A Canadian’s View On Our Disrespect Of President Obama’s Presidency

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

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America – He’s Your President for Goodness Sake!

By William Thomas

There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a republican or democrat, but the President of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.

Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.

Four days before President Obama’s inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon…

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The Patriotic God: A Review of “Our Great Big American God” by Matthew Paul Turner

myfullemptynest:

I really like your critique. It seems balanced. I have read all of MPT’s books (loved them all) and wasn’t so sure I wanted to add another to my pile, but I’m intrigued now. Behind all that snark is a caring, compassionate Christian to whom I’ll always owe a debt of gratitude.

Originally posted on Hope Is a Dangerous Thing:

Having the honor of being Facebook friends with the preeminent progressive Christian blogger and Evangelical culture critic Matthew Paul Turner, I ran across a posting of his one day which spoke of his upcoming book “Our Great Big American God.”  He was offering people who are bloggers, critics or other culture influencers a free copy of his book for them to review.  I messaged him.  He was gracious enough to send me a copy even though I don’t know if I fit any of the aforementioned categories.  I do my best impersonation of a blogger and critic.

As mentioned Turner (MPT) has a built-in reputation of being a more “liberal” Christian.  I would not have that designation (although I freely admit that the terms “conservative” and “liberal” are loaded terms and we all should talk more specifically about what we believe on the issues).  As a matter of fact, I have responded to MPT…

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Before Robin Williams Shows Up in Your Sermon, Think Again

myfullemptynest:

A lot to think about here. My husband represents people with mental health issues. It’s pervasive and families are struggling.

Originally posted on Allen White's Blog:

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Most people are well aware of actor Robin Williams’ passing this week. The public outpouring from every sector is tremendous. This man touched a lot of people’s lives. Whether they embraced him as Mork from Ork, or “Captain, my captain,” or a DJ in Vietnam, or a loveable, hope-inspiring doctor in Patch Adams, Robin Williams connected deeply in a lighthearted way with such a broad cross section of people. His inner child was his outer adult, which shows bravery most of us lack. But, pastor, before Robin Williams appears in your sermon, here are a few things to consider:

1. Suicide has had a Personal Effect on Your Congregation.

Somehow, someway, everyone’s lives are touched by suicide. For me, it was a friend who took his life during the last week of Bible college, because he lived in such turmoil he could see no way forward. Most…

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ANTICHRIST… ooooooo!

myfullemptynest:

I need to hear this again. It bears repeating. :)

Originally posted on myfullemptynest:

It’s funny how ‘The Anti-Christ” is often elevated to a fearful level and in some ways almost made out to be some type of super hero or super villain more likely.  The reality is that deceivers throughout history and even now are “Anti-Christ.”  Really, anyone that goes beyond the teachings of Christ.

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With Christ, God’s word was made flesh and as Christians that is our highest calling.  Often an emotional ‘fix’ is desired or some ‘great’ gift like the ability to speak in tongues, heal or prophesy.  You may have one of these gifts or others, that does not mean you have a substantial relationship with Jesus.  That is not the litmus test.  You cannot judge if walking in truth by whether you have these gifts.  Whether or not you are living a Christlike life comes down to this: Are you walking in Love?  Anything that obscures this is not…

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Let’s Treat Children at the Border as Christ Would

myfullemptynest:

Brilliant article.

Originally posted on TIME:

Unaccompanied children are fleeing the escalating violence in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala and presenting themselves at the U.S. border–hoping to find safety from daily fears for their lives in these Central American countries. More than 50,000 have already come and their presence is now creating a political crisis in the United States.

The media has shown alarming pictures of hateful crowds of Americans blocking and threatening buses of young children being processed under U. S. laws. Imagine the fear in the hearts and minds of young children, all alone in a foreign culture, being screamed at by adults they don’t know in a language they don’t understand. Imagine the pain and fear of those families who tearfully sent their own children away from home to protect their lives.

Sadly, it’s not hard to imagine how our polarized political system is turning this complicated humanitarian disaster into another political and…

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Oh. This. Man.

34 years ago I committed to love and cherish this man. I still do. Though not perfectly. Somehow he doesn’t remember those imperfections.

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34 years plus one day ago we began our adventure with the most amazing week on the beaches of South Carolina on Hilton Head Island.

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Too crazy. Too young. Still crazy.

So grateful for his unconditional love.

So grateful for our lives together.

So grateful for our 3 amazing children turned adults.

Looking forward.

(This all seems surreal.)

Happy Anniversary baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jesus, the Word made flesh

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Everything through Jesus.

Originally posted on Jesus community:

Scripture is the written word of God, evident throughout the Bible, one prime example where this is taught being Psalm 119. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. God’s final word to us, the fulfillment of the written word. So it ends up that in order to understand the story, we need to see the end that’s in view. It’s fine to start with Genesis and proceed on, and let it unfold, in fact, good. But a Christian reading of scripture will start with Jesus himself, God’s revelation in him, and will see all of scripture from that perspective.

All of scripture ends up pointing to Jesus, so in retrospect we need to look back at all of scripture from what we understand of Jesus. Does this answer all of our questions? Surely not. But it does help us end up in a good place as we see what…

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“We Have Failed at Christianity.”

Originally posted on Acting Franciscan:

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Peering through the U.S.-Mexico border, August 2005. Photo by Jason Miller

On Sunday after running to catch the bus in order to make it to Church on time, I hid in the back row, still trying to catch my breath. But when the homily started, what the priest said nearly made me jump out of my seat. He started off by saying that “We have failed at Christianity.” I found my head nodding in agreement to this startling revelation when he noted that when angry mobs confront busses of children from Central America telling them to go back to their home countries[1] as they did in California recently, we’re forgetting about what it means to be Christian.

The priest went on to say that we’re comfortable with Christianity and even with helping others as long as it doesn’t affect us directly. But anytime we have to get within…

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Will American Christians Fail the Good Samaritan Test?

myfullemptynest:

“Christians, as in those who are committed to obeying the actual teachings of Christ, will need to chop Jesus’ most important teachings about caring for neighbors out of the Bible if they want to ignore the cries of thousands of children risking their lives in order to flee rape and violence in their homelands.”

Originally posted on Ed Cyzewski :: Freelance Writer:

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He was traveling to the big city when the thing he dreaded most happened—robbers descended, beat him viciously, stole his money, and left him along the road for dead. He was miles from friends and family with no one to help him.

The religious leaders passing by were too busy to help him. It wasn’t their fault and it wasn’t their problem. He probably took risks that put his life in jeopardy any way. Who would take time out of his busy day and assume the financial risk to care for this vulnerable man by the side of the road?

We all know how this story ends: The Good Samaritan stepped up to care for the wounded man, but do we know WHY Jesus shared this story? Here’s a look at the questions that led to this parable:

“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test…

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Coming Out as a Christian (Part 2)

myfullemptynest:

” All I can do is invite people into the beautiful awkwardness of my experience, where things aren’t nearly as black and white as popular culture might prefer. Fortunately for all of us, Jesus loves the gray areas.” ~ Beautiful!!

Originally posted on Grady's Life:

A few weeks ago, I posted an article on this blog called “Coming Out As A Christian” that was all about my fear to identify myself as a Christian at work. I’ll be honest: it got a whole lot of clicks — at least way more than any other piece I’ve written in the five months since leaving Entertainment Weekly. Quite a few of those clicks came directly from a popular site called The Gospel Coalition, which decided to republish my piece and thus flatter me to no end. But even before TGC got a hold of my words, the post had done pretty darn well picking up traction for itself on social media.

As a writer, I like to believe that some of that had to do with the actual content, which resonated with Christians struggling to express their faith at work. But, if I’m being honest…

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