“But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” The Bible, Matthew 6:15
“The discretion of a man (or woman) makes him (or her) slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.” The Bible, Proverbs 19:11
According to Reuters, the Rutgers University women’s basketball team slammed Don Imus on Tuesday but plans to meet with the U.S. radio personality suspended for two weeks for calling them “nappy-headed hos.” Public apologies by Imus for his remarks, widely condemned as racially provocative and sexist, have been coolly received by black leaders who have called for a boycott of sponsors of his popular show and for him to be fired.
The predominantly black team will meet privately with Imus to discuss his comments, and members were noncommittal on the suspension or calls for his ouster. Rutgers Athletics Director Robert Mulcahy said the players can play a part in the U.S. debate about racism.
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“I am just truly, truly sorry that I used money for my own purpose that I had no right to do.” Monsignor John Woolsey said before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Bruce Allen.
The Manhattan monsignor known as “Father Flim-Flam” was contrite for his sins yesterday – but he’ll still have to serve his penance in prison. Previously Woolsey commented in the press that, “everyone does it”. His assumption that every priest steals like he did caught many off guard. Msgr. John Woolsey was led off in handcuffs to start his 1-to-4-year prison term, prompting several of his supporters to weep in Manhattan Supreme Court.
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”It tries to reduce Jesus to a great religious figure, one among many, rather than being a unique figure who is uniquely divine.” Biblical scholar Darrell Bock, author of Breaking The Da Vinci Code, commenting on the best-selling book, The Da Vinci Code.
The Da Vinci Code movie, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, is set for box office release by Columbia Pictures on May 19. The upcoming movie is seen by many Christians as an opportunity to both educate the masses regarding the truths within the bible and to best defend the reputation of Jesus Christ. In fact, Christians believe Jesus’ reputation is on the line if many of the assumptions within the best-selling book and upcoming movie are not debunked in the near future. However, the only way to truly debunk the myths within the book and the movie is to educate the masses regarding the historical reliability of the biblical gospels.
According to best-selling author Dan Brown’s Web site, The Da Vinci Code is a murder mystery. A cryptographer and symbologist join forces to gather clues that were left behind by the murder victim, but to some, it is not that simple. The book has sparked debates about the legitimacy of Western and Christian history. The central claim Brown’s novel makes about Christianity is that “almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false.”
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And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No”; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. (The Bible, Matthew 5:36-37)
According to Os Hillman, a Christian marketplace ministry expert, the value of words is an important concept for us all to grasp. As an evangelical Christian myself, and a business and communications professional, these principles are really important. However, they should be important to all of us.
Imagine for a moment that you are living in biblical times when the scripture above was first spoken. It is before Jesus has begun His public ministry. He is a carpenter in your local town of Nazareth. Now imagine you have asked Jesus to make a table for you. You’re on a deadline and you must have it in a week. You agree on the price of $100 for the table and the date of one week for completion.
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We often hear we shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. But if we truly value our reputations, we should always sweat the small stuff. Why?
Because if we can’t be trusted with the small stuff, why would we think people should trust us with the big stuff? The small stuff includes the dozens of daily decisions we make, some of them habitual and some of them more random. A few examples include how we treat fellow human beings when we’re late for work, whether we take a hard day at work out on our spouses or families and whether we choose the T.V. over a conversation with a loved one to end our day.
The world famous NYPD uses the same philosophy today to reduce crime in New York City, which used to be crime ridden and is now one of the safest large cities in the world. The philosophy dictates that if a criminal can’t be trusted with the small stuff, like jumping a turnstile in a subway instead of paying for a $2 ride, the criminal probably couldn’t be trusted with the big stuff like breaking, entering and stealing from an apartment or robbing from a bank.
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