Strange And Mysterious

Posted Friday, February 20, 2009, at 11:14 AM
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  • Brian, I want to say, I enjoy reading your blogs. It's a nice change of pace from the heated political ones.

    -- Posted by npwinder on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 12:52 PM
  • As a Rpublican born and bred, I am most disturbed by the unyielding positions of the self-proclaimed conservative "Only We are right" folks.

    There was a time when folks argued their position and went out for coffee, or a drink.

    Or father of the bride and his son in law would debate and still love and respect each other.

    In recent years, we have families refusing to speak to each other because of political difference.

    Somehow, I just don't think that is what George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Adams, James Monroe, Alexander Hamilton had in mine.

    Jefferson was totally opposed to the totally dominant central government, but whent he chance came to make the Louisiana Purchase, he didn't hesitate. He was the deal as good for the nation, to heck with his personal philosopy.


    -- Posted by bigsurmac on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 2:59 PM
  • I agree with your sentiments, Brian. I don't think there's anything wrong with feeling that your views are right and standing by them- and I don't intend to assume that you feel otherwise if you don't- but I do agree that a lot of those kind of discussions and arguments aren't made with the right kind of attitude, including those I've been in.

    I think a big problem a lot of Christians have is going to extremes of either honesty or compassion. The overly compassionate are too afraid to risk negativity and sometimes end up not doing what God wants of them, while the overly honest people too easily steep into negativity and get caught up in fights that serve no value. An exceptional servant of the Lord- the one described at the bottom of your linked passage (2 Timothy 2:24-25)- has been given the gift to balance compassion and honesty in their speech.

    Also, please don't quit blogging here. Your blogs are genuinely and fair-temperedly interesting and enjoyable to read. Too often do I look into the more heated discussions and come away with either a good or bad feeling, but neither of which is satisfying.

    -- Posted by bjo on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 4:35 PM
  • Brian, I'm glad that you decided to stay and continue blogging on the Gazette's website. I enjoy reading your blogs (even if I don't comment). They are always level-headed and usually very entertaining. If all we had on this site were the inflammatory political blogs, I'd probably skip that section altogether.

    ~Sandy Gillispie

    -- Posted by dlfiend4ever on Wed, Feb 25, 2009, at 10:59 AM
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