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Crime, Violence, and Faith

Do you watch the news?

Do you read the news from a newspaper or online?

Honestly, I will assume that at one point or another you have been exposed to the news of your community, your state, our nation, and the international world.

Our Unfortunate Human Reality:

The lightning speed, media filled reality of our 21st century does not permit us to escape, to flee, or to ignore the dark realities of our sin displayed as the horrors of crime and violence.

What horrific realities have you experienced either through the media or more personally?

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Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Religion in Media


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Encounters with Latter Day Saints

The Republican president nominee, Mitt Romney, is an adherent to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS, aka Mormons). Accordingly, this has sparked a renewed fascination in the American public and media about this religious organization. However, this fascination is not the cause of this post.

A few evenings ago, I was hurrying to complete household chores before settling in to watch Ghost Adventures when I heard the doorbell ring. I opened the door, blocking Highlander from escaping, and standing before me was two young, female missionaries.

Disclaimer: Below are my personal encounters with members of the LDS church. Therefore does not reflect upon anything beyond me and individuals of the LDS church (not the LDS church as an instituation).

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in World/Comparative Religion


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The Toil + Fruits of Discipleship

Text(s): Galatians 5:1, 13-25 and Luke 9:51-62

In the memories of the recent past the heart of Gilbert was agriculture. During the 1920s, the town of Gilbert was internationally recognized as the “Hay Capital of the World”; however, the agricultural presence diminished throughout the decades. As a country girl and a farmer’s daughter to whom Gilbert is home, I cherish those precious moments of admiring the fields and dairies while traveling Elliot Road; however those moments are gone with the wind.

Agriculture is “more than cows and plows”, a slogan of the National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America. Agriculture has been transformed through out the eras with the development of progressive techniques and the invention of agricultural machinery. American agriculture in the 18th century survived by the calles upon the hands of the farmers and their horsepower, and the horsepower was four-legged not miles per hour. However, during the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, American agriculture has been blessed with progressive machinery including the plow, the reaper (or harvester), and the gasoline tractor. The American farmer, in the year 1994, embraced satellite technology, which enabled the modern farmer to track and plan their farming practices. However, the challenges toiled and the products reaped have remained untouched by the hands of time.

Christian Discipleship, likewise, has been transformed throughout the eras with the establishment of the churches and the spiritual practices to deepen our faith. With the invention of the Printing Press in 1463, the human experience and the Christian Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Sermons


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