it’s time to be civil


Maybe it’s the way I hear folks talking to each other, and about others, during this volatile election season.

It could be I’ve seen just one too many uninformed rant or one too many venomous broadside posted on Facebook status updates or entering my inbox as a “forward.”

Perhaps it’s the fact the holidays are just around the corner and they tend to bring with them challenge and stress, as well as joy and rest, to many folks.

Or it could be it’s simply a fact that anytime is a good time, and a needed time, to brush up on the subject.

But whatever the driver – and I have no doubt all of the preceding, along with many more factors, influenced my decision – I’ve decided to begin a slow, thoughtful re-read of P.M. Forni’s fine work entitled Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct (St. Martin’s Press, 2002).

As I read, starting tomorrow, I’ll post a brief excerpt from each chapter.

I want this to be a time of learning and reinforcement for me. May you benefit from the overflow, too.

this went thru my mind


Dispensationalism, history, John Hagee, Left Behind & rapture theology: Rapture Theology [required viewing; a 24 min. video; a good summary of the rise & spread of this all too prevalent, and badly mistaken, understanding of Scripture]

“Here’s a really interesting and important history of Rapture theology and the impact it has had on the church in America. It’s 24 minutes long, but well worth your time.”

Elections, politics & voting: * Christians & Politics by Michael J. Gorman; * Values of a Public Faith: A Contribution to a Conversation by Miroslav Volf

* “The dominant religion in the U.S. may well be ‘Americanism.'”

* “In this year of presidential elections, I decided to summarize key values that guide me as I make the decision for whom to cast my vote.”

Texting: Facts About Text Messaging [infographic]

“When someone picks up their phone it’s far more likely they are going to text rather than make a call. And because of this, we’ve grown accustomed to a whole new language text messaging has created. Here are some more facts about text messaging.”

Travel: Travel Tips for Newbies by Geoff Surratt

“I realize how challenging travel can be when I encounter obvious rookies trying to navigate the maze that is airline travel in the 21st century. So here are a few tips to help you travel like a road warrior even if you’re just a weekend newbie.”