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I have known Jachin Hill since his birth. His parents have pastored a small rural congregation that I have actively participated in for much of the past 40 years. Jachin now pastors that church.
In this “Proclaiming Truth Today” podcast, Aaron Shell interviews his friend Jachin about his disillusionment in his several years in what he terms the hyper charismatic movement. Jachin affirms biblical charismatic gifts of The Holy Spirit, but sharply warns about the excesses and distortions of hyper charismatic teachings and practice.
Here is a YouTube video link to this 2 1/2-hour podcast.
This post is about a cub bear that I found in our chicken coop in August 2020. An illegal radio-tracking collar was on the bear. Trying to get the collar off, the cub had gotten its right leg through the collar and was unable to pull it out. This further tightened the collar such that it was cutting through the bears neck with resultant open wound.
West Virginia has a 365-year season when hunters can train their dogs on live bears (just not kill them except during hunting season. Thus these “sportsmen” (ha) chase bears in spring and summer, often scattering cubs from parents. In this case, the hunter captured a cub and put on a radio-collar to readily locate it whenever he wanted to easily find a bear for his dogs to chase.
This year-round training season needs to be abolished!
Learn to read well, and a world of knowledge and thinking opens up. Reading is such a crucial skill that schools put massive energy into strategies and programs to equip children to read. Yet too often the pedagogy involves boring word drills accompanied by joyless books written around vocabulary words.
The Read Aloud nonprofit organization demonstrates studies that a parent or adult caretaker reading even 15 minutes daily to a child massively increases that child’s academic success potential. Reading in the home to children should begin at birth and continue into at least middle school.
In 2002 Congress passed the “No Child Left Behind” legislation that essentially graded teachers and schools on how well their students performed on annual tests. This launched the “teach for the test” pedagogy that increased the joylessness of reading. Test scores did not improve.
Schools would do well to model what works well in families who read well. That is, find interesting materials for children to read, engage in dialogue with the children on the materials, use props, impromptu dramas, field trips, and crafts to bring joy and creativity to the reading experience. Test scores will do well, but most importantly, children will become competent, avid, lifelong readers, and they and all of society will benefit.
Deloris Fowler, an experienced teacher, tells of her experiences over the years as fad after fad came and went on teaching children to read. Her preferred method has circled back. In an Atlantic Magazine article, “How to Show Kids the Joy of Reading,” Fowler offers her wise, effective advice.
When Mother Teresa died in 1997, a common sentiment among her admirers was, “At least Jean Vanier is still on the planet.” Vanier, a Canadian and Catholic theologian, founded L’Arche in 1964 to provide people with disabilities dignified household communities. Vanier’s idea was not to treat such people as the objects of charity, but rather as friends and even teachers, founding communities in which they lived alongside people without disabilities in a spirit of mutual respect and care.
L’Arche communites are now in over 37 countries. Jean Vanier, who died in 2019, has been regarded as a saint.
That is, until leaders of L’Arche International exposed that Vanier had engaged in “manipulative and emotionally abusive” sexual relationships with six women in France, between 1970 and 2005. Sexual relations were instigated by Vanier, usually in the context of giving spiritual guidance.(more…)
“I just cannot believe that Christian leaders and churches aren’t talking about this in every congregation in every corner of the [United States]. Boko Haram killed more Christians than ISIS in the year of the height of ISIS. This is the worst place in the world, at least in the northeast, where these terrorists are.” –Johnnie Moore (Christian Post, Feb. 28, 2020read more…
A desolate piece of land in rural southeastern Colorado commemorates 230 Cheyenne and Arapaho tribe members who were murdered and mutilated by the U.S. Army.
On November 29, 1864, seven hundred members of the Colorado Territory militia embarked on an attack of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian villages. The militia was led by U.S. Army Col. John Chivington, a Methodist preacher, as well as a freemason. After a night of heavy drinking by the soldiers, Chivington ordered the massacre of the Indians. Over two-thirds of the slaughtered and maimed were women and children. For two days the soldiers roamed the nearby countryside hunting down and killing womean and children trying to escape. This atrocity has been known as the Sand Creek Massacre ever since.(more…)