologues (podcast) August 2, 2021

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 By Stephen W. Hiemstra

This morning I will share a prayer and reflect on Not Committing Adultery. After listening, please click here to take a brief listener survey (10 questions).

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No Adultery: Monday Monologues (podcast) August 2, 2021

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Prayer Day 37

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Almighty God.

We praise you for loving our families and caring for our children.

Guard our hearts and minds.

Chasten us to be faithful to our spouses.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, keep us mindful of your will for our lives.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer Day 37

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Oración Dia 37

Espera verano 2015

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra

Dios Todopoderoso,

Te alabamos por amar nuestras familias y por cuidar a nuestros niños.

Guarda nuestros corazones y mentes.

Disciplínanos a ser fieles a nuestros cónyuges.

En el poder del Espíritu Santo, mantennos conscientes de Tu voluntad para nuestras vidas.

En el precioso nombre de Jesús oramos. Amén.

Oración Dia 37

Ver también:

Prefacio de La Guía Cristiana a la Espiritualidad

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Gebetstag 37

Ein Christlicher Leitfaden zur Spiritualität, 20201014

Vor Stephen W. Hiemstra

Allmächtiger Gott,

Wir loben dir dafür, dass du unsere Familien liebe und sich um unsere Kinder kümmern.

Behüte unsere Herzen und Gedanken. Hilfe uns, unseren Ehepartnern treu zu sein. 

In der Kraft des Heiligen Geistes, behalte uns deines Willens für unser Leben vor Augen.

In Jesu kostbarem Namen, Amen.

Gebetstag 37

Siehe auch:

Einleitung auf Ein Christlicher Leitfaden zur Spiritualität 

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Do Not Commit Adultery (Seventh Commandment)

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“And you shall not commit adultery.” (Exod 20:14) [1]

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

At the heart of adultery is almost always a lie. The lie is that our private lives are and should remain private. The truth, however, is that our actions always affect those around us.

Introduction

Ask King David. He thought that he could have a quiet affair with Bathsheba. When she got pregnant, he tried to hush it up first by calling her husband, Uriah the Hittite, back from service in the army to the palace. The idea was that if Uriah slept with his wife, David’s sin would be covered up. Uriah spoiled this plan by remaining loyal to David and refusing to return home. Unable to cover up his sin, David sent word to Uriah’s commander to place him on the front line in battle and then abandon him to the Amorites. Uriah died in battle (2 Sam 11). Pretty soon everyone heard about David’s sin and attempted cover up. Psalm 30 records David’s distress over his sin. Psalm 51 records David’s confession to God. God forgave David but David’s sin led to the death of his child (2 Sam 12:13–14).

Definition

Adultery, divorce, and other forms of immorality are the consequence of yielding to forbidden desires and temptations that threaten to destroy healthy relationships [2] and tear apart our families. They also stand in contrast to God’s intent for human marriage, which is life-long marriage between one man and one woman.

Marriage is not just a romantic idea. If we view our relationships as simply serving our own needs, our children lose out. According to the U.S. Census (2011, 68), the share of children born to unwed mothers rose from 27 percent in 1990 to 40 percent in 2007. This one statistic implies that the prospects for children in America have plummeted in our generation. Think more poverty, more drug use, more suicide. Marriage is not just a romantic idea.

Biblical Context

Jesus deplored divorce, permitting it only in the case of sexual immorality, and relating it to adultery [3]. The covenant of marriage (Mal 2:14) involves for us two parts: both a covenantal sign (physical intimacy) and a covenantal oath (the marriage promise) [4]. Sexual immorality breaks the first part, but not necessarily the second.

Adultery and Murder

Jesus’ teaching about adultery parallels his teaching about murder. Lust leads to immorality so Jesus cautions us to avoid lust and thereby prevent adultery. He then interrupts this discussion of adultery to launch into a bit of hyperbole: “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out . . . And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.” (Matt 5:29–30)  After this aside, he returns to his discussion of adultery. The implication is that the body part in view is not an eye or a hand but something a bit more personal! Jesus clearly deplores divorce and immorality.

Footnotes

[1] Also: Deut 5:18; Matt 5:27; Matt 19:18; Rom 13:9.

[2] My first ministry experience as a young adult arose when my pastor and mentor encouraged me to start a summer youth program. The program was a success and I continued this ministry until I was married some years later. My mentor, however, was discovered by a church member to be having a homosexual affair. The affair cost him his pastorate and his marriage; it cost me an important mentor; and it cost the church a talented pastor.

[3] Matt 5:32; Matt 19:9.

[4] For Adam, we see Adam’s rib being taken out to create Eve (a kind of cutting ceremony) and an oath—“she is bone of my bones.“ (Hugenberger 1994, 342–43; Gen 2:21–23)

Referenes

Hugenberger, Gordon P. 1994. Marriage as a Covenant: Biblical Law and Ethics as Developed from Malachi. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.

U.S. Census Bureau. 2011. Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

Do Not Commit Adultery (Seventh Commandment)

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No Cometerás Adulterio (El Séptimo Mandamiento)

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“No cometerás adulterio” (Exod 20:14 NBH) [1]

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra

En la corazón del adulterio es casi siempre una mentira. La mentira es que nuestras vidas privadas son y deben permanecer privada. Sin embargo, la verdad es que nuestras acciones siempre afecta a los que nos rodean.

Pida Rey David. Él pensaba que podría tener una relación tranquila con Betsabé. Cuando ella se convirtió en pregnante, trato a acallar arriba por llamado su esposo, Urías el hitita, a regresar del servicio en el ejercito a la palacio. La idea fue que si Urías dormía con su esposa, el pecado de David estaría permanecer un secreto. Urías estropeó esta plan por permaneciendo leal a David y rechazando a volver a casa. Incapaz de ocultar su pecado, David envió a decir al comandante de Urías le coloque en la línea del frente en la batalla y luego abandonarlo a los Amorreos. Urías murió en batalla (2 Sam 11). Muy pronto todo el mundo se enteró del pecado de David y trató de encubrir. Salmo 30 registra la angustia de David acerca su pecado. Salmo 51 registra la confesión de David a Dios. Dios perdonó a David pero el pecado de David llevó a la muerta de su hijo (2 Sam 12:13-14).

El adulterio, el divorcio, y otras formas de inmoralidad son las consecuencia de ceder a los deseos y tentaciones prohibidas que amenazar con destruir las relaciones saludables [2] y destruir nuestras familias. También se destacan en contraste al intención de Dios para el matrimonio humano, que es un matrimonio por toda las vida entre un hombre y un mujer.

El matrimonio no es sólo una idea romántica. Si vemos nuestras relaciones como solamente sirviendo nuestras necesidades propias, nuestros niños salen perdiendo. Según al Censo del los Estados Unidos (U.S. Census 2011, 68), la proporción de niños nacidos de madres solteras aumentó de 27 por ciento en 1990 a 40 por ciento en 2007. Esta estadística implica que los prospectos por niños en América se han desplomado en nuestra generación. Piensa más pobreza; piensa más consumo de drogas; piensa más suicidio. El matrimonio no es sólo una idea romántico.

Jesús deploró el divorcio, permitó lo sólo en el caso de inmoralidad sexual, y comparó lo al adulterio [3]. El pacto de matrimonio (Mal 2:14) tiene para nosotros dos partes: tanto una señal del pacto (la intimidad física ) y un juramento del pacto (el promesa del matrimonio) [4]. Inmoralidad sexual rompe la primera parte, pero no necesariamente la segunda.

La enseñanza de Jesús acerca de adulterio es paralela su enseñanza acerca del asesinato. Lujuria lleva a inmoralidad de manera Jesús nos advierte para evitar la lujuria y en esta manera prevenir adulterio. Entonces se interrumpa esta discusión de adulterio a empezar con una poca hipérbola: “Si tu ojo derecho te hace pecar, arráncalo y tíralo . . . Y si tu mano derecha te hace pecar, córtala y tírala” (Matt 5:29-30 NBH). Después esta aparte, devolví a su discusión del adulterio. La implicación es que la parte del cuerpo en perspectiva no es un ojo o un mano, pero algo un poco más personal! Claro que Jesús deploró el divorcio y inmoralidad.

Notas

[1] También: Deut 5:18; Matt 5:27; Matt 19:18; Rom 13:9.

[2] Mi primero experiencia en ministerio como un adulto joven surgió cuando mi pastor y mentor animo me a iniciar una programa para los jóvenes durante un verano. La programa fue un éxito y continué este ministerio hasta me casé unas anos más tarde. Sin embargo, mi mentor fue descubierto por un miembro a ser tenido un relación homosexual. El asunto le costó su pastorado y su matrimonio; me costo un mentor importante; y se costa la iglesia un pastor talentoso.

[3] Matt 5:32; Matt 19:9.

[4] Por Adán, vemos la costilla de Adán siendo sacada a crear Eva (una especie de ceremonia de corte) y un juramento—”Esta es ahora hueso de mis huesos” (Hugenberger 1994, 342–43; Gen 2:21–23)

Referencias

Hugenberger, Gordon P. 1994. Marriage as a Covenant: Biblical Law and Ethics as Developed from Malachi. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.

U.S. Census Bureau. 2011. Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

No Cometerás Adulterio (El Séptimo Mandamiento)

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Prefacio de La Guía Cristiana a la Espiritualidad

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Begehe keinen Ehebruch (Siebtes Gebot)

Ein Christlicher Leitfaden zur Spiritualität, 20201014

Vor Stephen W. Hiemstra

Du sollst nicht ehebrechen. (Exod 20:14)⁠1

Im Zentrum von Ehebruch steht fast immer eine Lüge. Die Lüge ist, dass unser Privatleben privat ist und bleiben sollte. Die Wahrheit ist jedoch, dass unsere Handlungen immer die Menschen um uns herum beeinflussen.

Frage König David.  Er dachte, er könnte eine ruhige Affäre mit Bathseba haben. Als sie schwanger wurde, versuchte er es zuerst zu vertuschen, indem er ihren Mann, Uria den Hethiter, vom Militärdienst in den Palast zurückrief. Die Idee war, dass Davids Sünde vertuscht würde, wenn Uria mit seiner Frau schlief. Uria vereitelte diesen Plan, indem er David treu blieb und sich weigerte, nach Hause zurückzukehren.

Da David seine Sünde nicht vertuschen konnte, schickte er Urias Kommandant die Nachricht, ihn in der Schlacht an die Front zu stellen und ihn dann den Amoritern zu überlassen. Uria starb im Kampf (2 Sam 11). Schon bald hörten alle von Davids Sünde und versuchten, sie zu vertuschen. Psalm 30 berichtet von Davids Kummer über seine Sünde. Psalm 51 berichtet von Davids Bekenntnis zu Gott. Gott vergab David, aber Davids Sünde führte zum Tod seines Kindes (2 Sam 12:13–14).

Ehebruch, Scheidung und andere Formen der Unmoral sind die Folge, wenn man verbotenen Wünschen und Versuchungen nachgibt, die gesunde Beziehungen zu zerstören und unsere Familien zu zerreißen drohen. Sie stehen auch im Gegensatz zu Gottes Absicht für die menschliche Ehe, die eine lebenslange Ehe zwischen einem Mann und einer Frau ist.

Heirat ist nicht nur eine romantische Idee. Wenn wir unsere Beziehungen nur als Erfüllung unserer eigenen Bedürfnisse betrachten, verlieren unsere Kinder. Laut der US-Volkszählung (2011, 68) stieg der Anteil der Kinder unverheirateter Mütter von 27 Prozent im Jahr 1990 auf 40 Prozent im Jahr 2007. Diese eine Statistik impliziert, dass die Aussichten für Kinder in Amerika in unserer Generation eingebrochen sind. Denke an mehr Armut. Denke an mehr Drogenkonsum. Denke an mehr Selbstmord. Heirat ist nicht nur eine romantische Idee. 

Jesus beklagte die Scheidung, erlaubte sie nur im Falle sexueller Unmoral und bezog sie auf Ehebruch (Matt 5:32,19:9). Der Ehebund (Mal 2:14) beinhaltet zwei Teile: sowohl ein Bundeszeichen (körperliche Intimität) als auch einen Bundeseid ( Hugenberger 1994, 342–43; Gen 2:21–23). Sexuelle Unmoral bricht den ersten Teil, aber nicht unbedingt den zweiten.

Jesu Lehre über Ehebruch entspricht seiner Lehre über Mord. Begierde führt zu Unmoral, daher warnt uns Jesus davor, Begierde zu vermeiden und dadurch Ehebruch zu verhindern.

Dann unterbricht er diese Diskussion über Ehebruch, um etwas Hyperbel zu werden: “Wenn dich aber dein rechtes Auge verführt, so reiß es aus und wirf’s von dir . . . Wenn dich deine rechte Hand verführt, so hau sie ab und wirf sie von dir.” (Matt 5:29-30) Nach dieser Unterbrechung kehrt er zu seiner Diskussion über Ehebruch zurück. Die Implikation ist, dass der sichtbare Körperteil kein Auge oder eine Hand ist, sondern etwas Persönlicheres! Jesus hasst eindeutig Scheidung und Unmoral.

Verweise

1 Auch: Deut 5:18; Matt 5:27; Matt 19:18; Rom 13:9.

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Snyder Explains Screenwriting

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Blake Snyder. 2005. Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting that You’ll Ever Need. Studio City: Michael Wiese Productions.

Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra

If wanderlust has ever taken you outside your own profession to sojourn with another, you will discover new insights that will enhance both analogous to a year’s study abroad. Each profession has a slightly different focus and jargon to match. Jargon borrowed from one field and used in another can both enlighten and confuse, depending on the quality of the communication that accompanies it.[1] Crossing writing genres is no different.

Introduction

Blake Snyder, in his book—Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting that You’ll Ever Need—writes:

“The real inspiration for this book started with one simple desire: I had a whole bunch of snappy rules for screenwriting and I wanted to get credit for coining them…To get to the good part, I had to explain the screenwriting process, from idea to execution, in order for anyone to understand what I was talking about.“ (120)

Over the past several years, I have read and reviewed numerous writing books, but Snyder is the first author to take the time to define the many technical terms that he uses. If you don’t believe me, look up the term, beat—an emotional story transition. Most fiction authors use the term without precise definition. Snyder outlines fifteen such transitions on his beat sheet (70).

Snyder distinguishes his book, saying:

1.    He uses the language and terms actually employed by screenwriters,

2.    He has actually sold scripts,

3.    He has taught the material presented, and

4.    He explains how the business actually works. (xii-xiii).

The title for the book comes from Snyder’s rule that the author must present his protagonist as likeable, like the policeman that climbs up the tree to rescue a cat (xv). Authors who fail to take the time end up with robotic characters that readers/viewers have trouble bonding with.

Background and Organization

Wikipedia describes Blake Snyder (1957-2009) as: “An American screenwriter, consultant, author and educator based in Los Angeles.” He studied English at Georgetown University in Washington DC.[2] He writes Save the Cat in eight chapters:

1.    What is it?

2.    Give me the same thing only different!

3.    It’s about a guy who…

4.    Let’s beat it out!

5.    Building the perfect beast

6.    The immutable laws of screenplay physics

7.    What’s wrong with this picture?

8.    Final fade in (v-vi)

These chapters are preceded by a foreword and introduction, and followed by a glossary.

Sell Me

The one point that stays with you in reading Snyder is the importance of selling a script. In the moneyed world of movies, every conversation is metered like an elevator speech. Being able to communicate the theme, audience, plot, and key characters quickly takes pride of place.

Snyder sees four elements in your pitch: a touch of irony (an intriguing hook), a compelling mental picture, an indication of audience and cost, and a killer title (6-9). A “high concept” film is easy to see and pitches itself in one sentence (the logline; 14-15).  These elements are so important that Snyder starts with the pitch before writing a line.

The Spec Writer

Snyder describes himself repeatedly as a spec writer, a term he neglects to define. My image of a spec writer is the jaded writer who follows a director around always with a typewriter within reach, like the writer in Clint Eastwood’s 1990 film: White Hunter, Black Heart.[3]

The key to being a spec writer is to being able to analyze a story quickly in terms of genre and beats. Snyder gives us ten types of story genre:

1.    Monster in the house

2.    Golden Fleece (the quest)

3.    Out of a bottle (a touch of magic)

4.    Dude with a problem

5.    Rites of passage

6.    Buddy love

7.    Whydunit

8.    The fool triumphant

9.    Institutionalized

10. Superhero (25-40)

What is interesting about this list, it is that it classifies stories by their dominant theme rather than an undefined, literary tagline. This helps the spec writer to classify stories quickly and to detach emotionally so as to be able to change up storylines as needed to strengthen the emotional content. Snyder’s fifteen beats in a story then allows him to peg the key turning points in the plot (70) where such changes might be made. Understanding this framework, the jaded writer morphs into more of an action junkie on a quest to write the ultimate screenplay in the least amount of time.

Assessment

Blake Snyder’s book—Save the Cat—is perhaps the most helpful book that I have ever read on writing fiction. As I read through it, I had repeated ah-ha moments where things that I read elsewhere suddenly made sense. I also found myself memorizing Snyder’s categories and descriptions, knowing that it would be helpful to recall them as I watched movies or read novels that use such devices. If you are a writer or simply a wannabe, you will want to read this book.

Footnotes

[1] During my year in Germany, I heard the term ferkle, which translates as piglet, bantered about in new and interesting ways. At one point, a friend noticed my amusement at the use of ferkle in conversation and explained to me that ferkle did not simply mean a cute little pig, but one that had not yet learned to control its bowels and would defecate everywhere.

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blake_Snyder. Also see: www.BlakeSnyder.com.

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Hunter_Black_Heart.

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Do not Murder: Monday Monologues (podcast) July 26, 2021

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 By Stephen W. Hiemstra

This morning I will share a prayer and reflect on not Murdering. After listening, please click here to take a brief listener survey (10 questions).

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Do not Murder: Monday Monologues (podcast) July 26, 2021

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Prayer Day 36

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Compassionate Father, beloved Son, ever-present Spirit,

Thank you for giving us healthy boundaries in your law.

Cleanse our hearts of jealousy, envy, and other evil passions that lead us to sin.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer Day 36

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