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Month: May, 2013

Daily Prompt: Switcheroo

If you could switch blogs with any blogger for a week, with whom would you switch and why?Daily Prompt

I’d switch blogs with the insensitive blogger who posts pictures, articles, and videos of hapless victims enduring their fate. The blogger who enjoys showcasing others getting bullied or abused. The blogger who finds it amusing to take photos and videos of vulnerble indivduals, like the sleeping homeless, the young woman with a wardrobe malfunction, the unfortunate African-American male who looks like a perpetrator, the young woman who cuts herself, the single mother whose part-time job is servicing every male who says he’ll give her money.

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The Miracle of “Had To”

(Sermon Synopsis)

Pastor Bernard Penn

Jesus “had to” go through Samaria. The Jews always went around Samaria. Going through Samaria wasn’t a geographical “had to” because everyone went around Samaria. Jews didn’t like the Samaritans so they avoided them at all costs, even to the point of inconveniencing themselves with a long, roundabout trip when a straight path through Samaria made more sense.

It was more than mere convenience for Jesus to take the easy route: he “had to” go through Samaria because there was a great need—impacting someone’s life for good.

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Should a Brother Compliment Another Brother?

Brothers, typically programmed to be devoid of feelings, often stay to ourselves and make decisions on our own, never venturing out to seek counsel from other brothers who may have some legitimate assistance to offer. We don’t typically congregate with other men and discuss the passive graces or fabric choices. God forbid our hands touch another man’s hands on the subway pole or we have to sit next to one another in the two vacant seats! Heaven knows that if there are two open stalls in a public bathroom, side by side, one of us is going to be holding his bladder longer. That’s just the way brothers do things.

Complimenting another man is nearly taboo. You’ll jeopardize your masculinity! Telling another man that you admire something about him or his outfit is tantamount to “being gay.” Is it really? I don’t think so. This inability to say “hey, man, nice hat!” is the result of being programmed by a society that has its gender and sexuality confused to the point where there is no freedom of emotional thought or expression without secretly—or overtly—being branded as suspicious. I believe it’s totally acceptable for men to acknowledge something that another has done well.

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Lenny Kravitz and the Choir

I’m sure all those goodly church folks have some explaining to do… Seriously, I’d party if Lenny Kravitz came to my church, too. Enjoy!

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