Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday troublemaking - Feb. 25

•No, the Winter Olympics aren't over yet!  Paralympians are elite athletes too, and one repeat medal winner has a Forney connection.

•If you see a bunch of pest control trucks at FBC Kaufman March 7, don't get the wrong idea… it is a training class :)

March 2 is coming.  If Willie Nelson reading Travis' letter from the Alamo doesn't bring a tear to your eye, well, we just might not be friends.

•The gay marriage issue has become an all-consuming national issue, with lots of folks getting a lot of things wrong (probably me included).  Christians get the role of government wrong.  Non-Christian gay marriage advocates get a lot about Christianity wrong.  It's a tricky issue, to balance "rights" of one group versus another, or to draw a line between unlawful discrimination and a person's right to act on his or her religious beliefs.   This article does a good job of parsing what following the Bible actually says.  And this one is great too, on taking care about trampling consciences and thinking we know for sure how Jesus would handle it.

Some of the spiritual leaders I know have mentioned all of this in terms of an increasingly secular society trying to constrain religion within the walls of the church … in effect, yes, you can practice whatever religion you want, but keep it at church.  Sorry folks, it doesn't work that way.

•I have enough atheist-humanist friends to see some of the "arguments against religion" posts on the old Facebook page. Many are just bad rhetoric, and a few make me think.  But a lot of it is just made-up.

 From Ephesians 5...
6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore do not be partakers with them;8for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9(for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),10trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.
• Piers Morgan is out at CNN, no real surprise there.  He doesn't like Americans, we return the favor.  He jumped on the gun-hating bandwagon as his primary issue, and he was wrong.  Of course, with a personality like that, I wouldn't necessarily want him as a conservative agent provocateur either.

But I was humored to find out that Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson once punched Mr. Morgan.  I was already a fan of Top Gear… and now even more.

•Diversity of thought is great, so long as you all agree with the campus liberal mindset?

•While we are on education… students send letters to defend their failing school, proving that it is a failing school. It's easy to mock the folks in New York, but I've seen enough of our local students' output to wonder if letters from our schools would be much better.

Have a great Tuesday, everybody.

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