Month: May 2011

Missing Reconciliation – When Memory Becomes Nostalgia

Last week I reposted a couple of old posts that triggered a Twitter response from a fellow Southern Baptist pastor. He replied, “@doctodd Making me feel terribly nostalgic… :),” and “@doctodd So I guess I’m not the only one feeling nostalgic, huh? :)”

Memory becomes nostalgic when the action loses connection from its purpose. In church life it is akin to recalling the glory days. More often than not, those days are remembered for what they make us “feel” rather than recalling a period where serving others in the Name of Jesus dominated church life.

On the backside of Memorial Day, I could not help but think of how an original element of Decoration Day dropped off as the commemorative moment expanded to include those beyond the Civil War. Quickly, I don’t see a problem acknowledging those who served our Country and lost their lives during any military action. It is just worth noting there was no call for a Decoration Day following the Revolutionary War. Instead, the declaration by General Logan came after the war that represented a divided Country. Read More

Which King James Bible?, asks Michael Bird

Which Bible translation do you use? One of our men was told the only Bible is the KJV because it was not copyrighted. Can’t make that one up. Here is a piece that puts the “KJV Only” folks in the same dilemma. Which translation?

Friday Photo – Showing My Colors

20110527-051212.jpgRecently I was working in one of our flower beds. This beautiful butterfly joined me. Here she is showing off her colors.


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I Thought We Were Moving Beyond the Politics of Fear

Words do mean something. In a conversation yesterday a friend pointed out how difficult it is for us to really engage politics. Once we make statements critical of one administration in hopes of prompting either change or a different direction by a soon-coming administration we must face up to the double-edge of our critique. Certainly this is overly simplistic. But, appeals for an anti-imperial, post-colonial approach to Iraq cannot be exchanged for the same kind of policy with regard to Afghanistan. If the attempt is to demonstrate we can engage without the prospect of securing a favorable source for oil then the notion of an anti-empire move becomes moot. Consistency would demand our troops come home from both Iraq and Afghanistan. So, there is more to the story. I am aware of that. But, the rhetoric used to describe the kind of change we need seems now to be what Krauthammer refers to as “sleight of hand.”

No, he is not describing the politics of war. He is addressing the politics of economy. Words are carefully chosen. Creating fear is something most modern people decry. However, we seem to find it a great weapon to stretch or agenda. What do you think? And rather than attack the writer (Krauthammer), how about the subject?

First Cold – Cohen Under Mask

It had to happen. The allergens are everywhere. We have been listening carefully to the wheezing. His little cough, though not terrible, prompted parents and grand-parents to take notice. Then, Grammy spoke. Kimberly asked, “Mom what do you think?” “Maybe it would be good to rule out anything serious.

Today the Doctor said Cohen had a first. Not a last, but a first. His first cold. Nine months, nearly ten, and he sounds like his Grandpa Doc has felt. One treatment – the dreaded nebulizer. At first he resisted. Then he decided it might be good for him.