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Baskin-Robbins is having their 31 cent scoop night on Wednesday, May
2, from 5pm until close. You can get as many scoops as you want for 31
cents each.  This will be an excellent opportunity for entrepreneural pastors to take $20 along with cards from your church and sponsor scoops of ice cream for members of your community.  New Church planters should not be shy about this oportunity either. 

 

Proverbs 4:23Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.

 

James 3:6And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature,  and is itself set on fire by hell.

 

Matthew 15:18But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

 

Don Imus’ moral and ethical compass are guided by self promotion, pride, finances, ego and heart felt views of other people that are derogatory and demeaning.  His comments are inexcusable and should reap the condemnation anyone who is a disciple of Jesus Christ.   Our prayer should be that he would experience healing for his broken heart and jaded perspective of life.  Without a change of heart the words will continue even if they are not heard “on the air”. 

MSNBC did the right thing in canceling the simulcast of the Imus show.American Express, Proctor and Gamble, Staples, Sprint Nextel and General Motors did the right thing in removing their advertisements from his show.  The question will be whether CBS will cancel the show.  According the CBS Diversity web site, “This (diversity) is not a campaign, but rather a fundamental way of doing business at CBS, and we continue to be steadfast in our goal to become more diverse and more representative of the public we serve.”   

Don Imus will ultimately not be judged by anyone on earth but by God. While he is here on earth Mr. Imus is still accountable for his actions to the public that he serves.  If there is to be righteous moral indignation it should begin with the church. 

Psalm 106:3 Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.

 The church should be the embodiment of people of God who maintain  and insist on justice.

 

 

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” 32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the

kingdom of
God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions Our privilege to love God comes with the responsibility to share this love with others. It sets up the paradigm that for every privilege there is a responsibility. As a Disciple of Jesus Christ we have privileges and responsibilities We have the privilege of praying and having one on one conversation with our heavenly FatherWe have the responsibility of praying for people who are hurting all over the world We have the privilege of fellowshipping with each other and We have the responsibility to seek out those who have been missing from our fellowship 

We have the privilege of studying the scriptures to give us guidance in our daily lives We have the responsibility to apply what we learn in order to reflect the life of Jesus  We have the privilege of worshipping togetherWe have the responsibility to give a 10th of our earnings to support the ministry We have the privilege of enjoying a personal relationship with Jesus ChristWe also have the responsibility to share our relationship through lifestyle, conversation and our interaction with others.  Our privilege to love God comes with the responsibility to share that love with others.  We are blessed to be a blessing.  vote_small.jpg  You have the privilege and responsibility to vote.  Balancing my privileges and handling my responsibilities William T Chaney Jr

Yesterday I attended the Legislative Black Caucus Legislative Workshop at the State Capital in Annapolis. This was a great information session about what is going on in the state related to five areas: Health, Education, Business and Economic Development, Law and Justice and Environmental Justice. I attended three of the workshops and here are my take aways.

Health
HIV/AIDS is at epidemic propositions in Baltimore in comparison with other major urban areas
There is a need to increase testing in our prisons and jails
Health disparities along race and social class are predictors of high and low mortality
Automation within medical record keeping is essential
HIV/AIDS testing will be a major initiative for 2007

There were no discussions about the Maryland State Board of Health initiating a wellness effort. Pfizer, who had representatives at the workshop, has an initiative called Be Powerful. It is a wellness initiative focused on African Americans but the wealth of information that they are providing is available to everyone.

Education
Teaching to the test is frustrating for educators
Teaching in schools with disciplinary challenges and violence is difficult
Cultural learning differences are not addressed adequately from the state Board of Education
Lifestyle and living environment affect a student’s ability to learn and there is nothing that educators can do to overcome communities where education is a low value and priority
Maryland is in the top 5 SAT scores and AP class score
Economic status is an indicator of poor academic achievement in Maryland. The Board currently does not have a strategy to address this challenge
Drop out rates is a predictor of future earning potential and incarceration
The exit exam currently tests for basic skills. It is not rigorous enough for the students who are looking to compete with other students in this global marketplace but it is overwhelming for the economically challenged. I believe that a high school diploma should mean something, Attendance is great but achievement of basic academic competencies is more important.

Law and Justice
Charles Dutton said in a film that we watched, “I am confused about why we are at war in Iraqi for their democratic rights when the system here is broken. There are hundreds of felons who have served their time and they still do not have the right to vote.”

My learning points were:
Voting is a right not a privilege
People with voting rights are less likely to re-enter the prison system
Those ex-offenders who have earned back their right to vote are extremely diligent in utilizing their right

As a pastor attending these sessions I was privileged to meet many state delegates, representatives and senators. I was not a big name preacher but each of the workshop leaders made it a point to share their card so that we could discuss possibly collaborations, partnerships and joint ventures. Tutoring programs for non violent first time offenders and long term in school suspensions, programs to assist ex offenders to transition to the real world and health clinics are all possibilities for partnerships.

There are serious achievement gaps, incarceration inequities and health disparities that can clearly be seen across racial lines. Elections are coming up in a week. Those people who earn my vote will be talking about the issues and not each other. They will not be attempting to distract me by discussing who is a friend with George W Bush and who is not. No child Left Behind is not working, the war in Iraqi is floundering, Medicaid and Medicare are broken, the Republican party with all of its power is struggling with corruption and moral failure. Now that we know the problems the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Independent who will earn my vote as a commissioner, senator or school board representative will be addressing the issues with some real solutions.

Praying for Solutions
Seeking Answers
Trusting God

William T Chaney Jr

Can religion improve health? While the debate rages in journals and medical schools, more patients ask for doctors’ prayers 

This is an old article but a relevant topic.  Doctors are beginning to discuss the connections between spirituality and health as an essential element of patient care. The scientific evidence is still vague but people of faith have always known that their health is significantly impacted by their beliefs.  

Christians especially have evidence that Jesus was a healer and concerned with the health of those who followed him.  Jesus was concerned with mental health when he healed the man processed with a legion of demons.  He was concerned with women’s health and men’s health.  Each act of healing was an act of compassion so that people could see God’s work being done here on earth.   

In the 21st Century I believe pastors need to pay more attention to the health and wellness of the congregants.  I am all in favor of praying for people when they are seek and asking God to provide healing. God is also with us before we get sick.  If we are honoring the temple (our bodies) where God lives then we also want to be as healthy as possible on this Christian journey so that we can fulfill the purpose that God created us for.  

There needs to be open and honest discussion from the pulpit about the effects of smoking and second hand smoke. Obesity needs to be claimed as the sin of gluttony.  More pastors need to discuss with their men the need to get a prostate exam every year after they turn 40. Encouraging prayer is one way of handling emotional trauma and stress but a good counselor or therapist who is a believer and embraces Christ can also aid a person into emotional well being. 

God can work trough the healing process supernaturally and through the physician or therapist.  

Embracing Faith and WellnessBelieving in Faith and Healing 

Pastor William T Chaney Jr

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