Month: February 2013

Not At All, NAGR, Not At All

  The NRA's lame cousin – NAGR – does this every once in a while. They create a graphic that is so simplistic that it resonates with a large portion of their following – one million strong. It needs to be pointed out for the sycophantic crap it is. Once again – because they don't

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300th Post!

This is my 300th post! Thank you for your support.

Here's to the next 300!

 

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That’s ‘god,’ Not God

 

First problem, any organization whose profile picture combines the “Don't Tread On Me” snake and the NRA acronym sitting atop the Arizona state flag, should be approached with extreme caution.

Apparently, this is a Facebook group. It exists, and has 4,200+ followers. YIKES!

Another problem is the group's name – “God, Guns & Free Speech.” If you are going to perform any act of alliteration with the name of God, you should ensure that the next word isn't “guns” – or any of the words after that, for that matter.

The third problem I spot is their line about “unconstitutional laws.” This is – technically – a true statement. However, just because you disagree with a law, doesn't make it unconstitutional. It's kinda like how you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

This seems an important distinction to make when you speak to radical gun nuts.

Finally, it's important to note the highlighted quotes. The one which shows most prominently is the one noted in this screenshot – from Thomas Jefferson. There has been enough shoddy scholarship surrounding Thomas Jefferson – thanks to David Barton and the Cult of the Constitution(tm) – that I won't delve into it, lest I become a culprit. What is true to say, without a doubt, is who groups like these choose to quote when making their arguments for “god” and guns.

They never quote Jesus. They rarely quote scripture. In fact, this quote from Jefferson is a direct refutation of the well-known quote from Isaiah 2.

The fact is that groups like these – and all the other communities claiming the name of God right along their greater devotion to the 2nd amendment (a splinter group from the Cult of the Constitution(tm)) – often ignore scriptural themes like non-violence, especially when it doesn't line up with their desires or interests.

This is not to say that myself or others aren't guilty of that from time to time, but I digress…

The “god” these people are referring isn't the God they think it is. If they wish to use a lower case “g”, I would gladly drop my objections to their organization's motivations.

If that “G” stays in the upper case, then there remains a problem.

 

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Video From The Pastor’s Office #13 – “With Musical Guest, Ron Jones”

Our annual Lenten breakfast took place this last Sunday. Usually, there is a speaker. This year, we were able to snag a musician. Enjoy one of his songs!

 

 

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Yes, God Is Against Drone Strikes – @MarkDTooley, @TheIRD

Mark Tooley, president of the neo-conservative think-tank The Institute on Religion & Democracy, continues his childish PR effort to make the term “Religious Left” synonymous with cowardice. If he cannot mention “the Religious Left” in the pejorative, he doesn't write the editorial.

Unfortunately, he just doesn't know what he's talking about.

Evidently, his years serving under President George W. Bush have impaired his ability to portray those with which he disagrees, accurately.

In his most recent article (it seems he just can get enough of his pontification in as many outlets as possible) – found here – Tooley claims the same crap he usually claims about “the Religious Left.” They want to see an America weakened to the point of impotence. They see no difference between the US and Nazi Germany. They only want to sit back and snipe at the those with which they disagree.

None of these accurately describe progressive Christianity, but that doesn't stop Tooley from continuing to say them.

In his response to religious liberal ethicisists and their suggestions that US drone policy is religiously problematic, Tooley sums up his argument pretty pathetically:

People of faith trust that God, in His own time, will fully redeem the world and defeat evil forever. But the utopian Religious Left sometimes wants to pretend their policies can preempt God. Fortunately, their counsel is mostly ignored, on drones, and virtually on every other issue.

In his attempt to further talk down to those Christians he believes deserve his derision, Tooley actually proves the opposite of his argument. Drone strikes are nearly the epitome of an ideology's policies preempting God. Tooley is using the Rovian tactic of turning your weakness into a weakness for your foe.

Drone strikes are, at the very least, morally problematic and religiously troubling. For someone – even a former CIA analyst like Tooley – to be so sold out to the idea of drone strikes as standard procedure, is unfortunate.

I pray the issue might cause him a little more moral uncertainty.

SERMON from 2-24-13: “Last Words From The Cross: Behold Your Son”

This is the second of a seven-part series for the Lenten and Easter season. I got the idea from my father-in-law, who serves as Senior Pastor at Mesa First United Methodist Church, downtown Mesa, Arizona. John 19.25-27 25Jesus' mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood near the cross.

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The Daddy’s Day Harlem Shake by The Tiedeman’s

What do you get when you mix a daddy's day with a viral Internet fad? This!

 

You're welcome:)

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Video From The Pastor’s Office #12 – “Bryan Fischer: The Screaming Sheep”

Bryan Fischer says he prays for President Barack Obama. Let's find out…

 

 

I hope you enjoyed it. See you next time!

SERMON from 2-17-13: “Last Words From The Cross: ‘Father, Forgive Them…'”

This is the first of a seven-part series for the Lenten and Easter season. I got the idea from my father-in-law, who serves as Senior Pastor at Mesa First United Methodist Church, downtown Mesa, Arizona. Luke 23.32-34 (CEB) 32They also led two other criminals to be executed with Jesus. 33When they arrived at the place

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SERMON from 2-10-13: “The Case For Face To Face”

***adapted from a sermon idea found at http://www.homiletics.com Exodus 34.29-35 29Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two covenant tablets in his hand, Moses didn't realize that the skin of his face shown brightly because he had been talking with God. 30When Aaron and all the Israelites

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