Saturday, February 27
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Tag: violence

Daily Practice 2017.08.04 – I will shoot again

Daily Practice 2017.08.04 – I will shoot again

Word  Wednesday, at juvenile detention, we had Bible study with the boys. I've been leading a study on Godly character traits.* We have focused on things like self-control, teachable spirit, and integrity. Our trait for this week is compassion. We talked about compassion being concern that is motivated to act. Empathy or sympathy that is connected to acting on behalf of another. Pretty easy. But one young man, when we asked the question, "In what ways does Jesus show compassion?" could only answer the question with, "Jesus died for us and saved us." Well, yes. That would be compassionate. But his theological lens was so tightly focused on death as the saving act that it was hard to create a bigger conversation around Jesus as the exemplar for Christians. I didn't say it to him, b...
Grieving on Sabbath

Grieving on Sabbath

spiritual growth, spiritual practice
This is a reprint of an article found at John Pavlovitz: Stuff That Needs to Be Said. (Reprinted with permission). I chose it because it reflects how I am feeling regarding the events in Umpqua Community College. This is four mass shootings that I have one degree of separation from. Four. It is insane. I'm simply not going to be part of the insane conversations that privilege guns over lives any more. It must end.  Why Gun Lovers Don’t Get To Grieve Another Massacre With Me I am grieving again today. Once more I am mourning the senseless execution of beautiful souls torn to shreds in the prime of their lives and in the middle of their ordinary. I am grieving more premature funerals and canceled weddings and discarded futures—and I want to be alone right now. Gun lover, please don’t tell ...
Fetuses, Felines, and Fraud

Fetuses, Felines, and Fraud

"Life" Issues, Abortion, Cecil the Lion, conflict, Creation, critical judgment, DDS, humor, Satire / parody, Spirituality
You just knew it had to happen, right? The other shoe just had to drop. I mean, anyone with an IQ even a couple decimal places greater than their hat size -- sorry, Gov. Walker! -- could have seen this coming from the other side of the Milky Way Galaxy. I am referring, of course, to the inevitable conjunction of two sensational stories: (1) the clandestine recording of Planned Parenthood officials nibbling at salads and sipping wine while pining for Lamborghinis, etc., as they discourse with professional clinical detachment on the break-even costs associated with the acquisition, preservation, and transportation of fetal tissue; and (2) the virtually universal outrage sweeping social media about the killing of Cecil the Lion by Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter J. Palmer, who, perhaps subject ...