Archive | October, 2013

Finding true mentors: They’re next door and down the street

October 27, 2013

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… they’re given a volatility license because their ministries are bloated and loaded. Hats off to them for drawing those crowds and their indisputable communication and organizational skills, but there’s more to Christian success than fund-raising and reaching a target audience. Otherwise, we’d be scolding Jesus for losing his following as he hung on the cross. Christian success would at least embrace Proverbs 14:17: “A quick-tempered man does foolish things” as well as James 1:19-20: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

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Back From The Brink: A film about leaving violence

October 24, 2013

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Back From The Brink, produced by the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, documents efforts in Los Angeles, Lebanon, and Pakistan that combat violent extremism. Here is the trailer:

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Who schemes? Who cooks up the intrigue?

October 21, 2013

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Something to consider: Geophysicists, oceanographers, and climate scientists are often accused of forging myth-making international cabals that churn fables of human-induced climate change – all in a money-grubbing quest for grant funds. Who knows? Maybe plots exist.

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Pressuring the Obama administration: Preserve our public land

October 19, 2013

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The New Evangelical Partnership for Common Good refuses to be pegged. It has criticized Republicans. It also criticizes the president for surrendering too much land to energy companies and urges him to preserve more. The short video:

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Understanding others, pondering possible futures: The Rule of the Clan

October 18, 2013

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One ponders in the wake of Congress’s recent debacle: Is the United States inching closer to the rule of clan? Such thinking is probably far-fetched, but it is no longer impossibly remote.

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Religious Leaders: End the Shutdown

October 16, 2013

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“… we must point out that the ongoing shutdown of the federal government deprives many pregnant women of the WIC vouchers that ensure they get enough milk, protein, vegetables, and fruit to ensure the health of their unborn children. And cancer patients—many of whom are children—have been blocked from receiving time-sensitive and potentially life-saving care at National Institutes of Health facilities.”

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Don’t tell me what happens next: Machinists and dock workers will carry signs saying, “Save The Meadows”

October 13, 2013

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You rarely feel the love when you walk into a labor-environmental pow-wow. One side wants money and jobs; the other wants bugs and trees – or so goes the myth. But the Connecticut AFL-CIO sees that there is no vaccine against climate change. Its workers will pay the same price as the rest of the populace, so the organization voted in a resolution calling for a transition to a clean-energy economy with green jobs.
Here is news release, with links to the resolution itself.

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Chaplain stuns Senate with prayer of repentance

October 12, 2013

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Barry Black, the chaplain of the US Senate, hasn’t held back in his prayers during the government shut down. Many have made the youtube rounds. Here is one more,.

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Applying for health care then and now

October 9, 2013

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John Green applies for health care under the new rules, and then the old. Guess which wins.

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Canadian Pastor: What’s up with our southern neighbor?

October 8, 2013

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Canadian Pastor Mark McKim of Regina, Saskatchewan, wrote his southern neighbors a love-letter. He’s concerned — and, if they’re willing, the US can see how it is really seen.

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