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Dennis: Christians From Neck Up

My bride,Susan, and I are doing a daily morning devotion; we're reading author Gary Thomas' Every Body Matters. And it's painful. Each morning we take a quarter hour or so and read a few paragraphs from a chapter in the book. We combine our time also with reading life-giving scriptures from The Bible. It's a good way to start the day. If you like pain…Especially when something pricks at your conscience. As when Thomas asks if we are “chin up only” Christians. Not familiar with that term? It's a nice way of saying that there are many followers of Jesus who are big fatsos. Their faith only affects their mind and spirits. Not their bodies. Below their chin their faith has very little influence. And they're lardos. Excuse me, I meant to add that I was a lardo at one time, too. 60 pounds too heavy. Last Christmas/Dennis Mansfield. More here.

Question: Do you consider overeating to be an addiction?

Christian tourism paying off

A Russian tourist touches a column inside the Church of the Nativity, where  Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, on Thursday.

NAZARETH, Israel – Strains of “Silent Night” stream from the tour bus speakers on what has become known as the Jesus circuit in Nazareth, northern Israel. Locals here joke that the carols constitute a whole new category of music in the largely Palestinian city, but the bigger joke, they claim, is making money selling Americans their own Christmas music. “There have always been Christians who come to the Holy Land. But in recent years they come in huge groups, in tour bus caravans, in the thousands!” said Ibrihim Mansouf, a local shop owner in Nazareth. “They want to buy anything, anything that was made in the Holy Land.” Read more.

Have you ever been to Israel? Do you want to go?

Christian Group Can’t Bar Gays, Get $$$

An ideologically split Supreme Court ruled Monday that a law school can legally deny recognition to a Christian student group that won’t let gays join, with one justice saying that the First Amendment does not require a public university to validate or support the group’s “discriminatory practices.” The court turned away an appeal from the Christian Legal Society, which sued to get funding and recognition from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. The CLS requires that voting members sign a statement of faith and regards “unrepentant participation in or advocacy of a sexually immoral lifestyle” as being inconsistent with that faith. But Hastings, which is in San Francisco, said no recognized campus groups may exclude people due to religious belief or sexual orientation/Jesse J. Holland, AP. More here.

Question: Do you agree with this decision?

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