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personal thoughts from Glenn Parkinson

But Where is Hope?

News of the Newtown shooting felt like a kick in the stomach. My heart immediately went out to the parents, community and surviving children. I was amazed at the bravery and selflessness of the school staff. After a time, however, I became overwhelmed by the spectacle of an entire nation which cannot seem to comprehend… read more »

The End of the End of the World

I have a small collection of books from the 20th Century proclaiming the imminent return of Christ. One assumed that Hitler was the anti-Christ, another taught that Soviet Russia was Magog. And of course, I have a copy of “The Late Great Planet Earth.” These are some of the predictions stimulated by the Dispensationalist movement… read more »

Same Sex Marriage – Where is the Fire?

How can you say, “We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD,” when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely? Jeremiah 8:8 Same sex marriage is currently before the Maryland House of Delegates, having already been passed by the Senate. It could be voted on this week. I… read more »

Public Prayer

I was delighted several months ago when I received another invitation to open a session of the Maryland Senate in prayer. This time, however, there was an additional request – to submit my prayer ahead of time so that, I was told, it might be accurately published in their records. Several days before my scheduled… read more »

Prayer Meetings

We are in the midst of our annual month of prayer for the church. Congregational prayer meetings are intimate experiences, because you find yourself praying about personal things – things that really matter. This is true even if you pray silently and the only one who hears is God. However, when you pray aloud, everyone… read more »

Freedom

Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Commenting on this, President Obama stated today his desire that “our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.” Freedom. That’s what 5,860 American soldiers have died to protect in Iraq and Afghanistan. Freedom means… read more »

Burning our Witness

An open letter faxed on 9/9/10 to Terry Jones, Pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville, FL: Dear Pastor Jones, I write to ask you to reconsider your plans to burn copies of the Koran this September 11th. I believe you intend for this action to serve as a wake-up call to the… read more »

Depth of Insight

During my sabbatical, two experiences occurring within three days of each other reminded me of a text in Philippians, and how challenging it is to walk with discernment in today’s complex world. This is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be… read more »

Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven?

On April 21st, CNN referred to a Facebook page consisting of a tongue-in-cheek prayer asking God to take President Obama’s life. As of the writing of this blog, 1,145,231 people “like” this page. While I am sad to see yet another hyper-polarized political response, I am more concerned with the support registered by Christians. Some… read more »

The eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth

Today finds me deeply grieving over the oil spill following the April 20th tragic loss of a British Petroleum oil rig 48 miles off the Louisiana shoreline. The latest estimate is that 200,000 gallons of oil are fouling the Gulf of Mexico every day. Current plans to contain the leak on the sea floor may… read more »

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