Evangelicals, seduced in past decades by the conservative Republican party, are seen as a political bloc more than anything else at times. This is even self-described in Christianity Today as they reported the group opposing in large percentage Obama’s healthcare law. With the Supreme Court ruling that Obamacare is Constitutionally the law of the land, Christianity Today reports the coming lament of the Evangelical bloc and ramifications in the election in the Fall. Religion and politics are surely together as gravity pulls us to earth. However, should being a political bloc be a mission of Evangelicals? I say this could be the worst thing possible for the future of Evangelicals of all stripes. Being a good citizen comes under our mission as Christians to evangelize the good news about Jesus, not fear of greater taxes. There are poor to feed, captives to free, and many who are hopeless without knowing Jesus and new life he offers. It seems naive to be caught up in political causes at the cost of our primary mission. And, many people of faith, even those who share an Evangelical history and theology, are not necessarily a monolithic voting bloc. Yes, media and power brokers will say otherwise. I am not too naive to see that this is the way things seem to be. My hope is to speak as this…
Health & Fitness
One of my favorite thinking spots is this waterfall hike I used to frequent near Redding, CA. The mile straight uphill was always worth the climb to the cool falls and stream. Contemplation is important, indeed. I am still looking for a new thinking spot since this photo was taken so maybe you can help me out with some ideas. What’s your favorite place to go to think?
Yes, I love coffee–check out my Yes, I love coffee–check out my category for it! What do you think of this infograph of 15 things you should know about? Are you gonna give up caffeine–or not? [The rest of the infograph is below] HT: Homeownersinsurance.org via Holy Kaw Via: Homeowners Insurance
I am happy to have lost over 25 lbs. as of this week. Dieting is not fun, but does not this chicken salad my wife made me look great! It tasted great, as well. What new routines have you employed this year to help you live healthier?
This ad (shown in the picture) has been on my Facebook sidebar. In case you don’t already know, Facebook data-mines your info and spits out ads just like Google search–or similar to that. This one cracks me up! “Get Fit To Preach” with a bald, ripped guy who probably is a model who never heard of parsing Greek in order to preach. Or, if he is a pastor, I bet he preaches from the gym, not just attends the church of gym. All this to say that I have become soft and am mad the Big Brother of Facebook found me out and reminded me of this on the sidebar of my profile. Thanks, Facebook. What ridiculous advertisement have you endured on your social media site of choice?
Yes, this is week 5 for me of the Ragamuffin Top Challenge. The video says it all. How are you doing some of your personal goals? Does sharing them help or not?
This past week I went to the the Saddleback Worship Conference, ate like a pig…not too much to gain, or little enough to lose. That was my goal. So, 5 lbs. down still. This week, however I need step it up. Can I make it through July 4? (Posted as part of Ragamuffin Top Challenge). What are your diet fitness plans this week?
As you might have read on my blog, I have been on vacation. While I did not lose any weight, the miracle is that I did well enough to hold even after losing a few pounds last week. This next week is a challenge in that I am going to a conference and when I hang our with people the food and stuff just gets too tempting. Ragamuffinsoul Top Challenge
Ethan and I are on video again. Wait for the possible spoiler in the video. I almost blew a HUGE surprise, but my son did not even catch it! Ethan thinks a couple of months and his dad will fit in his medium shirt. Ragamuffinsoul Top Challenge. (Thanks Los for the inspiration.)
Carlos at Ragamuffinsoul.com is doing a challenge (Ragamuffinsoul Top Challenge). I am getting fat. I gained about 20 pounds since moving. My measurable goal is to fit into this shirt that should fit me–perhaps ending up at about 195 lbs. I hope to fit into it, going from a large to medium. If I do, I have a whole closet of cool shirts I can wear again! My son Ethan is helping me with this, as you can see in the video.