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I’m Back!

After months of life-change, it’s good to sit down at the keyboard again and chill. I’ll catch you up on all the events that have transpired in my life since late July.

The most important of changes occurred in the late summer, when I resigned from Leadership Training International (LTI). After a year of wonder and awe … seeing, first hand the hunger of the world-wide Church for capable and dedicated Christian leaders … I sensed I was about to reenter pastoral ministry after a rest of 5 years!

I was invited by a dear friend to speak at a church located in Mechanicsville, Virginia – Hanover County. Just north of Richmond, M-ville has become one of the growth areas in the region. Great schools, great infrastructure, close proximity to Richmond International Airport and the city itself makes Hanover County a great place to live.

The church, Emmanuel Tabernacle Assembly of God, was dealing with the departure of its founding pastor, Dr. Walter Myers. Dr. Myers had been at ETAG since its founding … back in the late ’60s … so you can imagine the emotional drain experienced by the folks as the “church papa” bid farewell and entered retirement.

ETAG is facing a real challenge. Can it adjust to a new pastor (that’s me), a new vision (that’s being developed), and a fresh beginning? One element of change – a new name – is now on the table. It might be considered a baby-step toward a new identity in the community, and I’d appreciate your prayers. I’m thinking the new name will come out of the new vision. It should describe who we are, what we believe, and what we hope to do. Ideas? Please comment.

The people of ETAG are friendly, warm, and very generous. The building is huge, has a modern appearance and is interesting, but it needs some repairs, especially to the roof. The property is beautiful – all 14+ acres of it. The location is good … not great. I believe this church has a bright future and real possibilities! And I love the current Board members. They’re committed!

I’m extending an invitation. Come and join us in taking ETAG into God’s intended future!

Important … But Unreported News

Borrowed from “Winning The Future” (Newt Gingrich) and  Photo on the left, Associate Press:  

“Finally, in news studiously ignored by the mainstream media, parliamentary elections in Italy last week routed the Communists and the Greens and marked the third big victory for the Right in Europe after the elections of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

“The elections were a history-making win for the party of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.  For the first time since the end of World War II, no one will represent the Communist Party in the Italian parliament.  The Greens were also voted out.

“Michael Ledeen, my colleague at the America Enterprise Institute, points out another significant feature of the elections: ‘Berlusconi is an outspoken, even passionate admirer of George W. Bush and the United States of America.  Reminds one of the elections that brought Sarkozy to the Elysee, doesn’t it?  Best to keep that quiet, or somebody might notice that hatred of America doesn’t seem to affect the voters in Italy, France or Germany.’

“The scale of Berlusconi and the center-right’s victory in Italy opens the door to significant reform for the first time in decades. Could real change be coming to Europe?”

On the front page of the Richmond Times-Dispatch we get a steady diet of local gossip.  You have to search for national and international news reports between whole-page advertisements for companies selling groceries, cell phones, and clothing.  But lest you think my local newspaper is the only offender, check out the Washington Post and USA Today.  You might find this story buried somewhere.

What’s even more disturbing is the way the New York Times reported Berlusconi’s election.  The unelected politicians that make up the editorial and “reporting” team at the Times did their worse to disparage the Italians and the man they elected prime minister.

And I quote:  “Silvio Berlusconi, the idiosyncratic billionaire …” focusing on his wealth because all socialists suspect rich people of becoming wealthy by robbing the poor.  “In a moment of national self-doubt” raises questions about the collective intelligence and fragile psyche of Italy’s electorate.  “Rejecting the sober responsibility of the departing prime minister … ” insinuating that his predecessor was sober and responsible in comparison to Berlusconi’s “… clowning and corruption scandals, his rocky relations with his wife and political partners, his growing hairline and ever browner hair …”  Good grief!  No hinting here.  The New York Times doesn’t like his politics, his attitudes, his marriage, or his hairline.

What really irked the Times was that Berlusconi knocked out the Italian Democratic Party’s nominee for the office of Prime Minister.  They defended the DP nominee by saying that there was “no difference” in the proposed solutions each man offered to the Italian people, but that Berlusconi won on style points and personality.

As our world shrinks and our politics and human issues become more “global,” it looks like the only real source of news continues to be the Internet.  At least on the Internet you can hear a variety of opinions.  I’m so tired of the slanted “reporting” of the Socialist Party (read mainstream media) in our country.  They don’t hold elective office, these (ironic, isn’t it) billionaires.  They dictate the news.

Freedom to the people!