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Changing Times. Shifting Values.

 
Several years ago Newsweek magazine had two words sprawled across the cover that asked, WHOSE VALUES? That’s a good question for any generation.

One young lady, Shelia, who was interviewed for Dr. Robert Bellah’s book, Habits of the Heart, said, “I believe in God. I just can’t remember the last time I went to church. But my faith has carried me a long way. It’s ‘sheilaism. ’ Just my own little voice.’” Continue reading

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Searching For Values

 Values

I’ve been watching some of the Republican National Convention this week. I noticed, not too surprisingly, most of the speakers in one way or another advocate the importance of values.

We’ve heard about values of honor. Honesty. Hard Work. Integrity. Truthfulness. Law and Order. Respect. And, of course, Republican values. Continue reading

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5 Questions about Your Values

I BEAM

What are your core values? To help you think about it, here’s a illustration developed by James Newman in Releasing You Brakes!

Suppose I come to your house with a 120’ I-beam and lay it across your front yard. When you come out, I wave a $100 bill and say if you can cross from one end to the other in less than 2 minutes, I’ll give you the $100. Would you do it? Why not? What have you got to lose? Continue reading

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Whose Values? Whose Morality?

If you have wondered how far our amoral culture could sink after promoting same-sex marriage, this gives you a glimpse.

Nick Cassavetes, director of the popular romance movie ‘The Notebook,” was at the Toronto Film Festival last week promoting a new film, “Yellow.”  The lead character, Mary, visits her brother in prison and soon the two are engaged in an incestuous relationship. Continue reading

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Whose Values?

As I stood in line today at a Kansas City Chick-fil-A, I thought about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s criticism of Dan Cathy and the fast food chain’s values “are not Chicago values.”  It took about 25 minutes to get inside the store.  And maybe another 10-15 to get my food.  So, I had time to observe.  Here’s what I saw. Continue reading

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What Do I Value?

        

          The Mountain Message of Matthew 5-7 was called by one writer, “The Radical Teachings of Jesus.”  One radical  exhortation in found in Matthew  6:19-21.  This is a difficult passage.  Not to understand, but to apply.  Continue reading

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A Foolish Exchange

 Do you ever read “news of the weird” that tells about those “stupid criminals” stories?  Here’s a good one.

 A man walked into a convenience store, put a $20 bill on the counter and asked for change. When the clerk opened the drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register.  The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving his $20 bill on the counter. Continue reading

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