Religion and Politics

On Refugees

In looking for answers and trying to discern how it is that we should respond to the recent events, I came across this from UNHCR that was prepared by the Jesuit Refugee Service. Try as I might, I don’t think that I could say it any better.  I think that it is a good word for us all in this time, so please read and consider what it has to say.

Religion and Politics

thoughts on Gun Control

I am not your average liberal. I have several guns in my home. I own a .7mm mag (it makes loud bang) and my 11 year-old son has a .22. As of Christmas, I am likely to own a shotgun with big numbers and my gun will have 2 compound bows. I am for responsible gun ownership, but I am also for gun safety laws. Recently, there have been more proposals put forward, but they seem to be about placating the masses than any actual changes. There is the gun show loophole that should be closed, but in reality,

Religion and Politics

What about Syrians?

Let me begin with what this is not. This is not political. It has nothing at all to do with the right vs. left politics of the US. This is not about national security and what is safe for us. This is about what is the right thing to do plain and simple. In our journey, we are going to look at several Old Testament texts which comprise some of God’s instructions to Israel for the treatment of strangers and visitors to their land. The laws for hospitality are scattered throughout the Old Testament, but rather than start with

Religion and Politics / United Methodist Church

Kim Davis, #DoYourJob, and other vow breakers

Kim Davis, the embattled County Clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, is at the center of national attention for her refusal to heed laws and obey federal court orders. She does so against her sworn oath, which is as follows: I, ….., do swear that I will well and truly discharge the duties of the office of ………….. County Circuit Court clerk, according to the best of my skill and judgment, making the due entries and records of all orders, judgments, decrees, opinions and proceedings of the court, and carefully filing and preserving in my office all books and papers

Religion and Politics

A prophetic word

Fortunately for us, a new prophet has arisen and said the following about Donald Trump: I was in a time of prayer several weeks ago when God began to speak to me concerning the destiny of Donald Trump in America. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said,“Trump shall become My trumpet to the American people, for he possesses qualities that are even hard to find in My people these days. Trump does not fear man nor will he allow deception and lies to go unnoticed. I am going to use him to expose darkness and perversion in America

Religion and Politics

Dinah and Hiroshima

“The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor. They have been repaid many fold. And the end is not yet..” – Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States of America, 6 August 1945. This morning, our CTP class read Genesis 34 (along with Judges 19 and 2 Samuel 13). This is the story of Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah, who was raped (or abducted) and forced into marriage by Shechem, a local ruler. Jacob thought of doing nothing, but the sons of Jacob (specifically, Simeon and Levi) thought otherwise. After concocting a covenant with the

Religion and Politics

marriage — the end of the social contract

This is for discussion only. This is not necessarily my view, nor are all the details covered. This is for discussion only. For discussion only. This has little or no references to religion and I hope religious views are not undergirding this. One of my hopes for the world is that people begin to think, logically. I don’t see that a lot. I hope this begins a discussion on marriage as a bedrock of our society. With the recent ruling on marriage equality, we have seen the rise of other sections calling for “equality.” Equality is a legal concept and