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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Linking it up

The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.

* 11 Smells That Are Slowly Disappearing -- "Nothing can trigger a memory so unexpectedly as an aroma."
* Ferguson and the Quest for Racial Justice -- "The violent scenes from Ferguson, Missouri, are not what most Americans expected to see in 2014 America."
* It is Well that War is so Terrible -- "There is something about the quote that is too good to be true."
* Mystery over massive Alexander-era tomb unearthed in Greece -- "Archaeologists have unearthed a funeral mound dating from the time of Alexander the Great and believed to be the largest ever discovered in Greece..."
* Sunday Schooling Our Kids Out of Church -- "But what is our ultimate call?  To create programs?  Or to raise disciples?"
* Supreme Court: Was gay marriage settled in 1972 case? -- "...a few judges think the Supreme Court provided the answer more than 40 years ago: yes."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Today's quotes

"When unscrupulous men are presented with disagreeable truths that they cannot deny, scriptural truths that they cannot overthrow, or scriptural conclusions they cannot resist, they will often attempt to discredit the speaker of truth in an attempt to influence public opinion away from a rational investigation or consideration of those truths presented." -- Vince Hardy

"It’s none of our business to tell another government what form of government they should have." -- (Then Senator) Warren G. Harding

"The gospel of Christ is not just something you believe in once and then move on with your life. No, the gospel of Christ IS the way of life." -- Dave Miller

"The loss of a child is always unnatural." -- James White (at least it seems so, though the fact of our sin nature testifies otherwise)

"When moved by a right spirit, the Truth is always spoken and received in the love of it; for it is only then that the heart of the Lord’s servants is found inditing a good matter." -- Jeremiah Taylor Moore

"Sometimes you make changes. Sometimes changes make you." -- Unknown

"Gamaliel believed in God and had enough confidence in God to leave God's work to God (Acts 5:34-38). To think that you must vanquish through your efforts alone is an atheistic idea." -- Bart Barber

Dwight McKissic relates that his mother often said, “Make sure that you don’t hand the devil the stick to hit you with, because he will sure use it.”

"For those trying to hold to the standards given to us by Christ and His apostles, it's becoming a harder and lonelier road for them to walk." -- David K. Mattingly

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Use of church facilities

* Family says Tampa church canceled funeral because son was gay -- "The family asked for Evans' funeral to be held at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa...T.W. Jenkins, pastor at New Hope was not aware that Evans had a husband or was gay until members of his congregation saw the obit and called to complain. They did not think it was right to have the funeral at their church."

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church is taking an online beating. On August 1st this church canceled a man's funeral service that was to be held at their building the next day. Without a doubt it is hard on a grieving family to suddenly find out they must find a new venue for their memorial service. New Hope has been painted as not only homophobic, but also heartless. Surely they erred in not getting all the facts before agreeing to host the funeral. But do those who asked them to allow the share no blame. It never entered anyone's mind to not ask that the funeral be held in the auditorium of a church that believes homosexuality and homosexual marriage are sinful?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Think on these things

The death of Robin Williams is a solemn reminder that happiness is not what it always appears to be.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Startin to link again

The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.

* 9 Secrets Your Debt Collector Doesn’t Want You to Know -- "...many take unfair and illegal advantage of debtors because many debtors lack basic knowledge about their rights."
* Civil War Moments: The Story of the Great Locomotive Chase -- "Andrews led a group of 22 men into Georgia in the early spring of 1862. On April 12th they approached a locomotive that had stopped at the town of Big Shanty (now Kennesaw) for a lunch break."
* Seven Warnings for Church Leaders Who Use Social Media -- "...social media is a two-edged sword. It can be used for good or great harm...Be wise. Be gracious. Be kind. And be Christ-like."
* Town’s 1910 racial strife a nearly forgotten piece of Texas past -- "The 1910 Slocum Massacre [is] remarkable more for the inattention it has received than for its remembrance."
* The 1910 Slocum Massacre: An Act of Genocide in East Texas -- by E. R. Bills

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Two Seas

The Two Seas: A Parable of Giving and Hoarding.
"It is more blessed to give than to receive."

1. There is a sea which, day by day, 
Receives the rippling rills
And streams that spring from wells of God, 
Or fall from cedared hills;
But what it thus receives it gives 
With glad, unsparing hand.
A stream more wide with deeper tide 
Flows to a lower land.
But doth it lose by giving? Nay! 
Its shores of beauty see--
The life and health and fruitful wealth 
Of Galilee!

2. There is a sea which, day by day, 
Receives a fuller tide,
But all its store it keeps, nor gives 
To shore nor sea beside;
What gains its grasping greed? Behold! 
Barrenness round its shore.
Its fruit of lust, but fruit of dust 
Rotten from rind to core:
Its Jordan water turned to brine 
Lies heavy as molten lead;
Its dreadful name doth e'er proclaim
That sea is---Dead!

-- written by Richard Glover, from The Church Missionary Gleaner, Volume XVI, No. 182, Feb. 1889, p. 22

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Links from here to there

The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.

* A simple timeline of the book of Acts
* 9 Reasons Why You’re a Mosquito Magnet -- "...scientists are on the hunt to discover what makes certain people especially attractive to the tiny insects. Here are nine reasons they’ve come up with so far."
* Former IRS Official Lois Lerner Called Republicans ‘Crazies’ -- "House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp released new emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner as part of investigation examining potential criminal wrongdoing."
* Man Does Not Live by Cars Alone -- "When the social ties are loosened, material wealth becomes the main standard of well being."
* Moving In and Moving On -- "As cohabitation has grown more common, cohabiting couples have become less likely to transition into marriage."
* Pope Francis Apologizes for Persecution of Pentecostals -- "...Francis apologized for the persecution suffered by Pentecostals under Italy’s fascist regime in the 1920s and 1930s and urged Christians to celebrate their diversity and unity...Since his election last year, the pope has been reaching out to other faiths and has held talks with Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders."
* The Letters That Warren G. Harding’s Family Didn’t Want You to See -- "The details of the Harding-Phillips affair remained largely hidden from public view until 2009, when Jim Robenalt, an Ohio lawyer, published 'The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage During the Great War.'"
* What progressives fundamentally don't get about traditional Christians -- "Progressives working towards greater public acceptance and support of LGBT rights would no doubt like to see Christians with traditionalist views abandon their old-fashioned doctrines on these matters. Or just go away. Neither will happen."
* The Importance of Eating Together -- "Family dinners build relationships, and help kids do better in school."
* Wikipedia’s Edit Wars — and the 8 Religious Pages People Can’t Stop Editing -- "On Wikipedia, the collaborative Internet encyclopedia, articles on religion become a point of serious contention."
* Would marriage for gays be a newly created right, or recognition of an old right? -- "But yet to be decided, at least for gays and lesbians, is this: just what is the nature of that fundamental right? Is it a sweeping right to choose one’s life mate without interference by government? Or is it a right that is fundamental only because it has deep roots in the traditional definition of one-man, one-woman marriage?"

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Jesus in the middle

"Jesus is absolutely in the middle.  If you want to know who God is, look at Jesus.  If you want to know what it means to be human, look at Jesus.  If you want to know what love is, look at Jesus.  If you want to know what grief is, look at Jesus.  And go on looking until you’re not just a spectator, but you’re actually part of the drama which has him as the central character." -- N.T. Wright