“I give God 10 percent. Why do you get 18″
These were the words written on a receipt at a St. Louis area Applebee’s by pastor, Alois Bell. A server at the restaurant posted a picture of the receipt online and was fired after the photo went viral and the pastor complaied.
Bell has expressed regret. “I’ve embarrassed my church and ministry.”
To be fair, I don’t think that what the server did was appropriate. She should not have posted that photo online and she was putting her job at risk. Big companies take their image very seriously. Continue reading
I think of those 20 kids. Those 20 little faces. 20 people who had all of the potential in the world. 20 innocent people, who despite all of the evil, and discontent in our society and in our world, were still at an age when they hadn’t yet been corrupted. I think of 20 kids who got up and went to school, like it was any other day, who eagerly awaited the weekend (and who even more eagerly awaited the upcoming holiday and a visit from Santa).
What could have been going through their minds when a 20 year old man started shooting? Did they cry? Did they hide? Did they comprehend what was happening?
I think about those parents. Those 20 sets of parents whose worlds are crashing down on them today. Parents who had the normal frustrations of life yesterday and who are now experiencing pain that most of us will never have to imagine. Waiting to wake up from this terrible dream, still in disbelief that this could have happened, longing to rewind time, and knowing life will never be quite the same. 20 sets of parents who kissed their babies goodbye this morning or last night and who took for granted that they would see them tonight and that they would be safe and that all would be right, at least in their worlds. Continue reading
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My thoughts and prayers are with my hometown of Columbus this evening. Over 100,000 people in Franklin county are left without electricity and tomorrow’s forecast calls for the continuation of sweltering heat, and the outages could last a few more days. I know some people in Columbus who are having their lives significantly affected by the current conditions and my heart really goes out to them. Continue reading
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We keep seeing reports of this “Fast and Furious” story. What are we to make of it?
Guns were being sent into Mexico.
The republicans want answers. The democrats view this as a witch hunt and the republicans merely playing politics.
Wait a minute. WHY were guns going into Mexico?
Obama has used the executive privilege to withold documents, congress has voted to hold Eric Holder in contempt. Yet others say that this really started during the Bush administration and that this is a costly waste of time.
So let me get this straight. WERE guns going into Mexico?
As the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But it seems that each generation has only a handful of pictures which capture the essence of major events. This photo of a firefighter cradling a baby in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing is one of the most famous photographs taken during the 1990s. The baby is a symbol for those who were lost in the tragic attack. She is a symbol of innocence, venerability, and woundedness. The firefighter is a symbol for American society. Immortalized with his expression are the concern and mourning of the people and a desire to rush to the aid of those in need. Continue reading
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