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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

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Before you get uptight and stop visiting the blog, rest assured that I am not about to get really political here. Even so, I understand that this is a year in which those of us who are citizens of the United States of America will elect the president who will serve for the next four years (2013-2017). I am not about to tell you for whom you should vote, it isn’t any of my business. Nor am I going to tell you the candidate who will get my ballot, that isn’t any of your business.

Yes, I do have strong opinions. And yes, I often share them with you–that’s part of what this blog is about. Jumping on someone’s campaign bandwagon is not one of my cherished ideas, though. I can tell you this much: some of you would be surprised because you think that I think just like you and would vote the same way you do as a result of that affinity. It might surprise you that your opinions don’t influence me that much.

Others of you think you know my leanings because of my background–family, region, religion, etc.–and would discover that I’m either just like you thought or not at all. One request on this end: don’t put words in my mouth, it’s unsanitary, and I like to speak for myself.

At any rate, I think that voting is an important privilege for US citizens of voting age. Because of this, I take the task seriously. I pray about the candidates and what they say or promise. I ask for guidance. And I read, listen and look for as much information I can to help me make an informed choice. I would like to encourage you to do the same. To that end, I have stumbled on a series of articles posted by my friend Marty Duren at Kingdom in the Midst. In the series, he has allowed four people who support one or another of the candidates in this year’s presidential race to voice their opinion. The entire series is well worth your attention. I would ask you to remember that (1) the opinions expressed in each article are those of the one making the opinions and do not necessarily represent my opinion. (2) Again, while I am not endorsing any one candidate or other for your support, the people quoted in the articles are, but some of what they have to say may resonate with you (that might be an indicator of where you should place your ballot).

So, in the order that they appeared on Marty’s blog, here are people who will tell you whom they will vote for and why:

Realize that each of these articles may persuade you. They are well-articulated and very persuasive. But it is my desire to give you yet another tool as you prepare to approach the voter’s booth (or not) in November.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

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Pie. I like pie. Don’t you? Doesn’t everyone? I can’t always agree with my father who’s been known to say, “I only like two kinds of pie . . . hot and cold.” I mean, I don’t have much of a taste for pumpkin pie (please don’t throw stones, I just don’t care for it). I do however, like cream pie, fried pie, pie with meringue, fruit pie, cobbler (it’s a kind of pie). I even like pizza pie. But I can’t live on pie.

 

I don’t like vegetables, but I eat them. I don’t care a great deal for oatmeal, but I know that it’s good for me, so I eat it sometimes. Food. It’s our sustenance. We’d like for it to be what we like, but consider this: what if you were forced to nourish yourself on just a morsel or two—and that of something that you found distasteful, like the children here:

Why bring in Oliver? Because I think that too many times we (Americans in general, and American church people in particular) take for granted the food we eat. So little do we think about our food that we don’t understand those who are really in need of it. We intone (like my 5-year-old), “I’m starving,” when it’s only been a few minutes (maybe a couple of hours) since our last meal or snack. Then when we do eat, we pick and prowl through the groceries on our plate, taking only the bits we find tasty and pushing the rest around and we wind up at this fair:

So the question is, how wasteful are we when there are children down the street, around the corner, or across the world who (along with their parents) really are starving—at times even to death? It gives us something to think about the next time we leave half a  plateful claiming that we are saving a spot just on the side of our tummies for that yummy piece of pie.

 

What do you think?

Click through to Challies.com. And definitely do not enter his giveaway, because I want to win and if you enter, then I may not.

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Several years ago a group of young(ish) Southern Baptist pastors/leaders got together to use the new(ish) technology of the blogosphere to voice concerns about the SBC. Certainly they were able to raise the bar on how Christ followers think about affecting our world. That project took some twists and turns that made it become, well, “ish”.

So they moved on, stepping back from the political fray that is the SBC but keeping a presence in the blogosphere. Some of these guys I know personally, and others have become my friends through the electronic medium. All of them have forced me to think about my faith and the practice of it. And now it’s time for their collective missional voice to try to challenge our thinking once again.

I for one will be trying to keep up, and you can too by clicking over to MissioScapes.com. I will not guarantee that you will always agree with what is proposed there. I will not guarantee that you will even want to read what they have to say. I will promise you that you will be forced to think about what you believe. And maybe you’ll be challenged to grow.

Joe Ball at Despising None is urging Baptists to take a long look at how we act. I think this one is worth your time (it won’t take much).

HT: Art Rogers

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