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Posted Thursday, October 15, 2009, at 10:14 AM

Viewpoint - Point of view: a mental position from which things are viewed.

A recent story of a North Carolina church that plans on burning Bibles on Halloween caught my eye the other day and it's not limiting the fuel source to the Bible either. Books by such authors as Billy Graham, Robert Schuller, Mother Teresa, and The Pope are to be included. Let's not forget all music including Christian is on the burn list. Since I didn't see Gospel music on the list, I assume that's OK with these folks. This church feels that Bibles of translations other than the King James are Bibles of Satan, and the pastor and his church are having a bonfire. You can read it right from their web site at...


The same event announcement with editorial comment added: http://blog.seattlepi.com/bookpatrol/arc...

This NC church has different beliefs than most churches I'm aware of, but I've heard of some very different church service goings on that I'm sure to the worshipers seems just right too. On the other hand, if you read the second link above, you get the idea that not everybody agrees with this church about burning Bibles.

It all comes down to viewpoint. How else would you explain the 38,000 factions of the Christian's, and the Jewish, Buddhist, Islam, and Hindu religions... just to name a few? I didn't mention atheists, but they have their own viewpoint too. Not only religion, but national and international politics, economics, and much more are based on point of view.

So as you think of your viewpoint today, here is someone with a viewpoint few of us could envy, and a determination all of us should aspire. You can read the incredible story at http://www.snopes.com/glurge/teamhoyt.as... , or just watch the video. Turn on your sound and get a tissue...

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Oh dear! I hadn't looked at your blog before posting mine, and I posted the exact same video! Sorry about that. A friend of mine sent it to me on facebook. I guess great minds think alike. Don't you just love Team Hoyt! Kind of puts my whining about shin splints into perspective. I also loved the Nick Vujicic video you posted on one of your blogs many months back. I still show that one to my family whenever someone needs a dose of optimism. Keep up the inspiration, Brian! We need all we can get.

-- Posted by saveryhinze on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 10:18 AM

A great video can never be recommended too many times Lori, and Team Hoyt is one of the most inspirational I've seen! Thanks for the kind words.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Wed, Oct 21, 2009, at 11:20 AM

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