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Miley Cyrus: Miley Cyrus smokes “salvia” – latimes.com

By idaflo | January 8th, 2011 | No Comments » 

Old fashioned stylish womanMiley is a commodity; always exposed to and exploited by – marketers, handlers and ambitious show-biz parents who “know people”.

Miley Cyrus: Miley Cyrus smokes “salvia” – latimes.com.

I ran into these folks (on a much SMALLER scale) when I worked in a Bridal/Prom gown shop. Saw firsthand the whole “little girl pageant” thing. We didn’t specialize in this, nor did we even stock for it, but they still came looking for some mighty skanky stuff…and left frustrated.

Some women are lifers. If  THEY didn’t “make it”, they try to have their daughters become this “thing”.

Meanwhile Dad defers or checks out, becoming an ‘arm ornament’ who pays the bill.

It’s mighty bloodless – when a life becomes a product.


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Letter to my Sons

By idaflo | January 4th, 2011 | No Comments » 

Roadway through the forest, Northern California

Memories

Hello Dear Sons,

So glad you were home for Christmas, we are always glad to see you.

I had the privilege of staying home to raise you (much to the chagrin of my educated peers who wondered at my making such a domestic choice) so you will recall a cliche’ thought up and often used on you while you were growing up – “I’d rather have a bad day with you than a good day with someone else”.  May God grant that you have children someday so that you will REALLY know how that originated from my heart and soul about our time together. So many precious hours of growing… yet now that stage is past.

Wanted to talk with you about why I decided to give you books for Christmas.  I know we could have gone with something more fun (though the cash we gave you counts for something there) but I want you to have a book to hold in your hands because we spent so many hours engaged in reading when you were smaller.  Those are some of the best moments of your childhood for me – as we explored the wonders of the mind.  We focused, we imagined, we discussed, we had to really THINK; that was the tremendous gift that literature gave you.

But now, there is the internet.  Instant messaging, flashing images, stimulation, always the immediate sensory stimulation…I understand the attraction, but I am repelled by the media and its message at the same time.  What is this doing to our brains?  What is happening to our souls?  I know more about the internet than I wish I did.  I wonder if I’m a better person for it.

Am impressed by the people who write, the sites I check for news, the videos, both artistic and informative that I am able to download… and yet it is fearsome, the amount of time that can be wasted on the computer.  And it’s against such, that I wish to warn you.

You have all chosen fields of study and ultimately places of employment, that implement electronic media.  Please, I plead with you, PLEASE take the time to shut it off and just read and think each day.

Read the Bible, look at GOOD books, force your mind to include the writings of great thinkers and the compositions of great musicians.  Not just pleasant, but GREAT.  It’s all available on the net? But it’s not the same. As Lutherans you know the power of a solid medium, like liturgy in worship for example, to deliver a quieter, deeper, stronger, even eternal  message.  That’s what I am concerned about.  That you still continue to pour over messages with a deeper meaning.

Please do that.  It is my hope and prayer that as you do, you will remind others to do it too.  And someday, if and when you have children, they will also share that ability and opportunity.  Good learning is always just one generation away from being lost.  I remind you, you must not lose it; we  teach our children, but as we work with them, we are teaching our grandchildren.  That matters.  That is how we pass the best we have and are, on.

Blessings, peace, power and joy through Christ be with you.

Take care, I love you,

Mom.

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BBC News – Egypt bomb kills 17 at Alexandria Coptic church

By idaflo | January 1st, 2011 | No Comments » 

BBC News – Egypt bomb kills 17 at Alexandria Coptic church.

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The Perils of ‘Wannabe Cool’ Christianity

By idaflo | August 15th, 2010 | 1 Comment » 

Timely, important. It is vital that the Christian community engage in deep theological discussion concerning this emotional issue.

Mark Driscoll and Bill HybelsBy BRETT MCCRACKEN at The Wall Street Journal

‘How can we stop the oil gusher?” may have been the question of the summer for most Americans. Yet for many evangelical pastors and leaders, the leaking well is nothing compared to the threat posed by an ongoing gusher of a different sort: Young people pouring out of their churches, never to return.

As a 27-year-old evangelical myself, I understand the concern. My peers, many of whom grew up in the church, are losing interest in the Christian establishment….(continue reading HERE)

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Report from the Front: “Mere Functionalism” and Women’s ordination

By idaflo | July 7th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Touchstone headerFor those seeking to understand why we don’t ordain women into the pastoral ministry, and

From the ongoing battle of Christianity against egalitarianism . . . .(Posted by S. M. Hutchens)

A friend referred me to an article where once again the familiar argument for women’s ordination had been made by what I referred to in my response to her on purely functionalist grounds: women can perform all the necessary actions of ordained ministry as well as men–a point fully agreed to by C. S. Lewis, by the way, in “Priestesses in the Church?”–so it is irrational to deny them ordination.  What term, my friend asked, should we use as the orthodox antithesis to “functionalism,” particularly with regard to the preaching and teaching office we understand as peculiar to men?….(continue article )

Thanks to Paul T. McCain for pointing out article.

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G. K. Chesterton

By idaflo | June 18th, 2010 | No Comments » 

G.K. Chesterton“When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing–they believe in anything.” –G. K. Chesterton

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What about…Dad?

By idaflo | June 8th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Forgotten Father’s Day: Abortion Has Negative Impact for Men, Relationships

LifeNews.com Note: David Reardon is the director of the Elliot Institute, a group that has spent decades conducting research post-abortion issues for men and women.

In the early 1970s, Arthur Shostak accompanied his partner to a well-groomed suburban abortion clinic. They had both agreed abortion was best. But sitting in the waiting room proved to be a “bruising experience.” By the time he left the clinic, he was shocked by about how deeply disturbed he had become. Read More »

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