Suffering Love…Cross…Resurrection   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Connect | Engage | Inspire:

By Rick W. Maupin,
Council of Twelve Apostles
Rick Maupin, Council of Twelve Apostles

Rick Maupin, Council of Twelve Apostles

At the conclusion of the Brian McLaren video, “Jesus and the Kingdom,” he states, “…the kingdom of God is a liberating and yet disturbing message for people today.” How is it that the message of Jesus is one of liberation but also carries elements that disturb and disrupt?

As I explore this counsel I am challenged by the thought that faithfully living out the way of suffering love will result in experiencing some unrest and disturbance along my spiritual journey.

We are now moving through that part of the Christian calendar when we contemplate and celebrate the ultimate story of disturbance and liberation. This is the story of Jesus turning toward Jerusalem, resulting in his crucifixion and resurrection.

Because of his deep compassion, suffering with the marginalized and oppressed, he challenged government authorities and rigid religious…

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Posted April 4, 2014 by terryflowersblog in Uncategorized

Dear parents, you are being lied to.   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Violent metaphors:

Standard of care.

In light of recent outbreaks of measles and other vaccine preventable illnesses, and the refusal of anti-vaccination advocates to acknowledge the problem, I thought it was past time for this post.

Dear parents,

You are being lied to. The people who claim to be acting in the best interests of your children are putting their health and even lives at risk.

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Posted March 29, 2014 by terryflowersblog in Uncategorized

Honoring Our Ashes   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Connect | Engage | Inspire:

By Carolyn Brock, Redmond, Oregon, USA

This is an excerpt from one of the entries appearing each day in the Daily Bread blog. Visit http://CofChristDailyBread.wordpress.com to subscribe for free.

When I was 5 years old our house burned to the ground. We arrived home from church and found it engulfed in a fireball. I can still remember the heat on my face, the orange flames shooting high, the look on my mother’s face, the grief in my heart. We had been told to take our new Christmas dolls from the car, back into the house, before leaving for church earlier that day.

For a while it felt like we were homeless refugees who had lost everything and didn’t know where we were going. But family, church friends, and the community took us in and began to provide supplies to rebuild our lives. I had loved living in that place on…

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Posted March 18, 2014 by terryflowersblog in Uncategorized

christian or not, an invitation to Lent   Leave a comment

Originally posted on mattfrizzell.com:

Lent began March 5, Ash Wednesday.  I’m a bit late.  But so many of us aren’t familiar with Lent or the reason for Lent.  Considering the busyness of American life, I think Lent is more relevant and necessary than Christmas.   So, here’s an invitation to consider the Lenten season:

hero_double_filletPerhaps you’ve noticed every year about this time:  For a limited time, Wendy’s offers its Artic Cod.  Burger King pushes its BK Big Fish.  Some McDonalds locations even offer a double Filet-O-Fish.  The new push in fast food offerings is more visible in larger cities, but the reason is actually almost 1700 years old and observed world-wide.    Even America’s fast food chains observe the Christian season of Lent, though their reasons may not be the same as ours.

Of course, individual and institutional interest in Lent varies tremendously.

Perhaps, you see yourself as some kind of Christian but you don’t even…

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Posted March 8, 2014 by terryflowersblog in Uncategorized

Called to Be Pillars of Light   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Connect | Engage | Inspire:

Mareva Arnaud Tchong, Council of Twelve Apostles

Mareva Arnaud Tchong, Council of Twelve Apostles

by Mareva M. Arnaud Tchong,
Council of Twelve Apostles

The Gospel of John recorded the fundamental mission of Jesus with this phrase, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…” Christ’s mission was to express God’s love in a human form to a world that believed in a quite different God.

In simplest terms, Christ was the human expression of God’s love for the Earth and its entire people, and Christ’s mission was to live that love in the daily walk and events of life.

Community of Christ, in its expression of Christ’s love, is being called to unchain, unleash, and unfetter its understanding and inclusiveness so all people might fully experience all facets of Christ’s love. This will be possible if we imitate God’s generosity. The word imitate used in the text has a profound meaning and significance…

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Posted March 5, 2014 by terryflowersblog in Uncategorized

Taking Time for Sacred Listening   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Connect | Engage | Inspire:

by K. Scott Murphy, First Presidency
Scott Murphy, First Presidency

Scott Murphy, First Presidency

At the 2013 World Conference, the church was both blessed and challenged by words of counsel shared by President Steve Veazey..

It has been almost a year since these words were shared. During this time we have rested with these words through our own reflection and at places like reunions, camps, and our congregations.

Now it is time for us to hear these words again. The church is invited into a time of sacred listening to deepen our understanding and awareness of how these words guide our response to live Christ’s mission in the world.

On April 6 President Veazey will begin a process of engaging the church in further reflection on the words of counsel through a live webcast.

The church also has the opportunity to study the words of counsel through the commentary series in the Herald. This…

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Posted March 3, 2014 by terryflowersblog in Uncategorized

HR 676 = Healthcare Equality   Leave a comment

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare is not the solution to our nation’s healthcare challenge. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats seem to have an answer. Healthcare costs have been spiraling out of control for over three decades and something has to be done before it gets to the point that nobody can afford medical care. Even businesses are reducing the benefit that they will pay for their employees healthcare. ACA may have slowed the rise in costs but it has not brought it down.

The only real solution for our nation is to remove the profit from healthcare. As long as profit is part of the equation there will be a conflict of interest in regard to providing care and the bottom line and all too often it is the patient that suffers as the bottom line is the priority.

HR 676 is a single-payer, true universal healthcare plan. It would leave the medical providers as the owners and operators of their practices in the private sector as not-for-profit entities. It would eliminate the need for the for-profit healthcare insurance industry. The program would be paid for by increasing the Medicare tax to 4.5% (would be less than what most of us pay in insurance premiums now). Businesses would see their taxes rise as well (again would be less than the benefits they currently provide for their employees).

HR 676 would provide comprehensive medical care at no cost to the patient and would include medical, dental and vision. No co-pays, no deductibles, no out-of-pocket medical bills. This would eliminate the bankruptcies and foreclosures that are the result of medical bills.

HR 676 sometimes referred to as Improved and Expanded Medicare for All. Research this for yourself. There are a couple of good web sites to go to. One is Healthcare-Now and another is Physicians for a National Healthcare Plan.

Posted March 1, 2014 by terryflowersblog in Health Care

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