Archive | January, 2018

Thought for the day

31 Jan

Keep the faith. Keep praying and Keep your eyes on the prize.

Lionel Sneed Ministries

Psalm 30:5 (NLT) “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning.”

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Ethiopian Jews | Discriminated By Jewish Laws In Israel | Ostracized In Ethiopia | Edge of Humanity Magazine

26 Jan

Thought for the day

25 Jan

Lord be my shield and my protector

Lionel Sneed Ministries

Psalm 3:3  But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

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“It Merely Required No Character” The Truth About Trump’s Evangelical Cheerleaders

24 Jan

If the False ones take over

Padre Steve's World...Musings of a Progressive Realist in Wonderland

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Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

When I see the political-religious leaders of the Christian Right defend the indefensible actions of President Trump I am reminded of the words of Joseph Heller in his classic novel Catch 22  who wrote about the Chaplain:

“The chaplain had mastered, in a moment of divine intuition, the handy technique of protective rationalization, and he was exhilarated by his discovery. It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.” 

As much as I doubt I am still a Christian, even if I wasn’t already a Christian I couldn’t think of a single reason to follow…

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The Timkat Festival: Ethiopian Festival of Epiphany

21 Jan

The Timkat Festival: Ethiopian Festival of Epiphany

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Timkat1_G Priests walking with the Tabot, the Ark of the Covenant, in a procession through Gondar (Carl Court, Getty Images/ The Guardian)

Today we celebrate the Timkat Festival, the Ethiopian celebration of Epiphany.  This year, it takes place on 19 January, while on leap years it is on 20 January (which is the 10th day of the TerrEthiopian calendar).  It is a celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ on the Jordan River by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13–17; Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21–23).  For the celebrations, pilgrims come from around the country to enact the baptism, celebrating the Epiphany, which lasts 3 days.

Timkat3_G Pilgrims at Fasilides’ Castle in Gondar (Carl Court / Getty Images/ The Guardia)

The best place for the celebration is in Gondar at the Fasilides Castle: a Pure Gem of Ethiopia’s Rich History. During the ceremonies of Timkat, a procession…

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The Problem of Scruples

5 Jan

How far we are from Grace. Hopefully we will heed Rev. Pastor Steve’s warnings before it is too late.

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Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

I have written a lot about the dehumanization of people and genocide, and some of the things that create a climate where such events take place, and how political and religious leaders stir the primal passions of otherwise good, decent and law abiding citizens. I have written much over the course of the past year my fears of what is going on in our country, especially in regard to the unabashed lies, falsehoods, and violence being sanctioned and even promoted by President Donald Trump.

Back in 2015 I read a book by World War II German Luftwaffe ace Johannes Steinhoff. Steinhoff was unlike many of the German officers who wrote memoirs following the war, memoirs that historian Williamson Murray wrote “fell generally into two categories; generals writing in the genre of “if the fuhrer had only listened to me!” and fighter pilots or tank busters writing…

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Thought for the day

3 Jan

Small steps can go a long way

Lionel Sneed Ministries

“At times change is like taking a step without seeing or feeling. But for those who believe and trust, their steps always land on the solid  footing of God’s amazing grace.” – Lionel

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