Wednesday Gumbo: Pot, Heaven, and Sports on Sundays

Well…here we are.  It’s hump day, and that means…Wednesday Gumbo!

You’ll notice I have a new “Gumbo” picture up.  These cajuns are as real as it gets!

Some o’dis and some o’date, cher!

1.     Keith Anderson, a Lutheran pastor, writes Pastors, Stop Complaining about Sunday Morning Sports.  He states,

The emergence of Sunday morning sports is just a symbol of a shift that’s happening in our society where the church is no longer accommodated or propped up by our culture.

Personally, I’m thinking it has something to do with soccer.  Just sayin’.

2.     Here’s some great info if you want to make and use an Advent Wreath.  The first Sunday of Advent is coming up, so you better get hopping!

3.     In the recent 2012 election, marijuana was legalized in two states – Colorado and Washington.  Legalization has created its own set of problems.

 It’s settled. Pot, at least certain amounts of it, will soon be legal under state laws in Washington and Colorado. Now, officials in both states are trying to figure out how to keep stoned drivers off the road.

Really?  You think? I’m not an expert, but that should have been considered before it was ever put on the ballot.

4.     I’m really, really embarrassed for these people.

5.     Dr. Eban Alexander, a neurosurgeon teaching at Harvard Medical School, will be featured in Newsweek magazine’s feature article, Heaven is Real: A Doctor’s Experience of the Afterlife.  In this article, Alexander explains,

I’m not the first person to have discovered evidence that consciousness exists beyond the body. Brief, wonderful glimpses of this realm are as old as human history. But as far as I know, no one before me has ever traveled to this dimension (a) while their cortex was completely shut down, and (b) while their body was under minute medical observation, as mine was for the full seven days of my coma.

6.     Bill Blankschaen makes some significant points regarding politics and our faith.  In Why Your Faith Does Determine Your Politics, he says

My politics are determined by what I believe to be true about God, just as, I hope, all of my life is. What I believe about God compels me to stop when I see a driver in distress, or to give generously to help those in need, or to correct my children when they try to poke one another in the eye (or should I be more tolerant there?). And to try to vote to best defend life as being created in the image of God. And, yes, to work to impact culture so that every child will always be wanted and loved.

I encourage you to read this and think about how your faith and politics match up.

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