- The Washington Times - Friday, January 1, 2010

Not a sermon, just a thought

From blogger Gene McGuire at wisdom4u.wordpress.com:

“Do you know the most used phrase on television today? Well, I haven’t heard any scientific survey on the subject, but there is a great possibility that ‘Oh my God!’ would win hands down. We hear that phrase to express emotions that range from exultation to despair.

“I think we are also using His name in vain when we ‘trivialize’ Him. We are handling our Lord in a frivolous manner when we exchange jokes about Jesus playing golf with the devil or God possessing a ceiling fan which is really a clock that is generated by the number of lies told by some particular president. I know that some of you will disagree with me because you have sent some of those ‘jokes’ to me. That jesting reminds me of the irreverent depictions of Our Heavenly Father by TV cartoons like ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Family Guy.’ In addition, what kind of message are we sending to unbelievers who happen to read our frivolity? We are told to fear God, meaning we should have awe and reverence, showing honor and respect. Sure, we affectionately call Him ‘Abba Father’ or ‘Pa Pa God,’ but not “The Man Upstairs.” I gladly invite any response that you may have to this message. And by the way, I don’t think I am being self-righteous!”

Local actors, local theater

Sandra Butler-Truesdale says if you have no plans and are looking for something inspiring that will lift your spirits, go see “Black Nativity” by Langston Hughes performed at the H Street Playhouse in Northeast Washington.

“It is simply delightful and just plan out of sight. It starts out with the Nativity with a beautiful real live baby [Dequan James] playing the part of baby Jesus. It was unbelievable that this beautiful baby boy [about 7 months old] could play that part never making a sound or crying through out the play,” she says. “The dance with Rodni Williams and the praise was outstanding to the point that the audience actually became a part of the play. It was the call and response, the tambourine, the drum that made the message even clearer.”

The performance continues thru Sunday. Attending would be a great way to show support for local theater and local actors, and you’ll have a spirited-filled good time, Ms. Butler-Truesdale says of the performances by the cast that portrays Mahalia Jackson, the Five Blind Boys of Alabama and the late Rev. James Cleveland.

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