Agree or Disagree: You will take your kids, or you will host “Trick or Treating”


Today is All Hallowed Eves, or Halloween.

Tonight many children will be dressed in costumes. They will likely go from house to house asking for candy. Well, some of you will anyway.

Some of you will also be hosting the little children come to your house. They will come, and there will be some very adorable costumes. You will give candy. Well, some of you anyway.

It seems to me from where I’m sitting, which is on my couch by the way, is that less and less people are participating in the going to the house and collecting candy. It appears they are choosing other options.

Is this true?

Agree or Disagree: Don’t be so heavenly minded, that you are no earthly good


Agree or Disagree: Don’t be so heavenly minded, that you are no earthly good

Come hear me good brothers come here one and all
Don’t brag about standing or you’ll surely fall
You’re shinin’ your light yes and shine if you should
You’re so heavenly minded and you’re no earthly good
No earthly good you are no earthly good
You’re so heavenly minded you’re no earthly good
You’re shinin’ your light yes and shine if you should

Johnny Cash.

 

It’s a song from Johnny Cash and it’s a common saying within the Christian community..

Don’t be so heavenly minded, that you are no earthly good.

I attached a blog that gives an opinion on this.

What do you think?

The House of Steven Furtick….


The House of Steven Furtick….

There was an interesting discussion on my Facebook about the story of Steven Furtick and his 16,000 square foot home.

http://blog.trutv.com/dumb-as-a-blog/2013/10/29/pastor-says-new-16000-sq-ft-home-is-gift-from-god-gets-standing-ovation/index.html

Both sides have some perspectives. However, I thought it might be interesting to share the original investigation from wcnc.com in Charlotte.

Listen to this and feel free to comment.

Agree or Disagree: The Senate Scandal will be the demise of the Harper Government


Agree or Disagree: The Senate Scandal will be the demise of the Harper Government

The year was 2004. It was revealed that the Liberal Party of Canada, led by then Prime Minister Paul Martin, was involved in an infamous sponsorship scandal. The scandal was run from 1996 to 2004 and also involved Prime Minister Jean Chretien. $2 million dollars of contracts were awarded without a proper bidding process. $250,000 was added to one contract price for no additional work. $1.5 million was awarded for work that wasn’t done.

In 2006, The Conservative Government formed a minority government.

The year is 2013. Three Conservative Senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau, and Pamela Wallin  are involved in some inappropriately used expense claims. Yesterday, Mike Duffy claimed, or if you would prefer, revealed that the Conservative Government paid a cheque first of $90,000 to pay back the expenses. Then a cheque of $13,500 to cover his legal bills. Duffy claims that Prime Minister Harper coached him to lie about the $90,000 cheque.

 Interestingly enough,the next election is set in 2015. Do you think that this will be the demise of the Harper Government? Or, as Bruce Stewart suggests in the above column, Harper should resign?

Agree or Disagree: Society is ashamed of virginity.


Agree or Disagree: Society is ashamed of virginity.

I must admit, it has been……awhile since I’ve been on a “date”. So for this, I’m going to use my imagination.

Picture if you will ladies that you are on a date with a guy. The date includes a great dinner at a great restaurant he knew you would like. Maybe, for example the guy has a great hat and tie! He’s a good conversationalist, great listener and all in all, a gentleman.

The date, not surprisingly considering who he is, is an excellent date. You are amazed at how much time has gone by. You start thinking, I’m having a great time! The meal was awesome!  The server encourages, or insists that you have dessert. 

“Nah, you know, I’m stuffed” You say

” Hmm, I could use some more” I… He said.

So the decision is made.  Dessert!

Of course, this requires coffee as well!

The date moves to a more comfortable stage. The stage where you feel you can open up a bit more about your past. The topic turns to past relationships.

Suddenly, a moment of hesitation happens inside you. You are not sure if you want to tell the truth here.

“I’ve had a few relationships” You say.

Except, that’s not truth. You haven’t had a few relationships.

You haven’t had any relationships.

But you are actually afraid of admitting this. Perhaps, even ashamed.

According to the link and slideshow above,  some women are apparently ashamed of admitting to men that they are still virgins.  They are afraid of being judged. 

Now, allow me to make a couple of points. I pointed out on this imaginary “date”, relationships, not sexual partners. The reason is many do find “partners” personal. This was a first or an early date. 

That being said, I have noticed that there is some cultural trends towards a mocking of the idea of virginity or choosing abstinence. I have also noticed many show respect to those that have.

What have you noticed? Do you think society is ashamed of virginity?

Agree or Disagree: Extroverts will have more sexual partners than introverts


I’d like to talk about a book I’m reading.

The book is called Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

The author is Susan Cain.  Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Dallas Morning News, O: The Oprah Magazine; Time.com and Psychology.com. She has a TED Talk that has over 3 million views.The book does some really interesting and work on how  introverts contribute to our society. As well as how they are misunderstood. I highly recommend reading this book.

I’d also like to talk about how I read books.

I read them very slowly and deliberately. I pause and think about what I’m reading. Particularly when it’s something I need to  think about. So, when I read this, I had to stop and think.

Or consider this trade-off: human extroverts have more sexual partners than introverts do-a boon to any species wanting to reproduce itself-but they commit more adultery and divorce more frequently, which is not a good thing for the children of all those couplings.

“Really” I thought to myself. I never gave this much thought. I would be mostly considered an extrovert, and I’m not sure that is accurate of me personally. 

She doesn’t talk too much about this extrovert and introvert dating specifically in the book, she does write this article which expands on her thoughts.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2120187/Revenge-introverts-Its-assumed-extroverts-best-life-new-book-claims-quite-opposite-.html

What do you think? Do you believe that Extroverts will and have more sexual partners than introverts?

 

Agree or Disagree: Jesus is a pacifist.


Agree or Disagree: Jesus is a pacifist.

This article from Mark Driscoll has angered from the pacifist movement.

To summarize the article, Driscoll basically said that calling Jesus a pacifist is a sin. Here is a portion of what he says.

Today is a season of patience as Jesus Christ waits for people to come to repentance. Jesus is not a pansy or a pacifist; he’s patient. He has a long wick, but the anger of his wrath is burning. 

He also attempted to distinguish the difference between killing and murder. Here is an example.

God is the author of life and sovereign over death, and Romans 13:1–4 shows us that, to an extent, God delegates his authority over life to those lawfully appointed leaders—the state, or the “governing authorities” (Rom. 13:1). Sometimes, in order to encourage virtue, discourage vice, and reduce personal vengeance and anarchy, it is right for the state to take the life of a criminal or to use violence to defend against oppression and attack.

If someone tries to murder you, and you defend yourself with lethal force in order to protect the lives of you and your family, that’s not murder. When a police officer gets out of their car and suddenly comes under heavy fire, if they return fire and kill the person who’s trying to murder them, the officer is not guilty of sin.

Many have taken a choice, a serious conscience choice to be a pacifist. Some, well not some, many, actually resonate with the  non-violent choices Jesus made. One example that comes quickly to mind is when Peter strikes one of the guards arresting Jesus with a sword. Jesus heals Him. Another quick example would be the concept of the teaching of turning the other cheek.

However, there are verses where Jesus showed some anger. One quick example is in when he turned the tables on the money changers. Or the example of His anger towards the “religious” of the day. Both perspectives have some points.

So, two questions.

1) Is Jesus a pacifist.

2) What is the difference between killing and murder? Is there one?