Media Would Hamstring Jesus’ Church

The Houston Chronicle site questions why a church in Seattle buys a piece of property in Portland.  Why would the Houston community care what a church in Portland does?  The only reason I can believe the story was carried is because there is an agenda behind the reporting.  That agenda is to call into question a church’s rights. See quote below.  Just because a precinct voted for one democratic candidate does not mean that none of them follow Jesus.  Come on Houston Chronicle, Jesus is apolitical.  The innuendo in the national media against the church and Christianity is appalling.

The Mars Hill Church bought the vacant, 106-year-old stone church last week and announced a gathering for Sept. 10. Some residents wonder what the church is doing in a precinct that went for Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber last fall by more than 90 percent,the Oregonian reported ( ).

Getting on the Amazon Kindle Fire Truck

Amazon, the company,  introduced a device today that has the tech world buzzing.  Me too, because,  I need a

 keyboard for blogging but some times I am just researching and only consuming.   I’d love a handheld source for good movies.  I’m not much of a gamer.  But there are plenty of uses for  a consuming device like iPad or Android Tablets such as the Kindle Fire.  So I am into the specs and will be watching what the first consumer reviews of this product say about it.   It was interesting that the Kindle 3 started with too many bad reviews on Amazon for my tastes.   But those reviews slowly changed to be more positive and today I enjoy my Kindle 3.

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An atheist’s ethical dilemma

I’ve included the complete blog below from a Guardian blog because it presents this is a dilemma for anyone, not just atheists.  So what do you think?

This dilemma reminded me of a dilemma I was engaged in at a checkout register in the USA.   As the female clerk was giving me change back from payment for groceries, she and I had several cordial verbal exchanges about the change we were making from my payment, ie, potential errors she had made.  The counters were close enough that other clerks could have heard our back and forth.

When I stepped outside the store, I realized that ultimately she had overpaid me in change. I went back in and said that she had overpaid and handed her the change (less than 50 US cents).  Again other employees could have seen and heard.

As I left the store, my thoughts went negative.  “How many total exchanges did we make just to get the right change?”  3-5  “How did other employees think about her competency on the job?”  “What if she is a new employee?”   And then the ultimate thought, “Oh my God,   I could have just gotten that lady fired!”

Her job was not worth my getting the change right in the big picture.

How should you respond on discovering that an unpaid item had fallen into your shopping bag?

I came back to the office this morning and found an atheist on his knees. He was mopping up some milk that had spilled all over the refrigerator and then on the floor. “Ah,” I said, “You’re proving that it is quite unnecessary to be a believer to act ethically or altruistically.” He gave me an unappreciative look. When he had finished – and it wasn’t even his milk – he told me a more complicated ethical dilemma.

The day before, he had returned from a trip to Waitrose and found at the bottom of his shopping bag a cheese slicer which he had not paid for. He hadn’t put it there. It had somehow been knocked or dislodged into the bag. But it wasn’t on his receipt, either. Clearly the moral thing to do is to return it to the shop.

But the dilemma is whether to do so openly. If he goes up to the customer service counter, and says that he found it in his shopping bag, will they not suspect him of being a repentant thief? That is humiliating and awkward. On the other hand, if he simply smuggles it back into the shop, and then tries getting it from his pocket back to the display of cheese slicers, sod’s law ensures that he will be caught on CCTV, and regarded as an even more sinister failed shoplifter.

What, readers, should my colleague do?


I attended a conference recently where the term shalom was used related to the wholeness Christians can and should experience in walking out the life Jesus designed us to have–though fallen.  I decided that I should look into what that word meant in it’s context.  That meant trying to find out what it meant in the Jewish context.


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