When I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school
Its a wonder
I can think at all
And though my lack of education
Hasn’t hurt me none
I can read the writing on the wall

~Paul Simon






In Matthew 25, Jesus is talking about when He is sitting on His throne of glory and judging the nations of the world, and I noticed a very interesting thing: He was judging everyone based on how they treated their fellowman, not on whether they “walked the aisle.”  Now don’t get me wrong, I believe Jesus came to set us free, and that freedom comes from believing on His name.  But in this judgment He is talking about separating the people from each other based on our response to the misery of those around us. (more…)

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.


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.


I’ve taken a cue from Amber, and I’m just pointing out some new links (and some old ones):

  • A couple of my friends have started blogging. Smitty is Crockpot Faith and Shelly is Evidence of Faith. Stop by and say hello.
  • I’ve also added a new page: Blood:Water Mission which was started by Jars of Clay. As they say: “Blood:Water Mission exists to promote clean blood and clean water efforts in Africa, tangibly reducing the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic while addressing the underlying issues of poverty, injustice and oppression.” HT:Amber
  • Of course there is still WaterAid, WorldVision, and the ONE Campaign to make poverty history.


This is why I refuse to buy $3.00 gas from Exxon:

Exxon Mobil Corp. said Thursday it earned $10.36 billion in the second quarter, the second largest quarterly profit ever recorded by a publicly traded U.S. company.

Story here.


Blair urges more action on G8 poverty promises