“Nobody can control or define our identities unless we let them, and so I chose to come out and to define myself – nothing more.”
These words are by Bradley Manning, who now identifies himself as female named Chelsea. Manning is serving 35 years in prison for espionage and has demanded “gender confirming healthcare” from the federal prison system.
Manning’s words express the current social trend toward personal self-expression and identity definition by homosexuals, bisexuals, lesbians, pansexuals, and transgenders
In fact, re-identification knows no boundaries.
The Preacher of Ecclesiastes wrote, “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” If he were alive today, he may quip:
“Of the making of blogs there is no end, and writing new posts is really wearisome!”
In the big world of blogging, ThePreachersWord is tiny! According to one source, there are over 152 million blogs on the internet. A new blog is created somewhere every second! And the largest site attracts over 46 million visitors each month! Continue reading
Well, here it is again. My birthday! When you’re a kid they can’t come quickly enough. When you get to my, uh, well, a certain age, they seem to come too quickly!
Some of my favorite stories and quips come to mind this morning.
A census taker knocked on Marg Montgomery’s door. She answered all his questions except one. Her age. Marg was adamant. She wasn’t telling. Continue reading
“You’re judging,” is a charge that has been hurled at me through the years. Then it is followed up with “And the Bible says it’s wrong to judge!”
Though not said in those words, this sentiment has been expressed to me in comments on this blog when I condemn an immoral lifestyle.
Is this charge valid? Am I guilt of judging? Well, I guess it’s time to confess. Continue reading
Jeff Stride tells a great story about a young man who joined the military and had just entered boot camp.
On the first morning, the unit was awakened early, dragged out of bed, and made to assemble outside by the drill sergeant. Seeking to instill fear in the recruits, the sergeant stood in front of soldiers and snarled at them: “My name’s Sergeant Jackson. Is there anyone here thinks he can whip me?”
Incredibility a young man raised his hand!!!
The Sergeant walked right over to the new recruit. And there stood the private. All 6′ 5′ and 280 pounds of him. The drill sergeant looked him dead in the eye and with all the malice he could muster repeated “So you think you can whip me, soldier?” Continue reading
Not long ago my wife, Norma Jean, had a surprise party for me on my 40th birthday. I thought we were going to Derby Dinner Playhouse with two other couples. Our friends Jim and Linda Broderson were going with us along with Jim and Lyn Engler. When we arrived at the Engler’s I was surprised when I was led downstairs and there was a crowd of people. The basement was set up to resemble a funeral service. And I was there to observe my own “funeral”! Jim Engler was in a homemade casket that looked like something out of Dracula. His hair fixed to look like me. Continue reading
It is probably the best known verse in the Bible. Years ago you would see a guy at a football game wearing a rainbow-colored wig holding up a John 3:16 sign. Back in the 1970’s, there was a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, John Michael Cook, who legally changed his name to John 3:16 Cook. He operated a mission downtown and ministered to the homeless, alcoholics, and drug addicts. Continue reading