Monthly Archives: February 2019

Voting on Morality

The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday at a special conference in St. Louis to uphold that homosexuality is contrary to Biblical teaching.

For several years the UMC has been engaged in an emotional and often contentious debate regarding same-sex marriage, the ordination of homosexual ministers and denomination’s position on LGBT issues in general.

Tuesday’s vote rejected the “One Church Plan” which basically said each church could determine their position on homosexuality. Instead, they approved the “Traditional Plan” by a vote of 438-384, which affirmed the denomination’s stance as stated in their Book of Discipline pronouncing homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching.” Continue reading

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A Passage to Ponder: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Yesterday New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, was officially charged with two counts of first-degree solicitation.

It was revealed by authorities last week that “Kraft visited a Florida massage parlor for sex acts on the morning of the AFC Championship Game, which he attended in Kansas City later that day.”

“According to documents released by the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office on Monday, it was the second visit by Kraft to the parlor in less than 24 hours.” Continue reading

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AIN’T ANYTHING MEANER THAN KILLIN’ BABIES

Rarely, if ever, in 7 years have we published an entire article from another author. Today’s post merits an exception. While we have addressed the issue of abortion several times, this well-written and deeply thought-provoking piece by my friend Kenny Chumbley offers a unique perspective and deserves wider circulation.

May it encourage and inspire you to say or do something to protect the most vulnerable among us.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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Word of the Week: Circumspect

Circumspect is not a word that we often use in our everyday speech.

For example, I never heard my Dad use the word when I was a kid walking with him out in the pasture where the cows were grazing. Nor did my mother tell me to be circumspect when crossing a busy street. And neither did my Driver’s Ed instructor warn us to be circumspect when driving on a hilly, curvy road. But they did use words to warn me of the consequences of failing to be circumspect. Continue reading

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Three Spiritual Lessons from the Jussie Smollett Case.

Even if you’re not a news junkie, by now you’ve probably heard about the Jussie Smollett story that has gone from hate crime to hoax.

Smollett, an actor on hit Fox TV show “Empire” claimed late last month he was attacked and assaulted by two masked men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs, saying “This is MAGA country.”

The African-American actor who is homosexual said the two men wrapped a noose around his neck and covered him in bleach. Apparently, Smollett also tried to mislead police about the suspects, claiming the area around one attacker’s eyes were white skinned. Continue reading

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We Have An Anchor

Last September we were privileged to visit Rome as we concluded our Mediterranean anniversary trip.

We enjoyed wonderful food, touring the ancient sites and worshiping with the brethren. But among the highlights for us was visiting the Catacombs.
Led by a knowledgeable and interesting tour guide we descended from the warm air above, down a steep stairway and through narrow passageways, where I often had to duck my head, and into the cool and musty burial-place of early Christians and revered martyrs. Continue reading

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A PASSAGE TO PONDER: Philippians 1:9-11

In the neat little book, “Children’s Letters to God” compiled by Stuart Hample and Eric Marshall they share the directness, honesty and often humor when kids decide to address their Creator.

“Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay? Neil.”

“Dear God, I bet it is very hard for you to love all the people in the world. There are only four people in our family and I can never do it. Nan”

“Dear God. Thank you for the baby brother. But what I prayed for was a puppy. Joyce” Continue reading

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