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Jul 22, 2012

Greed

Remember the widow that gave two small copper coins, which were worth a penny back then?
Had she instead put it in a CD at 2 percent she would now, 2000 years later, have a fortune of $ 1,586,147,327,603,694.50
As part of our topical summer sermon series today, July 22nd 2012, we will hear about “Greed”:

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Jul 20, 2012

The Devil

Who’s your adversary? And what is 666 all about?
As part of our topical summer sermon series today, July 15th 2012, we will hear about “The Devil”:

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Jul 19, 2012

Gay Scouting


I agree with Mitt Romney “that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.”

The first time I was introduced to this issue was through the South Park Episode “Cripple Fight”. Still a must-see featuring Cartman’s quote (to Big Gay Al): “Get your big gay ass off the couch and come be our scoutmaster again!”

Now recently the Boy Scouts of America clarified their membership policy: “While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.”

That caused the Rev. Chuck Currie to call for churches to Reexamine Ties To Boy Scouts Over Discrimination Policy. Chuck, while I agree with the goal I strongly disagree with the method. You serve as a pastor in a Methodist Church, that means that you have some responsibility to stand with the 11,078 scout troops that are sponsored by churches just like your own. Their ties cannot simply be judged upon one single aspect.

A glance at the BSA chartered organizations reveals that mainline Protestentantism is the second largest sponsor of the program. Discrimination will remain in effect until the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is replaced as main sponsor. Chuck, why don’t we strive to strengthen our liberal impact on the Scouting Movement by widening our engagement. We need to encourage more of our churches to embrace and transform Scouting. Don’t run away! Stand your ground! Scouting can get better!

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Jul 8, 2012

Spiritual Best Practices – A Topical Summer Sermon

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
As part of our topical summer sermon series today, July 8th 2012, we will hear about “Spiritual Best Practices”:

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Jul 8, 2012

Good Bye iGoogle! Hello HootSuite!

What page comes up, when you open your browser?

As long as I can remember for me it has been iGoogle. Most of my digital life is stored with the search giant anyway. That’s why I found it convenient to be greeted by my latest emails and blogposts as soon as I open my browser:

Earlier this morning I realized that that era is coming to an end when I was greeted by the following message:
“iGoogle will not be available after November 1, 2013. Learn more.”
The one and only true start page is going away! I am really going to miss it. It’s nice though to get advance notice to adjust.

And as a matter of fact adjustment has already been made. Most of my updates I consume via Hootsuite anyway. Starting today I’ll just use that as my browser’s start page:

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Jul 4, 2012

Declaration of Independence pushing for immigration

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On the Fourth of July I have made it my habit to read the Declaration of Independence. Those big words of the preamble and the conclusion continue to impress me by the power that words can execute. This year I’ve been drawn to a more technical section though: “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”
The most prominent theme that follows is the well-known “taxation without representation” among many others.

My highlight this year is about immigration:
“He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.”
The biggest concern for America was and ought to be: how can we get the most people here and make them citizens as quickly and as smoothly as possible? The king of England is hurting us by putting up a fence around our borders…

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