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Monday, August 01, 2016

Peace and Prosperity

As I drove from Summerville to Mt. Pleasant today, passing Goose Creek, Hanahan, N. Charleston and Charleston, I found myself both loving my city and burdened for our cities. 

So I spent some time just praying for the Charleston Low Country (aka "Chucktown"). 

Leonce Crump talks about a "Theology of Place" in his book Renovate. It's a good, biblical idea. Jeremiah 29:4-7 is helping me get comfortable with it too.

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” 
Join me in praying for the Church of Charleston that our efforts would include seeking "the peace and prosperity of the city."

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Police Violence: "Just The Facts"

I realize that just because you present "facts" that all problems just go away. But I found this information pretty strong, surprising and helpful in getting to what is happening. I wouldn't call a black Harvard professor biased towards law enforcement either. This rings true to me.

That said, I still pray that we'll move forward lifting up all lives and giving people grace and mercy whenever possible.

From Gary Bauer at Campaign for Working Families:

Just The Facts 

I understand that different people can have different perceptions of the same events, perceptions often shaded by the color of our skin. But it behooves everyone, no matter your skin color, to speak the truth. For example: 

  • A recent Harvard study found that police officers were no more likely to use deadly force against blacks than against whites. Consider this excerpt from the Washington Times:
    "'On the most extreme use of force -- officer-involved shootings -- we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account,' said Harvard economics professor Roland G. Fryer Jr. in the abstract of the July 2016 paper. Mr. Fryer, who is black, told the New York Times that the finding of no racial discrimination in police shootings was 'the most surprising result of my career.'"

  • According to data from the Department of Justice, and confirmed by a study conducted by a University of Pennsylvania criminologist, black police officers were 3.3 times more likely to use deadly force at a crime scene than were other officers.
  • According to Heather Mac Donald, a research fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black criminal than a police officer killing an unarmed black person. 
  • Friday, July 08, 2016

    Advisory | CEN ReadyDallas Responds

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    It's Time to Pray, Care, and Share in this Chaos
    July 8, 2016 (Phoenix, AZ) 

    "For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you Hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

    While our nation is grieving today with those in Dallas, Texas where five law enforcement officers gave their lives and others were injured protecting citizens exercising their Constitutional rights to protest last night, CEN ReadyDallas is activated and responding with the Hope of Christ!

    And, as Dallas continues to mitigate this crisis, other cities nationwide beef up their local law enforcement in Phoenix and Denver to prepare for more planned anti-police protests today and in Indianapolis tomorrow, CEN Security officers are diligently responding by monitoring events to assist in Christian awareness, readiness and to offer a biblical response.

    During an interview CEN ReadyDallas Security Officer and National Chaplain Ed Smith said: "America saw a tragic milestone last night with a massive assault on Dallas Police officers. Emotions, fears anxieties, and hatred are running rampant alongside calls for peace, support for police, national calm, and love for their neighbors. In this crisis, Christ is manifesting in His people a spirit of unity in prayer, in lovingly gathering resources, and in responding alongside the fellowship of believers. Let us pray this violence, division and terrorism does not live on as the "new normal" in the United States of America and that His people will continue to lovingly and tangibly share the Hope of Christ."

    Respond with CEN ReadyDallas and Ed Smith Today! Here's how:

    • Pray for the Dallas officers' families who have fallen and those injured to be comforted, healed in their intense pain, and strengthened in the days ahead.
    • Pray for violence, division, and terrorism to be halted and for Christ to be the "new normal" in our nation.
    • Pray for those cities in which further protests are being organized to have peaceful, Constitutionally protected demonstrations free of harm to anyone.
    • Pray for Christians who will lead their family, church, and city for greater situational awareness, biblical readiness, and in courage sharing Christ in any emergency whether large or small.  Just as police go toward a crisis, so do Christians with the full armor of God!
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