Category Archives: Family Issue

Learning is good even though we forget

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You can not be a Swedish pro life midwife

Swedish midwife vows to continue her battle for the right to refuse to participate in abortion.

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Did you ever think parents would have to worry about this

Dear Amy: My teenage daughter has a close friend named “Edward.” Edward used to be a girl and began transitioning to male last year. Their circle of friends has been intact for years, and they have all been very supportive of Edward.

We are planning a slumber party for my daughter’s upcoming birthday. She would like to invite six girls plus Edward to spend the night. Normally, there would be no way that I’d allow a boy to spend the night, but this situation is very different.

I don’t want to exclude or hurt Edward. I just don’t know what is appropriate.

If we do invite him, must we tell the other parents that there will be a boy (although he’s biologically a girl) spending the night? I want to act with compassion but still be prudent and responsible. Please advise?

Teen’s Mom

Teen’s Mom: I think that (almost no matter the question concerning your child’s plans) if you are worrying about telling other parents, or wondering whether to tell parents, then you should probably tell the parents.

I shared your question with Shannon Garcia, director of TransYouth Family Allies (Imatyfa.org). She responded, “Often times, the topic of gender identity is a touchy one. People don’t know what to say or how to act in situations that differ from societal expectations. The best policy is to acknowledge everyone with equal dignity and respect.”

( Billy’s thoughts – I would not have turned to the person Amy asked for input on this matter. You can read the full answer here. My question/thought is would you have a boy to sleep over for girls, or a girl to sleep over for boys. No matter what, it is sad parents, along with their children are facing this. )

Justice Declaration Calling the Church to Action

( Here is the Breakpoint radio commentary from yesterday. )

A declaration is being released today that would have been near and dear to Chuck Colson’s heart. Stay tuned to BreakPoint.

 

Reflecting on his seven-month stint at the Maxwell Federal Prison in Alabama, Chuck Colson wrote in “Born Again,” “I found myself increasingly drawn to the idea that God had put me in prison for a purpose, and that I should do something for those I had left behind.”

And so, for the next four decades, that “something” turned into something(s), under the auspices of Prison Fellowship, the organization he founded to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to men and women behind bars.

But Chuck, in his thorough study of Christian theology and worldview believed there was more to living out the faith than evangelizing the lost, as important as that is, of course. And so he also committed time, energy and thought leadership to criminal justice reform. Chuck knew from experience that prison often amounted to little more than warehousing offenders, which left them completely unprepared for the day they were released, which is why three-quarters of those released from state prisons are re-arrested within five years.

Twenty-years ago, when America went on a prison-building/lock-them-up-and-throw-away-the-key frenzy, Chuck forcefully criticized this approach and began developing and advocating the biblical idea of Restorative Justice.

Whereas our criminal justice system views crime as an offense against the state, restorative justice insists that there are three parties to the crime: the offender, the victim, and the community, which includes the offender’s family.

While protecting the community is the first goal of restorative justice, it isn’t the only goal. The ultimate goal is the restoration of all relationships broken by crime.

And so Chuck advocated for alternatives to incarceration for less-dangerous offenders. In addition to being less expensive than incarceration, these alternatives help maintain ties to the community, including Christians in the community.

And of course, Chuck insisted that victims must be treated with respect and dignity. Where possible, they should receive restitution and be kept abreast of the developments in their case. Chuck also advocated for what are known as “Victim-Offender Reconciliation Programs,” where offenders learn how their actions affected their victims. While not for everyone or in every case of crime, this process can bring a measure of healing and even forgiveness where before there was only brokenness.

While Chuck’s commitment to criminal justice reform may have been occasioned by his stay in prison, his ideas and beliefs about the need for reform grew out of his Christian worldview, especially his beliefs about the imago dei and the responsibility of the church to engage the brokenness in the world.

The church, Chuck knew, possessed resources the state did not, And thus there’s a unique role for the church, particularly in the task of moral formation. The lack of moral formation in communities, especially connected to broken families, was another chief factor, Chuck believed, contributing to the explosion in the prison population during his lifetime.

And so the Colson Center has joined with Prison Fellowship, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the National Association of Evangelicals to sponsor “The Justice Declaration,” which is being released today at a press conference in Washington, D. C. The Declaration calls on Christians and churches to create a “justice system that is fair and redemptive for all.”

While Christians can and will differ on how best to accomplish this and other goals, what we can’t differ on is the need to emulate Chuck Colson in his desire to “do something” about the situation in our prisons and in our communities. Which is why nearly 100 Christian leaders have signed the Justice Declaration.

Please come to BreakPoint.org and click on this commentary to read the Justice Declaration. And please, consider adding your name.

Pastor: Punish wrongdoers here – they face death back in Iraq

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Another leader is leaving Target

Last week Target announced that senior vice president and chief communications officer Dustee Jenkins – the retailer’s chief spokeswoman – would be joining the growing list of Target executives who have exited the company. Jenkins had been with Target for seven years.

“This is an important story because Jenkins was at the head of Target’s communications office when the announcement was made that Target was welcoming anyone to come and use the bathroom or changing room they wanted, based on how they feel, not on biological sex,” says Robert Kuykendall of 2ndVote.
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Young man, young lady you are grounded ( a thought on the Bible for young people )

Listen to a thought on the Bible or read it below.

Teens, and pre-teens what are you doing this Summer ? I have an idea of something to do that might you better teens, and pre-teens.
Hi I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible for young people.
What happens when you get in trouble with your parents, or with anyone who is in charge of you. Perhaps you got in trouble at school, or you came home after your curfew, or you talked back to your folks. What might happen to you.
Well your dad, or mom, or your legal guardian might say those deadly words you are grounded young man, young lady. What if I encouraged you to go get grounded this Summer.
No, I am not talking about a punishment. I am talking about getting closer to God, by becoming spirituality grounded.
The Bible in the book of James says ( James 4:8English Standard Version )
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
So how do we draw near to God, or get grounded in spiritual things.
First off we spend time in the Bible. God’s book not onły tells us what behavior is wrong. It also tells us what to do when we do wrong.Just like a football team needs to read and follow their playbook. We need to follow the playbook for life,which is the Bible.
Then we need to talk to God daily. It is called prayer. You, or I would not go a day without talking to our friends.Same goes for our relationship with the Savior.
We also should tell others about having a relationship with God, by putting one’s faith in Christ.Too many folks are trying to get right with God, and get into heaven by doing good works. It doesn’t matter if we are doing Catholic works, or Protestant works, or Jewish works they won’t make us right with the Lord, or get us into heaven when our life here on earth ends.
So to be grounded in a good way we need to spend time in the Bible, we need to talk to God, and we need to tell others about their need for a relationship with God by way of Jesus.
Ok young friends go get grounded. It is a cool thing.
That is a thought on the Bible for young people.
Until next time,
I’m Billy David Dickson

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President Bush thoughts on shot congressman

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House pro-lifers warn Senate: Don’t fund PP

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Surviving Scientolgy : Cathy Schenkelberg shares her story

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