Archive | October, 2011

October Surprise: Armageddon With A Cherry On Top

October 31, 2011

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I’m the adult male of a three-member household in Connecticut. The only reason why that’s significant is that my household is one of 750,000 in our state without power in the wake of a freak October snow storm. Trees could not bear the weight of the snow along with their leaves, so they fell and pulled down power lines with them. I was forced to drive to the local Dunkin’ Donuts for this blog entry. The pictures tell the story:

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“Occupy” and the power of fear

October 25, 2011

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Perhaps a quivering child crawls in the psyche of our slam-your-fist-on-the-table society. Perhaps greed is a symptom more than a disease. It’s the splayed claws of the wounded tiger, the adrenaline of the cornered fugitive, the panic-stricken roar of the captured lion. We’re more fearful than we’re greedy.

Fear stopped me Monday from savoring the dream-come-true of any humble narcissist: A smiling television reporter lifted the microphone and asked me an innocuous question, “Why are you here?” I could now wax eloquent on my reason for joining thirty-five clerics about to march the half mile from Asylum Hill Congregational Church to the “Occupy Hartford” encampment at the junction of Farmington and Asylum avenues. This was my moment, my opportunity, my fifteen seconds of fame … And my overbearing prayer was, “Please God, don’t let the people of my church see this!”

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What is an evangelical?

October 22, 2011

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Lisa Sharon Harper discusses the historic meaning of “evangelical.” Some of this will sound familiar — conversion to Christ within the context of a Bible-centered faith — but some will not. Social action was key to such teachers as Charles Finney. Given her description, one must ask: Are some so-called “evangelical leaders” truly evangelical?

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What Would Jesus Occupy, Part 2

October 20, 2011

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Life is hard for us maniacal egotists. The Pulitzer committee takes no notice of this blog’s journalistic and literary excellence while the panels in Stockholm and Oslo repeatedly fail to reward me my first Nobel Prize. I’m beginning to think they’ve never seen my Internet knoll. That’s harsh.

Thus my swelling head with last week’s pingback flood: Everyone was fawning over my insightful October 10th entry, “What Would Jesus Occupy?,” which speculated that our Lord would cheer the marchers as they echoed his cries against greed. At last, the sun was shining on my head. At last, my bald spot was gleaming. At last the committees would send me their e-mails while fumbling for their sunglasses (“Ever thought of wearing a hat on sunny days?”).

But the fawners suddenly vanished.

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Seven big economic lies …

October 19, 2011

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I suddenly remembered something while watching this short video by Robert Reich, President Clinton’s Secretary of Labor: History’s biggest economic boom thundered during the 1950’s and ’60’s and was undergirded by the theories of John Maynard Keynes. But Keynes fell out of fashion — something about how his thinking was all washed up despite the boom of all booms … What happened? Did Keynes belch at the wrong place? Was it his breath? Was there something between his teeth that offended aristocratic party-goers ..?

Hello? Anyone out there? Inquiring minds want to know!

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Spirituality & Occupy Wall Street: Leaders at the scene

October 15, 2011

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Faith leaders have joined the “Occupy Wall Street” throngs and and have given us their thoughts. Some samples …

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Signs of the times …

October 12, 2011

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A multiple choice question: How should biblical Christians react to the current “Occupy” movement?

_____ Pretend we’re ostriches and hide our head in the sand …

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What would Jesus occupy?

October 10, 2011

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Do those protesting against greedy Wall Street barons know they’ve got a friend in Jesus? Sample the following texts from the Good Book:

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“Occupy Wall Street” comes to Hartford and brings a host of questions

October 9, 2011

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One wonders: Will they swap a concrete overpass for the wobbly pedestrian bridge? Will the New Left see the wisdom in forging its long-delayed alliance with the Old Left? Will independent-minded vegans learn from well-honed, meat-and-potatoes union members?

Such were my questions as I snapped pictures of the spreading “Occupy Wall Street” campaign, which moved into Hartford, Connecticut, last night and featured 350 marchers lofting signs and chanting “We are the 99 percent!” Some camped on the corner of Broad Street and Farmington Avenue. I was on the ball: I arrived ahead of schedule but at the wrong location and I found no marchers – thus my Saturday-afternoon pictures of orphaned signs and a small knot of sleep-deprived organizers planning their next assembly, scheduled for 3 p.m.

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October video of the month: Steve Jobs and hearing the spirit’s call

October 6, 2011

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Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address has gone viral in the wake of his death.  It’s a good virus, one that spreads health.  I can’t help but wonder: What would happen if the Church encouraged the culture of disciplined creativity, entrepreneurship, and curiosity of Apple Computer?  I’m sure there are caveats and cautions — such as making […]

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