word to all of my Facebook friends in the USA: I know how I will vote.
However you vote, you are still my friend. However we vote as a nation,
I'm pretty sure that we will all be disappointed with the results in a
year's time. And speaking professionally, I am quite sure that the work
of the church will be just as important, whether we have a Democrat or a
Republican in. The White House.
The status quo holds the
cards. Our role is not to try and get dealt in, but to speak clearly and
faithfully as we live with those who can't even get to the table. Marthame Sanders
by Columbia Lutherans on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 11:55am •
“I am enchanted by the Sermon on the Mount. Being merciful, it seems to me, is the only good idea we have received so far. Perhaps we will get another idea that good by and by-and then we will have two good ideas. What might that second good idea be? I don’t know. How could I know? I will make a wild guess that it will come from music somehow. I have often wondered what music is and why we love it so. It may be that music is that second good idea’s being born.
“I choose as my text the first eight verses of John twelve, which deal not with Palm Sunday but with the night before-with Palm Sunday Eve, with what we might call ‘Spikenard Saturday.’ I hope that will be close enough to Palm Sunday to leave you more or less satisfied. I asked an Episcopalian priest the other day what I should say to you about PalmSunday itself. She told me to say that it was a brilliant satire on pomp and circumstance …
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the outer suburbs dotted with swimming pools shaped like kidneys, always brings
on a near narcotic surge of nostalgia. This was the
flight path I followed more than 30 years ago, as I fulfilled a boyhood dream
to make my first trip to the United States. America had always fired my
imagination, both as a place and as an idea. So as I entered the immigration
hall, under the winsome smile of America's movie star president, it was hardly
a case of love at first sight. My
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http://mediarostra.com/2012/09/11/idolatry-of-the-family/ September 11, 2012 By Ben Ponder, Editor-at-LargeLeave a Comment Jesus
didn’t die on a God-forsaken cross to preserve your horn-rimmed vision
of 1950s Americana. He did not go through hell and back to secure the
keys to an exclusive gated community. And he didn’t suffer lacerations
so that your nuclear family could be photographed beside the tulips in
matching shiny egg-white shoes.
Jesus had a family. They were his scraggly followers. Yes, he had
flesh-and-blood siblings, but they thought big brother was a fake and
that mom must have been crazy for buying into all of his religious
ranting. They told him to shut up, so Jesus ignored and disregarded
them. As he was gurgling his last bloody breath at Golgotha, he wheezed
to John—“the disciple whom Jesus loved”—that Mary was to be his mother
and he, her son.
Jesus never married. He liked weddings, though, and he even tended
bar at a reception once. But getting hitched …