I thought I’d change things up a little.  I didn’t have much to say today (shocking I know), but I’m sure you do!  I’d like to try a little experiment and see how well this goes.

This is your post.  Feel free to post a comment on whatever is on your mind, a link you’d like to share, a question that you may have for Eric or myself, or if you just want to give a shout out.  The only thing I ask please, please, please no spamming.  I think there is a special place in hell for spammers (just kidding).  If people take advantage of this and comment a lot, we’ll do this every week.  If not, it’ll be gone!  Because there is nothing lamer than an open thread post with no comments.  So if you like stuff like this, don’t lurk, comment!

Sorry for the lame picture, but I just thought nothing embodies friendship better than Bambi and Thumper.

36 comments
  1. What do you all think of Franklin Graham telling reporters in China earlier this year that believers should refrain from talking about their faith throughout the athletic contest sayingthinks that we can best help China’s church by muting any evangelism efforts aimed at reaching athletes or the Chinese people.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Faith and the Candidates

  2. What do you all think of Franklin Graham telling reporters in China earlier this year that believers should refrain from talking about their faith throughout the athletic contest sayingthinks that we can best help China’s church by muting any evangelism efforts aimed at reaching athletes or the Chinese people.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Faith and the Candidates

  3. What do you all think of Franklin Graham telling reporters in China earlier this year that believers should refrain from talking about their faith throughout the athletic contest sayingthinks that we can best help China’s church by muting any evangelism efforts aimed at reaching athletes or the Chinese people.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..Faith and the Candidates

  4. I’m not so sure I would agree with that.

    I can see his point if he believes that our evangelistic effort will lead to a greater crackdown of the Chinese church. We do have to think about whether what consequences our actions may have for them.

    But I don’t think we need to not share, but do so with discernment. I also feel that the Olympics would be a great place to address China’s dismal human rights record and call for the human rights of Christians, Tibetans and anyone else be respected.

  5. I’m not so sure I would agree with that.

    I can see his point if he believes that our evangelistic effort will lead to a greater crackdown of the Chinese church. We do have to think about whether what consequences our actions may have for them.

    But I don’t think we need to not share, but do so with discernment. I also feel that the Olympics would be a great place to address China’s dismal human rights record and call for the human rights of Christians, Tibetans and anyone else be respected.

  6. I’m not so sure I would agree with that.

    I can see his point if he believes that our evangelistic effort will lead to a greater crackdown of the Chinese church. We do have to think about whether what consequences our actions may have for them.

    But I don’t think we need to not share, but do so with discernment. I also feel that the Olympics would be a great place to address China’s dismal human rights record and call for the human rights of Christians, Tibetans and anyone else be respected.

  7. Yeah Shane, I agree with you.. unfortunately we in this country have a habit of capitualting to atheistic and Islamic governments that find the gospel offensive.

    I thought it odd that Christians, even though they fight for Iraqi freedom, they dare not wear a cross in public for fear of offending Iraqi Muslims.. again, like the Olympics it is a sad note for freedom.

  8. Yeah Shane, I agree with you.. unfortunately we in this country have a habit of capitualting to atheistic and Islamic governments that find the gospel offensive.

    I thought it odd that Christians, even though they fight for Iraqi freedom, they dare not wear a cross in public for fear of offending Iraqi Muslims.. again, like the Olympics it is a sad note for freedom.

  9. Yeah Shane, I agree with you.. unfortunately we in this country have a habit of capitualting to atheistic and Islamic governments that find the gospel offensive.

    I thought it odd that Christians, even though they fight for Iraqi freedom, they dare not wear a cross in public for fear of offending Iraqi Muslims.. again, like the Olympics it is a sad note for freedom.

  10. I think you might feel differently, Kansas Bob, as a general with troops under your command in Iraq or anywhere else where Christians are persecuted. Are you less a Christian if you don’t wear the cross? No. Are you safer if you don’t wear the cross in a Muslim war zone? Yes. If our troops merely love the Iraqis, do their jobs with excellence, and we leave as soon as we can – will that show Christ’s love more than a cross on a uniform, necklass or tract? Probably. If I was a general in the armed forces, I wouldn’t let my troops where crosses.

  11. I think you might feel differently, Kansas Bob, as a general with troops under your command in Iraq or anywhere else where Christians are persecuted. Are you less a Christian if you don’t wear the cross? No. Are you safer if you don’t wear the cross in a Muslim war zone? Yes. If our troops merely love the Iraqis, do their jobs with excellence, and we leave as soon as we can – will that show Christ’s love more than a cross on a uniform, necklass or tract? Probably. If I was a general in the armed forces, I wouldn’t let my troops where crosses.

  12. I think you might feel differently, Kansas Bob, as a general with troops under your command in Iraq or anywhere else where Christians are persecuted. Are you less a Christian if you don’t wear the cross? No. Are you safer if you don’t wear the cross in a Muslim war zone? Yes. If our troops merely love the Iraqis, do their jobs with excellence, and we leave as soon as we can – will that show Christ’s love more than a cross on a uniform, necklass or tract? Probably. If I was a general in the armed forces, I wouldn’t let my troops where crosses.

  13. Eric, mostly agree. I think if God opens up opportuntity to share you should take it. But love and service far outweigh symbols.

    Kansas Bob – I would suspect that not wearing a cross in a Muslim war zone fighting terrorists who would love nothing better to get their hands on a Christian and behead them is a matter of safety as well. I could be wrong on that, but I think that may be part of the motivation.

  14. Eric, mostly agree. I think if God opens up opportuntity to share you should take it. But love and service far outweigh symbols.

    Kansas Bob – I would suspect that not wearing a cross in a Muslim war zone fighting terrorists who would love nothing better to get their hands on a Christian and behead them is a matter of safety as well. I could be wrong on that, but I think that may be part of the motivation.

  15. Eric, mostly agree. I think if God opens up opportuntity to share you should take it. But love and service far outweigh symbols.

    Kansas Bob – I would suspect that not wearing a cross in a Muslim war zone fighting terrorists who would love nothing better to get their hands on a Christian and behead them is a matter of safety as well. I could be wrong on that, but I think that may be part of the motivation.

  16. I think it is fine to make suggestions about the wisdom of using practical reason when sharing “directly”, but I think it is rare when we can say it is 100% one way or the other.

  17. I think it is fine to make suggestions about the wisdom of using practical reason when sharing “directly”, but I think it is rare when we can say it is 100% one way or the other.

  18. I think it is fine to make suggestions about the wisdom of using practical reason when sharing “directly”, but I think it is rare when we can say it is 100% one way or the other.

  19. Thanks guys for the press back.. I tend to agree with your assessments.

    I guess my point was my feeling that one day Iraq will be free in every way except religiously.. even though Christians fight for Iraqi freedom.. there is a good chance that Iraq will not have religius freedom.. and the gospel will be hindered not advanced.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..McCain on a Higher Being

  20. Thanks guys for the press back.. I tend to agree with your assessments.

    I guess my point was my feeling that one day Iraq will be free in every way except religiously.. even though Christians fight for Iraqi freedom.. there is a good chance that Iraq will not have religius freedom.. and the gospel will be hindered not advanced.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..McCain on a Higher Being

  21. Thanks guys for the press back.. I tend to agree with your assessments.

    I guess my point was my feeling that one day Iraq will be free in every way except religiously.. even though Christians fight for Iraqi freedom.. there is a good chance that Iraq will not have religius freedom.. and the gospel will be hindered not advanced.

    Kansas Bobs last blog post..McCain on a Higher Being

  22. You are welcome Bob. I agree with you it is likely that Iraq won’t have religious freedom. Christians there are already being persecuted while we have boots on the ground. It is sad. We need to continue to pray for strength for the persecuted Church there, and for God to expand the Kingdom there as well.

  23. You are welcome Bob. I agree with you it is likely that Iraq won’t have religious freedom. Christians there are already being persecuted while we have boots on the ground. It is sad. We need to continue to pray for strength for the persecuted Church there, and for God to expand the Kingdom there as well.

  24. You are welcome Bob. I agree with you it is likely that Iraq won’t have religious freedom. Christians there are already being persecuted while we have boots on the ground. It is sad. We need to continue to pray for strength for the persecuted Church there, and for God to expand the Kingdom there as well.

  25. Hi Shane V.

    I am still enjoying receiving your posts, especially the 20 items of interest. I feel where there are dedicated Christian bloggers that contribute to the spiritual well being of others and can ALSO have a sense of humor and humility, then, there is hope. God Bless. Sweetiegirlz

  26. Hi Shane V.

    I am still enjoying receiving your posts, especially the 20 items of interest. I feel where there are dedicated Christian bloggers that contribute to the spiritual well being of others and can ALSO have a sense of humor and humility, then, there is hope. God Bless. Sweetiegirlz

  27. Hi Shane V.

    I am still enjoying receiving your posts, especially the 20 items of interest. I feel where there are dedicated Christian bloggers that contribute to the spiritual well being of others and can ALSO have a sense of humor and humility, then, there is hope. God Bless. Sweetiegirlz

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