October 2006


1 Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.
2 Don’t call attention to yourself; let others do that for you.
9 Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight, a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.
14 If you wake your friend in the early morning by shouting “Rise and shine!” It will sound to him more like a curse than a blessing.
15 A nagging spouse is like the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet; 16 You can’t turn it off, and you can’t get away from it.
19 Just as water mirrors your face, so your face mirrors your heart.
22 Pound on a fool all you like – you can’t pound out foolishness.

Have a great weekend.

B~

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In a news article on Yahoo news today, a Muslim cleric in Australia compared women who walk around with their heads uncovered to that of uncovered meat.

Hilali was quoted in The Australian newspaper Thursday as saying in the sermon: “If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside … without cover, and the cats come to eat it … whose fault is it, the cats’ or the uncovered meat’s?”

“The uncovered meat is the problem. If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred,” he was quoted as saying, referring to the headdress worn by some Muslim women.

Huh?

He went on to say that he was not condoning rape with his sermon.

“Women in our Australian society have the freedom and right to dress as they choose, the duty of man is to avert his glance or walk away,” he said.

The duty of the man is to avert his glance. Well, that should just about cover it. Remember, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but we should be aware of all violence against women.

B~

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It’s been 13 days since my last post, and I’ve been called lazy or busy.  Both are probably true but I would prefer the latter, I’ve been really busy for a change.  At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  I know the longer between posts the better chance of losing readers, and I would hate to lose the few that stop by here, but I’ve really felt unmotivated, uninspired, and uncreative.  Nothing seems to inspire me these days except some of the great posts on other sites, and my discussions with some good friends like Smitty and Shelly and Bar and T.  Some mornings I spend way too much time on AIM with some of my friends who should be paying attention in class, and not working or blogging.  But that’s ok, I’ve got some things I’m chewing on and perhaps soon I will share these thoughts.  In the mean time I hope you all have a great rest of the week and if I don’t talk with you soon, have a great weekend.

Absent but not gone.

B~

If you don’t know about the tragic shootings in Pennsylvania, then I don’t know what to tell you, I’m not going to rehash the horrible events here. But there are a couple of things that came out of the news reports that give me concern. Both concerns are somewhat related, but only in the fact they concern Christianity and how we tend to perceive God and His will, and how the world sees our faith. Perhaps someone out there can help me get my mind around this; I’m not really sure where I’m going with this.

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  • Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend per year to three million women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year.
  • Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.
  • Nearly one-third of American women (31 percent) report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives, according to a 1998 Commonwealth Fund survey.
  • Nearly 25 percent of American women report being raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or date at some time in their lifetime, according to the National Violence Against Women Survey, conducted from November 1995 to May 1996.

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What is the church doing? What are you doing? What am I doing? What can we do?

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