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On April 15th, the Tennessee House of Representatives decided in a 55-38 vote to designate the Holy Bible as the official book of the State of Tennessee. Tennessee is my home state, and I’m proud of it. I love everything about Tennessee, from the mountains in the East, to the hills in the Cumberland Basin, to the rivers and bluffs near my home in the West. But, I have to say, this decision by members of the state legislature leaves me scratching my head. I wonder just what they hoped to achieve through this decision. It would seem that all they’ve managed to do is make the state look foolish on multiple levels.
Oh Thomas…good ol’ Doubting Thomas. How awful it must be to have one action earn you a nickname that stays with you for the rest of history — as if it is the only the only way to describe him. It is such a poor way to remember a disciple of Jesus’ for one simple request he made. Tradition and history would have us maintain this negative view of Thomas – in part because we live in a time in which it makes us feel safe to silence those who would question what we believe. However, I’m not sure that that is how scripture would have us remember Thomas.
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The editing room is a rough place.
If you’re a writer, it’s where you mark through your favorite paragraph of witty language with a red pen—even when you don’t want to do so.
For the visual artist, it’s the pause between strokes as you discern which color and space to choose next for the canvas.
I have spoken before about what a stunning reform Biblical law was compared to the law codes of surrounding cultures. For example, the law applied equally regardless of social class; whether one was the child of a tribal chieftain or of a hewer of wood, the law was the same. There was no capital punishment for property crimes as compared to the hanging of horse thieves in our own country in the nineteenth century. The law was the same applied to the native born Israelite or the foreigner in the land.
I read the most interesting article today. Apparently, there are places in Florida, and I’m sure other states, where it is illegal to feed homeless people. Let me repeat that again – it’s illegal to feed homeless people. The article featured a picture of a 90 year-old man, who was arrested alongside two pastors in Ft. Lauderdale, and discusses the issue fairly well.