Tuesday’s Commentary: Covington Catholic High School

The way we treat people we strongly disagree with is a report card on what we have learned about love, compassion, and kindness. – Marc & Angel Chernoff

Covington Catholic High School is a private, all-male, high school in Park Hills, Kentucky. It has between 500-600 students.

In case you missed it, videos surfaced of dozens of Covington students in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington after the March for Life, chanting as they do at games, wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and appearing to be in a standoff with an elderly Native American man. (NY Times)

Some reports said the students were mocking participants of the Indigenous Peoples March.

The spotlight grew so bright that the school issued a statement apologizing saying the “behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.” The school also said they would investigate and take appropriate action up to and including expulsion.

Those on the left went wild in condemning the students.

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The Monday Memo: Rock & Roll Song, Graham, & Football

Dear Past, Thank you for all the lessons. Dear Future, I am ready. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Rock and Roll Song
  • Rev. Franklin Graham
  • Big Football Games
  • One More Thing

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Merry Christmas!

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” – Luke 2:9-11 (NIV)

Merry Christmas!

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Published in: on December 24, 2018 at 11:55 pm  Comments (2)  
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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Forgive me Father…

Just recently it was reported by the Great Falls Tribune that a retired Montana priest was charged with receiving child pornography. He is from Great Falls. His name Lothar Konrad Krauth and he is 80 years old. He was assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes Church from 1989 to 2014. The complaint alleges the crimes occurred in 2017 and 2018.

The complaint says officers acting on a tip discovered 400 images of child pornography at Krauth’s residence in Great Falls, some involving children as young as 2. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

It was recently reported that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings (Montana) settled 86 sexual abuse claims for $20 million. (AP)

Some reports say there are over 10,000 allegations made against priests in the United States.

My thoughts about this matter follow.

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The Sunday Message

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace... – Ephesians 1:7 (NIV)

There’s a new Christian drama movie coming soon that is a sequel to a movie I enjoyed called, “Unbroken.”

It is based on a true story.

Here is the summary from Wikipedia:

Unbroken: Path to Redemption is a 2018 American Christian drama film directed by Harold Cronk, and acts as a sequel to the 2014 film Unbroken, although none of the original cast or crew returns except the producer Matthew Baer. The film chronicles Louis Zamperini following his return from World War II and his conversion to evangelical Christianity after attending one of Billy Graham’s church revivals.

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Killing Journalists, Rally Priests, & SCOTUS

I have never been hurt by what I have not said. – Calvin Coolidge

Today’s quick hits deal with these issues:

  • Killing Journalists
  • Father, forgive me…
  • Supreme Court Pick

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Tuesday Commentary: Robocalls, Politics & Religion

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. – Thomas Paine

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Robocalls in Montana
  • Politics and Religion

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The Wednesday Read: Protests, Jerusalem, and #MeToo

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official. ― Theodore Roosevelt

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Great Falls Rising Protest
  • Jerusalem & Trump
  • Time Person of the Year 2017

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The Sunday Message

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:5-6 (NIV)

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. -1 Timothy 2:8 (NKJV)

You may have heard the story of Joe Kennedy, a Washington state high school football coach who took a knee on the 50-yard line and prayed after football games.

According to several articles including this one from Fox News, a federal court has ruled that violated the U.S. Constitution and Kennedy lost his job as an assistant football coach at Bremerton High School in 2015 after the school district suspended him for his post-game prayers.

Kennedy sued and accused the school of violating his free speech. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the district’s suspension was justified.

If you have followed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals very much then you probably know their rulings are overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court often.

We’ll see if Kennedy appeals to the highest court or not.

I’m somewhat torn on this issue. I think Kennedy has a right to pray as long as he is not forcing his players to participate. But then, he is the coach and may unknowingly exert influence on his players to participate.

When I played high school football, we recited “The Lord’s Prayer” before each game. I doubt that is allowed these days.

In fact, in looking back there are a lot of things we don’t allow any more. That does not mean we are better off…

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Published in: on August 27, 2017 at 2:00 am  Comments Off on The Sunday Message  
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The Sunday Message

Have you ever watched a sporting event and seen someone with a sign that had John 3:16 written on it? That person felt compelled to make that sign and hold it up for thousands to see at the sporting event and maybe for millions more to see on television.

Some people say that a man named Rollen Stewart, also known as the Rainbow Man because of his rainbow colored hair, started the trend after he became a born-again Christian. Stewart is reportedly in prison now because of kidnapping.

Of all the Bible verses Stewart and others could have used, they used John 3:16.

Why?

Maybe because it is so simple that everyone can understand it. Here are three different versions of John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16 (King James Version)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 (New International Version)

Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life. – John 3:16 (Easy-to-Read Version)

It’s a very straightforward message and all a person needs to do is one thing: Believe.

“…whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Some church leaders may spend an hour or so preaching about salvation when it basically boils down to one word: Believe.

So do you “believe” in God?

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