Imagine you apply for a college program, only to be denied entry because you believe in God. And the kicker is how school administrators knew about your faith.
This is precisely what happened to Brandon Jenkins when he applied for the Radiation Therapy Program at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland. And now he‚Äôs suing in federal court for religious discrimination.
Thanks for your offer-I might take it up next time. I was impressed with the hospitality of the people who lived in the borderlands particularly the older generation. Also,It was reassuring to see some preachers in the UK who faithfully still preach the Gospel. I saw John's work, a very talented man.
kjg wrote: Wayne, John Greer is one of my favorite preachers. I was born and raised along the Colorado-Kansas border. I now reside in Kansas.
Yes I am familiar with John Greer and have greatly benefited from his preaching and that of the Free Pres denomination in general! One of the few that still hold tenaciously to the old paths.
It is remarkable that the UK fits over 40 times into the vast area that is the USA. Very few living in the UK would have ever visited 'Northumbria', yet how astonishing you have managed to do so from so far away!
I trust you took off your cowboy hat and replaced it with a tartan tammy shanter if you ventured over the Scot's border. A tin of Scot's shortbread under your arm will have helped you to assimilate
If you ever require anything from 'Northumbria' and I can assist in any way, please let me know and I'll do my best. We even have a resident watercolour artist on SermonAudio-John UK. I am sure he could be commissioned for a painting
See his 'Holy Island' painting from the area-very good!
kjg wrote: Evening Wayne, We stayed near Hawick. Enjoyed Scott's view and the ruins of the abbeys. I want to take my family back there and to Northern Ireland. The Borderlands and Northern Ireland, my favorite places to visit the British Isles. I would like to visit Newcastle. Have a great evening, brother!
Hawick would be 60 miles north of me. The whole Northumberland coastal region is worth exploring, too!
I once visited Ballymoney in Northern Ireland with a view to moving there to attend a particular church, but it wasn't to be the Lord's will. There are some fine ministries on SermonAudio from NI!
I am glad you enjoyed your stay and maybe the Lord will bring you back one day
Wayne UK wrote: I guess you were nearer Berwick on your travels? Did you visit the city of Newcastle?
We stayed near Hawick. Enjoyed Scott's view and the ruins of the abbeys. I want to take my family back there and to Northern Ireland. The Borderlands and Northern Ireland, my favorite places to visit the British Isles. I would like to visit Newcastle.
get real wrote: it's the way you gang up on John, the way you are as a group ... how you get "holier than thou" and attack, it's how you leave poor and sick to languish thinking they got their just deserts, you walk on the other side of the street to avoid looking at the beaten man so you will not feel obligated to help, it's how you sing a little louder ... it's wicked, it's ANTICHRIST ... and the world curses the name of Jesus because you claim to be His disciple and do these things giving Him a bad name, you shame the Fathers Name ...
Due to the admonition of get real (4/28/14 9:37 AM), my humble apologies to John UK for any unwarranted attack on him I have issued in this forum. I sure hope I have been a good Samaritan instead. Thanks.
kjg wrote: Wayne, My family came from the North Tyne River area. I visited there--the Borderland in the month of August, 20 years ago. One of the most beautiful areas in God's creation. And your family, Wayne? Sorry to digress to you all, but I don't have many opportunities to meet a Northumbrian.
I was born in Morpeth (birth place of Robert Morrison-evangelist to China) and brought up in Bedlington (famous for probably just one thing-the Bedlington Terrier dog breed). Have lived in Rothbury and a few other areas.
Glad you were able to visit and I guess you were nearer Berwick on your travels? Did you visit the city of Newcastle?
it's the way you gang up on John, the way you are as a group ... how you get "holier than thou" and attack, it's how you leave poor and sick to languish thinking they got their just deserts, you walk on the other side of the street to avoid looking at the beaten man so you will not feel obligated to help, it's how you sing a little louder ... it's wicked, it's ANTICHRIST ...
and the world curses the name of Jesus because you claim to be His disciple and do these things giving Him a bad name, you shame the Fathers Name ...
kjg: I think I would use "a sword" in self defence (for me or my family). However, if it was some government service, I may well go willingly. Many Christians face these things in China, North Korea, etc. We don't have much idea, do we (yet)!?
My poor widows mite. In regard to the issue of the young man suing for admission to the college. Some have well pointed out that in the world we shall persecution and we are told that we are blessed when men shall persecute us. We know that all that live godly shall suffer persecution and Peter reminds us we are to glorify God in the persecution we face. So, the sword argument seems like it would fall under, if one is smitten on one cheek, turn the other also. The Scripture is our guide in all areas of life, and while we seek the Lord in His Word it is also a step by step guide into how we live our daily lives. Therefore, we live off of Biblical principles. Applications we can garner from the text. I would think the Bible principle that the young man would be following would be Paul's example when faced with a scourging he used the government system in which he was to avoid it. He claimed his Roman citizenship. Did that mean that he didn't think his citizenship was in heaven? I would say no. The young man is using the government ordained means to stop wrongful discrimination for his beliefs. Thanks and may God bless.
MG, I understand your point. But let me propose a scenario. An intruder breaks onto home and is intent to do bodily harm to your family. Would you use "the sword" to defend your family or not? I am not trying to put you on the spot. I am interested in how Christians answer this scenario in light of Scripture.