Yesterday was Veterans Day and all around the county communities paused for ceremonies to respectfully acknowledge the sacred trust our nation has with those who wear the uniform of the United States of America. Wednesday, November 11, 2015
We're going to look at Luke 6:20-26 today as we continue to work our way through this Gospel together. In the last article, we looked at Luke 6:12-23 as Jesus introduced the Beatitudes. Now today, we are going to go back to those Beatitudes again, but this time we're going to couple them with the woes. It's interesting that Luke is the only one, who in the Sermon on the Mount, records both Jesus' woes and Jesus' words of blessing.
It's easy to think that ISIS is some sort of evil, medieval cancer that somehow has resurfaced in the modern world. The rest of us are pursuing happiness, and here comes this fundamentalist anachronism, spreading death. (No Comments) Wednesday, November 18, 2015
This week, following the terrorist attack in Paris, more than half of America's governors announced they would seek to block Syrian refugees from settling in their states. Among them was Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant who called the policy "not only misguided, it is extremely dangerous." Bryant announced, "I will do everything humanly possible to stop any plans from the Obama Administration to put Syrian refugees in Mississippi." (No Comments) Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The 2016 Republican nominee's path to the White House needs a win in Florida. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and current Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio are both vying for the nomination. Bush and Rubio have a long professional political relationship with Bush supporting Rubio for city commissioner in West Miami in 1998, to forging an alliance with Bush as Governor and Rubio as Speaker of the House Rubio in Florida, to Bush working donors and supporters to aide Rubio's insurgent campaign against the Florida Republican establishment in 2010 resulting in Rubio's election to the U.S. Senate. They've long expressed their admiration and respect for each other. (No Comments) Wednesday, November 11, 2015
It was doubtful that the University of Missouri would stand up to a left-wing pressure campaign targeting its president, but when the football team joined the campaign, it was all over. (No Comments) Wednesday, November 11, 2015
We continue now our study in the Gospel of Luke in Luke 6:12-13. When Jesus calls His disciples together and then selects the twelve that are going to be the Apostles, and then gathers to preach the Sermon on the Mount, His aim is to explain to them what He is calling them to - what kind of life He is calling them to. It's an act of full disclosure. He is concerned that they will understand what true happiness consists in, that they will understand how to hang onto that true happiness no matter what the circumstances of life may be, how the kind of true happiness differs from what the world thinks of true happiness, and to prepare them for the battle that they're about to go into in life. It's also an act of preparation. He's not painting them a rosy picture of what being a disciple of His is going to be like, but at the same time as He warns them fully and clearly and bluntly, He's telling them that He wants them to be able, always, to rejoice. (No Comments) Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Few people noticed the lightbulb. The innovation that has come to be the very symbol of, well, a great idea. No one was against it, but few saw the potential. And who could blame them? This was a disruptive innovation that seemed out of context and excessive to functional lamp-flame light. They didn't know what they didn't know. (No Comments) Wednesday, November 4, 2015