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Evangelize Your Faith, Not Your Hipster Brand

Guy Kawasaki: Chief Evangelist

I bump into tech folks often these days who have the word "Evangelist" in their title, or even "Chief Evangelist." Yeah, I get it. "Evangelize" had that cool factor, ever since Guy Kawasaki coined it over two decades ago to promote the Apple brand. Since leaving Apple, among other endeavors (Google, etc.), he's now the Chief Evangelist for Canva, a design software firm – same hat, different cattle. 

Guy was, and is one of the modern technology sector's greatest minds. He coined, and defined Evangelization Marketing for technology, brilliantly borrowing a word from the Christian faith at a time when Christians weren't all that excited about spreading the good word. In a world chock-full of young turks all too eager to spend Sunday mornings hacking vs. praying, evangelizing tech became an instant hit with Gen-Xers from Silicon Valley to Boston Harbor. But that was then. This is now.

OK Guy, you had your turn. Can we have our word back now?

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ACLU Files Suit to Force Catholic Hospitals To Commit Abortion

Mother Mary: Please pray for us

ACLU Files Second Lawsuit Attempting to Force Catholic Healthcare System to Perform Abortion

On October 1st, 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed an amended lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit against the Livonia, Michigan-based Trinity Health Corporation, a Catholic health care system, operating 86 hospitals in 21 states. 

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Your Beatitude Determines Your Altitude

Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, where He delivered the Beatitudes

The Beatitudes are the heart of Jesus' preaching.  The Beatitudes are eight blessings recounted in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative, cryptic, precise, and full of meaning. Each one includes a topic that forms a major biblical theme:

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Don't Worry John, This is Just Practice For What's To Come.

Looking out the window, God spoke to me

Thinking back just about ten years ago on a life-changing moment for me, while looking out my office window one night...

How could I feel unfilfilled with my place in life? All outward signs were positive: I was happily married for over 20 years to my high school sweetheart; had two incredible young children; I owned my own business which allowed me the flexibility to dedicate an inordinate amount of time to several community volunteer projects. I was active in local and state politics, ran campaigns and seemed to come out on the winning end of everything I set my sites on doing.  

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Father Barron: What is Lent?

In this video, Father (now Bishop) Robert Barron delivers an excellent description of the Christian celebration of Lent.

Author Ann SwindellFor another execellent perspective on Lent, Relevant Magazine's Ann Swindell shares four key reasons for Lent: 1) Lent is a reminder of our need to repent; 2) Lent is a paring down of our excesses; 3) Lent reminds us of our humanity; and 4) Lent sobers us, in order to prepare for celebration (Easter).

See Ann's full article here.

 

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On This Rock

You are Peter, and on this rock I shall build my Church.

Just about 2,000 years ago, Jesus laid out the grand plan for us all. His Holy Apostle Peter was made the "rock" upon which His Church would be built. The word of God, our Jesus Christ flowed through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, Disciples and the holy Church then, and God's word flows through our holy Church today.

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You Are The Light Of The World

You are the light of the world.

Over the past several years, thousands of people in my local area have been touched by an incrediblly fulfilling Christian mission called Light of the World Ministry. Our small group is one of dozens in the local area, and it is growing (much like it did about 2,000 years ago) to ignite peoples' hearts and souls in nearby parishes, towns, counties and states.

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Pope Francis and President Obama Meet For The First Time

The Vatican Press Office has released a statement on Thursday morning’s meeting between Pope Francis and U.S President Barack Obama. The statement notes that the two leaders discussed “current international themes” and expressed the hope that “in areas of conflict there would be respect for humanitarian and international law and a negotiated solution between the parties involved.”

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Angry Birds Get Owned By Pope Francis' Doves

doves under attack

Peace doves were released in the Vatican this week, after a prayer by Pope Francis for peace in the Ukraine. Children accompanying Pope Francis set the doves free before a massive gathering of the faithful in St. Peter's Square (or as I like to call it, Saint Peter's Circle).

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The Promise of Hope

When a friend makes you a promise, be trustful.
When a stranger makes you a promise, be concerned.
When a politician makes you a promise, be guarded.
When a politician promises you hope,
be alarmed.

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Video: Senator Marco Rubio Schools Obama on Israel

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It sure gets old, having an administration in the White House with such a lack of integrity and honor, doesn't it? Senator Marco Rubio delivered a scathing speech today on the floor of the Senate, detailing the total lack of support the Obama administration has for our one ally in the Middle East, while he exposed the hypocrasy of Obama, with number examples of unbridled support for Iran, Turkey, Russia, China, Egypt, etc.  

Pretty clear that our own President prefers the company of dictators and communists over legitimately elected leaders of a democracy, isn't it?

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Who's Really To Blame For Our Government's Failures, Democrats or Republican?

Democrats blame Republicans for the failure of our government. Just as loudly, Republicans blame Democrats for the failure of our government. I've got to say, I think this may be the one time when both sides are telling the truth.

Don't you think it's time we fixed this problem?

Unless and until WE the PEOPLE limit Party power, we MUST realize that left unchecked, partizenship between two goliath mega corporations will continue to corrupt American government, sap all of our energy, and achieve little or nothing for the very People the two parties claim to serve.

They're totally disconnected from the people they serve, and they know it, but nobody in the beltway is willing to sacrifice the time, effort, energy and power they've got in order to solve the problem. And, I think it's fair to say, this phenomenon applies locally, on a municipal level, and gets progressively worse, as one moves up the partisan (or "partizen") power ladder, from County to State and Federal levels.

Today's modern political parties are in fact, mega corporations, and here's a scary fact: they are self-policing. Parties have become nothing more than general cause lobbies, and they've gotten extremely proficient at not only fund raising and campaign management, but they've also mastered corporate espionage and intelligence gathering, big data mining, information gathering, polling, race baiting, rumor mongering, reputation bashing, career-threatening, scandal spreading, and more.

You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.
- Rahm Emmanuel

Political crisis is revered and welcomed by today's partizen leaders, for the simple reason: crisis brings money and power to the party. Political division, with flames fanned by partizen interests, fills treasure chests faster than unity.

Few people contribute to a political cause unless they think the cause is in imminent danger. So again, we've got major dissonence between partizen and citizen interests. Citizens want unity and action; partizens know division and stalemate earns them relevance in the fund raising efforts (hence the need to do away with privately funded campaigns altogether, but that's for a future post).

When political issues are managed by partizen leaders looking for an opportunity to turn a buck or pad their power base, you can bet the partizen will most often seize the moment, and pull a Rahm.

Addicted To The Lobbyist

Parties launder lobbyist money into campaign coffers faster than OPEC pumps oil. Parties haven't met a lobbyist or corporate interest they aren't willing to fully weigh in and pay in to buy influence at every level of government, as well as play kingmaker in elections, playing a deciding (and corrupt) role in which precincts, districts and states will have contested elections or not, making decisions which were supposed to be reserved for the People, not the Parties. 

Meanwhile, they've forgotten what I believe to be a key role and most valuable purpose a political party can, and should play for the American citizen: to encourage, find, recruit, fully vet, organize and train in tomorrow's political leaders.  The parties do an adequate job of laying the planks of a party platform, but parties have all but forgotten how to be an integral part in developing and fostering authentic leadership. Authentic leadership isn't dead in America, but you won't easily find it in the partizen systems we're suffering under today. 

raising and funnelling billions of dollars, all the while consuming inordinate amount of time from our most important leaders. Meanwhile taxpayers are left footing the bill oftentimes for Presidential fundraiser appearances, security batallions, travel and per diem costs for it all. All to raise untold billions of dollars to further empower political parties to do what exactly?

- Forget 

with members who are individually utterly powerless to harness or re-direct the all-consuming monster they helped create. So, what do they do? The only thing they think they can do: they bow to its power, and feed the beast with more money, more power, and more patronage, at the expense of citizens' rights.

There is a place for our two-party system here in the USA, but their powers need to be reeled back in to focus on their mission: TO ENCOURAGE, FIND, RECRUIT, FULLY VET, ORGANIZE AND TRAIN IN TOMORROW'S LEADERS!

Just as we have a legal and Constitutionally directed separation of Church and State, to help ensure a particular religious institution can't or won't impose its own agenda or will upon the people, we too need to realize other corporate institutions - in this case, political parties - can and have  corrupted our governmental process.

To fight the temptress of political partisanship,  too need modern defen

We need to intercede with a clearer separation of Party and State. Here are just a few needed reforms and NEW regulation of PARTIES (below), WHAT are your ideas for reform, if any?

- Term limits for all elected officials (2 terms)
- All vacant seats (through retirement, resignation, death of current elected official, etc) are filled by ELECTION only, no appointments by parties OR elected officials (e.g. Governor appointing Senators, etc)
- Publicly funded campaigns - NO campaign contributions allowed, period
- No campaign staff can be hired by the elected official
- No sitting elected official above Precinct Committee level may simultaneously be a Party Executive nor Board Member

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