Archive for October, 2012

Collect for All Saints Day

October 31, 2012

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through* Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayers to nobody in particular

October 30, 2012

The disaster that is bringing death and devastation to the east coast has certainly captured the public attention (which generally lasts about 12 seconds). You may have even seen the dramatic rescue of 14 crew members from the Bounty. The courage and selfless devotion displayed by the Coast Guard teas was more than moving. For a moment, my faith in humanity (which is not too high in the first place) was somewhat refreshed. Yes, we sometimes do good.

One of the things you will hear and read is prayer. Now, let me state that Glad Streams stands solidly behind prayer and all who pray, but there is a curious aspect of this I would like to discuss. Often the news anchor, or poster on social media, will say something like “we are sending you our thoughts and prayers.” It is a nice thought, and absolutely meaningless.
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Stoning Rebellious Children? A Look At Dominionism

October 22, 2012

Sorry for being absent for so long but Marie and I were away for a week and I am now working on a book. Everybody eventually writes a book and I have one being poured out of my troubled mind right now. It is something with a spiritual theme, so you might enjoy it. More on that later.

This comes from my home state of Arkansas. It is worth a read.

There’s a story going around the internet about a candidate for state office in Arkansas who wrote a book that argues, among other things, that parents should be able to have rebellious children executed. Here’s more:

Charlie Fuqua, the Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives who called forexpelling Muslims from the United States in his book, also wrote in support for instituting the death penalty for “rebellious children.”

In “God’s Law,” Fuqua’s 2012 book, the candidate wrote that while parents love their children, a process could be set up to allow for the institution of the death penalty for “rebellious children,” according to the Arkansas Times. Fuqua, who is anti-abortion, points out that the course of action involved in sentencing a child to death is described in the Bible and would involve judicial approval. While it is unlikely that many parents would seek to have their children killed by the government, Fuqua wrote, such power would serve as a way to stop rebellious children.


Stoning Rebellious Children? A Look At Dominionism.

A Prayer for the first day of the Supreme Court’s term

October 1, 2012

ALMIGHTY God, who sittest in the throne judging right; We humbly beseech thee to bless the courts of justice and the magistrates in all this land; and give unto them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they. may discern the truth and impartially administer the law in the fear of thee alone; through him who shall come to be our judge, thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.