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EXPLORING CHURCH AND SOCIETY RELATIONS: SHOULD THE CHURCH GET INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND BUSINESS?…

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first_imgIn this third article of the series centered on examining Church and state relations, particular attention is drawn to the question of whether the Church should get involved in politics. Bluntly put, “Should the Church get involved in politics or not?” And if the answer is “yes” then what kind of politics and to what extent? What happens to Church and state if the Church gets involved or fails to get involved in politics? Let us explore below. The second article of this series on the role and functions of the Church in society made the following points:What then is the role of the Church in society? Succinctly put the purpose and role of the Church in society is to evangelize it. I am using evangelism far beyond the common understanding of it. It is not just about winning people to a particular Church (group of believers) but a total transformation of individuals and their societies. True evangelism as Jesus taught and demonstrated it, is aimed at total transformation. Jesus taught a message of liberation and empowerment, healed the sick and fed the hungry. He told those who were oppressing and exploiting others to stop and instead to set people free (Luke 4:18-19).He told them to go and be his witnesses in the form of being the light of the world and salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-16). Light has the main characteristics of driving out darkness, revealing what is good and bad and, guiding. Likewise salt has the key characteristics of giving flavor (good taste), as a form of medicine to heal and to preserve. In other words, Christians or disciples of Jesus Christ ought to be an agent for positive good in every society they find themselves.The Church through her members ought to penetrate every sphere of society and be a witness of truth, encouragement, service and empowering people to live better lives. In short the Church should be about spiritual growth and renewal of its members and the wider society, assisting people find and make good use of their talents, time and treasure before God and man, taking care of peoples’ spiritual, social and physical needs, and to be a prophetic voice calling her members and society to the practice of love, truth, justice and advancing the common good of all of society and the environment. With regard to the question of the Church and politics different segments of the Church give different answers. For the sake of clarity and simplicity we will divide the varying views into three categories. The first category refers to those who say the Church should have nothing to do with politics and should solely concentrate on “spiritual” matters of prayer, fasting, winning souls and engaging in humanitarian works. The second category covers those who claim that the Church (the people of God) should not be barred from any areas of human endeavor including business and politics. The third view espouses that the Church can and should take part in politics but not in party politics.Again we need to be clear about what we mean by Church and politics before evaluating these positions. As noted in the second article the Church is the people of God whose loyalty is to Jesus Christ and all true Christians make up the Church. But sometime we use the word Church in the sense of an institution and its official representatives (the bishops and clergy). For example, the speeches and actions of Archbishop Michael K. Francis represented the official position of the Roman Catholic Church of Liberia. Politics in the general sense is about the society and its citizens and their responsibilities to it and one another as well as the privileges they derive from being members of the society; it is concerned with the management of the whole of life in society. In this broad understanding of politics all Christians should seriously be involved in promoting the welfare of the society in every aspect.Concerning party politics (the agenda of a particular political party) our first category will say no to it while the second view will say yes and the third will say yes and no. the third category will yes but that the official Church through its official representatives should be cautious in taking part in politics of a specific party. Rather the Church should be for all and advocate fairness towards all. It is against this background that the Episcopal Church does not permit any of its bishops and clergy to occupy elected or appointed political positions (senator, representative, or minister) while still serving as an active clergy person. If a clergy person chooses to get into party politics she/he must ask the bishop for dispensation and suspend pastoral work for that time in government. The view that says no all forms of politics is unscriptural. All Christians should get involved in good or clean politics of every kind but the institutional Church should do its best to maintain neutrality. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DD Motoring: Avoid red mist this weekend

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first_imgOne of the disadvantages of living in one of the coolest places on the planet, our own Co. Donegal is that everyone wants to make it their ‘go to’ destination.This holiday weekend, weather permitting the roads in the county will be jammed with a mixture of people in cars with one thing on their mind, to spend a few quality days away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life over St Patrick’s weekend. Advertisement For the majority of motorists, they will plan their journey, no matter how short or long and will include the consideration of delays going through towns that will have their own celebrations for the St Patrick’s weekend.Then there will be those that won’t and will spend their weekend heading where they want to go at the last minute and will harass other motorists on the road.Traffic james and delays all contribute to angry drivers on the road. Photo Brian McDaid.It’s not hard to spot the motorist that has no respect for other drivers on the road.They are the ones who really believe that “their journey” and their time spent on the roads is all that counts. Advertisement Add to this detours and delays that may be in place this weekend these type of drivers will not be happy campersIt’s very hard to walk away from an encounter with one of these types of drivers, especially when you and everyone else is trying to obey detours traffic lights on a busy weekend.How many times in Donegal witnessed a motorist passing a line of traffic and ending up running out of road only to shoe-horning themselves into a space that does not exist.Red MistSo now, if you are anything like me you are not a bit happy with these motorists driving who has put both your life and theirs in danger by nearly causing an accident forcing themselves into the smallest of spaces in front of you.Now you are very focused on the offending motorist, but they are already looking at their next move and are already harassing the driver in front of them weaving in and out, to get them to react. You now mean nothing to them now and even they way they are ignoring an angry wave, the blowing of a horn or the flashing of your lights is having no effect and is just running off them like water off a ducks back.Avoid the red mist on the road this bank holiday weekend and be prepared for the actions of other road users. Photo Brian McDaidAnd just with that they are away again they have spotted their next target or space, and here you are thinking “Jeez am I going to let them away with this?”So, in the heat of the moment you give chase and now you are worse than the car you are chasing because in the eyes of all the other road users both of you have no respect or consideration for anyone.In one split moment of madness, you have turned from a normal motorist in a line of traffic moving at normal speed, to a “hot head” because you feel the victim of someone’s reckless driving. The fact that your passengers are trying to calm you down is even added to the injustice you feel has been served to you by this driver.Make The CallYou the victim are probably more out of control of your car now than the motorist that frustrated you in the first place.They are by now long gone down the road.You have two choices at this point, the first and the one that might help you to settle down a bit is to pull over to the side of the road and report the incident, chances are someone else may have reported the same driver which will give the authorities a chance to build a picture of this person’s dangerous driving style.The second choice is not to report it but reflect on what you are reporting and you may well find that your reactions to this driver may make you as much to blame for escalating the problem.Stop on red the best advice when confronted by another road used. Photo Brian McDaid.Over this first holiday weekend of the year the standard message from the road safety groups and Garda will be posted printed and televised along with these add into your observations while driving on the roads in Donegal ways of avoiding a typical confrontation like this above which happens a lot of drivers on the roads on busy bank holiday weekends.Most of these come to nothing, only a bit of expressed anger, but some escalate with drivers taking the law into their own hands and end up having a mobile argument at the speed which never will end up well.Have a safe motoring weekendDD Motoring: Avoid red mist this weekend was last modified: March 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dd motoringmotormotoringlast_img read more

32″ 80cm Long Hair Heat Resistant Spiral Curly Cosplay Wig : Lovely, but easily ruined.

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first_imgFantastically good quality even comes with a wig cap but i would say order it early as it didn’t come in time. When ordering it tod me one date once i pressed buy it told me a later date very misleading but pleased with product and will wear it for a different occasion. Decent for the price, nice colours. . Not quite as curly as pictured. I found that the very ends were a bit messy and it was a little long so i cut the bottom layer to match the next one, it made it look a lot more full and it’s a better length for me. It now goes down to my underbust. A litttle on the shiny side but easily fixed and i suspect it will probably tangle well. Much better than what i was expecting, was in a nice condition and was pretty comfortable to wear, it was a bit too long for what i needed it for (cosplay) so i trimmed and styled it without any issues. Wore it all day with no problems. This is a fantastic wig, i bought the blond one first the colour is lovely. It’s very plump and like others i agree it suits better while wearing a hat, though that’s just my preference it works well as a sand alone. It’s very delicate so it will take a lot of care and looking after. Bought the brown and will be buying others. Decent for the price, nice colours. . Not quite as curly as pictured. I found that the very ends were a bit messy and it was a little long so i cut the bottom layer to match the next one, it made it look a lot more full and it’s a better length for me. It now goes down to my underbust. A litttle on the shiny side but easily fixed and i suspect it will probably tangle well. 32″ 80cm Long Hair Heat Resistant Spiral Curly Cosplay Wig(Black) : Really impressed with the wig, colour is great, it has a lovely shine to it and feels really soft. Delivery was very fast as well and i picked standard delivery, came within 3 days which i was very happy with. Fantastically good quality even comes with a wig cap but i would say order it early as it didn’t come in time. When ordering it tod me one date once i pressed buy it told me a later date very misleading but pleased with product and will wear it for a different occasion. Got a little tangled and now looks too messy to wear. Amazing quality for such a low price, highly highly recommend. Really impressed with the wig, colour is great, it has a lovely shine to it and feels really soft. Delivery was very fast as well and i picked standard delivery, came within 3 days which i was very happy with. Girlfriend loves it, will be buying more in different colours, so she can change her hair colour when ever she pleases without the negative effects of hair dyes and bleach. Lovely hair, this is my daily wig now, it is more lightweight than the wig i am used to wearing so what i do is i buy two wigs and wear them together to get more fullness and i just attach with kirby grips,(or you can sow them together but i keep separate for ease of brushing) the top wig sits securely on the bottom wig and you cannot notice i am wearing two. However if you are not used to a fuller wig and just like it slim line then this wig is still good. I prefer a straight fringe so i cut the fringe with hairdresser scissors, which i had to do with the wig i used to wear also. I love the lose curls in this wig and have had many compliments, i will continue to buy from here :)update: i feel this wig has gotten thinner, i could never go out just wearing one and now i buy three and wear them secured together with kirby grips, this gives a full lovely appearance. Pretty wig with an annoying flaw. . Wig itself is pretty, however annoyingly there is a visible piece of dark grey netting at the parting/hairline that appears to be part of the design, but is very noticeable at the middle of your forehead when wearing the wig. Unfortunate because if it wasn’t for that this would be perfect, as in all other aspects it’s one of the nicest wigs i’ve ever bought. May just have been a design fault with my particular wig, but unfortunately i was unable to ask for a return/replacement as i needed it for a costume a couple of days after it arrived, so now am stuck with it. Lovely, but easily ruined. . Perfect the first time i wore it, but it got incredibly tangled. The second time i wore it i had to cut off about 6 inches of matted ends. Too tangled to wear a 3rd time and had to be thrown away. Wore this to go with my wonder woman costume and people actually thought it was my real hair. I really liked how it looked – it does look amazing -. I really liked how it looked – it does look amazing – but if you looked at it from the top the mesh thing shows through and even though i hardly wore it apart from a couple of minutes on two occasions it started falling apart a bit. So it was sort of a single-use thing which is a shame, because it does look really good. Girlfriend loves it, will be buying more in different colours, so she can change her hair colour when ever she pleases without the negative effects of hair dyes and bleach. It made perfect halloween costume. Bought this wig for a party and its brilliant. Just wish i had more excuse to wear. Bought this wig for a party and its brilliant. Just wish i had more excuse to wear it.:-darrived well packed, on time and just as describedhighly recommended. Wore this to go with my wonder woman costume and people actually thought it was my real hair. I really liked how it looked – it does look amazing -. I really liked how it looked – it does look amazing – but if you looked at it from the top the mesh thing shows through and even though i hardly wore it apart from a couple of minutes on two occasions it started falling apart a bit. So it was sort of a single-use thing which is a shame, because it does look really good. Bought this wig for a party and its brilliant. Just wish i had more excuse to wear. Bought this wig for a party and its brilliant. Just wish i had more excuse to wear it.:-darrived well packed, on time and just as describedhighly recommended. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-03-16 20:22:52Reviewed Item 32″ 80cm Long Hair Heat Resistant Spiral Curly Cosplay Wig(Black)Rating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  98  reviewsPrice£9.80last_img read more

Imminent House vote on TPA

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the U.S. House soon to take up Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, NPPC announced it would “key vote” lawmakers’ votes on the measure, which is vital to finalizing free trade agreements. (The Senate passed TPA May 23.)Periodically, NPPC scores members of Congress on their votes on issues and legislation that are of paramount importance to the livelihoods of America’s pork producers. The scores then are made public so voters have the information when determining the candidate of their choice in the next election. TPA defines U.S. negotiating objectives and priorities for trade agreements and establishes consultation and notification requirements for the president to follow throughout the negotiation process. Once trade negotiators finalize a deal, Congress gets to review it and vote yes or no – without amendments – on it.Congress has granted TPA to every president since 1974, with the most recent law being approved in August 2002 and expiring June 30, 2007. The immediate need for TPA is for concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations among the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries. According to Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, the TPP deal would be the most significant commercial opportunity ever for U.S. pork producers, generating more than 10,000 pork industry jobs. Failure to pass TPA, which effectively would be a vote against TPP, would send a signal to the world that the United States is turning its back on the Asia-Pacific region — the fastest growing area in the world — and allow other countries to write the rules for international trade, according to NPPC, which is leading the charge to get TPA approved.last_img read more

Cut-and-Cobble Insulation

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first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Here at GBA, readers regularly ask about the best way to install rigid foam insulation between studs or rafters. A typical question might go like this: “I’d like to insulate between my studs with strips of 2-inch-thick polyiso. I plan to cut the rigid foam pieces a little bit loose, and seal the edges of the polyiso with canned spray foam. Will this work?”Here’s my standard answer: “If you want to insulate your walls with rigid foam, you shouldn’t cut the foam into thin strips. Instead, you should keep the sheets of foam intact and install the foam as a continuous layer on the exterior side of your wall sheathing. That way, the foam will interrupt thermal bridging through the studs.”Sometimes, I also point out: “Although the method you suggest, informally known as ‘cut-and-cobble,’ is often used by homeowners, it is such fussy, time-consuming work that it is never used by insulation contractors.” (The first person I heard use the term “cut-and-cobble” was Dana Dorsett, a regular contributor to the Q&A column on GBA. Dorsett first used the phrase in a web forum post in April 2012. “I’m not entirely sure if I was the first to use that term in a rigid insulation context, but I might be,” Dorsett told me.)If I had to summarize the theme underlying my cut-and-cobble advice, it would probably be, “Don’t do it.” But this advice leaves me feeling somewhat guilty. It’s time to come clean, and, like a newcomer at a 12-step meeting, announce: “My name is Martin, and I have cut and cobbled.”Yes, I’ve done it — for the same reasons that lots of other people have done it. Sometimes, cut-and-cobble makes sense.Cut-and-cobble is a well-established method of insulating rim… last_img read more

Goa Congress demand medical bulletin on Parrikar’s health

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first_imgThe Congress in Goa on Thursday demanded a detailed medical bulletin on the health of the ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who in the early hours of Thursday was rushed to U.S. for treatment.Congress spokesperson Vijay Bhike at a press conference told Goa BJP to spell out Mr. Parrikar’s health issues within 24 hours. He alleged that Mr. Parrikar was being “obstinate” and not relinquishing the post of Chief Minister despite grave health concerns only to ensure that a Bahujan Samaj (non-Brahmin in Goa’s context) leader does not become chief minister. “There is no medical statement from the Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital where the Chief Minister has been taking treatment for months altogether, at the expense of the State. There is also no medical statement from Lilavati Hospital or from the doctors treating the Chief Minister about the exact nature of his illness,” Mr. Bhike said at the Congress headquarters here. Accusing the BJP of fooling the people of Goa by calling Mr. Parrikar’s sickness a minor ailment, he said, “Have the courage to come out with the medical papers.” Mr. Bhike went on to slam the BJP for paralysing the administration due to the inability of Mr. Parrikar to oversee it. “In the case of the Chief Minister there appears to be no substitute, looks like the State is sub-let to Mr. Parrikar. Why is it so? This is nothing but sheer obstinacy and a dictatorial tendency,” he said. This charge by the Congress spokesperson comes a day after Union Minister of State for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) Shripad Naik did not rule out a return to State politics. Mr. Naik was speaking in the context of the ongoing crisis triggered by the failing health of Mr.Parrikar, and three other cabinet ministers, who are also suffering from serious ailments. However, the Chief Minister’s Office and the BJP has maintained that Mr. Parrikar is recovering well and that his return to the U.S. for the third time in six months for treatment was only on account of a minor complication.last_img read more

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP SPRUCE UP STONE PARK ON SATURDAY

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first_imgContract: IAPark: 610117 You can help keep your local state park looking good by volunteering this weekend.Saturday is Volunteer Day at Iowa’s 40 plus parks such as Sioux City’s Stone State Park.Stone Park volunteers are asked to help on September 22nd from noon until 2pm, to remove invasive species and help clean up litter in the park.You should bring gloves, water and bug spray.Tools will be provided.Stone Park is located at 5001 Talbot Road.last_img