There were three topics I was looking for in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night: poverty, prisons, and war.
We have not watched the latest movie rendition of Victor Hugo’s classic Les Miserables. I have seen comments from folks…
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And he came down with them and stood on a level place, and a large crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all of Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast district of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases, and those who were troubled by unclean spirits were cured. And the whole crowd was seeking to touch him, because power was going out from him and healing them all.
And he lifted up his eyes to his disciples and said,
Blessed are the poor,
because yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are those who are hungry now,
because you will be satisfied.
Blessed are those who weep now,
because you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven.
For their fathers used to do the same things to the prophets.
But woe to you who are rich,
because you have received your comfort.
Woe to you who are satisfied now,
because you will be hungry.
Woe, you who laugh now,
because you will mourn and weep.
Woe whenever all people speak well of you,
for their fathers used to do the same things to the false prophets.
But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from the one who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic also. Give to everyone who asks you, and from the one who takes away your things, do not ask for them back. And just as you want people to do to you do the same to them.
And if you love those who love you, what kind of credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good to those who do good to you, what kind of credit is that to you? Even the sinners do the same! And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive back, what kind of credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, so that they may get back an equal amount! But love your enemies, and do good, and lend expecting back nothing, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful!
- Jesus (recorded in Luke vi.17-36)
Thank you, Jesus,
our great God come in the flesh,
taking on the humanity you gave me,
and making clear through your words and deeds,
through your commands and example,
what I am to do and say as your disciple.
May I love my enemies as you commanded.
May I take your words seriously as you desired.
May I bear the Good News today as you expected.
May I sacrifice my life for even the worst of terrorists as you did.
While I’m a Real Books apologist (Real Books being those items that are made of cloth and paper, sometimes other materials, with words literally printed on the pages), I can’t necessarily get every book I need or want to read in a Real Book format.
Currently we have a Nook (1st generation, old school) as an actual e-reader and the Kindle app on the iPad. The Nook has helped me out a lot. And e-ink is a great reading medium for a digital device.
But, the Nook has serious limitations. Hopefully within the next couple of months I’ll be picking up the Kindle Paperwhite. It’ll be a better experience, and will help me read at night.
For those Real Books I can’t get, many have turned up as e-books or PDFs. Now I get to benefit from one of the well known college and grad school perks: library access.
Via the library e-book selection, I’ve been able to get my (digital) hands on some excellent texts that will fit right into my studies:
There are more, but these are some exciting reads. I’m humbled by this opportunity in so many levels. I get to study more, learn more, get rid of some of my misguidedness and ignorance (there’s a lot there, so I don’t want to say all), and test my voice more in the community.
I just need to make sure my voice doesn’t get stuck in the ivory tower. If we can’t communicate information and truths, and engage with the people in our communities, then what’s the point? If all this learning isn’t meant for change, then it’s a vain pursuit.
On 23 January, Mary Elizabeth Williams put forth a fairly short article titled, “So what if abortion ends life?” The…
You know the old saying: winners write the history books. As a (wannabe) historian, I’ve often taken exception to that…
New poll. Check it out.
A short article I read displayed some of the typical shortcomings found in writings from Christians wanting to argue in favor of self defense.
Just talking about a proposed state bill in Arizona that just seems silly to me.
The purpose of this survey is to get a glimpse at how Christians today view guns, gun ownership, and the possession and possible use of guns within a church gathering.
Whether you are part of a home church, a small church that meets at a park, a mega church in a 3,000 capacity auditorium, a high church atmosphere, or the back corner of a Starbucks, your input is valuable.
This is not about gun control. This is not about the legalities of gun ownership in America. The focus of this survey is the people making up the body of Christ and our relationship to guns, especially within the context of a church gathering (whether on Sunday mornings, or some night during the week).
A couple of notes. By ‘gun’ is meant a firearm that you think of as a gun (e.g. handgun, rifle, assault rifle, shotgun), and not a pellet gun, airsoft or bb guns, water pistols, Nerf guns, and things of that sort. Let’s not be silly. No; bazookas don’t count. Nor do Civil War era canons. That’s for a whole other survey where the first few questions check on your sanity.
This can be totally anonymous. Be honest and let’s see where this takes us.
Please pass along this survey to as many Christians as you know. The bigger the sampling, the better.
Remembering the dear legacy of the Anabaptists today.
Just some quick thoughts comparing the racial divide in the NFL coaching ranks and the poverty divide in the US.
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