Category Archive: Christianity

Mar 23 2017

Even greater news

No, God Doesn’t Bless America

By John Pavlovitz, July 3, 2016

 

No, this isn’t the kind of inflammatory, fear-fueled message that lots of Evangelical pastors prefer to major in these days.

It’s not some doom and gloom, sky-is-falling, bullhorn warning that God is ticked-off at America and is doing terrible things to us because of it.

This is not a dire, brimstone chastising about God abandoning us for our growing wickedness, removing the specific good fortune we once [more]

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Mar 17 2017

And I’m pro-life!

And Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan…

By Nicholas Kristof, March 16, 2017

 

A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came up behind Jesus and touched his clothes in hope of a cure. Jesus turned to her and said: “Fear not. Because of your faith, you are now healed.”

Then spoke Pious Paul of Ryan: “But teacher, is that wise? When you cure her, she learns dependency. Then the poor won’t take care of themselves, knowing that … [more]

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Mar 05 2017

Mad as a March hare

Alas, it seems our local newspaper, the Sentinel Record, is determined to make Hot Springs known more for its wingnut provincials than as an international tourist trap. The following article was front-page, above the fold, in today’s Sunday edition. Read it and weep. These people really believe that Trump and Jesus are two sides of the same coin of the realm, the so-fantastic and amazing mammon that will make America great “again”…

But maybe, just maybe, there’s a silver [more]

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Feb 27 2017

And few there be that find it

 

Important!

 

Hot Springs history is rich with characters profane and sanctimonious.  These days, our quirky burg seems inundated with the latter, a roused rabble of “evangelical bloc” letter writers who darken these pages almost daily with religious rants more emetic than evangelistic.

One of the most prolific and pious of these scribes usually just stitches together random quotes from Billy’s boy, the oh-so very reverend Franklin Graham.  But then last month he went much further, beyond mere repetitions … [more]

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Feb 25 2017

An obituary

Leola Lee Ragland, of Allen, Texas died February 28, 2017 at the age of 91.  She was born near Gatlin, Oklahoma in 1926 to James Odus Kelley and Mattie Alabama Kelley.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Truman, Alvin, Guardie, and Thurman Kelley, and sister Ruby Siever.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Dr. Jim Ragland, son James Ragland of Pearland, Texas, daughter Rebecca Cherry of Springfield, Missouri, son John Ragland of Hot … [more]

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Feb 08 2017

Banned Muslims are Welcomed in Hot Springs

 

Well, I’ve gotten myself into some weird situations, but today’s was the first time I ever felt the implied threat of physical intimidation.  There was the time Cliff Jackson and I infiltrated a Christianist Glenn Beck telecast from Jerusalem, sponsored mostly by our local Tea Party types.  There was the time Sherry (my beloved) and I went to the Glory Barn (yes, that’s really its name) to see the wannabe televangelist and most assuredly reverend Dwain Miller of [more]

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Feb 02 2017

Blessed are those

This was CB’s sermon last Sunday, January 29, 2016…

 

http://levantium.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Jan-29-CB.mp3 [more]

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