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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Giving Credit Back

Mike Ruffin, the author of one of my favorite blogs On The Jericho Road, was kind enough to mention my recent post on Tom Schreiner and Tony Campolo. His article "The Awful Truth" is a challenging word and is worthy of your time to read. Check it out.

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Anonymous Paul, in Bethel Park said...

Dear Beast,

I have been thinking about something for a long time and would like to share it with you.

A while back, you wrote about how important it was that we were Christians and, we should keep this in mind, despite the fact that there are so many Christian denominations. (I apologize if I am not quoting yu exactly, it has been a long time.)

I could not stop thinking about it, but a pair of tragic events in my life brought it into focus.

On 11/21/07, my only sibling, my younger brother Mike, called me to say goodbye. He explained that he and his wife of 29 years were definitely parting ways and he was heartbroken. I assumed he was moving somewhere and he told me "don't worry, you'll know where I am".

On 11/25/07, in a small motel room, he took his life. He left behind 6 children.

On 12/13/07, my father, after suffering in the hospital for 101 days, went with the Lord (thankfully, without knowing what happened to his other son).

I am telling you these details for this reason:
A month after my father's passing, I took my mom to the cemetery. It was difficult watching a 76 year old woman weep for her husband of 54 years.

As we were leaving, she said "I hope I can see you again someday, hon". I asked her, "What do you mean hope, mom?" She replied, "I hope I'll be good enough." You see, my mom is as Roman Catholic as they come, and did not understand what you know as a Baptist and I know as a Lutheran.

I seized the opportunity to witness to her that ALL glory, praise and honor is our God's alone. By His grace, she WILL be with "her yunny" again.

Even though we live in a time where more folks are "educated" than ever before, the education needed for eternal life is suffering.

I plead with you, by Baptist brothers, extend your arms to each other and "fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith".

Let us boldly spread the Gospel, the true fruit of eternal life, to ALL people, Christians and non-Christians alike.

If we do so, perhpas my aging Roman Catholic mother will one day know the true peace given to us by Christ that you and I know.

NEVER pass up an opportunity to praise our God...

February 23, 2008 11:08 AM  
Blogger The Beast said...

Paul,

Thank you for sharing what is such a heart wrenching story. I'm so sorry for the grief you and your family have shared. I agree whole heartily with you that regardless of our denominational affiliation, as important as that is, we are called together as one to share the good news that Jesus saves! I will pray for your family today.

February 23, 2008 11:21 AM  

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