Friday, September 26, 2008

Are You Listening, God

An article in the Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution titled "Pearly Gates open to anyone?" was an attention getter. At least it got my attention.

According to a survey from Baylor University Institute for Studies of Religion conducted by the Gallop Organization of 1,648 U. S. adults in 2007, "heaven is no longer viewed as an exclusive place by many Americans."

Fifty years or so ago, heaven was viewed as a place only Christians could go. Now they merely have the "inside track." From the responses, many think "half or more" of Average Americans, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims and even nonreligious people will go to heaven.

I find that sad. It seems to me that Christ condemned the actions of the religious. So religion can't be what gets you into heaven. Americans, average or otherwise, didn't exist in Christ's time so nationality isn't one of the requirements.

What I do remember is that one must believe that Jesus is the Son of God, be in Christ, have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, obey (now there's one human beings have a problem with) Christ's commandments, and persevere. Did I miss anything?

Obviously God needs to make some changes to accommodate those who participated in the poll, those who initiated it, and those who harbor similar beliefs. After all, this is a democracy and the majority rules. (Ha!)

So, are You listening, God? Americans want to know when we can expect the necessary revisions to Your word to fit the modern view of heaven.

I've never been to seminary and I'm not even a college graduate, but I'd dare an educated Biblical guess -- Never!

God is not swayed by polls or public opinion. Perhaps modern religionists should spend less time trying to "rewrite" the Bible and more time reading it.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Day America Cried

September 11, 2001. It was a horrific day for Americans, a day of great sadness and loss of life. It will not -- and should not -- be forgotten!

The song in this video is "The Day America Cried" by Johnny Van Zant.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Starting from Scratch

Last year I wrote a review of Patty Kirk's novel Amateur Believer, which was about her journey to faith. Several months later I was asked to review her new book Starting from Scratch:Memoirs of a Wandering Cook (publisher: Thomas Nelson) I assumed this book would have a similar theme of faith, but as you can tell by the title, it doesn't.

Unfortunately, I don't read through a book as quickly as I did when I was younger, and when I did finish reading it, the book kept disappearing under a mountain of "to do" projects.
There is, however, no excuse to be so late.

Patty Kirk, like most of us, likes to eat -- freshly prepared, savory, sensuous, delectable food. And from childhood, she has enjoyed cooking.

This is a story of Kirk's memories from childhood and her travels around the world as she improves her culinary skills and reminisces of meals gone by. At the end of each chapter, she includes recipes from her collection. Some are simple, some are tempting. There is something for just about anyone.

Apricot or Plum Dumplings.
Fricassee of Fowl
Mamaw's Buttermilk Biscuits
Stir-fried Tomatoes with Ginger and Onions
Sauerkraut with Pineapple

You can read about the world through the eyes and taste buds of Patty Kirk before she married and settled down on a farm in Oklahoma. And then you can try a few of her favorite recipes.