Posted 12/4/13 at 5:47 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By David Murray
How many "chances" should you give to someone in your congregation before you “confront” them about their conduct?
Here is some thought-provoking advice from the world of business for addressing employee misconduct.
I need a rule because it’s often hard to know if something’s a big enough deal to address until it’s too late and then, well, it’s too late. It’s already gotten out of hand. On the other hand if I jump on every single issue the first time it comes up then, well, I’ll be out of hand.
The first time someone does something that makes me feel uncomfortable, I notice it. The second time, I acknowledge that the first time was not an isolated event or an accident but a potential pattern and I begin to observe more closely and plan my response. The third time? The third time I always speak to the person about it. I call it my rule of three. FULL POST
Posted 12/4/13 at 5:17 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Murray N. Rothbard
The first Quakers to arrive in America came to Boston in July 1656. They were two Englishwomen, Ann Austin and Mary Fisher. Although no law had yet been passed in Massachusetts prohibiting the arrival of Quakers, the two women were immediately imprisoned and searched carefully for "witch-marks." Deputy Governor Richard Bellingham sent officers to the ship, searched the ladies' baggage, seized their stock of Quaker literature, and had it summarily burned. The women were imprisoned for five weeks, during which time no one was allowed to visit or speak to them. No light or writing material was allowed in their cell, and the prisoners were almost starved to death. At the end of this ordeal, they were shipped back to Barbados.
Bellingham denounced the two Quakers as heretics, transgressors with "very dangerous, heretical, and blasphemous opinions" and "corrupt, heretical, and blasphemous doctrines." Bellingham's litmus test for deciding if the ladies were Quakers was brusque indeed; one of them happened to say "thee," whereupon Bellingham declared that "he needed no more; now he knew they were Quakers."
Governor Endecott's only criticism of Bellingham's treatment of the two Quaker ladies was to say that if he had been present, the prisoners also would have been "well whipped." FULL POST
Posted 12/4/13 at 4:34 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Nick Sorrentino
I love nature. People could accuse me of being a tree hugging hippie. I love forests, and deserts, and the wild and open ocean. The fewer people I see when I am out in the wilds the happier I am. I truly enjoy hiking, and surfing, and just being outside.
I am also a big fan of free markets. In fact I believe that free markets are “sustainable.” I think they are much more sustainable than today’s command and control economy. My pack backer friends think I’m nuts for this assertion, but as I look around I see over and over that the worst environmental disasters, both acute, and long term, are a result of governments and a lack of property rights not business and the free market.
There are thousands of examples of this, ranging from the government sanctioned limits of liability for underwater drillers which probably encouraged BP to drill where it never should have, to the Fukushima and Chernobyl disasters – both endeavors were sponsored by the state.
Or what about the Hoover Dam? This is held up by statists all over as an example of the good “big government” can do. A recent commercial for MSNBC had Rachael Maddow espousing the project as an example of a visionary works project. FULL POST
Posted 12/4/13 at 11:17 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Joe McKeever
There were three people in front of me at the Walmart checkout. I was on my way to a drawing assignment and stopped to pick up a large sketchbook. Walmart has them cheaper than the art store, although David Art of Metairie is a great place with wonderful people and I keep them in business.
In front of me was a Hispanic lady with a toddler in her shopping basket. I opened the sketchbook and did a hasty drawing of the child. I signed it and handed it to her. She was thrilled and said, “Merry Christmas.” That was around November first, and she was the first one to greet me in this way this season. A Spanish pastor friend heard this and laughed, “We Latinos love to celebrate our Lord’s birth for months!” FULL POST
Posted 12/3/13 at 5:33 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Luke Gilkerson
When it comes to the subject of Internet safety, teens are notoriously difficult to figure out. They aren’t just kids anymore. They are blossoming adults. As such, parents often waffle between wanting their teens to experience a measure of adult freedoms and wanting to protect them from over-sexualized media. Where’s the balance?
Posted 12/3/13 at 10:32 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Joe McKeever
“Fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5).
“I want to say a word to my pastor friends who say their passion is preaching. May I suggest a better way to say this is that preaching is the expression of your passion for Jesus. Keep the focus on Him.”
I posted that on Facebook earlier today and was surprised at the reaction, all of it positive. Several pastors indicated that coming to this position represented a maturing in their ministry. One said the Lord showed him that he was making preaching his idol. “He delivered me from that idolatry,” he said.
As a senior in college, majoring in history and political science and hoping to teach history on a college level one day, God called me into the ministry.
He did not call me to preach. Not specifically. FULL POST
Posted 12/2/13 at 11:46 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Nick Sorrentino
I have to say that I was saddened by Pope Francis’ recent assertion that “rampant capitalism” is a source of many of the world’s ills.
I say this as a former Catholic, who still appreciates the Church, and the spirit of Jesus which I think Pope Francis embodies (as far as I can see) to a much greater degree than Pope Benedict who was put to pasture for good reason. I believe that Francis has his heart in a good place, and that his efforts to reform the Church (to the degree he can) are long overdue.
I say this not as one who pays particular attention to the Vatican, but as a lay person who picks up bits and pieces of policy from the news. My general perception is not an informed one, but one of feel. I could be wrong with Francis.
But what is absolutely clear to me is that Francis is very wrong on his economics. Not only is he wrong, but his assertions are potentially dangerous, as he does not appear to understand the inherent justice – yes justice – of markets. He ( I believe unintentionally) gives fodder to the controllers of mammon, the denizens of the state. FULL POST
Posted 12/2/13 at 11:14 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Joe McKeever
“…and if necessary, use words.”
St. Francis of Assisi said we should preach the gospel, and if necessary, with words.
Or did he?
The online source called Wikiquotes has a dozen or more variations of the “preach the gospel; if necessary use words” line. But they say, there is no indication St. Francis ever said anything of the sort.
I suspect the reason that line appeals to many of us is that we tire of all the wordiness of God’s people, frequently as a substitute for action. The danger is we may react too far in the opposite direction.
Words are a big, big deal to the Lord God–the One who spoke the world into being!–as well as to believers. We hold in our hands a book we call “The Word,” and the pastor brings God’s message from it every Sunday. FULL POST
Posted 11/29/13 at 3:43 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Ron Edmondson
When our boys were in middle school, we did not allow them to roam the mall on their own without an adult in the building. I know, call us bad parents, but we believed their safety was more important than their coolness with other children.
Once when our school system was closed because of snow, one of our boys spent the night with another boy his age. He told us they were going to a gym and would be home afterwards, but before he returned home, we received a call from another friend that had seen him at the mall. He was BUSTED!
What was worse for him was when he found out that we would have been fine with him going to the mall, because the parent was going also. That was a huge lesson for him in honesty. Years later, when this same son had another situation that required honesty, he told the whole truth and nothing but the truths…so help him, God. As an adult now, I would “honestly” say that honesty is one of his best qualities.
Scripture is very clear for the believer about how we are to approach honesty. We are told to “let your yes be yes and your no be no”. Honesty is a value, however, that is shared by believers and non-believers. It’s sort of a baseline moral standard of expectation of society. Raising our children to be honest, therefore, is an important part of our parenting. FULL POST
Posted 11/29/13 at 11:56 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Joe McKeever
“Now, the Pharisees who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things, and they were scoffing at Him” (Luke 16:14).
“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money….” (II Timothy 3:1-2).
We are conditioned from infancy to love money.
In childhood: Family and friends come to the house and they give the kids money. You go into the hospital for a tonsillectomy and people give you money. You go to church and they ask for money. Your dad takes a job in a distant state and the family relocates there, all for money. A few years later, the business shuts down and dad is jobless and the family moves back South and you say goodbye to your friends, because there is no money.
And later: You go to college and they ask for money. You take a part-time job to make spending money. You are walking along the sidewalk and you find money. You take a job working in a church and to your surprise, they pay you. You go to a larger church and they pay you more, which is a good thing since you now have to buy a house and send kids to school. FULL POST