Monday, July 21, 2008

China pastor, wife forced from home

I came across this news story online today and thought it appropriate to post the link here. We should be thankful for the freedom we have in the states to worship . Yet, there is something to be said for the refining power of persecution. While I wish persecution on no one, it would certainly do America's watered down version of Christianity some good to be forced to choose between prayerlessness and fervency, comfort and eternal rewards, popularity and obedience, our way of life and the Way. It is too easy to get lazy and comfortable in our mediocre style of Christian living when we are not challenged. Praise God for those believers in China and around the world who stand fast in the midst of persecution.

Please pray for the believers in this story and if you have the opportunity, write the Chinese Ambassador, Zhou Wenzhong.

BEIJING (BP)--A leader among China's unregistered house churches and his wife have been forced from their home and hounded from shelter to shelter by Chinese authorities since July 6, according to the human rights group China Aid Association. The only explanation given by officials for the couple's treatment was that the pastor "met the Americans and destroyed the harmony of the Beijing Olympic Games."
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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ketchup: Kyle's Kryptonite

I was rushing off to work early this morning so I could open up the room for the D.Min. seminar that's going on for the next two weeks. As I stepped outside to get into my car, I just chuckled, walked back inside and yelled upstairs to Kyle that his car had been attacked. Kyle came outside to see this (see pictures below taken with my phone I got for $0.01). For most people, this would just be sort of humorous but for Kyle, it was disgusting, which made it all the more funny. Apparently, the people who did this are aware of Kyle's great aversion to ketchup. I thought it was hilarious. The ketchup packets are from several different restaurants, which makes it even better. Thanks for the early morning laugh, guys.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008