How To Help, Really Help, At Christmas

Yesterday I passed by a fellow ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. He said, “Merry Christmas.” I responded in kind. Those words, while expressing the sentiment of the Season as Christians, did little to help anyone. Money placed in the red kettle will go a long way to helping folks who look to the Salvation Army year round.

My friend Jordon Cooper formerly worked for the Salvation Army in Saskatoon, if I remember correctly. He now works for another agency that provides shelter and help for people living in Saskatoon. He wrote an important piece noting the ways individuals and corporations may provide help that helps.

Too often people who have never been in the circumstances people needing help face do not think about what really helps. This is not an indictment. People genuinely spurred to help simply need some guidance. I would never have thought about providing high quality razors to a shelter. But, Jordon notes that he finds it difficult to respond to “Thank you,” when he knows what he gives really will not help. And, for many of us we take a clean shave for granted – men and women.

Take the time to read Jordon’s post. It may provide the sort of guidance that will help those wanting to help really do so.

Tomorrow’s post – Christians’ Assault On Christmas

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Weekly Wrap – Maybe You Missed These Posts and the Comments

OU put on their own surge in the second half and is putting Iowa State away to get back in the win column. Last  night I enjoyed the home opener for the OKC Thunder. Despite the chatter about chemistry and Harden’s first two games with the Rockets, the Thunder look ready to defend their Western Conference title while Dwayne Wade thought their game should have been cancelled rather than stand 1-1 after Carmello played well for the Knicks.

On the personal front. Scheduled another lithotripsy to bust up kidney stones in the left kidney. Kidney Stone Event 2012 may be over after two months come November 18. Hoping so. We need another good freeze to knock the weed pollen out. The allergies linger on. I am working through a number of books, print and ebook. Hoping to get some reviews up soon.

Here are this week’s posts you may have missed.

Race Is No Longer an Issue? or, Maybe My SBC Friends Will Rethink Our Progress Read More

Race Is No Longer an Issue? or, Maybe My SBC Friends Will Rethink Our Progress

Recently Dwight McKissic raised issue with a Texas Baptist pastor who was against Mitt Romney before he was for him. He noted that once Romney won the nod for the Republican Presidential nomination, said pastor softened his rhetoric and amped up his support. In the piece, Dwight reminded his readers the SBC refused to consider his resolution decrying racism contained in Mormon documents.

The comments betrayed the commenters when it landed on an SBC blog. Many seemed incredulous that Dwight would dare play the race card. We have moved on.  “Why can’t he move on,” seemed to bubble to the surface. It appears my SBC friends may need to rethink the progress we think we have made – at least in our Country. And, I would imagine since the SBC allies so strongly with the Republican party we need to reconsider the matter in our own ranks. Read More

Weekly Wrap – Maybe You Missed These Posts

College Game Day is in Norman. The hosts just donned masks and portrayed the coaches from the top 4 BCS teams. Each stated their case as to why they should make the title game. Quite premature to this Sooner fan.

Here are posts from this week you may have missed. Enjoy your Saturday.

Dwight McKissic and His Candidate of Choice – “McKissic is calling for a more robust Christian vision for all of life. Candidly Dwight locates issues of abortion, slavery, women’s suffrage, poverty, and historically oppressed people along the same plane.”

Block and Brueggemann on the Election – Block describes the way Brueggemann helped him consider Meaningless Narratives. Incidentally if you have not read Block’s book, Community: The Structure of Belonging, do yourself a favor and pick it up.

Underneath the Tunic or, What do Rachel Held Evans and Rob Bell Have in Common? – “Equal treatment. Rachel Held Evans and Rob Bell suffered the same hammer when facing the prospects of offering a different vision for how we talk about others in relationship to our pronouncements as final. For many the hammer is the only tool in the box and everyone who disagrees, or poses a different possibility, becomes the nail. Criticism is egalitarian.”

First to Turn – Friday Photo – Fall colors emerge amidst the holdouts.

Do “Nones” Believe Church is Getting in the Way? – Must the Church be the culprit?

Do “Nones” Believe Church Is Getting In the Way?

Much has been said about the recent survey noting the increase of a group called the “Nones.” I ran onto this video and wondered, “What would your thoughts be?”