May I make two requests? Continue to love me, but remember that you cannot be more merciful than God. It isn’t mercy to affirm same-sex acts as good. Practice compassion according to the root meaning of “compassion”: Suffer with me. Don’t compromise truth; help me to live in harmony with it.
- It doesn’t faithfully reflect the character of Jesus and the humility of his birth.
- Christmas is a significant date in the Church’s liturgical calendar, not society’s calendar.
While we’re eager to celebrate Christmas and invite our neighbors to church this year, let’s remember that not everyone wants to celebrate Christmas. That’s OK. Someone wanting to skip Christmas or even saying “Happy Holidays” is not persecution.
We have heard “If Mama Ain’t Happy, No One is Happy.” In fact, Barna Group indicates that 80% of the time, women make the decision on whether a family attends church.
This statistic is eerily familiar to the stat that makes this elusive consumer group so critical to product companies, too. She also controls 80% of the household spending, including charitable giving. If the woman doesn’t get up on Sunday morning and get out the door, the odds are they stay home. Once they stay home one week, it is easier to do so the next week.
This hashtag movement is powerful sign that Australians won’t get worked up into a Islamophobic rage because of the actions of a single madman. It’s also a lesson for countries like the U.S., where hate crimes against Muslims spike whenever there’s a criminal or terrorist incident involving Muslims, or even when something innocuous happens like debating the placement of a mosque in New York City. Australian social media users are showing Muslims they’re safe in their home and shouldn’t fear retaliation for an incident they’re not linked to.
Today the Google-owned video streaming service released its 2014 Rewind video, a mashup to showcase the YouTube videos that were given the most love this year. The top 10 trending videos by the site were also unveiled, and winners include soccer stars, bending iPhones, street harassment, and a dog dressed as a spider.