I got tagged for a book meme

David Porter tagged me. I have no clue what this is about, but not wanting to be seen as a spoiled sport, I’ll do all that Laurie, who was tagged with me, has done.

“Here’s how it works: I am supposed to pick up the nearest book with at least 123 pages, turn to the 123rd page, find the 5th sentence, and then post the three sentences immediately after that. ”

I am sitting at Philip’s computer and the book closest to here is one he has been reading—‘He Spoke in Parables’ by Gordon J. Keddie.
Here goes:

All the fashionable guests who begged off were replaced with a collection of needy strangers who would never have expected an invitation to that table had they lived to be a hundred!

The key to understanding this parable lies in the fact that Jesus was ministering at this point to the Pharisees. They were the party of legalistic ‘orthodoxy’ within Judaism.

To find five others to tag is easier said than done because the only two regular visitors/contributors to my blog are David and Laurie. Sigh!

I will have to entreat my friend Brent in Japan. He rarely finds time to blog and because I wanted to include his blog in my link of blogs, I had to change the link category from ‘Interesting Blogs’ to ‘Blogs I View’.

I’ll tag my daughter Prisy who plans on starting a blog soon, and her friend Natalie who does not blog.

Julia, would you? (no, it does not have to be a biblical book)

I simply can’t think of a fifth.

And I’ll close like Laurie has:

“If anyone else wants to play, jump right in. If anyone doesn’t, my feelings will be fine,”


  1. OK, but I have only one book to hand because I am staying at my mother’s old folks’ home in Dunedin and I rushed out the door so quickly this morning that I didn’t have time to take a book so I bought one at a second hand shop. It’s Jonathan Franzen’s collection of essays called “How to be Alone” and the page in question is in the essay “Lost in the Mail” which seems to be about the history of the Chicago Post Office (I haven’t read that far in the book yet):

    “The city was in a fractious mood when Runyon arrived. His visit culminated in a “town meeting” at the Broadway Armory, in the Uptown district. Officially the meeting was a City Council Finance Committee hearing on the economic impact of poor mail service.”

    Dunedin is hot! It was 10 degrees hotter than Auckland today. It’s usually the other way around.


  2. If missionaries yield to this tendency, they get off on the wrong foot and jeopardize the missionary enterprise. Judgment should be reserved until considerable effort has been expended with a view to understanding the respondent culture on its own terms. That kind of evaluation will be difficult and time-consuming, but it will be more valid, sensitive, and constructive.

    Name of the book: Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally
    Author: David J. Hesslegrave


  3. I didn’t take the nearest book actually. I chose one.

    Name of the Book: Emma
    Author: The lovely Miss Austen

    Jane caught a bad cold, poor thing!

    so long as the 7th of November, (as I am going to read to you,) and has never been well since.

    A long time, is not it, for a cold to hang upon her?

    Just my luck, I had to start right into Miss Bates ramblings. She has a bad habit of not finishing her sentences, so I had a hard time figuring out where one sentence ended and where one began.

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