This and That 02-16-13

A word to Christians – Be nice – I have written in the past about the bad reputation that Christians have in America. Some argue that it comes from misrepresentation by the media. Others argue that “all who live godly will suffer persecution,” and that’s why we Christians have a poor reputation. Maybe there’s some truth to those claims, but we Christians have to acknowledge another reason why we are perceived as hateful: because many of our number are. – John S. Dickerson

Why Chicago Bleeds – That’s a stretch, even with criticism that the intense and supremely capable Emanuel (nicknamed “The Missile” by me, a moniker that’s stuck) can receive for budget-driven cuts in the police department; at times ad hoc and overly reactive strategies in dealing with violence; and not having an empowered City Hall aide like Bloomberg adviser John Feinblatt, who drives coordinated law enforcement strategies throughout all government agencies dealing with crime. – James Warren

A Prayer for Pharisees of Grace and Gospel Scribes – Forgive us when we call ourselves “recovering Pharisees” or “recovering legalists” when in actuality, we’re not really recovering from anything. – Scotty Smith


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