2008-09-03 : Taking Offense
I listen to AM Christian talk radio on the way to work sometimes. (Hands if you're surprised by this. Hands? No one?) I have a favorite show: Rhema For Today with Ken and Lynette Hagin. It's 15 minutes of preachin'. Ken Hagin is an eh preacher, but half the time they run Kenneth E. Hagin's sermons instead, his dad's, and there's a man could preach.
Hands if you think I listen ironically or to make myself outraged. Yeah? Wrong! I listen because there's a man could preach. Also, more, because if you run a ministry for a bunch of years, you can't help but learn some things about people. Like, genuine smart things worth knowing. Kenneth E. Hagin in particular had a clear head and he saw people plainly and with compassion, and that makes him worth listening to.
For instance, today. It was Ken Hagin, not his dad, so the preaching was eh, but he was talking about his dad's insights. He said something that spoke to me here in my life today. He said:
When you have the chance to be offended, or to take up someone else's offense, first ask yourself. Is this where I want to be stuck in life? Are these the people I want to be stuck with?
See? No irony, no outrage. Just me going like, "yep, no. It's not, they aren't."
(Is it a coincidence that this post follows the one announcing Poison'd First Edition? Hands?)
1. On 2008-09-03, Jonathan Walton said:
2. On 2008-09-03, Vincent said:
3. On 2008-09-03, Porter said:
4. On 2008-09-03, Ben Lehman said:
5. On 2008-09-03, Vincent said:
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7. On 2008-09-03, Porter said:
8. On 2008-09-03, Ben Lehman said:
9. On 2008-09-03, Brand Robins said:
10. On 2008-09-03, Meguey said:
11. On 2008-09-04, Brand Robins said:
12. On 2008-09-04, Jonathan Walton said:
13. On 2008-09-04, Julia said:
14. On 2008-09-17, Matt Wilson said: