In this season we shifted into ministry-and-family mode, neglecting our intimacy and failing to work through our issues. This became apparent to me when my pregnant wife came home from a hair appointment with her previously long hair that I loved chopped off and replaced with a short, mommish haircut. She asked what I thought, and could tell by the look on my face. She had put a mom’s need for convenience before being a wife. She wept.
I can’t believe this is real.
Mark Driscoll is one of the worst kinds of people.
I…I give up on life. Wait! Maybe it’s not real! Maybe someone was angry and made it up, that hap…wait, what’s that, Amazon? You have a preview? And if you search for “mommish” it has not only that quote, but this one in the next paragraph?
One night, as we approached the birth of our first child, Ashley, and the launch of our church, I had a dream in which I saw some things that shook me to my core. I saw in painful detail Grace sinning sexually during a senior trip she took after high school when we had just started dating…I asked her if it was true, fearing the answer. Yes, she confessed, it was. Grace started weeping and trying to apologize for lying to me, but I honestly don’t remember the details of the conversation, as I was shell-shocked. Had I known about this sin, I would not have married her. But God told me to marry Grace, I loved her, I had married her as a Christian, we were pregnant, and I was a pastor with a church plant filled with young people who were depending on me.
Emphasis mine. And it almost of sounds like if he hadn’t had so many eyes on him, he may have kicked her to the curb for not being a virgin.
Well if this isn’t some of the most sexist, least Christlike nonsense I’ve ever heard. Mark Driscoll is a modern-day Pharisee.
When the candidates were asked to share a story about an event that shaped their worldview, their faith, their relationship to Jeebus, etc., Santorum and Gingrich both told stories about children—Santorum about one of his own, Gingrich about a friend’s—who were born with life-threatening medical problems. The lives of both children were thanks to extraordinary medical interventions: weeks in neonatal ICUs, round-the-clock care, heart transplants, multiple brain surgeries. These events, both men said, both illustrated and cemented their commitment to life: these children could’ve died at birth—doctors in Santorum’s case had all but declared the child dead and, according to Santorum, coldly advised him and his wife to “accept the inevitable” death of their newborn—but these children deserved a chance at life, by God, even if meant defying doctors and the odds and conventional medical wisdom…
Santorum and Gingrich pledged that, should either be elected president, no child would ever be denied a shot at life. They would both put an end to the Obama administration’s practice of taking sick infants out of incubators and tossing them out windows. Because life is sacred and precious… and no medical intervention or treatment should ever be denied a child, no matter how long the odds, because LIFE! And that’s what it means to be pro-life. Cue rapturous applause from the audience.
Okay, great. I actually agree with the proposition that all children should have access to the kind of medical care that Santorum’s child did. (Medical care that was paid for by the federal government, BTW.) But both of these douchebags are pledging to repeal Obamacare. Both oppose “socialized medicine.” (For your family, not for theirs.) Both men would regard the creation of a single-payer health care system—like the one they have up in Canada—as an unacceptable socialist assault on freeeeeeeeeeeedom. And both men stood silent when audience members at a previous GOP debate cheered for letting a man without health insurance die. Because this is America, where letting children die of toothaches is one of prices we pay for freedom.
The nation was shocked this week when it was announced that a 12 year-old boy had passed away in Prince George’s County, Maryland, as a result of not having adequate dental care. The tragedy has prompted House Democrats to address the lack of affordable health insurance, and to push forward plans that will provide dental care to the poor at an unprecedented rate.
Deamonte Driver was like many urban youths in the DC Metropolitan area. Struggling against many economic factors, the young boy did not have sufficient insurance coverage to provide quality health care, and the Medicaid coverage provided by the State of Maryland fell far short of providing even a basic level of coverage.
Deamonte’s mother, Alyce Driver, had no idea that her son suffered from an abscessed tooth. She took the youth to a hospital in January after he had complained of repeated chronic headaches. By that time, the infection associated with sceptisemia had traveled from the boy’s tooth to his brain. The result of the infection was a brain tumor that required two surgeries at the local Children’s Hospital, followed by extensive rehabilitation at another facility. Sadly, this was not enough to save young Deamonte’s life.
Driver’s other son, 10 year-old DaShawn Driver, had noticeable tooth problems, as he had a swollen cheek on one side of his face, and openly complained about tooth pain. Unfortunately, the only insurance coverage the family had was Medicaid supplimental insurance from the State of Maryland. Driver said it took her weeks to locate a dentist who would even accept the Medicaid card.
Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. Ezekiel 34:2-4