Mel Lawrenz wrote: .... Untruth #6: Leaders are above the rules.
People would be shocked how many Christian leaders preach about humility, kindness, and respect, and behind the scenes mistreat, abuse, and shame ordinary people. Worse, such leaders really enjoy manipulating others. It makes them feel powerful and important. The only thing worse than worshiping an idol is to act like an idol....
excerpt from, "The Willow Creek Crisis â€“ Time of Reckoning for All Leaders"
Philip, the following article does an excellent job pointing out when the United State was in its Dominionist phase. There are Bible verses that attacked thatâť—đź‘Ž
F. X. Rocca wrote: A HUNDRED years ago The Atlantic Monthly published "The Decadence of Spain," by the historian Henry Charles Lea. In ten pages Lea traced the collapse of the world's first global empire, explaining it as essentially the result of "pride, conservatism, and clericalism." These national characteristics had led Spaniards to despise useful labor, ignore the development of industrial technology, and stifle intellectual and political liberty. As a result, their country had lost most of its vast conquests and now stood to lose the rest: "Spain has made of her colonies the buried talent, and the fulfillment of the parable must come to pass."...
excerpt from, "How McKinley Begot Franco"
God! Protect us from "Christian" leadersâť—
Romans 8:7-8 because the mind of the flesh is hostile toward God; for it is not subject to Godâ€™s law, neither indeed can it be. Those who are in the flesh canâ€™t please God.
https://tinyurl.com/y576t94tÂ (Should Christians try to force the kingdom on others?)
Spanish American War Centennial Website wrote: PresidentÂ William McKinleyÂ had been in a quandry for some time as to what to do with the Philippines.... Finally, as a visiting delegation of the General Missionary Committee of the Methodist Episcopal Church was about to leave..., the president explained his reasons for deciding to retain the Philippines.... ...one night late it came to me this way - I don't know how it was, but it came: (1) That we could not give them back to Spain - that would be cowardly and dishonorable; (2) that we could not turn them over to France or Germany - our commercial rivals in the Orient - that would be bad business and discreditable; (3) that we could not leave them to themselves - they were unfit for self-government - and they would soon have anarchy and misrule over there worse than Spain's was; and (4) that there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God's grace do the very best we could by them, as our fellow men for whom Christ also died.Â And then I went to bed and went to sleep and slept soundly."Â
excerpt from, "President McKinley gives ... reasons for the U.S. to keep the Philippines"
It's probably getting to be time to get your flu shotâť—đź‘Ť
Brian Krans wrote: .... There appears to be distrust in vaccinations in a generation who may not have any firsthand knowledge of the diseases routine shots prevent. This includes the once-common chickenpox and measles.
Herd immunity â€” when large swaths of the population are immunized â€” is one of the best defenses humanity has against diseases like measles, which are easily spread through sneezing and coughing.
For protection against measles, about 93 percent of a community needs to get vaccinated, according to Dr. Sharon Nachman, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Stony Brook Medicine in New York.... .... It goes back to herd immunity.
Children who arenâ€™t vaccinated are still protected by those who did vaccinate their children.
To Bergen, thereâ€™s a clear societal benefit â€” and therefore an obligation â€” to consider the health of all children within the community.
â€śI think that sometimes parents who make the decision not to vaccinate their children do not consider the health of other children as much as they should,â€ť he said....
excerpts from, "This Is What Happens When Children Donâ€™t Get Vaccinated"
To be really accurate want to point out except for this lady I'm not sure how many Christians -- so-called -- were actually worked up about this?
Sian Griffiths wrote: . .... The row comes days before the High Court is due to be asked to extend an injunction protecting Anderton Park School in Birmingham from protests by Muslim parents and activists at school gates over its LGBT lessons....
excerpt from, "Christian School Governor Fears Sack for Questioning LGBT Reading List and Pride Month [UK]"
I have often pointed out I have no problem whatsoever with home schooling, and have recommended this video quite a few times
https://tinyurl.com/onopq7q (NET: Home School Nebraska) âť— đź‘Ť
What I can find from Pew research says on education, doesn't seem to match what is said in the article. https://tinyurl.com/y6dcqkz6 I will let others do some research see if they can find what is in the article and what Pew research might say about it?
Not surprisingly, the WSJ article was not readable by me since they want me to subscribe. If you can read it all, fine, I would assume it's really a pretty good article, I think I'm fairly safe to make that assumption even without reading it. But in case you have the same problem I do, try out this article from Forbes
Indre Deksnyte wrote: .... Detecting fake news is a complex process that starts with awareness and education. You must verify the source. Quality information is typically fact-checked or peer-reviewed. You should rely on the insights that come from reputable channels or are sourced from trusted research companies.
Now, more people than ever rely on the internet as their main source of information. However, with this medium being easily polluted with a plethora of false information, everything we learn from online sources has to be carefully questioned and evaluated.
excerpt from, "How AI Can Create And Detect Fake News"
DF, foxes will take care of feral cats and pet ones as well.
PBS Nature wrote: Travel back in time, from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools, with a pioneering group of scientists who make surprising discoveries that transform human understanding of nature and ecology. Based on a book of the same name, The Serengeti Rules had its theatrical premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and has won awards at the 2018 Wildscreen Panda Awards and Jackson Hole Science Media Awards....
https://tinyurl.com/y2fknh3l (The Serengeti Rules)
Wolves are a keystone species as this video explains
When did two wrongs make a right, Timothy? And Trump extravaganzas are expensive âť—
WCCO wrote: ....
Despite the cost, the FEC doesnâ€™t require congressional or presidential campaigns committees to pay states or cities back for rally-related expenses....
They can use campaign funds to reimburse security costs, but they arenâ€™t required to.
â€śMainly it was just in place because campaigns generally did give back the money, or reimburse, for the most part, not always, so it wasnâ€™t a big deal and it was expected,â€ť said Tim Lindberg, a political science professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Lindberg says candidates pay for the rally venue rental. Cities and local taxpayers are shelling out for security. Police, fire and emergency service agencies can expect overtime costs....
Taking a look back at previous political rallies in Minnesota, the city of Chanhassen paid the $14,000 bill after a 2004 visit by President George W. Bush.
At the time, Former Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan estimated a 2009 Health Care Rally at Target Center by then-President Barack Obama cost his department about $20,000....
excerpt from, "The High Cost Of Campaign Rallies "
I still don't know if they ever got Trump to pay up?
Jacob Frey wrote: .... When the president learned that Minneapolis was seeking reimbursement, he did not call me directly to discuss details. He did not seek to better understand the terms of the contract. He took to Twitter to make threats, inflame his base ahead of the event and lash out at me and the diverse city I represent.
Having seen the strain his rallies have placed on other municipalities, I decided to stand up for Minneapolis taxpayers. That meant pushing Trump to do something that is both fundamental to society and antithetical to the way he operates: pay what he owes.
At this point, the matter remains a stand-off: The booking agent is still seeking payment from the Trump campaign, and our position continues to be that the city should be reimbursed....
excerpt from,"Minneapolis mayor: We saw Trump stiffing cities for his other rallies, so we told him to pay up"
Question of values?
Luke 16:10-11 He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. He who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
Jason Nark wrote: .... ....Wolves, she found, were a proxy for other fears, such as fading traditions and a loss of control to Seattle progressives. "Sometimes," she says, "a dispute has surface-level issues, and that can be taxes or climate change or, in this case, wolves. But it's all about identity."
In the end, Madden spent 200 days in Washington state and 7,000 hours on the phone. (For 3 1/2 years of work, the state paid her nonprofit, with a staff of two, more than $1.2 million.) Conservationists eventually agreed that wolves could be culled if they preyed on livestock. For their part, ranchers agreed to try nonlethal methods, too. Like young apprentices, they learned Madden's ways, and when problems arise they can go back to the "tool kit" she left for them. "Things would be far worse had she not come out here," says Paula Swedeen, policy director of the Seattle-based Conservation Northwest. "I've built relationships with people. I'm definitely a western Washington, progressive Democrat, but I've figured out how to make friends in eastern Washington."...
excerpt from,"... her job was to make peace between ranchers, conservationists"
Apparently East can meet West, when it's Washington State anyway đź‘Ť
And of course churches should still stay out of politics with or without tax exemptions.
But, QC, the Johnson amendment did give churches a good reason to stay out of politics as a church oh, and if you read it, it serves that purpose. LBJ certainly had his failing, the Vietnam war was a good example. but like the present President --whom he shares some characteristics--Johnson did some good things as well.
"...it is true that John doesnâ€™t involve himself in politics, at least compared to some contemporary evangelicals. Heâ€™s committed to two things in his ministry: the churchâ€™s mandate from Christ (Matt. 28:18-20) and his God-given priority as a pastor/teacher (Eph. 4:11-16). Since God left the church on earth to make disciples (not Democrats or Republicans), John believes the best way a pastor can spend his time, energy, and influence is by preaching Godâ€™s Word. The proclamation of the gospel unleashes the power of God to produce the miracle of regeneration."
https://tinyurl.com/z4n8fno (Why does John [MacArthur]avoid political issues and politics?)
Yes, LBJ's tax amendment certainly didn't go far enough! Oh, and the all these conservative Presidents we're for removing all tax exemption from churches. So, I agree with these conservative presidents. đź‘Ťâť—
ProCon.org wrote: During the 19th Century, opposition to churches retaining property tax exemptions was expressed by at least three US presidents: James Madison, James Garfield, and Ulysses S. Grant. President Grant submitted a 900-foot long petition containing 35,000 signatures to Congress in 1875, demanding â€śthat churches and other ecclesiastical property shall be no longer exempt from taxation.â€ť Grant told Congress that â€śin 1850, the church properties in the U.S. which paid no taxes, municipal or state, amounted to about $83 million. In 1860, the amount had doubled; in 1875, it is about $1 billion. By 1900, without check, it is safe to say this property will reach a sum exceeding $3 billionâ€¦.so vast a sum, receiving all the protection and benefits of government without bearing its portion of the burdens and expenses of the same, will not be looked upon acquiescently by those who have to pay the taxes."
BBC wrote: â€˘ Turkey's Syria offensive explained in four maps. https://tinyurl.com/y2ehsvy8 â€˘ Who are the Kurds? https://tinyurl.com/yxh7bwlh â€˘ Turkey v Syria's Kurds explained. https://tinyurl.com/y56y9abr
The Turkish offensive and US withdrawal has drawn an international outcry, as the SDF were the main Western allies in the battle against IS in Syria.
But Turkey views elements of the Kurdish groups within the force as terrorists and says it wants to drive them away from a "safe zone" reaching 30km into Syria.
It also plans to resettle more than three million Syrian refugees currently in Turkey within the zone. Many of them are not Kurds. Critics have warned this could lead to ethnic cleansing of the local Kurdish population.
https://tinyurl.com/y5mms3j2 (Turkey-Syria offensive: Kurds reach deal with Syrian army)
Quite true, Christopher.
https://tinyurl.com/3kjl3 (Islam: The Religion of Peace)