Archive for ‘Religion’

January 30, 2014

Un-Traditional Marriage

By Shell Suber

ringsWords have meaning. But often the meaning changes over time. In the 16th century, when the King James Version was translated, the word “pride” meant what selfish, self-centered, and arrogant mean today. “Pride” has evolved to mean something quite different today. This evolution in no way weakens the significance of the sin of loving one’s self more than God or others, it only means that today we must use as different words to convey what the word “pride” used to mean. No harm. It happens to words all the time. Our language grows and changes – sometimes in peculiar and unforeseen ways.

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November 2, 2012

Luther’s Revolution: Democracy is Born

Contributed by Larry C. Marchant, Jr.

This Sunday, many protestant churches will recognize the Reformation of the Catholic Church. But I say everyone should stop, pause, because Martin Luther’s actions have a much larger, ripple affect, extending far beyond church doctrine.

In Europe during the 16th Century, several key events inspired Martin Luther’s revolutionary action:

1. The Pope wanted to build Saint Peter’s Basilica – the crown jewel of the Vatican. But there was one small problem. The Church was broke.

2. When the Pope approached Venetian bankers to finance is vision, they balked at the Church’s credit.

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December 25, 2010

A Love Story

Contributed by Vince Williams

My marriage changed forever on April 20, 1992 when our beautiful daughter, Marie, was born.  I could not imagine prior to that moment what it meant to be a father.  When I held her for the first time and realized that she was my responsibility to show her love and compassion and the joys of life, I knew she deserved my best.

On November 27, 1993 my first son, Chris, was born.  The first time I saw and held him I realized that love is not a zero sum product.  Love is an infinite gift.  When Chris was born my love for my family wasn’t split from three ways to four, it increased in magnitude.  More family means more love.

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October 12, 2010

Dissent vs. Distastefulness

Contributed by the misplacedmtnman

The Supreme Court case involving the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, caught my attention recently. Sure, it’s a landmark case dealing with the First Amendment, a direct challenge to free speech protections and all that, but there’s actually an easy, common-sense way to adjudicate this so-called “Right to Say Anything I Want.”

Members of this radical religious group think it is their Christian duty to show up at the funerals of American soldiers who have been killed in combat, antagonistically bearing signs with slogans such as “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “You’re Going to Hell!” Casualties incurred in Iraq and Afghanistan are, as these nut-jobs claim, God’s punishment for the United States’ sins of homosexuality and abortion.

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September 8, 2010

Muslims should focus on reform, not Jones

Contributed by Shell Suber

Okay, we can all agree – well, most of us anyway – that publicly burning a copy the sacred scripture of someone else’s religion is, at the very least, rude. It’s disrespectful and childish and the real intent, notwithstanding any other given reason, is to provoke anger and gain attention.

But no matter what Reverend Terry Jones and his small band of followers at Dove World Outreach Center do on Saturday, it’s still not as bad a preaching to his flock that it is their sacred duty to kill those who do not convert to his religion.

Not even close. Not even in the same zip code as close.

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August 20, 2010

Going Rogue on the NY Mosque Controversy?

Contributed by iPlan

Have you ever noticed that there is no toleration for the “open exchange of ideas within the Muslim community?”  Want to test my hypothesis?  All you have to do is go to Saudi Arabia with 50 copies of the Holy Bible in your carryon bag, and see what happens.  If you even make it through airport security, head out to the town square, and start handing these Bibles out, while reciting your favorite Billy Graham sermon.  Let me tell you brother, there’s room at the cross for you, and you’ll soon meet Jesus ~ possibly in the very town square you began your sermon.

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August 18, 2010

Life: Observations on the value of us

Contributed by Vince Williams

With all the heated debates and arguments about abortion the true meaning of being pro-life seems to get lost in the emotions.  I thought I would write an article about why I am pro-life and what that means.

I am a Catholic Christian.  My Faith teaches me that God created the Universe and everything in it and holds it in existence by an act of His will.  

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July 13, 2010

On the side that wouldn’t take the grand

Contributed by Jodi Paige

Just over 18 years ago, I became a parent for the first time.  On that day, I knew I was in charge of being a protector, teacher, and source of unconditional love for another being.  In that moment, I began to get a glimpse of what it truly means to be made in our Creator’s image, and He had blessed me with being a part of His creative process.

I’m a Christian.  But, despite being raised in the Bible Belt, I wasn’t raised in a God-fearing, Bible-believing home.  I was free to explore all faiths, or not even have a faith, if I so chose;

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