“Letter from Birmingham Jail” – Short Quotes from Martin Luther King’s 2nd Most Famous Literary Production. “Why Many Christians Do Not Vote Republican” Kid’s Version of the Declaration of Independence “Turn the Other Cheek” Means “Resist Them Non-Violently” About My Dad’s Funeral “Was Jesus Violent? – The Temple Money-Changers Incident” President Harry Truman’s Integrity Prayer “Norwegian Nurse-Philosopher Makes a Serious Case for COMPASSION as a Primary Value” … Continue reading
This site began as a Christian Democrat site, way back in 2003. I have been a registered Democrat for probably 43 years; but about four years ago my affiliation changed to independent (“unaffiliated”). I was glad to vote for Obama (twice), and have been pleased with a number of his actions and accomplishments. But I have been very disappointed in his susceptibility to the perspectives of the Wall Street “banksters” who have done so much damage to our economy. And I was quite angry with his unconcern (at least in public action) about torture by the American government, about killing … Continue reading
“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.” Luke 2:10 Is God Sending Joy for ALL People? Yes! Joy to those feeling terrible because they’ve been inattentive to God: All the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. Nehemiah said, This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:9-10 Yes! Joy to those for whom God has already done great things: The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3 … Continue reading
Celebrate however seems appropriate. But take care of yourself. The whole point is that we earthlings have another year to enjoy and deal with. We’ll appreciate your presence for and involvement in that project.
Does this count as a Christmas thought? I’m going to quote John Ruskin again, from his 4 essays titled as a group “Unto This Last.” He is talking about the great value of justice. The mistake of the best men through generation after generation, has been that great one of thinking to help the poor by almsgiving, and by preaching of patience or of hope, and by every other means, emollient or consolatory, except the one thing which God orders for them, justice. Unfortunately, justice is something few want to hear seriously about. But this justice, with its accompanying holiness … Continue reading
This sounds like a Christmas verse, eh? Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 Hmm. Does that mean the Lord has joy? How can the Lord have joy when the world is such a mess? And does that mean the Lord gives us some joy (which then becomes our strength)? Or that the Lord just has so much joy intrinsically that we are (or would be) made … Continue reading
Just a reminder – The English word “thank” developed itself out of the older word “think.” So as we think about thanks this week, let’s be sure we really do think. I don’t know how you do it. Talking about it does not necessarily equate to real thankfulness. But thinking and feeling often do. And it might actually take a few moments of focus. When you’re with family, deliberately pause your mind or mouth (or attention to the tv) for a minute or two (literally) to just welcome, in your heart, these people, and hold, in your mind, the worth … Continue reading