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Re: “Strawberry fields forever; then I read the paper

John Brummett and Max Brantley both have jobs. America! What a country.

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Posted by Pat Lynch on 06/16/2013 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Delta drops Memphis as hub: UPDATE — No Delta to Memphis from LR

Kind of too bad that the discussion of a fast rail link (not true European-style high speed rail, just 115-125 mph. conventional passenger rail) between Little Rock and Memphis is going nowhere. A passenger link from the Clinton National Airport to the Memphis airport actually makes some sense and might be a good beginning of a longer corridor extending to DFW. Just a thought.

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Posted by Pat Lynch on 06/05/2013 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Gravel Ridge church revokes Boy Scout charter

The Boy Scouts are being abandoned at a very bad moment. This kind of decision is bad for the churches and also harmful for young people. There is a lot to be said about it. Here is something I posted today.

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Posted by Pat Lynch on 05/30/2013 at 5:27 PM

Re: “A note in passing on the great Bob Lancaster

Bob Lancaster gets to retire! Good for him! Nicely done, sir.

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Posted by Pat Lynch on 02/22/2013 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Sunday school is in session: Republicans and the Good Samaritan

So what does Pope Benedict XVI have to say about the parable of the Good Samaritan and the last judgment. I dug up an old paper that touched on his interpretation of these passages in the Encyclical Letter Deus Caritas Est Yes, Benedict universalizes the experience of the Good Samaritan, with an emphasis on members of the church. I note that most churches are very anxious to begin paying the prescription bills of their elderly members, chemotherapy for members with cancer, medical bills for chronically ill children, and the expenses of people with sudden debilitating accidents or illnesses – so no problem! Right? Anyway, here is a little insight into the Pope’s “take.” (My narrative, Benedict is quoted.)

Luke’s account of the Good Samaritan (10:25-37), as understood by Benedict, gives us further insight on the matter of proximity and argues for a universal application of the biblical principle of “neighbor.”

"Until that time, the concept of “neighbour” was understood as referring essentially to one's countrymen and to foreigners who had settled in the land of Israel; in other words, to the closely-knit community of a single country or people. This limit is now abolished. Anyone who needs me, and whom I can help, is my neighbour. The concept of “neighbour” is now universalized, yet it remains
concrete. Despite being extended to all mankind, it is not reduced to a generic,
abstract and undemanding expression of love, but calls for my own practical
commitment here and now. The Church has the duty to interpret ever anew this relationship between near and far with regard to the actual daily life of her
members (Deus Caritas Est , 15).

It must further be kept in mind that the Good Samaritan story arises out of a lawyer’s attempt at self-justification (v. 28). He rightly states the OT understanding about love of God and neighbor by joining Deut 6:5 and Lev 19:18. Jesus responds to the “trick” question concerning the identity of one’s neighbor (v. 25) by expanding the notion of neighbor to locate the hated Samaritan among those to be included, and he pointedly casts the social outcast as one who shows mercy
Benedict suggests the idea of church as family and proposes his exegesis of the Luke passage as a template for the broadest-based expression of concern: “The parable of the Good Samaritan remains as a standard which imposes universal love towards the needy whom we encounter ‘by chance’ (cf. Lk 10:31), whoever they may be.” Citing Gal 6; 10, “Do good for everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith,” the Pope proposes that the first consideration is for those who are members of the faith community" (Deus Caritas Est, 25b).
The Final Judgment depicted in Matt 25:31-46 associates one’s eternal fate with care for the downtrodden. Benedict’s analysis points to a potentially bitter consequence for social neglect..

"Lastly, we should especially mention the great parable of the Last Judgment (cf.
Mt 25:31-46), in which love becomes the criterion for the definitive decision about a human life's worth or lack thereof. Jesus identifies himself with those in need, with the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison. “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Deus Caritas Est, 15).

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Posted by Pat Lynch on 07/15/2012 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Stop the presses — Limbaugh 'apologizes'

The Pat Lynch "take" on the supposed apology.

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Posted by Pat Lynch on 03/04/2012 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Mike Huckabee lie about Obama? We report, you decide

"But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8 ESV)

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Posted by Pat Lynch on 02/10/2012 at 3:02 PM

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