Agree or Disagree: Pregnancy from rape is something God intended


“The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Robert Murdock GOP Senate candidate.

There was much outrage over this comment over the last week. Many of really struggled with this. One of the struggles is on the deepest level, Robert Murdock’s comments can be interpreted as rape being something God allowed to happen. That is for many reasons, very uncomfortable.

For those who don’t understand where the idea of “God intended rape” can come from. I saw this posted on Tony  Jones. He happened to post this written by John Piper.

So what do you think of this concept? And deeper then this,what are your thoughts on those who would consider abortion in cases of rape?

The Thank You Experiment-Day 17.


June 5, 2004.

Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

We all got together at a friends house in anticipation of celebrating the Calgary Flames winning the Stanley Cup. There was a good crowd there.

One of the people there was let’s call it… excited, for this game. He was eagerly into each game cheering at times way too loud for each game. This game was no different.

There was a guy who was a little newer to our group. He moved from Kamloops to Calgary. He was quiet. And at the very least, he was certainly unsure what to make of the guy that was yelling at the TV. He also might have been wondering why he couldn’t just sit down and watch the game as opposed to moving around.

Well, it turned out, the loud guy and the quiet guy became friends.

I’m not sure that the quiet guy really understood the loud guy in the beginning. However, once they talked they got along. The loud guy noticed some neat things about the quiet guy.

It wasn’t that the quiet guy was as much quiet as he was thoughtful. In one on one conversations, he talked about deep stuff. He understood his errors and was willing to work on them.

He also is loyal to his friends and family. He sticks with his friends and stands beside them.

He listens to both sides or people’s perspective.

He really is gentle and well liked. 

His name is Brent. And he really is a good man.

Thank you for taking the time to understand that loud guy.

Agree or Disagree: We as a society look down on the disabled.


By now there have been enough tweets commenting on how Ann Coulter called President Barack Obama a “retard”.

The anger and disappointment towards the action of Coulter is rightly justified.

A young man named John Franklin, who has Down Syndrome posted this Open Letter to Ann Coulter.  You have to admire his gentleness and respect he took towards her in the letter. This paragraph, I really liked.

After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me.  You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV

As justified as the outrage is towards the comment Ann Coulter made, I feel like something is missing here.She is not the first or the last person to insult someone with this word. It has happened at many different places at many different times. As a matter of fact, it might have been you that have said it or heard it.

What the letter brings to mind too me is how we look at the disabled. Do we look down upon them? Or admire them?

Agree or Disagree: There will be a “rapture”.


Growing up in many evangelical churches, I have heard many “End Time Theories”. One of them is the idea of a “rapture”.

Some have argued that before the tribulation mentioned in the Book of Revelation, the rapture will happen. Some predict that this rapture will happen after the rapture.

The theology based on the idea of rapture comes from a verse found in 1 Thessalonains 4:16 and 17 which reads this. 

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

I’m going to put myself out there and give my opinion. I don’t believe there will be an actual rapture. I don’t believe that this verse refers to it and I don’t see the Bible referring to this. But what are your thoughts? 

The Thank You Experiment-Day 16


Many years ago, I went to church service in Calgary called Tehillah Monday. Just to clarify, this was “Tequilah Monday” which it was often confused, or called  at the time.

 

The service had a somewhat typical, but at times untypical format depending on the week. Generally speaking, the issue of ending on time, or anytime really wasn’t  an overall concern for the service. People were ok with that.

 

However,  in the midst of the spontaneous,came some consistency.

 

Usually the night would end with music. The music would play and then die down until all you could hear s the sound of various voices in conversation. But then, there was a moment, somewhat unexpected that you would suddenly hear this.

 

“Ping”

 

It would catch people’s attention. But not in a way that would interrupt the sounds of  your conversation. But in a way that blended in with the conversation.

 

As time went on, people noticed the music more and paid attention to it. Some would stop and listen, others would enjoy it an converse more. 

 

The piano player was never boastful about it when he played. He just played. He was quiet, but will talk.

 

Eventually I talked to him, and still do.

 

As I have come to know, he can talk about many things. Some of his favourite topics include health and diet, faith, music and more.

 

In the midst of a conversation, you might be impressed with his knowledge on stuff, but as I have known him I noted something else.  Probably because he has been my friend for about 15 years.

 

He cares about you. He really does. Not in a passing way, but in a way that impacts you. And not in a way that lets you sit in your sh$$$, but helps you get out of it.

 

Of all the qualities he has, that is likely his most understated one. But, the one that I have appreciated the most. Thanks Cam

 

 

This is Day 16 of the Thank You Challenge I am doing for my birthday month. For the others, please scroll to the right of the page to read more.

 

There are other bloggers that have decided to be involved with this. They are.

 

The Dulock Diaries. http://thedulockdiaries.blogspot.ca/

 

And Natural Urban Mom http://www.naturalurbanmamas.com/

 

Thank You.

Agree or Disagree: Equal Pay for Equal Work


It is somewhat strange too me that in 2012, we still bring this up.

Last night during the Presidential debate, there was a discussion about women in the workforce.

It was interesting to listen to some of the focus groups on MSNBC and CNN. While the general feedback from the focus group was that Romney was strong on the economy, he did not do well in women issues. It even came across from women who would vote for Romney.

As Chris Matthews from MSNBC asked, it is interesting that Romney never answered that question. Granted, Matthews is a Obama supporter.

So I ask you, what do you think? Is this a fair expectation. Not only for women, but for the overall work force?