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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Is There Something Wrong With Your Religion?

Displayed below is a Twitter post that I discovered last week.
I couldn't have said it any better. Politics is based on the art of compromise. In fact, you may find your adversary on one political issue is an ally on a different political issue.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Thank You Troy Athens and the Troy School District

Congratulations to our son Alex who graduated from Troy Athens High School on June 6th. We now have two Troy Athens graduates in our home. Jill from the Class of 1999 and Alex from the Class of 2015.

Mary Ellyn designed the photo composite below showing Alex on his first day of Kindergarten (at Troy Union Elementary) and his last day as a Senior at Athens. Time goes by way too fast!

The photo below is from the 2015 Athens Senior Honors ceremony. Alex was one of four Athens students who received a Troy Athens PTO college scholarship.

Photo via School Life Troy
Below is a photo of Alex receiving his diploma from Dr. Lara Dixon, Athens' Principal, during the 6/6/15 Commencement at Oakland University.

Last, but not least, is a photo of Alex with Troy School Board member Paula Fleming in front of our home shortly after graduation.

After Alex completed 8th grade at Our Shepherd Lutheran School in Birmingham, Paula played a significant role in encouraging us to return our son to the Troy School District for his high school education. We don't regret our decision and I'm fairly confident that Alex was pleased with his 4-year experience at Athens!

Friday, June 5, 2015

C.S. Lewis on Christian Politics

Image via Time magazine
Thanks to a post by Pastor William Weedon on his Facebook page, I discovered The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment by C. S. Lewis.

Here's a great quote from Lewis...
The practical problem of Christian politics is not that of drawing up schemes for a Christian society, but that of living as innocently as we can with unbelieving fellow subjects under unbelieving rulers who will never be perfectly wise and good and who will sometimes be very wicked and very foolish.
Click here to view/print The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment.

This quote from Lewis should be balanced with the words of St. Paul...
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.