Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

October is apple month. I know, I know, what about pumpkins? In my opinion, pumpkins get plenty of attention in November with pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. Apples, on the other hand, should take center stage in October.

After all, by this time, most types of apples are available and ready for picking. We had a bit of a shortage of some varieties around here due to a late spring frost. Thankfully, though, I was still able to locate some of the ultimate pie apples: Jonathans.

If you’ve never had an apple pie made with Jonathan apples, then you haven’t actually had an apple pie. At least, not a good one. Disagree? I don’t make the rules. Take it up with my grandmother when you get to Heaven, because she made the best apple pie and always used Jonathan apples.

I made my first apple pie of the season this past weekend and I must say, it was delicious. In fact, as my grandmother would say, it was “just delicious.” In fact, I think I’ll make another one soon so I can get my fill before pumpkin pies start to dominate at Thanksgiving!

I never understood why the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden is so often portrayed as an apple. Apples are delicious, healthy, and can hardly be associated with something as somber as the fall of mankind. And while we know that the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was a real, actual, edible fruit, there is no evidence that it was an apple. In fact, Genesis 1:29 says that God gave to Adam and Eve for food “every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit.” Apples have seeds. Ergo, the forbidden fruit was not an apple as we know them today.

Okay, now that I hopefully have you hungry for apples and apple pie, why not enjoy something apple-y while you peruse your week in review (kind of):

  • This looks interesting.
  • The first one in this list really gets me, because I have witnessed firsthand pastors who are clearly not called to be shepherds (and end up abusing the flock), and pastors who clearly are called to shepherd. I am thankful for the latter and pray for them often.
  • This is why I am not a fan of “biblical counseling” as it is so often exercised within churches. Far too much abuse has been ignored and far too many victims have been further victimized by so-called “biblical counselors.”
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Here’s the article referenced in the above tweet.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his faithful love
toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed
our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.
For he knows what we are made of,
remembering that we are dust.

Psalms 103:11-14 (CSB)
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