Paris attackBy Matt Horan

My brother, Mike, pointed out something that really made me think.  He does that.  I’d tell you to follow him on Twitter so he can make you think too, but I have thus far failed to convince him to sign up.  Maybe someday.  If it happens, it’ll be ReEmergent Church Blog newsworthy, so stay tuned.

He asked a question about the continuing legal battle in Pakistan over a Christian woman accused of blasphemy:  “If this woman’s death sentence for ‘blasphemy’ is upheld by the local, high, AND supreme courts of Pakistan, can we please reopen the discussion that Islamic violence is being perpetrated [not] only by ‘radicals’ and ‘extremists?'”

I’ve normally been on the “benefit of the doubt” side of this debate most of the time–often a counter to my brother, a veteran of the recent Iraq war, who is ready for someone to name names and call Islam out as a systemic perpetuation of violence, oppression, discrimination… you name it.

However, Mike clearly has some things right.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Brief Sermons

Posted: March 4, 2015 by Matt Horan in Uncategorized

Preparing a short meditation for the 7pm Lent service of Holy Communion at Seminole Heights United Methodist tonight. I’m reminded of the words of Winston Churchill:

“If you want me to speak for two minutes, it will take me three weeks of preparation. If you want me to speak for thirty minutes, it will take me a week to prepare. If you want me to speak for an hour, I am ready now.”

Taylor Swift Impersonation Tweeted!

Posted: February 2, 2015 by Matt Horan in Uncategorized