All this talk of heaven at the movies has politics writer David Scott doing the numbers. And he’s decided to stick with his late mother’s wager on that sweet home in the sky.
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“In this fallen world, Jesus and his resurrection are offensive.
It offends humankind that they might require atonement. It annoys them that their deeds might be construed as “sin” at all! The natural within us wills to live bound by appetites they feel justified in satisfying.”
“The article goes on to say that the Church is attempting to soften its image on homosexuality and gender inequality.
It’s like the post-Reconstruction attitudes that many took toward African-Americans: “You are equal, but not as equal as we are. Now go sit in the balcony and keep your mouths shut!”’
David Scott’s review of the recent forum between two UNCW scientists goes a little like this — “In all honesty, and to make an effort at constructive criticism, I found the forum both lacking and disappointing. While both speakers are obviously well-versed in their respective areas of study, I found both woefully unprepared to discuss and defend their positions.”
“Protect us Lord! We desperately need your protection. Place us in your shadow. Cover us.” I love the image these words paint in my mind. But how do we crawl up under the wings of God?
“This article in The Week was sent to me by a Methodist minister friend. While the author focused on Catholicism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I think this also applies to Mainline Protestantism, especially the brand practiced in the rural areas.”
Andy Lee encourages Christians to “Pray rudely…it’s okay. Yep. I know. It goes against everything we good girls and boys learned. It goes against our religion. But keep in mind, this is what Jesus taught! Pray with brazen persistence and do not give up.”
“In my opinion, every American, both male and female, should be required to give two years of service to their country as a prerequisite to their right to vote or to participate in government entitlement programs. These two years could be in the military or in some other national service such as Americorps, the Peace Corps, or civil service jobs that clean up the environment, social service positions that mentor youths, or other worthwhile programs. No exceptions and no deferments except in extreme hardships.”
“Everyone should have an appointment planner. Time with God is an appointment, so is time with family, friends and even quiet time alone. Be sure to have a date night every week. If it needs to be postponed, that should be the exception and not the rule. Spending time with the children is also an appointment.”
“I love encouraging others, and I don’t understand when people don’t. It feels like something everyone should do, but that’s because it flows out of me. I must remember that not everyone is like me.” What’s your spiritual gift?