Saturday, May 24, 2008
The next morning she replied with a short note saying: "True but I like how he (Buchanan) said this..." and then she pasted these paragraphs from the Buchanan article.
First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.
Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.
Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the '60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.
We all know that the black people, brought from Africa came here neither to be introduced to Christian salvation nor to reach the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity they would ever know.
Second, we know that Buchanan's list of federal programs were not instituted by whites to bring the African-American community into the mainstream. They arose out of this country's multi-ethnic population's desire to see people of all races to have the opportunity to enter the economic mainstream. (I pointed out to her that I had gone to college with the help of Pell grants and federal student loans and early on in my first years out of grad work had qualified for tiny amounts from the EITC program when filing my tax returns. I was able to refrain from pointing out that her own daughter receives Medicaid and WIC benefits as a young, struggling mother.)
Newt Gingrich and others who sympathize with his point of view assume that poverty is a black and urban issue. Gingrich chooses to frame his ideas about poverty around Barrack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, and the city of Detroit. Otherwise, he refers to Native Americans living on reservations. Although such frames are an effective tool in diverting attention from troubling issues facing the U.S. economy, serious discussions about ending poverty can not be based on stereotypes or reinforce the idea that it is someone else’s problem. The reality is:
Earlier this morning I read the following from an article on theotherjournal:
- Although poverty disproportionately affects people of color, all races are impacted, including whites who are the largest group (45 percent) amongst the poor.
- Rural communities experience levels of poverty that are similar to urban communities—14.5% and 17% respectively. And poverty also reaches the suburbs.
When it comes to classifying, it seems that out of all the things to classify in God’s creation, nothing gives us more pleasure than classifying other people—as this, that, or the other. Once again, this can be both quite harmless, and quite good. Consider the pleasure that comes from recognizing and honoring cultural differences, and the benefit of being able to discern which "kinds" of people we want to entrust ourselves to in friendship. However, as we all know, there can be a dark side to classifying people as well. The pleasure of classification can become quite devilish when we are overcome by the desire to rigidly group people along hard lines, and lump them into categories that do not quite suit them.
How many times have I heard sermons from various pastors expressing this exact same desire for their church? The specifics expressed are necessarily different but the principle is unambiguously the same.
‘Dean of Oil Analysts’ Predicts $12-15-a-Gallon Gas
let me hear you sing!
Bush-McCain fundraiser not selling enough tickets to fill Phoenix convention center.
Beasley the Miniature Dachshund
Why Every Christian Should ‘Quite Rightly Pass for an Atheist’
(good enough for 3 cups)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
...the opponents, who have raised $10,000 for the public relations campaign so far, are urging Methodists to keep fighting and send donations for the campaign to Rev. Bob Weathers, a former Fort Worth district superintendent. […]
“This is really about the partisan institute, which will do the most damage over time,” Weaver said. “And it’s not just an issue in Texas. Methodists have pride in their name.”
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
In light of the suffering we’ve been hearing about globally the last few days it’s inspiring to see how God’s children react to traumatic events. On this page you will find some modern day “Lamentations”. Please pray for all who do not know our God, and do not have any hope, that he will soon reach them too.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
“I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.
Monday, May 12, 2008
One of the older members of our church who was here before I arrived said this:
"Young people tend to overestimate what they can do in the short run and underestimate what they can do in the long run."
And an 3 minute clip from Sunday's All Things Considered on NPR about overestimating "progressive parenting" and underestimating our own mothers.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
John Harwood on Meet the Press:
Friday, May 09, 2008
The Jesus-Shaped Question: Are Christians Like Jesus?
The Jesus-Shaped Question: What Was Jesus Like?
The Jesus-Shaped Question: Can We Know What Jesus Was Like?
I don't normally review comments. Because of the effects of MS on my eyes things are easier for me to read on the printed page and I rarely use the paper or ink to print more than just the articles. When printing What Was Jesus Like?, I failed to omit the pages past the conclusion Michael's writing. I'm glad I did. Comment #20 written by someone calling himself Dunker Eric asks:
Did Jesus die on the cross so it would be okay for us to be just like the Pharisee's except that we believe in Him?
The clarity and directness of Dunker Eric's question cuts to the heart. What are we preaching? Sin management or discipleship?
I also recommend that time be spent with the recently released Evangelical Manifesto: A Declaration of Evangelical Identity and Public Commitment.
Read the six page Executive Summary if you are pressed for time. The full statement is 20 pages and deserves all of the time and consideration you can give. The money paragraph for me was this:
Evangelicalism must be defined theologically and not politically; confessionally and not culturally. Above all else, it is a commitment and devotion to the person and work of Jesus Christ, his teaching and way of life, and an enduring dedication to his lordship above all other earthly powers, allegiances and loyalties. As such, it should not be limited to tribal or national boundaries, or be confused with, or reduced to political categories such as "conservative" and "liberal," or to psychological categories such as "reactionary" or "progressive."