When the World Came Undone   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Connect | Engage | Inspire:

By Matt Naylor, National World War I Museum president and CEO

The world is commemorating the first global conflict. Centennials are often a cause for celebration. But not this. Rather, it is a reason to learn, make meaning, and remember.

 The world leading up to the summer of 1914 was much like the world of today. Europe faced rising nationalism and awareness of ethnic differences. Alliances shifted between nations and ruling families. Countries and empires sought increased influence to drive their goals of expansion. Changing technologies, including shifts in energy sources, changed power balances.

So while the June murder of the heir to the Austrian Hungarian Empire—an empire unfamiliar to most of us today—is considered by many as a cause of World War I, it is better thought of as the match that struck the kindling of a well-set fireplace.

What made this war different from earlier ones was that…

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Posted July 17, 2014 by terryflowersblog in Uncategorized

Know, Be, and Do – Ministry and Priesthood   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Connect | Engage | Inspire:

Becky Savage

Becky Savage, First Presidency

by Becky Savage

Ministry and priesthood describe an expanding approach to discipleship. Doctrine and Covenants 119:8b affirms: “All are called according to the gifts of God unto them…”

We respond by intentionally linking ministry in a continuum of disciples and priesthood members who serve together to fulfill Christ’s mission. What does this mean for you? For members it emphasizes your covenant and role as a disciple.

As living expressions of Christ’s life, ministry, and continuing presence in the world, disciples covenant with God to bring peace and reconciliation to the world, break down the walls that divide people, and share Christ’s peace with everyone they meet.

…As ministry takes place, sacred communities of unconditional love, tolerance, reconciliation, and Unity in Diversity are born. These Christ-centered communities invite and welcome those who are searching for a spiritual home and yearning to know of God’s redeeming love….
—Ministry…

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Posted July 10, 2014 by terryflowersblog in Uncategorized

What the Cross Means to Me   Leave a comment

Originally posted on Connect | Engage | Inspire:

By Ron Harmon, Council of Twelve Apostles

This same Spirit calls us anew in this defining moment of history to live into a radical new vision of God’s future, where the hungry are fed, poverty eliminated, and every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to become fully who God created them to be in loving community.

This same Spirit calls us anew in this defining moment of history to live into a radical new vision of God’s future, where the hungry are fed, poverty eliminated, and every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to become fully who God created them to be in loving community.

I find it interesting that the symbol of the cross has become the symbol for those who claim to be Christ’s followers. You might think the early believers would have wanted to distance themselves from that horrific event. This of course is the perspective of a 21st-century believer who has to see and experience human suffering only from a distance.

For me the cross represents the almost-incomprehensible paradox of despair and hope. First-century believers were no strangers to suffering, and I believe the cross represented the worst of what humans can do to…

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Posted May 1, 2014 by terryflowersblog in Uncategorized

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

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