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Pray for Christians in India

Story here.

People being hurt and killed. Very tragic and heartbreaking.

Freedom of Speech: Burma

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5129509.ece 

Jailed for 20 years for criticizing the military dictator. Even his lawyer got jail time. The article says that there are 2,000 political prisoners there. This is the wonderful regime that stood idly by while their people died as a result of the cyclone.  Supposedly it was a crime against “public tranquility.” 20 years for posting an opinion on a blog.

Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting…

Monks hitting, kicking each other, drawing blood. It’s very, very sad. But also just a little amusing. And just a little intriguing. I didn’t know these stories – the ladder that hasn’t been moved since before 1852, the fact that two Muslim families have kept the key to the door since 1192 (something I either should have learned in school or did learn and forgot – either way…) they open it each morning and close it each night. Brawling has broken out over who has the rights to clean which step and over a door that was left open during a ceremony. Another: “On a hot summer day in 2002, the Coptic monk who is stationed on the roof to express Coptic claims to the Ethiopian territory there moved his chair from its agreed spot into the shade. This was interpreted as a hostile move by the Ethiopians, and eleven were hospitalized after the resulting fracas.” Oh my.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7718587.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7719843.stm

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iP5oYpZe4LDgzSejZYMuH__QvZwwD94BGGFG0

The church, the status quo agreement:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Holy_Sepulchre

ht:scriptoriumdaily.com

Credit Where it Is Due

As rude as this sounds, I am not a fan of John Piper for various reasons.

However, it is only appropriate to acknowledge when someone gets it right. I stumbled across this while searching for something completely unrelated: Continue reading

Balanced thoughts about Emerging

Mart De Haan has some good comments at this series:

http://www.beenthinking.org/2008/10/27/an-emerging-church/  (this one is must-read for evangelicals)

http://www.beenthinking.org/2008/10/28/emerging-problems/

http://www.beenthinking.org/2008/10/31/another-way-to-look-at-emerging-churches/

http://www.beenthinking.org/2008/11/02/this-election-and-emerging-churches/

(HT:tsk)

Many of us as evangelicals are no better than the general public in avoiding cliches, caricatures, demonizing those we feel are against us. It is important for us to think reasonably and charitably as much as possible about where others are coming from. I think this models the approach of Jesus and Paul (Mars Hill, for example).

The Color Line Through This Century

Good essay here:

http://www.scriptoriumdaily.com/2008/11/06/the-color-line-through-this-century/

It’s Classy to Congratulate the Winner

Congratulations to Obama.

I am disappointed at McCain’s loss. I voted for him for several reasons. But Obama is not evil personified and it is only classy to congratulate his win and to recognize the positive elements in it.

There are reasons to celebrate his win. His story line was “hope.” It’s a good story line; the more he lives up to it the better for us all.

More poignant, this nation sinned, and sinned greatly, by slavery. This involved kidnap, splitting families apart, physical and mental abuse, oppression, denying personhood to black people. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech is a powerful speech. One of my favorite lines is

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

America wrote a bad check for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to black people. Today things are getting better. I rejoice with African-Americans that they can tell their children, “You, too, could be president some day.” It is a powerful and meaningful image and it is right they have a chance to share it.

McCain’s concession speech was classy. It has a great line: “This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight.”

Congratulations, Mr. Obama. I wish you well and will be praying for you.

“Walk” in 1 Corinthians

In Eph 4:1 Paul urges us to walk worthily of our calling.

The metaphor “walk” for lifestyle or behavior is used repeatedly throughout the NT. I am looking at each passage that uses this metaphor. Today is 1 Corinthians. Continue reading