Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christian Haters, What's Up With That?

     I was reading a blog today by a gentleman named Michael Weinstein, a lawyer, author, civil rights activist, and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.  Mr. Weinstein is militantly opposed to Christianity, particularly the exercise and or spread of Christianity in our nation’s armed forces.  In the subject blog, posted April 16 of this year, Mr. Weinstein addressed fundamental Christians as “monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”  The tone of this blog, in conjunction with its vitriolic nature, clearly reveals Mr. Weinstein’s lack of civility in the matter and furthermore his complete lack of understanding or perception as to what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.  I would, therefore, like to address a few of what appear to be the underlying presumptions of Mr. Weinstein’s position concerning Christians and what we believe. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Jonah and Harrison Okene

Jonah of the Bible has nothing on a man named Harrison Okene.  On May 26, 2013 three Nigerian tug boats were towing a tanker at sea.  Without warning, the tug boat Harrison Okene was on rolled over and sank in 100 feet of water in the Atlantic Ocean.  The tug boat came to rest on the bottom of the ocean, upside down.  It was presumed by all concerned that the 12 man crew of Okene’s tug boat perished.  What they did not know was Okene had found a compartment with an air pocket and he was alive in the upside down tug boat on the bottom of the ocean, 100 feet down.  A diving salvage team was about 75 miles away and they were called in to recover the bodies of the crew.  Imagine the surprise of the diver who swam into the compartment where Okene was and found him alive.  Okene had survived some 3 days, 36 plus hours in the dark on the bottom of the ocean.  Okene was rescued and according to many news outlets, gives God all the glory for hearing his prayers and delivering him from death.  What an amazing story.