2020 November

08 Nov: Incident to consider; 10-year-old shooting at occupied church

In the southwest corner of Pennsylvania is Uniontown; a small town of just under 10,000 people. Uniontown was established on July 4th, 1776; unrelated to the Declaration of Independence being ratified the same day 280 miles away. It is better known as the birthplace of the McDonalds Big Mac sandwich. In the northeast part of town, homes are as run-down as the roadways. Curbs dissolve under crabgrass. Old narrow cracked asphalt streets blend into mostly unkept yards. Wherever city revenues are spent, it’s not on infrastructure. There on Millview Street, in the midst of 2 story square frame homes, each nearly filling their little lots, sits the Solid Rock Ministry Church. It is a 60’ x 70’ cinderblock single-story building with 23 parking spots. On Thursday evening (11/5/20) gunfire erupted in the parking lot, with bullets coming into the church where the congregation was gathered. The aggressor was a 10-year-old…

01 Nov: Community over crowds

A good friend is across every fence from me regarding politics. But we lean over those fences like good neighbors sharing a cup of coffee. Our breakfast conversation on Friday was along those lines. In a recent article from writer Ronald Rolheiser, he wrote of the significant difference between crowd and community. In scripture and now, you can just about always insert words like, mindless, reckless or senseless before the word, “crowd.” Rolheiser pointed out that crazed crowds yell things like “crucify Him” and “Give us Barabbas.” Satan often works through crowds. We have crowds aplenty now, with mantras like, defund, destroy and occupy. They are not for good causes regardless of what their titles may be; they are extremists. Antagonists. No matter which political party they malign, or align with, they’re extremists. They aren’t left-wing, right wing, liberal or conservative; they’re ideological extremists. Dangerous Satanic pawns. While there is…