Framing the Dialogue

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The Brothers

the brothers“Pretend you want to help them while whispering deceits in their ears.  Only lie when you have to.  Speak the truth when you can; for the truth, once it’s twisted, is the most effective tool we have.  Coat all your lies with enough truth, and they will swallow it down…evil can be twisted into virtue if you phrase it just right.  Any vice is acceptable if you cloak it in an issue of freedom.  Any immorality is worth fighting for if you tell them they are fighting for choice, if you wrap it in the mantle of privacy and freedom.”

Campaigning

politiciansWhile walking down the street one day a US senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance. “Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”

“No problem, just let me in,” says the man.

“Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”

News Briefs – Volume XXVI

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1: The progressives are all in a tizzy over something that Scholastic Books published that was favorable to the coal industry. An editorial in the New York Times outlined the “transgressions” committed by the book company,

“The lessons talked about the benefits of coal and the pervasiveness of power plants fueled by it — while omitting any mention of minor things like toxic waste, mountain-top removal and greenhouse gases.”

Heaven Is For Real

I found it interesting that a three year old boy’s near-death experience has become a New York Times “Bestseller.”  Months after his serious illness a now recovered Colton Burpo uttered “that’s where the angels sang to me” and floored his parents.  The Burpos, stunned at Colton’s revelation, seemed cautious and careful in allowing their son to recount his experience.  Their patience gave them a clear picture of Colton’s experience in Heaven.  Their story, Heaven is for Real is a touching story that may touch a few skeptics, but will surely hearten believers.  Colton’s father and primary author, Todd Burpo, gives us a glimpse inside their very personal story and thrilling details about life, death, and the hereafter.  You would be hard pressed to find a more touching and uplifting story than Colton’s.  Atheists should probably avoid this book as it may shake their disbeliefs.

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

“This book is dedicated to Edward Beitchman, my beloved uncle, who gave me my first concept of heaven, Every year, around the Thanksgiving table, he spoke of a night in the hospital when he awoke to see the souls of his departed loved ones sitting on the edge of the bed, waiting for him.  I never forgot that story.  And I never forgot him.

Everyone has an idea of heaven, as do most religions, and they should all be respected.  The version represented here is only a guess, a wish, in some ways, that my uncle, and others like him – people who felt unimportant here on earth – realize, finally, how much they mattered and how they were loved.”