As recently as last Friday, when this explosive IRS story first broke, we were told by the IRS official in charge of tax exemptions for organizations that the improper methods employed within her division were executed by “low level workers” in Cincinnati who weren’t motivated by “political bias,” and impacted roughly 75 organizations? Now we already know that is “wrong, wrong and wrong.”
This is a DISASTER that we can only hope and pray they will completely get to the bottom of.
Ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday, I found Jake Tapper’s five-minute interview on CNN with Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith, one of the four victims killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, to be one of the most real TV interviews I’ve seen in a long, long time.
The NBA’s Jason Collins created quite a stir this week by becoming the first active player in one of the four major American team sports to admit he’s a homosexual. He also says he’s a Christian, which ESPN NBA reporter Chris Broussard got into some hot water for questioning.
On the subject of LGBT and Christianity, Mark Hull of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes spoke highly of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield’s article, “My Train Wreck Conversion: As a leftist, lesbian professor, I despised Christians. Then somehow I became one.” It is excellent, and put me in tears as I read it on-air Wednesday on WOGO.
With Jim Wallis of Sojourners and Rep. Ron Kind(D-La Crosse) coming out this week in favor of gay marriage, I talked about it Friday both on WWIB and WOGO. On both stations I enjoyed sharing this thought-provoking column from William Mattox from earlier this week in the USA Today, “Sexuality More Like Religion Than Race.”
Packers’ Head Coach Mike Mc Carthy was recognized on vacation recently and asked to photograph a wedding proposal. As you can see, he gladly and successfully pulled off the task, prompting one to ask if after football he’ll be photographing weddings?
There’s a great column today from Dennis Prager, whose heard weekdays from Noon-1pm on WOGO-AM680 and WOGO.com, called, “The Bible vs. Heart,” on how we make our decisions about what’s right and what’s wrong. Do yourself a favor and give it a quick read.
Showing what a class act he is, former Packers WR Greg Jennings placed a full-page color ad in Wednesday’s Journal Sentinel and Green Bay Press-Gazette titled, “A Bittersweet Farewell,” as he leaves to play for the Minnesota Vikings.
Another must-read newsletter from Dr. Richard Swenson, this time titled, “The Usual Unusuals.”
In the Epilogue of his book “66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God that Invites You into His Story,” Dr. Larry Crabb provides a great service when he offers “The Story Everyone Needs to Hear(The Bible in 66 Paragraphs).”
About it, Crabb writes, “God’s story is the story everyone needs to hear. And those who are honest enough to face what’s missing and what’s wrong in themselves are the ones who hear the story best. It’s the only story that delivers on its promise, though not on our timetable, to make us happy with a happiness that cannot be lost.”
So, what follows is Crabb’s presentation of God’s story, as best and brief as he can, in sixty-six short paragraphs. In order to showcase the story’s ear-opening realism and heart-awakening romance, he tells the story as if God Himself is the narrator and tlaking directly to who He knows is listening.
In his book, “Freedom From Fear: Overcoming Worry & Anxiety,” Neil Anderson says “…nobody can keep you from being the person God has called you to be.” He says, “It’s normal to feel the fear but step out anyway as the following poem suggests: