Must Read Monday: Ark of a School Bus, Pastor Brunson, Hate, and the China-Vatican Deal
Noah’s Ark except its a school bus; Truck driver rescues 64 dogs and cats from floods of Hurricane Florence
I love this guy’s “Can do” spirit! He saw a need and he found a way to help.
“When Alsup saw on the news how numerous animal shelters had become overcrowded with lost or rescued animals, he thought he could help. He wanted to help transport the animals to vacant shelters — but he knew he couldn’t put them in a semitrailer.
“I thought, well what can I do?” he said. “I’ll just go buy a bus.”
Inside the bus, the seats have been ripped out to make room for its passengers. On the bus’s side are the words “EMERGENCY ANIMAL RESCUE SHELTER.” But it could have said “Noah’s Ark.”
If you need help getting God into that conversation, here’s a hint: Genesis 6-9
And, let’s continue to #PraytheNews as the water in South Carolina’s coastal towns is still rising.
The trial resumes Oct 12. Let us pray the judge releases Andrew and expels him from Turkey. For a round of information on this saga, see: Pray for Pastor Andrew Brunson
As you read this, consider the moral language like evil, the idea of moral superiority, a sense of guilelessness among those who hate, and the license hatred gives for violence. As Christians we are called to love, even our enemies. We do not demonize those with whom we disagree. We recognize the power of ideas to shape minds and lead hearts to actions. Where does that leave us in this particular cultural conversation in America today?
On a personal level, what are you full of? Jesus came full of grace and truth – so those who are in Christ and in whom the Spirit of God is pleased to dwell should be full of grace and truth as well.
In short, speak the truth, people can handle it.
For help, read: Speak the Truth: How to bring God back into every conversation
By whose authority are the leaders of the church selected, appointed, ordained? One would imagine the answer is “the Church,” but in this case, the answer is Communist China. In my opinion, this is not “outreach” by the Vatican to China, this is capitulation.
Excerpts from the story:
The Vatican said Saturday that it had reached a provisional deal with the Chinese government to end a decades-old power struggle over the right to appoint bishops in China. It was the Communist country’s first formal recognition of the pope’s authority within the Roman Catholic Church in the world’s most populous nation, Vatican officials said.
Under the deal, Pope Francis recognized the legitimacy of seven bishops appointed by the Chinese government. Because they had not been selected by the Vatican, they had previously been excommunicated.
The agreement was in keeping with the pope’s outreach to parts of the world where he hopes to increase the church’s presence and spread its message.
But for critics loath to share any of the church’s authority with an authoritarian government, the accord represented a shameful retreat and the setting of a dangerous precedent for future relations with other countries.
“Transmasculine youth, who are assigned female at birth but have a gender identity along the masculine spectrum, often report considerable distress after breast development (chest dysphoria).” The bottom line: “Professional guidelines and clinical practice should recommend patients for chest surgery based on individual need rather than chronologic age.” That means U.S. plastic surgeons are not only free but encouraged to recommend patients suffering from body dysmorphic disorder have surgery which permanently alters their bodies.
In any other context and at every other time in human history, the removal of a juvenile girl’s breasts would be considered criminal sexual mutilation. But now we have parents and doctors conspiring to participate in and affirm a child’s body dysmorphic disorder. Imagine for a moment these adults were conspiring to affirm the body dysmorphic disorder known as anorexia.
Christians affirm that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, fearfully and wonderfully made, knit together by God and intentionally designed by God as male and female. When a person’s mind leads them to believe there is something so wrong with what everyone knows to be a normal human body, the right thing is to address the mental illness, not mutilate the flesh.
Related: The Trans Woman Who Became a Dragon