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This last week former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison for living the high life with the campaign funds he had been given. I read this story and it intrigued me. How did a person enter a position to serve the community of citizens only to live a life of being served by them? Didn’t he know? The judge who read the sentencing for Jackson and his wife (1 year sentence) stated “evidence points to only one conclusion, and that is that you knew better.” Jackson had a career few will ever have. He had an opportunity of a lifetime with potential and it was built on the trust of the people. Jackson began in an office of service, but he would eventually be overtaken by greed.
The Jacksons’ greed was manifested in over 3,100 illegal transactions. They included purchases such as a $43,350 gold-plated Rolex watch, TVs and elk heads (??). Mrs. Jackson used campaign funds for more than $171,000 in personal expenses. Items ranging from Disney vacations to fur coats, salon and day spas to sub-zero refrigerators. (more…)
Sometimes the problem with being missional is the church focusses on their neighbor and forgets about Jesus. This idea of being “missional” is popular with the new churches that are coming out, especially those affiliated with the Acts 29 Network. This Christmas weekend take note of the announcement of one of the local “Kaleo” (Greek for “to call”) churches in San Diego here. (more…)
The Anglican Church is always an interesting church to dialog with. Now they will have a new archbishop come March 2013 when Rowan Williams steps down. The short on the new archbishop is below. (more…)
Gal 1:6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— Gal 1:7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. Gal 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. Gal 1:9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (more…)