Monday, April 25, 2005

Justice Sunday

What a pile of crap!
(can't use stronger words)

check out These links
http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=LH05D02

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/1326503.html

What I want to know is why is this a religious issue?

Why is the left anti-religious?

But I suppose I am. I mean if religious is meant the American Christendom that never existed. Yes I'm anti that. But anti Christian? I believe that liberal even some socialist policies are closest to what I read in the gospels. Jesus talked more about the poor then he did anything else. It was central to his message. So Dobson get back to what you did well. Focus on children and their issues. When it comes to politics republican does not equal Christian. There are many good Christians who are dems. I count myself one. But God help us all. When we go on the crusades next or has it already started with Iraq?

2 Comments:

Hey Bill...what do you really think about Justice Sunday? Such a great country to be able to tolerate our many opinions. By the way, some of my best friends are christian dems. Can you imagine?

By Blogger Jim Knaggs, at 6:30 PM  

Bill,

Just goes to show that you don't have to smoke and drink to have a good time. Apparently some would rather speak up than stay quiet about something that bothers them.

As we look over legal decisions the past few years, it does appear the Christianity has taken a beating in certain areas.

Perhaps that is what these folks are trying to stop in the future.

I agree that Justice and Christianity are not held by one political party.

People on both sides have the right to "filibuster" as our political process permits it.

God bless!

Lloyd Michael Fletcher

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Tolani's journey to the hospital

Its been over two weeks since this crap started. A night spent in the ER, constant pain in Tolani's side, and playing phone tag with doctors. So here she is lying in the hospital as we wait to find out results and what is next. She won't go home till tomorrow at earliest. So I guess its time for some self reflection.

I feel like Jekyll and Hyde. One minute I'm fine the next I'm depressed. Now I know I am an emotional being. It is usually obvious how I'm feeling even if I try to hide it. But right now my emotions seem crazy. I can't tell what I'm feeling.

I overheard a doctor or someone talking about a patient that had a CT scan (the test Tolani had this morning) and talking about finding a tumor. Now I know I shouldn't be scared but I am. I mean she had one two weeks ago and they didn't see anything. But what if? I hope the Doc comes soon. Tolani just lies here sleeping its her way of coping. I cope by writing or talking and drinking ice tea. Had a diet coke earlier. But ice tea hits the spot. I just wish someone could figure out what is wrong with my wife. I love her so much. I am just so tired. I wish this all would end and we could happy and healthy again. 4-22-05 5:30 PM

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Well its now Saturday afternoon. We finally heard from the doc. I got up early expecting him to be here this morning and no word. I do not know this doc so I'm getting a bit pissed off. He finally just called he was in surgery. I feel like an idiot but I’m just worried about my wife. I do not like her just lying there with no plan. So he will be here soon. I'll write once I know something. 4-23-05 2:15 PM

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Well nothing came up on Saturday so the doc did a scope of her intestines and stomach on Sunday. He found a little inflammation in her stomach but nothing in her intestines. So we know nothing. I'm frustrated and sad. I mean why us? Why does all this crazy crap happen to us. I know its part of life but God when will it end? When will we be rescued from this personal hell?

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Safe Recovery

Dwight hit on something about a safe church, especially for the abused.

So what will a safe church look like for the recovering addict. Tolani and I are the only people who are not addicts (only by the mercy and hand of God I believe, with a special thanks to BSA). But we have to create a place that 1) is safe for recovering addicts, ie can not cause them to use, I see this as a process of education and understanding that God is not blame. Many believe that God caused the crap. They have been told the Calvinist/Augustine/evangelical crap that God is all controlling. But it does not end there. We also need to create a place where the Great Liberator can liberate. I do believe that God can and does liberate people who want to be liberated. Some will choose to stay in their prison. Some who are sick would choose to say sick and in bed. Some choose to return to their abusers. But here God liberates. So the question is, how do we create this place.

Blessings

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I guess for me what makes a community safe is the freedom to express questions and answers that are outside of the traditional evangelical box. As an abuse victim I have had to reorder my theology just to be able to say that God is good.

By Blogger Rebecca, at 7:43 AM  

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Monday, April 18, 2005

The joys of 5th street

Sunday was a great day. While my wife was preaching she said "Satan can not get in our head" she was talking about how we give Satan too much credit and stuff. Suddenly a guy from the street stood up and yelled something like yes he can. Tolani said we can talk after the meeting. Well he gradually moved up to the front row. One of the soldiers sat down next to him just to be safe. After about 5 minutes he got up and threw his arms up and left. Our Corps sergeant Major (lead elder) followed him and talked to him about the program. He told us later that he was very intoxicated. Drunk as a skunk.

Anyway, all is going well. God is moving here on 5th street. We are starting the process to do some chapel renovation.

But my wife's sermon has left me with a rant/question.

Why do evangelicals give Satan so much credit? Was not Satan defeated at the cross? Do they not realize that Christ is the victorious one? Or is their God simply the God invented by Schofield and made popular by Lindsey and LeHay? Or is it just easy to blame Satan instead of people. I mean if people (social structures as well as individuals) are to blame for evil (war, poverty, crime, sickness, and the like) then don't we have some responsibility in it all? If people are at fault then don't we need to act against poverty? But if we did do something then we couldn't be very good republicans now could we? If we really understand that evil is part of who we (humanity) are (see James 1) then we have option except to fight evil. So, for my part I have not shopped at Wal-Mart for over a year, and we getting a car that will double or MPG over the van we have now. What more can be done, what more should be done?

What if the dispens (dispensationalists) are right? What if that anti-Christ is coming? What if the anti-Christ is you and me Jo shmoe American? What if? Rome was interpreted as the evil empire in the past. Is a new Rome rising?

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Friday, April 15, 2005

Amazing

We go new beneficiary assigned to the Chapel today as part of their work therapy. 30 days ago he came in off the streets through the bean line (food for the homeless). Now he will help minister to those coming for diner even if its just a cup of cold water.

God is alive and at work here in the east end of LA.

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east end of LA sounds great!!

By Blogger Gordon, at 10:03 AM  

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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Quote for the day

"If you cut out every part of the Bible that addresses Jesus or God and His ministry to the poor you would have enough room for Rush Limbaugh's drugs."
Al Franken on Air America Radio

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That's funny, great line.

By Blogger Dan (aka Br Bozano), at 4:56 PM  

Is that what happened? LOL

By Blogger Dwight, at 6:55 PM  

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Getting Settled

Well,
Here we are getting settled. Unpacking has started work is piling up.

I preached on Sunday. It was the first time in months I have enjoyed preaching.

Preaching through James he understood liberation. It always resonated before but never for a clear reason. But here we are where God liberates. Its truly refreshing to see God at work, where God is among the poor. I'm not saying that God is not among the middle class but he does have a preferential option for the poor I believe. Besides its where the Army BELONGS!

Gotta go

I'll think about this more latter.

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Saturday, April 02, 2005

My Two Worlds

Four days this past week have forced me to see my two worlds. I live in a nice middle class home complete with dog and all. Each morning I get up and get on the freeway. When I get off I am in another world. I travel through areas I didn't even know existed. Areas of poverty coincidentally (or not) its Hispanic. It brings me to a place called hope central aka skid row. I drive in and feel so out off place. I mean I know I'm supposed to be here and all but I'm in a different world. Where this journey will go I do not know. I find it sad though the state of affairs in the crazy USA. These different worlds should not exist so close to each other. They should not exist at all. But here they are.

God help me to navigate these different worlds.

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Hey Bill,

I can relate to this in a minor way. When I lived in North Denver and had a job in the Tech Center I would drive down past the stadium and see homeless people and lines blocks long outside the day labor places. Then I would take a short cut through Cherry Hills Village because there was no traffic and I hate traffic. Then I would pass houses that were 5 million dollar homes with stones walls, a stable with 10 or more horses and land to ride them, along with fountains and swimming pools and hot tubs. Twice a day I would drive through mulitmillion dollar homes and land and through homeless and people trying to get money to live off of for the day. That drive became the reason I quit my job. Good luck to you as you live in two worlds.

By Blogger Dwight, at 3:11 PM  

Bill

I was given something called the book stick a little while ago - it seemed fun so I have passed the mantle onto you - sorry!

Actually it was quite thought provoking thinking what books to take!!

By Blogger Gordon, at 5:00 AM  

I was given something called the book stick a little while ago - it seemed fun so I have passed the mantle onto you - sorry!

Actually it was quite thought provoking thinking what books to take!

By Blogger Gordon, at 7:24 AM  

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