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Put A Bandaid On It…

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So a few months ago I pulled a tendon in my left arm.  It took forever to heal because I kept going right back out and doing the thing that caused the damage in the first place, #dagorhir (you’re going to have to Google it).  After weeks of it not healing I finally took a few weeks off from sparring and gym workouts to let it heal.  Then I gradually re-engaged in both #dagorhir  and gym workouts.  It took time but it healed. 

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So what do you think I did when I pulled a tendon in my right arm a few weeks later (this was after a pulled abdominal muscle and a few thumb smashes…#dagorhir)? I went right back at it without allowing time for healing.  Of course once I finally took a few weeks off it began to heal; I am still in that healing process.

I look at our nation now and I see a nation that needs to heal, from wounds of lost loved ones, from wounds of lost trust and confidence, and from wounds caused by hatred and bigotry. This nation, we make up this nation, need time to heal.

Over the Christmas weekend take some time to heal.  Step away from the keyboard.  Don’t respond to any flagrant posts or tweets. Ignore the rants and tirades and spend the weekend with family and loved ones.  We all need time to heal.  #merrychristmas.

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The Peanut Butter and Jelly Perspective

Posted in Bible, Community, Country, Culture, Food, Government, Health, Political, Real Talk, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 12, 2012 by BigPhatPastor

I know many of you may end up filing this post under the topic “Things Pastor Shouldn’t Talk About” but I already have a list of those in the archives so…

My wife and I have very different takes on the intricacies of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  For example, she thinks one should clean off the knife or use a different knife after dipping the knife in either the peanut butter or the jelly.  I think it should be done the right way, use the same knife since it’s all going on the same sandwich.  To many of you there may not be a big difference but we each have our reasoning.

For her, she hates looking in one jar and seeing remnants of the other; to which I argue they are both going to end up on the same sandwich and ultimately in the same stomach and ultimately…you get my drift.  For me, I think it is a waste to utilize another utensil or take time to wash and clean the same utensil.   We have already agreed to disagree, and I have agreed to wipe the remnants of the peanut butter or jelly on a clean piece of bread before dipping into the other jar.

This disagreement made me think of the current health care debate.  In my mind, I don’t think there is any particular party that does not want healthcare.  I think both Republicans and Democrats would love to be the one to finally provide a way for every single American to have health care coverage.  I think the debate is over how we get there and at what cost.  Both parties disagree on what needs to be sacrificed in order to provide this privilege.  It’s the same question all of us have to answer as we proceed to the polls in the months ahead: how do we get there and what are we willing to pay to arrive#Dontjustvoteonitthinkaboutit

Why Isn’t the Church Talking About Healthcare?

Posted in Christian, Community, Family, Global, God, Health, Life, Medical with tags , , , , , on March 16, 2010 by BigPhatPastor

So I am going to jump in and ask the question that I have not heard asked yet.  Maybe it has been asked and I just have not come across the right blog, article, tweet, Facebook post or friend feed.  The question is “Why isn’t the Church talking about healthcare?”  It’s a topic that continues to dominate every news media outlet, TV show, and even gets ribbed about on the shows that make the after prime time circuit.  It seems everyone is talking about it…except the church.

In Jesus’ day Jesus addressed all the pressing concerns of the people: hunger, injustice, political terrorism, sexual misconduct and wrongdoing…He didn’t pull any punches.  In every case, every concern, He informed the people of God’s perspective and laid out a Godly course of action.  The entire Sermon on the Mount is just that…Jesus addressing concerns and laying out Godly perspectives and courses of action.  Paul did the same thing.  In Paul’s letters to the churches in the 1st Century Paul addressed many of the concerns raised by the people.  The reason he jumps from topic to topic in his letters in the Bible (Romans, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, etc…)is because he is addressing concern after concern:  government abuse, marital infidelity, religious apathy, and sexual and moral misconduct…on and on.

So what is the pressing concern of the day in North America?  Yes, jobs and the economy; yes, political chaos; yes religious apathy, and sexual and moral misconduct (we really haven’t changed all that much it seems).  But one big concern that seems to not be addressed by the Church…is the situation, or debate as it has been called, on healthcare.   So I urge every person to go back and to pray about it and to ask your pastor… “what is God’s view on the healthcare situation?” Don’t ask your pastor to tell you who is right and who is wrong.  Instead, ask them to help you understand what is God’s view on providing medical care and attention to people and what is God’s view on how it should be done? In some cases, your pastor may not have an answer.  It is ok if they don’t.  After all, you are seeking God’s view and not your pastor’s.  This just means you both now have something to pray about.

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