Woman Films Own Abortion: No Guilt, but . . .

So Casablanca ends up being about putting personal feelings aside for the more important effort of fighting for freedom in the war. Ilsa thinks her husband Victor is dead and falls in love with Rick who loves her back. Victor turns up alive and Ilsa leaves Rick when she finds out. As time goes by, she and Rick end up meeting again and she vows never again to leave him. In the last scene, the cynical and sidelined Rick becomes a hero when he joins the fight with this:

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Who's Teaching Your Children?

Educators are supposed to be educated. Yet a teacher and officials at a Broward County public school banned a fifth grader from reading the Bible during “free reading” time. Breitbart reports that Giovanni Rubeo, a fifth-grade student, decided he’d like to read his Bible “during the time in class where students are allowed to read anything they choose.” His teacher, Swornia Thomas, told him “he’s not allowed to read the Bible in her class and ordered him to put it away. Giovanni asked her to call his father, Paul Rubeo, about the incident. Thomas did so, leaving a voicemail that included, ‘I noticed that he [Giovanni] has a book—a religious book—in the classroom. He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.’” “Rubeo then contacted the school’s principal, Orinthia Dias, who brought in the school’s legal department. None of them are willing to acknowledge that Giovanni has a constitutional right to read the Bible.” So much for educated educators.

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Man Crush Madness at the NCAA

Okay – enough is enough. I’m caught up in the Madness like everyone else and was watching Virginia beat Memphis this weekend. No problem there. Suddenly, I saw a manly looking man in the crowd holding up a sign that said, “Man crush on Joe Harris.” There’s the problem. Can we just stop it with the “man crush” thing? And while we’re at it, let’s stop the “bromance” thing, the getting-in-touch-with-your-feminine-side thing, and any other thing that blurs the lines between the sexes, gender identity, and/or heterosexuality vs. homosexuality. Despite where the culture is trending on moral and gender issues (and where the culture is trending on those issues should be our cue to run in the opposite direction), and I mean this in an observational and not derogatory way, when a man says he has a man crush on another man he looks – well – unmanly. There are other words you could insert there.

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I'm Giving Up Lent for Lent

I had an E.F. Hutton moment when I walked into a deli in New Orleans and ordered a roast beef sandwich on Friday during Lent. As soon as I realized what the stares were all about I quickly changed my order out of respect. At the same time, having lived in New Orleans for a number of years, I was asked more than once why I didn’t observe Lent. Depending upon who was doing the asking my typical reply might start with, “You mean aside from its pagan origin, its popish idolatry, and its cultural hypocrisy?” The quip about cultural hypocrisy was contextually related to Mardi Gras – you know, since we were in New Orleans and all – just saying.

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Auburn Announcer Giving Credit Where Due

Auburn knocked off top-ranked Alabama on the last play of the 2013 Iron Bowl in a most unlikely fashion – and it was kind of a repeat. In their previous game Auburn had beaten Georgia with a Hail Mary touchdown pass on fourth and eighteen with seconds to go in the game. Auburn commentator Rod Bramblett shouted “A miracle in Jordan-Hare! A miracle in Jordan-Hare!” The play would later be dubbed “The Prayer at Jordan-Hare.”

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You Have to Know Why You Pray

We’ve all heard the story of the young wife who cut off both ends of the ham before cooking it. When her husband asked her why – she didn’t know; that’s the way her mom always did it. Sensing she was missing some valuable information she went to her mom with the question. Answer: “I only had one pan and it was too small for the ham.” Well that leaves one a little hungry in more ways than one.

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Social Justice, the Circus, and Programming Away the Gospel

I’ve called our church to keep visiting orphans and widows, adopting children, and ministering in the prisons. I’ve encouraged them to keep doing mercy ministry and working for social justice. Of course, I don’t want the church as the church to set up a program of feeding the hungry or clothing the naked. What? Let me explain.

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What About Churched Harry and Mary (and Discipleship)?

Let’s draw a picture of Churched Harry and Mary. They go to church and love the worship; they often have jubilant or overwhelmingly emotional experiences there; they meet in small groups and add their opinions to everyone else’s as they discuss the pastor’s sermon; they meet with accountability partners and bear their souls each week; and they give a little when they can.

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Just Another Bum from the Neighborhood on Halloween

It’s easy to start a fight between Christians; just talk about Halloween. The first jab comes from those who don’t participate by calling attention to pagan associations and other things nefarious. The counter-punch comes from those who don’t want their kids to miss out on all the fun. “You guys are just legalistic spoil-sports,” they say. That exchange is followed by a flurry of blows: one to the gut: “we only go to fall festival at church;” another to the head: “we only celebrate Reformation Day – you fall festival guys are compromised.” Then the more spiritual among us try to land the knock-out-punch by laying a guilt trip on those who don’t party with their neighbors to build relationships and hand out gospel tracts. Talk about a bar-room brawl.

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