Cum se formeaza un tornado, din niste vanturi de 190 de mile pe ora= 305 km pe ora. Filmarea e cu doua zile inainte acelor tornados devastatoare din 20 mai, in care au murit 24 de persoane intr-o singura suburbie a orasului Oklahoma City. In acest video, 2 persoane au filmat indeaproape formarea unui tornado.
May 21, 2013—Two days before a tornado—with winds clocked at 190 miles per hour—tore through suburban Oklahoma City on May 20, National Geographic explorer and storm researcher Tim Samaras captured this video of a tornado forming in south-central Kansas.
This week Minnesota became the twelfth state in the United States to redefine marriage. Jay Bakker, son of the televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, marked the occasion by offering rainbow bread for communion at the inaugural service of Revolution Church Minnesota on Sunday, May 12th.
Bakker explained all were welcome to participate in the meal regardless of religious belief or lack thereof, and that today we do this in remembrance of what Christ did and what folks who followed in Christ’s footsteps did, but also in the celebration of what’s happened here in the House and with what our hopes are to happen tomorrow in the Senate.
Bakker co-founded Revolution Church in 1994 in Phoenix, Arizona, and has moved the church to various cities since then. Most recently he pastored Revolution NYC until he relocated to Minneapolis in March 2013. Explaining the rainbow bread to those gathered at Bryant Lake Bowl, he said “Hell yeah I’m gettin’ political. This is to celebrate our LGBTQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer] brothers and sisters, and remember those who maybe didn’t make it this far.”
The Church, Bakker claimed, is the final frontier of equality in this issue we still haven’t seen the full importance of these civil rights in the faith that I love and care about so much. Bakker, who has been critical of the politicization of Christianity urged attendees, “If you have a chance tomorrow go out to the capitol and call your senators, let them know that you believe in equality. If you don’t believe in equality stay at home. Sleep in, go to work, just don’t talk to anybody.”
Bakker, popular Minnesota based emergent writer Tony Jones, and others held a vigil at the state’s capitol Monday, May 13th for the senate’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage in their state.
Complementing the rainbow bread, Bakker spoke on grace and inclusion, focusing on St. Paul, who gets grace the most, as he was a ruthless persecutor of Christians before his conversion. “The Bible is full of unperfect people, and it was murderers and traitors literally starting a faith, being part of a faith and that’s what I would call the good news,” Bakker said.
“The idea of Christ was to come into that midst and find the one who’s doing the hurting and turn him into an ally turn him into someone who’s loved and what you see here is a love of inclusion,” Bakker claimed.
Not even St. Paul meets Bakker’s inclusivity standards, as he declared “Paul said some stuff that’s pretty crazy, there would be times if I knew Paul the apostle, I would say “Listen, I’m going to have to call “expletive” on this, remember your message.”
“Inclusion in the Church, is so important to Bakker that he has a hard time dealing with ideas of hell when I see a God that reaches out to people in the midst of murder and in the midst of betrayal and says I want you. I want to use you. You are loved and you are cared for.”
“What MLK did got him killed. What Ghandi did got him killed. What Jesus did got him killed. And I think they all died for similar reasons. Jesus probably did not die to save us, according to Bakker, but rather, “What if Jesus was killed for the same reason Ghandi and King were killed? Because they were trouble makers who showed too much love and too much inclusion?”
Please pray for these dear people. Please pray for the families and children who have died or who have been injured in this catastrophe. We must always remember when the question of ‘why ‘ comes up, God is sovereign and everything is allowed/decreed for a purpose and He receives glory out of every horrible event.
Delivered on Sabbath Morning, December 13, 1857, by the
REV. C. H. Spurgeon
at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens.
"These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit."—Jude 1:19.
HEN a farmer comes to thrash out his wheat, and get it ready for the market there are two things that he desires—that there may be plenty of it, of the right sort, and that when he takes it to market, he may be able to carry a clean sample there.
The Purtians maintained a robust, analytical and comprehensive understanding of the Gospel that covers a wider view of the doctrine of redemption that most of today’s Gospel presentations. They went beyond today’s focus on sin and forgiveness and considered the roles of the persons of the Trinity, the nature of the law as a guide to sin and the destiny of the lost.
The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has denounced the Apostle Paul as mean-spirited and bigoted for having released a slave girl from demonic bondage as reported in Acts 16:16-34 .
In her sermon delivered at All Saints Church in Curaçao in the diocese of Venezuela, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori condemned those who did not share her views as enemies of the Holy Spirit.
The presiding bishop opened her remarks with an observation on the Dutch slave past. “The history of this place tells some tragic stories about the inability of some to see the beauty in other skin colors or the treasure of cultures they didn’t value or understand,” she said.
She continued stating: “Human beings have a long history of discounting and devaluing difference, finding it offensive or even evil. That kind of blindness is what leads to oppression, slavery, and often, war. Yet there remains a holier impulse in human life toward freedom, dignity, and the full flourishing of those who have been kept apart or on the margins of human communities.”
Just as the forces of historical inevitability led to the ending of industrial slavery, so too would the march of progress lead to a change in attitude towards homosexuality, she argued.
“We live with the continuing tension between holier impulses that encourage us to see the image of God in all human beings and the reality that some of us choose not to see that glimpse of the divine, and instead use other people as means to an end. We’re seeing something similar right now in the changing attitudes and laws about same-sex relationships, as many people come to recognize that different is not the same thing as wrong. For many people, it can be difficult to see God at work in the world around us, particularly if God is doing something unexpected.”
To illustrate her point presiding bishop turned to the book of Acts, noting “There are some remarkable examples of that kind of blindness in the readings we heard this morning, and slavery is wrapped up in a lot of it. Paul is annoyed at the slave girl who keeps pursuing him, telling the world that he and his companions are slaves of God. She is quite right. She’s telling the same truth Paul and others claim for themselves,” Bishop Jefferts Schori said, referencing the first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans.
“But Paul is annoyed, perhaps for being put in his place, and he responds by depriving her of her gift of spiritual awareness. Paul can’t abide something he won’t see as beautiful or holy, so he tries to destroy it. It gets him thrown in prison. That’s pretty much where he’s put himself by his own refusal to recognize that she, too, shares in God’s nature, just as much as he does – maybe more so!,” the presiding bishop said.
The New Testament passage goes on to say that Paul and Silas were imprisoned for freeing the girl of her demonic possession. Presiding Bishop noted “an earthquake opens the doors and sets them free, and now Paul and his friends most definitely discern the presence of God. The jailer doesn’t – he thinks his end is at hand.”
However, Paul now repents of his mistake in casting out the spirit of divination, she argues. “This time, Paul remembers who he is and that all his neighbors are reflections of God, and he reaches out to his frightened captor. This time Paul acts with compassion rather than annoyance, and as a result the company of Jesus’ friends expands to include a whole new household. It makes me wonder what would have happened to that slave girl if Paul had seen the spirit of God in her.”
In support her argument for radical inclusion and diversity over doctrine Bishop Jefferts Schori adds that the day’s reading “from Revelation pushes us in the same direction, outward and away from our own self-righteousness, inviting us to look harder for God’s gift and presence all around us. Jesus says he’s looking for everybody, anyone who’s looking for good news, anybody who is thirsty. There are no obstacles or barriers – just come. God is at work everywhere, even if we can’t or won’t see it immediately.”
She concluded her sermon by stating that we are not justified by our faith but by our respect for diversity.
“Looking for the reflection of God’s glory all around us means changing our lenses, or letting the scales on our eyes fall away. That kind of change isn’t easy for anyone, but it’s the only road to the kingdom of God.”
Salvation comes not from being cleansed of our sins by the atoning sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, but through the divinization of humanity through the work of the human will. “We are here, among all the other creatures of God’s creation, to be transformed into the glory intended from the beginning. The next time we feel the pain of that change, perhaps instead of annoyance or angry resentment we might pray for a new pair of glasses. When resentment about difference or change builds up within us, it’s really an invitation to look inward for the wound that cries out for a healing dose of glory. We will find it in the strangeness of our neighbor. Celebrate that difference – for it’s necessary for the healing of this world – and know that the wholeness we so crave lies in recognizing the glory of God’s creative invitation. God among us in human form is the most glorious act we know.”
Responses posted on the Episcopal Church’s website to the Presiding Bishop’s sermon have been uniformly harsh, noting her interpretation was at odds with traditional Christian teaching, grammar, and logic. “This is quite possibly some if the most delusional exegesis I’ve ever read in my life,” one critic charged. “I’m sorry, but this sermon is not a Christian sermon.”
The reception by bloggers has been equally unkind. The Rev Timothy Fountain observed the presiding bishop had up ended the plain meaning of the text. “Instead of liberation” in freeing the slave girl from exploitation, presiding bishop finds “confinement. Instead of Christ’s glory, there’s just squalor.”
The Rev. Bryan Owen argued “What’s happening here is the exploitation of a biblical text in service to a theopolitical agenda. Given what she says in the first paragraph I’ve quoted from her sermon, the Presiding Bishop suggests that anyone who doesn’t buy into that agenda – anyone who holds to the traditional, orthodox understanding of such matters – is likewise afflicted with the same narrow-minded bigotry as Paul, and thus in need of enlightenment.”
We were driving yesterday, getting out and just relaxing while we drove in the back roads. Friday was supposed to be my day off, but my van broke down and after spending all day at the mechanic’s shop and spending close to $800, the day, naturally was shot.
We were thankful to God that we had enough cushion to pay for these repairs for at one point in time, this repair bill would have sunk us. God provides faithfully without fail.
We were talking about one thing or the other and suddenly the whole reality of God’s mercy and grace hit me as I finished singing a song about casting our crowns at His feet.
God saved me. God saved my wife.
God purposed in His heart out of His supreme sovereignty to save me. In my mind, He could have just as easily by-passed me and saved someone else. He saved me and destined me to heaven rather than hell. He made me a vessel of honour and life and not one of dishonour and damnation.
Why? I asked my wife. Why me?
My wife, in her usual wisdom and candid ways, said, “You don’t know why He picked you. In your finite mind, you THINK there was no other reason, but perhaps there was.”
True. God picked Peter, Saul, John Newton…and me. I don’t consider myself in their league by any means, but just to prove that God uses people who looked damned, and saved them for His work. They were wired and destined for a certain purpose and at the precise moment, broken, saved and used by God to bring His Gospel to the world.
Gos is amazing and awesome in the grandest sense. He loved me and my wife even when we were at enmity with Him. Even when we were willingly rebelling against Him. He saved us.
My eyes welled up in emotion again (happens almost every day) and I just drove in silence for a time, just reveling in this beautiful reality that had been made fresh and new in my heart. It rained yesterday, but the country side was beautiful. The grass, trees, horses all seemed to echo the gladness in my heart.
You who are saved, spend some time just thinking about God today. Think about His greatness and love. Mull over His grace and mercy. He saved you and relieved you of that awful burden of sin and damnation that bowed you to the ground. You O Christian are saved. You are set free. You are loved.
Let this assurance be a spring to you of life when the world gets you down and pulls you away from your Master’s side. He loves you.