August 2013

Reach out to retired pastors

August 27 2013 by Name withheld

When a racehorse can no longer race they are turned out to pasture. This is what happens to many faithful pastors. Because of age, they retire. Although I was still preaching to a packed house at near 70 years old when I retired. But upon my retirement, I served several churches as an interim before I had to give up that ministry to care for my wife who was ill, whom I lost four years ago.
I am grateful for the invitations I still get to preach. How many faithful pastors are there in their 70s and 80s who would like [to] stand in a pulpit, not to just preach a funeral, but share a gospel message.
What a blessing it would be if pastors would reach out to some of those that have been turned out to pasture.
Name withheld
8/27/2013 3:56:58 PM by Name withheld | with 0 comments

Doctor disagrees with Mohler on Zimmerman case

August 26 2013 by Dr. Charles P. Nicholson Jr., Greensboro, N.C.

This is written to [Albert Mohler] expressing some differences of opinion with your views in “After verdict, the central tragedy remains” (Biblical Recorder, Aug. 3).
I dare write neither of us knows all the facts. The ones I do know – matters of public record – do not portray Trayvon Martin as “a normal, happy 17-year-old boy,” which is your description of him. He had a history of problems in school in Dade County, Fla., including stolen goods, stolen jewelry, and burglary of tools from a locker. School administrators, instead of reporting them as “stolen,” reported them as “found,” in order to keep from having to file a police report, which would reflect a poor black crime rate in the school.
Martin had several suspensions from school shortly before he was shot. His own texts portrayed his use of “lean,” a substance known to produce violent, paranoid behavior. He once texted after a mixed martial arts stealth bout, that he wanted another match. His opponent had not lost enough blood in his opinion!
Items containing the ingredients of “lean” were found adjacent to his body – the “candy” he is supposed to have purchased just before the shooting. The pathology report on Trayvon’s body revealed damage associated with “lean” in the liver – this in the liver of a 17-year-old.
George Zimmerman lived in a multicultural, gated community. Neighbors stated that he was the only person who introduced himself in the community. He once saw a homeless black man knocked down by the son of a policeman and persisted in seeking justice until the assailant was arrested. Zimmerman lived with two black siblings. Photos made soon after the shooting revealed Zimmerman had been struck in the face. Witnesses report him being struck with martial arts blows. There was evidence his head had been injured – bashed on the surface by Trayvon. He was larger than Zimmerman – inches taller. Zimmerman called for help!
This incident was not one of race! It was one of self-defense. Had the legacy media been journalistic – not criminally fraudulent or criminally negligent – and reported the available facts, there would never have been “the central tragedy.”
Prosecution of George Zimmerman was brought only after insistence by President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. The local law enforcement had no reason to prosecute.
Dr. Charles P. Nicholson Jr.
Greensboro, N.C.
8/26/2013 11:30:10 AM by Dr. Charles P. Nicholson Jr., Greensboro, N.C. | with 2 comments

Respect missing in Martin-Zimmerman confrontation

August 13 2013 by Joe Cappar, Jacksonville, N.C.

In reference to the featured opinion articles by Drs. [Russell] Moore and [Al] Mohler in the Aug. 3 edition, I was sad to see that both allowed themselves to be lured into the race trap.
Yes, there were racial implications of the [Trayvon] Martin-[George] Zimmerman case, and Christians do need to engage the issues of race relations in America. Yes, the central tragedy was that a person needlessly died.
But, the case was not about racial profiling or racial injustice of a “normal, happy, 17-year old boy,” who, by the way, happened to have been at the time under the influence of an illicit drug while being on a two-week suspension from school for possession of that same illicit drug.  
Even though the racial issues might be politically expedient targets for high-profile editorials, they completely miss the true “macroscopic” viewpoint of the case and fail to identify its most valuable lesson. The tragedy could have been completely averted with the application of a basic value that all of us should have been taught from the time we were the youngest of children: respect.  
If the teenage Martin had displayed appropriate respect for his elder, and Zimmerman had returned that gesture with the respect properly due any other human being, there would have been not even a scuffle, much less a death.
No, we cannot ignore the social issues our Christian faith demands we engage, but let us not allow ourselves to be lured into engaging those that are more politically expedient at the expense of those that are of even greater fundamental value.
Joe Cappar
Jacksonville, N.C.
8/13/2013 3:28:28 PM by Joe Cappar, Jacksonville, N.C. | with 1 comments