Rod's Ramblings

Why Christians Support Israel

(Adapted from the April 20, 2018 issue of Intercessors for America newsletter The Informer,

which in turn excerpted an article by Dennis Prager in the National Review)


Many American Jews experience what is known as cognitive dissonance (i.e. their beliefs about American Christians do not match up with their attitudes & behaviors towards them). The institution Jews most admire — the university — turns out to be the most significant source of Israel hatred in America and the rest of the West. At the same time, the people many Jews most distrust — Christians (especially Evangelical and other conservative Christians) — turn out to be the Jews’ and Israel’s best friends.

Rod’s Ramblings

A Prayer for Parkview's Future

            On Easter Sunday, 2018, we held a "Note Burning" service in our Family Life Center.  John Rice and John Detherage, who originally signed the promissory note on behalf of the congregation, were designated to initiate the blaze.  It was prefaced by a short prayer of thanksgiving led by John Rice.  But then, Toby Brown offered a second prayer on behalf of Parkview which looks to the future.  I thought it so appropriate, I want to share it with you. 

Rod’s Ramblings

Do You Want to Get Well?


“When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’” (Jn. 5:6).

Now that’s a strange question!  He had about him the paraphernalia common to cripples who begged for a living in those days—a mat to lie on, a collection plate for the alms of those who might take pity upon him, and perhaps some crutches (if he was able to use them).  So, DUH!! Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to get well? On the “obvious scale” it’s a question that rivals one of my Dad’s all time favorites: “Do you want a spanking?” “Hmm, well now, Dad, let me see. I’ll have to think about that one.”  The answer seems obvious.


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