SUNDAY Services Canceled…Because of CHRISTMAS?

SUNDAY Services Canceled…Because of CHRISTMAS?

A friend and I were talking this week about Christmas.  She mentioned that the church she attends has canceled Sunday services on December 25th this year because it happens to be Christmas day.  We discussed how we both found this disturbing, and I assured her she would be able to attend services at my church on that Sunday.  Unfortunately, after checking my church bulletin, I discovered that my church has done the same thing.  This led me to a search of the other churches in town.  As far as I can tell, the majority are going to have services of some kind on Sunday, December 25th. Pardon my language, but what the HECK is going on here???  Sunday is the day of the Lord.  And Christmas is the day we celebrate the birth of His Son.  We attend church every Sunday to worship Him; to pray corporately; to receive teaching from His Word.  But when the celebration of His birth falls on a Sunday, we not only skip church, we outright cancel it?  Are you kidding me? Everywhere I go, I see Christians spouting the need to keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas.  How do we keep Christ in Christmas if we cancel His holy day, set aside for worship and rest?  How do we keep Christ in Christmas when we replace worship of Him with family, presents under the tree, a bountiful table, and football… all celebrated (apparently hypocritically) in the name of the One we have replaced? Christmas becomes more materialistic every year.  It is something Christians have lamented, and have worked too hard to counteract.  How many radio...
Fake News – Who’s to Blame?  What Should be Done?

Fake News – Who’s to Blame? What Should be Done?

We’ve probably all been burned by these fake news sites. We see something that either looks true, or we’d like it to be, so we share it with all our social media friends. The next thing we know, one of our friends is sending us a message saying Snopes or another fact check site has said the story was not true. Then there are the sites that use misleading headlines leading readers to believe something that is not substantiated within the article. Not to mention that the mainstream media ignores some things and makes big deals over others in an unveiled effort to push their agenda. I did a quick Google search after typing in “fake news sites.”  One result is the definitive list of 58 fake news sites on Facebook. To me, 58 is a significant number.  Another result is an article on “typosquatting.” Typosquatting is the method of hacking or misleading by using a site that is maybe one letter off a well-known site, such as Amazoon.com vs. Amazon.com.  I would say that the adage, “Buyer beware,” is an appropriate one for us as we search for news and information. The first question, who’s to blame, is, of course, the people who own and operate the sites. Some of them list themselves as satire, but you also have to search for that revelation as it is not typically listed front and center. Satire normally involves humor, but there is really nothing funny about a made up storyline that leads people to believe something that has absolutely no resemblance to the truth.  There might be several reasons people to...
Common Core, President-Elect Trump, and Betsy DeVos

Common Core, President-Elect Trump, and Betsy DeVos

I am asked daily to comment publicly on the choice of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. As I wrote in both the forwards and afterward of my book, Rubber Room Romance, each and every person must do careful research, and follow the money trails, and influences of “noted” journalists, specialists, advocates, and public figures. Even if the source “seems” credible, question.   For example, CNN recently posted a story that teachers reported that harassment in schools skyrocketed after the election.  On the internet, the story featured several pictures with swastikas and racists sayings along with the name Trump. Donald Trump had nothing to do with this personally.  In fact, this incident may not even have anything to do with a Trump supporter.  In recent months, there have been incidents that actually connect progressive groups masquerading as “Trump supporters” to incite violence and hate.    In the middle of the article, it clearly states: “This survey is not scientific and does not represent a random sampling of teachers across the country. It was disseminated to teachers, staff, and other educators by Teaching Tolerance through a link on its website and across social media, and was shared by other education groups.”   Teaching Tolerance is a product of the Southern Poverty Law Center.  It should be noted that the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled groups like Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, and the American Family Association (AFA) as hate groups. Bill Donohue, leader of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights just published a piece citing the role of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s role in politicizing hate...
This Day in History – December 3

This Day in History – December 3

December 3 1468 – Piero de Medici is succeeded by his sons, Lorenzo the Magnificent and Giuliano, as rulers of Florence, Italy 1755 – Portrait painter Gilbert Stewart is born 1762 – France cedes Upper Louisiana territory to Spain 1818 – Illinois becomes the 21st state 1800 – The French defeat an Austrian army at the Battle of Hohenlinden, near Munich 1826 – Union General George B. McClellan is born 1833 – Cuban epidemiologist Carlos Juan Finlay is born 1839 – Future President Abraham Lincoln is admitted to practice law in the US Circuit Court 1847 – Frederick Douglass and Martin Delaney establish an anti-slavery paper known as North Star  1857 – Polish-born novelist Joseph Conrad is born  1862 – Confederate raiders attack a Federal forage train on the Hardin Pike near Nashville, Tennessee 1863 – Confederate General James Longstreet moves his army east and north toward Greeneville 1864 – During his march to the sea, Major General William Tecumseh Sherman finds a slight resistance from Confederates at Thomas Station 1906 – The US Supreme Court orders Industrial Workers of the World leaders extradited to Idaho for the trial in the Steunenberg murder case 1912 – The First Balkan War ends with an armistice between Turkey and Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Montenegro 1915 – The US expels German attaches on spy charges 1916 – French commander Joseph Joffre is dismissed due to his failure at the Somme, and General Robert Nivelle is appointed the new French commander in chief 1918 – The Allied Conference in London ends with the decision that Germany must pay for the war 1922 –...