Pop-up from the Pulpit, Or , Osama bin Laid Written by Kate Kaye
It could happen next time you fly. It could happen next time you open a letter. It could happen next time you're at a ball game. It could even happen next time you check your email in-box. The threat of enemy attack is imminent. It's just a good thing we have Christian Coalition to assist us in our fight against evil. Perhaps you didn't realize that family-friendly lobbying group was also such a strong ally on homeland security front. As told in a 10/8 PR Week story, a pop-up ad window appearing on organization's website recently read, "The tragic terrorist attacks are driving home a very painful lesson for every American. We must make it our top priority to safeguard our own cities and towns from an insidious enemy."
The trouble is, CC's idea of an enemy isn't necessarily what you may expect. It's not terrorism, or Osama bin Laden, or any of villains of day. It's pornography. Yes, as site user was soon to discover, "insidious enemy" is "pictures of naked people on Web," according to PR Week piece (Pop-up porn rant poorly presented).
A visit to group's anti-smut Web sanctuary by The Lowbrow Lowdown Lackeys revealed that pop-up copy no longer lures site visitors through misleading text (also a common practice of pornography pushers). Instead it reads, "Special Report: How Pornography Is Attacking Our Families (Click for Details)."
Sure, at first glance, Pat Robertson
If Christmas is Rotten...Written by Ruth Marlene Friesen
Once we are adults, we can point to some Christmases, where we were deeply disappointed. Or we went off to do our own thing, and now feel broken and ugly. Like we don't deserve any pleasant surprises or gifts, and this colours our attitude to festivities. You might not be looking forward to fuss next week.
Echoing in my mind are thoughts that were expressed at funeral I attended today, and I believe they apply right to this problem.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 4, Bible talks of having this precious treasure - this light and power that shines within us - held in perishable containers. In older translations it compares us to broken clay pots.
The first time this image really got to me, I pictured it as a painting, which I still would like to paint one day, of some much-used clay pots off in a dark corner. They have cracks down sides, and large pieces chipped out, so one might think they're useless. But wait, through those cracks and chipped out spots are tumbling bright sparking diamonds and jewels! How light catches them against dark, and forsaken looking pots in corner.