Linkathon! Uncategorized Add comments Sep 262017 The early church and military service… Jane’s story and how her leaders failed it… The world as it is, not as I would have it… Nine ways to protect your children from sexual abuse… Jesus is here… Confession, absolution, kyrie… A brief introduction to the life and ministry of Luther… The problem with the ultimate bumper sticker scripture… Hating your neighbor will make you dumb… Photoshopping death… Spotifying Christianity… I’m drowning…throw me that…anvil? The lost purpose of learning… Theology and science…necessary tensions… On flags, athletes, and Christian reverence… Is “normal” really just a setting on the washing machine? Why do churches use liturgy? It’s Trump vs. the NFL and we’re all losers… Fake apocalypse news shouldn’t eclipse real tragedy news… To confess our faith or pledge our allegiance… Romans 13 is Gods word and “abolish the police” is not… Nine things you should know about the Jewish high holy days… The helpful history of minority demonstrations… Uniting Methodists… How to sing in the dark… Are icons ok to use in prayer and worship? A tribute to Rich Mullins… Related 6 Responses to “Linkathon!” Xenia says: September 26, 2017 at 11:02 am The article about icons is very good. Michael says: September 26, 2017 at 11:49 am Xenia, I thought so, too…this is an area of Anglicanism I’m enjoying… John 20:29 says: September 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm Professional sports figures refusing to honor the flag of their nation is wrong headed. But it does put the spotlight on some unresolved issues… The folks in this nation with a black heritage are not far enough away from the ugly past – they well may have a grandma who saw her daddy hanging from a tree… and on the surface that was certainly a “black and white” issue… The black person’s self respect and sense of justice is still fragile – IMO – What we all have to come to terms with is the evil that permeates the human race… the whole human race I recall hearing the stories of those lynchings and confess that I didn’t identify with the perpetrators – I saw them as evil people period… the worse evil was that we whites, as a whole, turned out backs for decades… now we have a new attitude, we wouldn’t turn out backs to such actions in this nation today. The next step, in my view, is to come to terms with evil. It doesn’t wear a color. It can’t be recognized by skin color. Dear Michael Bennet ran from the scene of a crime in Law Vegas and was pursued and brought down by the police (a pro football player tackled by a cop? ). A gentle soul, I hear, Bennet was deeply offended. He thought it was his color that made him suspect. I understand where that feeling is rooted, but it just isn’t that simple. Ask almost any white person if they’ve ever experienced injustice… We’ve got to come to terms with the fact that injustice is a part of the human experience on planet earth and pick our battles with a more mature attitude – this may simply take time – time for old wounds to heal, but I pray we all, irregardless of the color of our skin, all of us who hate evil, become more mature in the fight… An honest person knows that we’d be in a sorry fix without the beat cop… those folks aren’t infallible superhumans – we’ve got to meet them half way at the very least… Furthermore, our flag represents the best opportunity the common man has ever had on planet earth IMNSHO didn’t mean to let my pontificating get so long – sorry Patrick Kyle says: September 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm As to military service, the early Church may have reached too far. John the Baptist instructed the soldiers that came to him to not steal or extort.He did not tell them to quit being soldiers. Jesus healed the Centurion’s servant and praised his faith. Paul evangelized the Imperial Guard, and in Romans 13 calls the powers that be ‘God’s servants’ wielding the sword to punish evil. Peter went to Cornelius the Centurion’s house where he had a vision and baptized the whole household. Nowhere does our Lord or His Apostles forbid military service. London says: September 26, 2017 at 1:31 pm https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/09/24/colin-kaepernick-vs-tim-tebow-a-tale-of-two-christianities-on-its-knees/ I found this article well written and informative. John 20:29 says: September 26, 2017 at 2:18 pm London’s link does a good job of explaining where the minds of the protesting athletes are, but I still say that the object of their protests is wrong headed… But if the objective is to get attention…. fortunately this tablet is a pain to type on… so, I’m done. 😏 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> Name (required) E-mail (required) URI Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.