The Sunday Message

Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control. – 1 Timothy 2:11-15 (NKJV)

There are a few news articles about the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Dallas this week (June 12-13).

NBC News reported this:

The Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest evangelical denomination, is headed for a showdown over its treatment of women that could not only have far-reaching ramifications for the church but also influence the broader secular #MeToo movement.

At its annual meeting next week in Dallas, delegates called “messengers” will decide whether to approve a resolution acknowledging that, throughout the church’s history, male leaders and members of the church “wronged women, abused women, silenced women, objectified women.”

The Associated Press reported it this way:

A series of sexual misconduct cases has prompted the Southern Baptist Convention’s socially conservative, all-male leadership to seek forgiveness for the ill treatment of women and vow to combat it. Hoping for more than rhetoric, women and some male allies plan a protest rally in Dallas when the two-day meeting opens on Tuesday.

I attended a Southern Baptist church for several years. It’s where I received my foundation in religion. I was never taught to think of a woman as second class or that women did not have as much to offer to the church as a man.

On the other hand, I’ve known people who believe that their wives are supposed to surrender authority to the man in the relationships. I have always thought that was hogwash.

The verse above is one of the confusing parts of the Bible for some. There are many confusing parts in the Bible that we must pray about to understand.

This is 2018, not the 1950s.

I hope that next week the members of the SBC get down on their knees and asked forgiveness for the way they have treated women over the years in their convention. It’s time that women took positions of leadership in the SBC.

 

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Caught My Eye…

I ain’t as good as I once was,
My how the years have flown,
But there was a time,
Back in my prime,
When I could really hold my own
– As Good As I Once Was (Scott Emerick /Toby Keith)

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include my observations from Tuesday’s Primary Election, Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards, August Recess, Plagiarism, and One More Thing!

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Thursday Numbers

Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts. – E.B. White

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Montana’s Primary Election, Beth Baker, unemployment, oysters, the obituary, Liberty County Patriots, gambling, the news, cloning animals, Jon Tester’s 15th bill, the NBA Finals, and much more!

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TWW Poll: U.S. House (MT-AL) 2018

Which candidate do you think will win the Montana U.S. House (MT-AL) race?

The candidates are:

  • Doug Campbell (G)
  • Greg Gianforte (R)
  • Elinor Swanson (L)
  • Kathleen Williams (D)

If you do not see the poll, click on “More.”

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U.S. Senate 2018 Poll – Montana

Which candidate do you think will win the Montana U.S. Senate Race?

The candidates are:

  • Jon Tester (D)
  • Matt Rosendale (R)
  • Rick Breckenridge (L)
  • Steve Kelly (G)

If you do not see the poll, click on “More.”

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Election Day, Tweets, & Pardon

If I were president of the United States and I had a lawyer that told me I could pardon myself, I think I would hire a new lawyer. – U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

Here are some issues that caught my attention for today:

  • Election Day
  • Junior Tweets
  • Pardon Me

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Don’t Forget to Vote!

Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world. – Sharon Salzberg

The ballots for my family have been completed. I am taking them to the Elections Office this morning.

I feel powerful when I vote!

Tomorrow (June 5) is Primary Election Day in Montana. Besides Montana, there are primaries in California, New Jersey, Iowa, and New Mexico.

Don’t forget to vote! You can still register to vote in Montana! Click HERE for more information.

Thanks to all those who are running for public office. Good luck!

Follow me on Twitter (@TheWesternWord) for updates throughout election night.

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The Sunday Message

For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.Ephesians 5:5 (NIV)

You may have said it and you probably heard your parents or grandparents say something like, “the world is becoming a terrible place,” or that they, “wished for the good old days.”

Gallup polling recently released a poll about morals in the United States. They found this:

Forty-nine percent of Americans say the state of moral values in the U.S. is “poor” — the highest percentage in Gallup’s trend on this measure since its inception in 2002. Meanwhile, 37% of U.S. adults say moral values are “only fair,” and 14% say they are “excellent” or “good.”

I would imagine the 49% are looking down their noses at the other 51% and being judgmental.

Many (many) years ago I heard a pastor talk about the straight path to God. He said in our lifetime we would see many things that would take us off course in our path and walk with God. By taking us off the path to God he meant that we would accept these “sins” as just part of life and not think that it was a big deal.

Back then he mentioned drugs, violence and sex in television programs, killing the unborn, etc., as becoming accepted in society. Today he could add to the list many more things that we have accepted as the norm and that many of us do not believe is a big thing.

He closed by showing a chart and the few degrees that each acceptance of sin took us. He said that by the time our lives were over and years went by, we were far from walking that straight and narrow path to God. Sadly, he said we probably would not even realize it.

Maybe mom and dad and grandpa and grandma were right about the good old days…

Have a great week!

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Caught My Eye…

I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself. ― Oscar Wilde

Hello June – you beautiful thing!

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include Sheriff Bob Edwards, Montana Lottery & debit cards, Primary predictions, Samantha Bee, Free Blago, The Americans, and One More Thing!

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Thursday Numbers

Live as though it were your last day on earth. Some day you will be right. – Robert Anthony

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include school funding, unemployment, absentee ballots, Eric Greitens, Chicago White Sox, Warriors/Cavs poll, Cynthia Nixon, Brigitte Nielsen, Alaska & gonorrhea, Kevin Durant & shoes, plus much more!

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