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Boy, is this guy gonna get it:

Retired pastor Kirk Minor remembers a time when working with his church was centered around people, and not rhetoric – and he’s wondering where those days went.

“We’re finding more and more that there are a lot of people out there doing a lot of talking and protesting and bellyaching, but fewer people actually walking the walk,” said Minor, author of Journey Across The Tiber: My Many Rooms. “We have extremists protesting funerals of gay soldiers, pundits decrying the use of abbreviations for the word Christmas and activists campaigning for prayer in public schools. These are all very divisive issues, and have little to do with the good works the Bible wants the faithful to perform.”

Minor bemoans that the Bible has become a book with which to bludgeon people.

“Too many people are using religion as a sword to fight those with whom they disagree, instead of as a plowshare to help their fellow neighbors tend the land and form a community,” said Minor, who retired as a United Methodist Church pastor after 23 years.

The key to reversing the trend, according to Minor, is to use actions more than words, and for people of faith to quietly go about the good works and charity that is at the essence of the Bible’s teachings.

But see, Baptists know Methodists aren’t real Christians, so why should they listen to him? That’s how it works!

Collateral damage

Women and children. But hey, the war machine moves on!

What the internet is hiding from you

This is really fascinating. I’ve noticed the same thing!

Forgiveness

Patty Griffin:

Let him fly

As the result of a long string of improbabilities, I was in a motel a thousand miles from home, performing this song for someone I’d spent the previous year trying to forget. I played it and later, when everyone else had gone to bed, a song I’d written about us. He criticized the music; I asked him what he thought of the lyrics.

“I don’t pay any attention to words, I just listen to the music,” he replied. I knew he was lying.

“You know, I’m a writer. I don’t have room in my life anymore for people who don’t pay attention to the words,” I said. I put the guitar in the case, snapped the hinges shut and stood up to leave. I had an early flight home and I still had to pack.

Dixie Chicks doing that same Patty Griffin song:

I’m a man

Chicago Transit Authority:

Martha

Tom Waits:

Language of the heart

David Wilcox:

Gulf illness

This isn’t going to be good for their already-battered economy:

Eight people have been confirmed ill with cholera after eating Gulf seafood contaminated with cholera bacteria according to officials Tuesday and the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to not eat Gulf raw oysters.

At least eleven people have become ill after eating Gulf oysters from less than 300 miles from New Orleans.

The outbreak is linked to oyster from Apalachicola Bay, near Panama City, Florida according to News 24 Tuesday.

Eleven cholera cases have been reported, eight of which tests confirm positive for toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O75..

You’d almost think something has changed the ecology of the Gulf. Gee, I wonder what that could be?

Big boom

It was an earthquake.

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