Church Signs

September 27, 2010

You’ve seen them before, church billboard signs. So, what’s the ‘best’ one you’ve seen?

Stop, drop, and roll doesn’t work in Hell.

Or

Sign is broken, come inside for the Message.

Hey, Mr. Prez

September 27, 2010

Taken from a news article:

Dear Mr. President:
During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone.

While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as “Medicaid”! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one pack of cigarettes every day, eats only at fast-food take-outs, and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer. And, you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman’s health care? I contend that our nation’s “health care crisis” is not the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a “crisis of culture” a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one’s self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. It is a culture based in the irresponsible credo that “I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me”. Once you fix this “culture crisis” that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you’ll be amazed at how quickly our nation’s health care difficulties will disappear.

Respectfully,
ROGER STARNER JONES, MD

Saved from the Fire

September 26, 2010

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Florida Pastor Terry Jones canceled his Sept. 11 Quran burning, but what has become of the Islamic holy books since the international controversy has subsided?

The answer rests with the Rev. Patrick Mahoney, a well-known Christian activist from the Fredericksburg area.

Mahoney traveled to Gainesville, Fla., to pray on the grounds of Jones’ Dove World Outreach Center in the days before Sept. 11, trying to convince the preacher to cancel the burning.

Facing mounting pressure from politicians and religious leaders, Jones relented.

Mahoney returned to Florida last week and collected some 225 Qurans. He now expects to distribute them to Christian churches and missionary groups as a tool for interfaith dialogue.

“We plan to use them as a physical reminder of how the church is to reach out to our Islamic friends,” he said.

Mahoney brought some of them home and had the rest shipped to the Washington, D.C., office of the Christian Defense Coalition, which he leads.

Mahoney, who has prayed with Muslim leaders in Iraq and Morocco, told Jones that Islamic countries wouldn’t understand a church acting independently of the government.

“So, to the Islamic world it wasn’t just a church in Gainesville, Fla., with 50 members burning a Quran, it was every Christian in America,” Mahoney said. “He wouldn’t just be burning a book, he would be burning bridges and relationships.”

After leaving Florida following a meeting with Jones, Mahoney couldn’t stop thinking about the Qurans. Back home, worshiping at Grace Church of Fredericksburg, he had an idea.

“I felt if churches had them, they would be a reminder that once these Qurans would be burned, but now they can be used to build bridges,” said Mahoney.

He plans a press conference this morning to announce his plans for the holy books.

This weekend, he hopes to give a Quran to a Fredericksburg-area church.

For Mahoney, rescuing the Qurans is another step in a journey he began several years ago.

He reached out to the Islamic community and has since prayed with Muslim leaders in Iraq and Morocco.

In recent months, with Jones’ plans and a controversy over a proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero, Mahoney said the need for interfaith dialogue has grown exponentially.

“These are murky waters we are trying to navigate,” he said. “Rarely do any rise to the complex challenges we are facing between the Christian community and the Islamic community here in America.”

Mahoney has spoken with several Muslims about his plans and said reactions have been mixed.

“Most are extremely happy that the Qurans won’t be destroyed or harmed. Some have reservations about placing them and giving them to churches and Christian leaders,” Mahoney said. “All expressed gratitude that they were not being burned.”

Favorite Movie

September 21, 2010

I was asked, by my wife, what is my favorite movie. I answered, Shawshank Redemption. So, it makes me think, what is YOUR favorite movie?

2 Corinthians

September 16, 2010

14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,
16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?
17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

WWJL

September 15, 2010

From CS:

The scene: Orange Line, approaching Vienna.

With people in car standing, a man wearing large (6-inch long, by the looks of it), silver cross around neck has his feet stretched out across his seat (an Unsuck Riders-We-Hate no-no).

Lounging up a storm, he’s reading newspaper, casually dropping read sections on the floor.

The train pulls into the station, and we get up to leave.

A rough transcript of what ensued:

Me (pointing at pile on floor): I think you forgot your newspaper.

Him: (Shaking head knowingly) It’s alright.

Me: No, it’s not alright. You’re not supposed to leave trash on the train.

Him: Don’t be so petty.

Me: Me, petty? You’re the one who left the trash on the train.

Him: This country is falling apart.

Me: I agree with you there, but that doesn’t change the fact that you left your trash on the train.

Him: Don’t be so petty.

Me: You’re the one who left the trash. Where do you get off doing that?

Him: You should go to church more. Don’t be so petty.

Whereupon we parted on the platform.

Made me wonder: Where would Jesus litter?

Race

September 15, 2010

Polls showed that Fenty, who is biracial, was particularly unpopular with black voters, who make up approximately half of the city’s 600,000 residents. Voting Tuesday had a strong racial cast.

Fenty won in largely white areas of the city while voters in the virtually all black east and southeast strongly backed Gray, 69, who is black.

Sue Happy

September 13, 2010

A New York couple is suing a Catholic high school for refusing to grant a religious exemption that would allow their 14-year-old son to enroll in ninth grade without state-required vaccinations, claiming immunizations are a “violation of God’s supreme authority.”

Andrea and Paul Polydor, of Garden City, believe human bodies “should not be defiled by vaccines,” according to a complaint filed in Nassau County Court against Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale.

They claim their son — identified in the seven-page lawsuit as “JP” — should be granted an exemption to public health laws that require children to be inoculated for diseases including mumps, measles, rubella, hepatitis B and others.

“[W]e are all created in God’s image,” reads a letter the Polydors sent to the school on Feb. 13, according to the lawsuit. “Therefore, we must not defile our blood and our bodies with diseases and other impure substances.

Jail

September 10, 2010

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been freed from a jail in Las Vegas after posting bail on a felony theft charge stemming from a domestic violence complaint by his ex-girlfriend.

The 33-year-old Mayweather said nothing as he left the Clark County jail Friday after surrendering for booking on a grand larceny charge. Bail was $3,000.

Mayweather’s lawyer, Richard Wright, says the charge stems from an allegation that Mayweather took an iPhone from Josie Harris, his ex-girlfriend and mother of three of his children.

Nevada law calls for a grand-larceny charge when the value of the goods in question is $250 or more.

“He did not commit any grand larceny,” Wright told The Associated Press. “Josie can’t find her iPhone. We’re attempting to find it or replace it. We’ll cooperate in the investigation. We expect to get the matter resolved.”

Harris made a police complaint and sought a Family Court protection order Thursday alleging Mayweather pulled her hair, punched her in the head and twisted her arm while she screamed for their children, ranging in age from 7 to almost 11, to call 911.

Police said Thursday that Harris was treated at a Las Vegas hospital for minor injuries.

“Please order Floyd Mayweather to not try and contact me,” Harris wrote in an application for a protection order that said the couple separated in May after living together for seven years.

“Floyd has threatened to have other people do harm to me as well and if [there] is a way I can be protected from that please help me,” the document says.

Mayweather is undefeated as a professional fighter and is considered one of the sport’s top performers, with a record of 41-0 and 25 knockouts. He goes by the nickname “Money” and earned more than $20 million in May from his fight in Las Vegas against “Sugar” Shane Mosley.

Mayweather has also been arrested several times over the years on battery and assault allegations.

He was acquitted by a Nevada jury in July 2005 after being accused of hitting and kicking Harris during an argument outside a Las Vegas nightclub.

Harris, then 25, recanted her allegations and testified that she lied to police because she was angry Mayweather left her for another woman.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Burning

September 9, 2010

If the ‘higher-ups’ say that burning the Quran is a chance for recruitment, then maybe someone should burn the Bible?