Retraction: Pastor Sid

I have personally conversed with Lynne Applewhyte of House of Prayer’s pastoral staff. She tells me that Carl Honeycutt, under the  avatar name Sid Lamilton, left House of Prayer, and Second Life, to pursue a career outside the ministry. It’s as simple as that. Nobody asked him to leave the pastorship of HoP with the possible exception of God Himself. Lynne also denies that Pastor Samuele Shepherd ever counselled with HoP’s pastoral staff in the days immediately after Carl left.

There is nothing wrong or untoward about the circumstances under which Carl Honeycutt left his Second Life ministry. I was wrong to imply in any way that there was. I am deeply sorry for the hand I took in needlessly soiling an innocent man’s reputation, and I want to make it right. To that end, I have removed the post titled “HoP Pastor Steps Down”, as there is no room for inaccurate material in this blog.

I thank God I said nothing at all about the “other misdeeds”, or I would have been as guilty of libel as any blogger can possibly be.

I am reminded of a strong disagreement I had with the content of a sermon preached Rev. Nowintimeasnare Foxtrot at last March’s Let It Rain revival. I committed the egregious error of writing about it here first ahead of meeting with Rev. Nowin privately to tell him of my objections. Although circumstances here are quite different, the sin I committed is absolutely the same.

I gossipped!

Yes, I was right in boldfacing and italicizing that word. This sin needs to be laid out before you, naked as a jaybird, so you can see all its ugliness before God. I was wrong to do it, and ask the forgiveness of all and sundry, especially that of Carl Honeycutt.

The recent developments have impressed upon me how remarkably small a world the Internet can be. Content from one site is regularly plagiarized to another, usually for the purpose of framing it with a sponsor’s advertisements. The may account for how a backlink to BSC got into a page on Facebook.

The stats page of my blog tells me that new readers, contributing to a high spike of 50 readers overall last Friday, accessed this blog from a page on Facebook. I still haven’t found the exact Facebook page that makes reference to Page 5 of BSC. I would appreciate it if you can tell me where I can find this link.

In any case, I find myself questioning my involvement in blogging. If I am forever bound to publish nothing about wrongdoing until I have privately warned the wrongdoer, away from prying eyes, then what good is this blog?

That is a good question. Maybe it falls to me to provide a good answer.

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Log church

The new log church building

Here’s a couple of photos of the promised church building.

The builder of the church built a simple log structure, in keeping with the outdoorsy feel of the rest of Rose Hill.

According to Pastor Shepherd, the builder said he was not Christian, but felt prompted to provide this building at no charge. That is amazing. But more than that, I really think God forcibly transplanted Overcomers to Rose Hill with somebody specifically in mind. He wants to win that builder to Christ. Either him or somebody else who likes outdoorsy settings.

In this light, I feel like I owe God an apology. He was working a perfect plan and I couldn’t see it. I gave a large chunk of change to trying to save the Fand sim and when we lost it the following week, I became angry. That resulted in some pretty snarky writing in this blog. For that, I apologize to one and all. I should have trusted God better.

Hard Morphicon decision

I’m thinking about going to Morphicon only when needed, which is late Saturday.

I want to go all three days, but that royally upsets the panicky part of me, which would have me rip the convention off for every non-essential hour I can give to canvassing for the Census. I don’t like the financial situation I’m seeing in Europe, and I have to prepare for being unemployed again. The month of August is at stake; I’m not going to trade it for two days in May.

I’m, shall we say, desperate.

Arboreal setting for Overcomers

I knew something good would come of Overcomers having to give up the Fand region. Within a week, Pastor Samuele Shepherd found new land for us. It’s beautiful. God replaced Fand with “God’s country”.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

OCWW at Rose Hill sim

The Rose Hill sim is a more arboreal setting, with many tall trees on a grassy island surrounded by water and photorealistic mountains. It’s beautiful and a joy to fly through. I would definitely want my piece of Heaven to look like this.

The campfire for the Tuesday night Bible studies is better than the one we had at Fand. A simple campfire with a bunch of stumps and logs to sit on. The animation that take over my avatar as I sit on them are better. And they allow me to use my gestures whenever necessary, too.

We hope to have the first service tonight in the “old” building Pastor Samuele had before moving to Fand last January. But don’t expect to have that building long. He says he’s working with a builder on a more rustic log structure, to be built in the near future.

Fun while it lasted

Pastor Samuele Shepherd, with great reluctance, decided to let the Fand sim go and search for a cheaper tract of land elsewhere. He tells me in an IM that he’s found a piece of land, and he waiting to show it Paster Kaboom Daxter and for the funding to come in.

I quickly searched for and found a place to live at Bright Corporation that rents for L$95 per month. It’s a sky chalet, and has a tight 40 prim limit, but part of the fun in living in such a place is in inventing your way around such limitations.

And the great thing is, somebody has already done most of the inventing. New tenants get a goodly collection of one-prim furniture.

My new sky chalet is a two-story structure with a turf-covered patio and a pool. It’s narrow, like a mobile home, but has large windows on either side, looking out over a featureless gray straight line horizon. Nothing. What do you expect for L$95 a month?

I’m pleased with the way I’ve landed on my feet, and I expect Overcomers Worldwide to do the same.

New House of Prayer opens today

Builders Aura Baar and Aliandra Miami of House of Prayer have finished with the church’s new building and have installed it onto the Life Spirit sim. Here are a few photos to show what it looks like.

New House of Prayer building, front view

View of the altar and pulpit areas

Side view, close to the ampitheater

Interior shot of the front entrance

Beautiful new fountain, by Aura Baar

Pastor Armando Frangilli will be presenting the first sermon in the new structure this morning. I so look forward to it.

A very satanic looking “evil clown” was walking about the place, and even came in front of me to size me up. I’m not sure if he was thinking of causing trouble, but he certainly achieved the objective of looking provocative. I complemented him on his sword, and asked if he played En Garde. He said nothing. In the photo, he is not bowing toward me in respect. He is actually Away From Keyboard.

A second church service will be held later this afternoon at 2:00 PM Second Life Time (Pacific). All ye who are in SL are cordially invited.

Smaller, cozier HoP building

A new House of Prayer building is in the works. The members of the House of Prayer realized that they don’t need that white marble concert hall monstrosity anymore, nor the Strong Tower dance call and meeting hall located in the sky somewhere above it. In the interest of bringing prim counts down to a managable level, it has been decided to do away with those things.

Aliendra Miami, a chief builder on the Spirit Life sim, is busy terraforming the land there to receive the new church building. According to a notice put forth earlier today by land owner Breee Homewood, various objects are being temporarily returned to their owners until such time as the new church building is in place.

Paul Writes to Timothy

I’m pretty sure Pastor Shepherd wants me in a position of leadership at Overcomers Church Worldwide, but can’t elevate me there because I have not yet demonstrated a solid knowledge of both epistles of Paul the Apostle to Timothy. And the one thing standing between me and that is staff meetings at the House of Prayer.

I think I attend too many staff meetings there.

A severe thunderstorm is passing through the Columbus, Ohio area right now, and since my Internet service rarely survives a big thunderstorm, I thought I’d go offline and spend some quality time with my KJV and a clipboard. Believe it or not, I can achieve an intimacy with these two things that I cannot achieve on the web or in Second Life.

Here is what I learned so far from the first two chapters of 1st Timothy.

For both bishops and deacons, the requirements boil down to first governing oneself well, then governing one’s family well. One’s skill as an administrator can be seen most perfectly in how one administrates a family, the most basic unit of a society.

One must not be given to any addictions. One must not be given to a bad temper. If anything has the potential to wrest the steering wheel of your conduct away from the hands of calm reason, one must not be given to it. The same can be said for one’s spouse and children.

Now, I’ve chosen not to have a family, primarily because I knew I’d have my hands plenty full with governing myself and a single-bedroom flat. The skills involved are budgeting, self-control in staying within that budget, and making sure that the equipment and commodities God has entrusted to me are given back to Him in some way, shape or form.

Where I may be falling short is in the budgeting of my time. Whether I’m falling short, or where, is going to be the subject of my next session of prayer to God. Too many times lately, I’ve broken off my job hunting on the Web to see what was going on in SL. That worries me. Makes me wonder whether that extra employer or two I might have contacted yesterday might’ve been the one to hire me. This hurts, and perhaps might cause undue worry later on this month.

I’m out of “dirty tricks” for paying my rent and utilities, such as tax refunds and the bonus money one gets for referring new residents to your apartment complex. This month, either God does it for me, or it doesn’t get done.

This doesn’t help to put on display Skye Vanistok’s administrative skills.