Christopher000 wrote: "There are at least 100,000 Christians in that nation's harsh prison camps, where prisoners face torture, forced labor and possible execution..." Boy. Such hatred for the God who created them. Such hatred for the God who breathed life Into them, waters their crops, and commands the sun to shine. This man has been in prison awaiting trial for 3 months now, and all over a bible. Imagine the overall hatred for God that a worker would take the iniative to turn it in, unless they were afraid to be found with it themselves.
Sorry, Chris, I didn't note your comment Mr. Fowle has been released, American released from North Korea. Being a CNN piece, you'll get an automatic start up of a short video. There's quite a lengthy printed article for it too.
John UK wrote: There are many who vainly imagine they are born again, and this, not by a sovereign work of a sovereign God (as in my case), but by an act of procreation followed by sprinkling with water, thus making it a manmade effort irrespective of God's involvement. This is not biblical, but a tradition from the 16th century Frenchy.
Actually, and unfortunately even before him John of UK, Martin Luther's Sacramental Gospel. But, John UK, has it right except for where that tradition, Catholic one, comes from.
I should have seen if this wife is one of mainline pastor, a quote from her, "Pastor-idolizing is unhealthy for the church, pastors, and their families. It doesnâ€™t reflect the reality of the universal need for grace, and it puts those of us in vocational ministry in an isolated position." The Pastorâ€™s Wife Effect I have news for her, being a pastor is not a vocation, which many Methodist ministers think, but a calling. So, no, a pastor and his family shouldn't be put a pedestal, but the "job" or is that Job calls for specific qualifications, Titus 1:6-9 since that is the qualification for a pastor, and remembering the husband and wife are one flesh, q.v., Matthew 19:3-6
A pastor's family is looked upon as a unit in the Bible, which this woman should have realized. A bad family life is satisfactory reason for dismissing a pastor--and his family.
I really thought the NY Times editorial would spark some interest, about we and the Cubans working together? No, I'm not for lifting the embargo, though Republicans in Nebraska certainly want to see more trade with Cuba Nebraska Wraps Up Trade Deal With Cuba, and this was seven years ago.
I can a co-operative arrangement between Cuba and the U.S. could have some pluses --and minuses.
Mike wrote: Ah Jim, you never disappoint. But sometimes it's just silly. As you probably know, but don't care because it's an opportunity to slam Bush, men from some middle east countries do hold hands. It's a Sign of Respect and Friendship On the other hand bowing to foreign dictators, esp Arab, is an Obama bad habit, and carries an entirely different meaning. Maybe he personally feels this way, but as the leader of the US, he should resist the fawning thing.
Oh, I could have picked worse sources, Mike of N.Y., some I had a had a hard time believing (I used the LA Times as a reputable source, but I seen sources with Baby-face Bush giving a mouth to mouth kiss to the Saudi prince, I thought it might be a "Photoshop" invention, However,
wrote: ...just to put things into perspective, Republican President Bush held hands with and kissed, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.
pennnelope wrote: Jim, I'm sure you can find compromisers in your fundamentalist churches as well. after all romans 13, give to Caesar what is Caesar's. I'd hardly say that the fruit isn't falling far from the tree.
You mean this, Penny? Rendering To Caesar---A Biblical Perspective On Government I can't see any good thing about mega-campus churches, you can still be a fairly large church and still worship as one body, but, no, I haven't seen anything about mega-churches. There's a thread about Driscoll on the board, another (former?) leader of a mega-church. It really comes down people are more interested in following a human leader than they are Christ.
Why, Christopher, you must not read the selection that I put up? It is definitely even more conservative. However, the writer has a short memory blaming Pres. Obama. President Bush the Younger was just as bad or worse. Please see, Holding hands with the Crown Prince
Chris, apparently this man didn't use my preferred term for so-called "gays," which of course the proper term is "queers." The article that SA has up is worth looking at, and it isn't all that long either. There is only one correct outlook on queerness, Homosexuality: A Biblical Perspective.
Helen we always wish our neighbor to the north, God's blessings.
Mike of NY, I never did vote for Bush Jr. But then I didn't vote for the Democrats either! I basically threw my votes away in that election. Bush Jr., gave the Vatican what it basically wanted anyway. Why, yes, I have no problems voting for Masons! Much less of a problem than voting for right-wing Catholics! Remember?