Open Blogging: 11/03/2023

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  1. Terry says:

    Here’s a humorous and biting retelling of the Good Samaritan parable I came across recently. Not one-sided at all. Left, right and beyond are not spared.

  2. Captain Kevin says:

    Christian nationalism is to warn against tyranny while plotting religious tyranny.

    It is to claim that the government is evil while seeking to become the government.

    It is to claim to worship an all powerful god while acting as if that god needs political control to succeed.

    It is to claim the Bible as the highest authority while actively treating the constitution as on the same level of sacredness.

    It is to claim to love God and love neighbor while actively pursuing legalism against your neighbor, both religiously and politically in the name of God.

    It is to claim the ways of Jesus while actually embodying the ways of Caesar.

    It is to claim the cross of Christ while actually taking up the gavel instead and even threatening to take up arms if necessary.

    It is to claim the love of Christ while actively allowing fear of our culture and people who don’t believe or live the same way completely drive out that love.

    It is to claim the kingdom of God while seeking first the empires of this world.

    Benjamin Cremer

  3. Michael says:

    Terry, CK…two good cathes …a lot to reflect on…

  4. bob1 says:

    Yeah, the Constitution thing. While it’s a great document, divinely inspired? Seriously?

    Isn’t it the Mormons who believe that?

    Apparently, lately, they’ve got company.

  5. JD says:

    I was able to get back to church about a week ago and they’re like “Long time no see”.
    Never mind “how are you ?” or anything like that.
    Reading between the lines “Oh, it’s those people who never show up with money”.
    At least one person was friendly but we didn’t get the usual hate stares, even though I felt shunned by the pastor.
    Wouldn’t want to bother them to ask for prayer and feel uncomfortable when we show up.
    Been beat up by circumstances for a couple of months but I would rather keep it to myself than adding hot coals to the “gossip chain”.

  6. Captain Kevin says:

    JD, that sucks. I know it’s not the same as in-person fellowship, but I’m glad you’re here.

  7. Michael says:


    I amen what CK said.

    If it’s not a place where people pray for you and care for you…it’s not a church.

  8. Mark says:

    I’d appreciate reading opinions of those here who believe strongly that so-called Zionism is racism, or as I’ve read recently in a FB conversation that was started by a pastor in the San Diego area, where someone replied to his question / comment that Zionism is the worst kind of racism (something like that).

  9. Michael says:

    I don’t understand how advocating for a Jewish state is racism…seems a stretch to me…

  10. Muff Potter says:

    Nor do I Michael.
    Seems to me like ‘racism’ is more of a present-day bogeyman than anything else.
    If it weren’t for the efforts and courage of 20th century Jewry, they (the Jews) would have no home.
    They’d still be scattered about, and waiting for the next hammer to fall.

  11. Mark says:

    Thx – And I’ve now realised I worded that in a way that you may have got the wrong impression. The pastor that I referred to didn’t write that he thought Zionism was the worst kind of racism, but someone else had in a conversation that he had started about what Israel was now doing in follow-up to what Hamas had done recently.

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