For those of you with children, here is an interesting article from Church History magazine dealing with whether parents should spank their kids or not. In Europe there is increasing levels of legislation to outlaw spanking, which is a gross over-stepping of government in my simple mind. It is done under the guise of protecting abused kids, which no doubt happens because kids who aren’t spanked and disciplined properly become very annoying and thus lead parents to abuse their kids! A proper dose of spanking is not only helpful to a kid but even therapeutic for a parent. And in some families, spanking is a good source of cardiovascular exercise.

Anyway, the idea is this trend will no doubt work its way over here and we’ll have to deal with it. How should the Church respond? This article looks back to St. Benedict and the Benedictine rule for guidance in how parents should discipline their kids. You may find it of interest.

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With $500 worth of fireworks in the back seat of their car, two idiots blew up their car after a wayward spark found its way into the fireworks stash.

Guess they should have put a warning label on them there fireworks.

Here’s a nice quote from our pal Hillary Clinton speaking out on her husbands book tour. I quote, “”Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you,” Sen. Clinton said. “We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”

“We’re going to take things away from you” used to be called stealing. Not sure what we call it today, perhaps “temporary possession separation.” Whatever it is, it aint right. No one has the right to step into someone else’s life and take things from it unless it’s me taking something from my kid. But the government is not our parent nor does it have any idea what “the common good” is.

In our discussion of the End Times, we covered how the ruling force of the time will be a tie with government, religion and the economy. It’ll somehow be a capitalistic-communism type deal where only the right people get stuff and it’ll be taken from the “others.” Interesting to watch it all come aint it?

I was biking down 17 yesterday through scenic downtown Rhinelander. I was moving pretty good coming down the hill by the library with the wind at my back and I hit a green light. There were cars along the side of the road so I moved over into the lane of traffic and was going the same speed as the cars so I just stayed there because there were more cars along the side parked.

While going around the bend by Little Caear’s, I heard some shrill woman yelling something behind me. I didn’t catch all that she was saying, wasn’t even sure she was talking to me, but I heard “sidewalk” and “right of way.” How annoying. I was going the same speed as the car ahead of me and was not causing any delay whatsoever.

It’s so very annoying when people criticize you and there’s nothing you can do about it. It would be nice to sit down with them and reason out the whole scenario and show how everyone was just fine, just relax. Oh well. It’s just annoying, it makes me want to not be so quick to judge when it happens unfairly to me.

Another pastoral problem I had with Adam Bede is that anytime someone wanted to go somewhere, they went on a Sunday and skipped church! What’s up with that?! They went on about how nice the parish pastor was and yet no one ever went to church.

It’s funny how often people find things to do on Sunday to not go to church that they very well could do other times. I know this is a pastor pet peeve but it is legitimate.

How often I have seen people who are struggling decide it’s a better move to skip church than go. Or how easy it is to ignore a spiritual need for a fleshly need. It goes way beyond just church and goes into all number of spiritual areas. We’re up against it out there. Fight to keep your standards and keep the faith.

I belong to a reading club which encourages you to read “classics.” I need lots of encouragement to do so, I don’t really like them much. I usually read about 3 a year. I recently read one entitled Adam Bede by George Eliot.

One of the main characters in this book was a woman who was a Methodist preacher. It was interesting to see a Methodist in action after covering them in our recent survey of Church History. Towards the end of the book the Methodist council decided that women should not preach any longer, which worked out great because she was going to get married at the end anyway! Amazing timing.

The reason they decided not to allow women to preach is that all these crackpot women were out there making fools of themselves so the Methody’s took care of that issue by eliminating all of them. Women preachers are back in the Methodist church today.

I found this article talking about how there is a glass ceiling in denominations that women pastors can’t get above. Hmm, wonder why that would be? I’m sure it has nothing to do with certain Bible verses. The main support of having female pastors is that they have a “strong sense of call.” Which is pretty much the only reason you can get away with doing something unbiblical is to say that God told you it was ok.

I’ve got no problem with women. I do have a problem with not listening to Scripture. I also have a problem with really long books called “classics.”

Yesterday in my message I used the half-empty glass of water to illustrate a point about people’s opinions on things. I have found the glass which gives the definitive answer to the question. Looking for a good Christmas present for your pastor?