Roanoke Church of Christ



Unless you’re one of those people who think the Pope is the living meaning of Revelation’s 666, you probably like the guy. Or not. It seems he’s on the ropes with some of his own people, as well as others who realize the influence he has.

I like him. I like that he shrugs off all the pomp with which former Popes (and other high ranking people) seem to love surrounding themselves. I like it that he takes a plain, little car instead of the limousine. I like it that he refuses to use the lush quarters reserved for him, but instead lives in a small apartment. But most of all. I like it that he, with his power and influence in the world, speaks of the same things Jesus found important, rather than just spouting ecclesiastical dogma.

You would think that would endure him to all Catholics everywhere. Not so. It seems the Pope is upsetting some folks with his talk about the poor. Rush Limbaugh (who is not a Catholic) called him a “Marxist.” Actually, Limbaugh said the Pope’s words were Marxist. I suppose what someone says might not necessarily reflect who they are, but I think that would make them a hypocrite.

Among the tremblers over what the Pope is saying, is Billionaire Ken Langone, founder of Home Depot. In an interview with CNBC he said he was “feeling ostracized by the Popes messages in support of the poor.” He went on to say he might stop giving to charitable causes unless the Pope stops. (Isn’t there some curse for people who threaten a Pope?) He said that such talk could make the wealthy “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.” I guess that means if you’ve been told in the law of Moses; “However, there should be no poor among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you,” (Deut 15:4) you should tell Moses that such talk is likely making you incapable of doing what he has commanded.

Let’s do one more, just for fun. Deut. 15:11. “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore, I command you to be openhanded toward your brother and toward the poor and needy in your land.”

There is an interesting twist in those two verses. One says there should be no poor in the land of promise. The next says there will always be poor people in the land and they should be cared for. Is the “should” the ideal and the “always” the reality? If 15:11 states the reality, then even if the land should have no poor, it does. And it does, not because the poor are lazy. It happens because that’s the way life is. Some will have a better chance than others because all things are never equal. Regardless, the poor are to be helped.

Mr. Langone may or may not have used a little soft blackmail on Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York. Langone, who is helping raise 180 million dollars to restore St Patrick’s Cathedral told Dolan of a rich donor who was “worried” about the Pope’s remarks concerning the poor. He said, “I’ve told the Cardinal, ‘Your Eminence, this is one more hurdle I hope we don’t have to deal with. You want to be careful about generalities. Rich people in one country don’t act like the same people in another country.” Really? So greed is not the same country to country? Are some country’s poor different from anothers?

The Cardinal told CNBC that the donor’s concern seemed to be based on “a misunderstanding of the Holy Father’s message.” Good save Cardinal.

When it comes to the 180 million to restore St Patrick’s Cathedral, I’m okey with that. I think historical places need to be kept around. And I don’t think the Pope has come out and said he thinks that money should go to the poor.

My advice to the Pope is that he pull in his reins and get back to preaching the gospel. He should talk about the peace that passes understanding and how the poor should glory in suffering because suffering produces perseverance and how the poor are blessed by God. He should say that all things work together for good to those that love the Lord and stuff like that. If he keeps on talking about the rich sharing their wealth he could end up like another guy who said things like, “Sell what you have and give to the poor and follow me.” Even the Pope should know what happened to him. If not, some wealthy person should take him aside and teach him.

CONCERNS: Alisa Flora broke her tibia and will be going to Duke today. T. J. Hall is having back and vision problems. Del Bolin has a blister behind his eye due to an old injury. While it bothers his vision, the doctor say it will clear in three months or so. Nathan Beach’s recovery will take several months. Kathy Sirgy has had some relief from back pain. Erma Williams cousin, Eleanor Bresee, (ovarian cancer) Leena Bolin’s aunt, Lee Nicklas, (leukemia) her mother, Helen Nicklas, and her brother, Nick. Kim (Hall’s) friend, Mary. Sue Huels, Sandra Anderson, and Gil Richardson. It was good to see Jim and Mary Smith able to be with us last Sunday, as well as Wayne and Susan Phlegar. Remember as ell, Rich Crites, Jenni Cullum, Jim Hunter, Deanna McRoy, Stephanie Rigney, Marge Greenwood, Del Bolin’s friend, Sharon, Tim Elder and Mrs Matara. Marie Barnett asks prayers for her and her family as they deal with various issues and the declining health of her mother, Mildred.
Wayne Flora’s postmaster, Todd Baumgardner.

Monday: Psalm 119:57-72
Tuesday: Matthew 12:38-50
Wednesday: James 1:19-27
Thursday: Jonah 3:1-4:11
Friday: Romans 6:1-23
Saturday: Psalm 113:1-9
Monday: I Samuel 16:1-13
Tuesday: Mark 15:1-20
Wednesday: Luke 12:1-12
Thursday: I John 2:11-24
Friday: I Peter 4:1-19
Saturday: Psalm 11:1-7

Since 1989 we have had a Labor Day weekend Bar B Que. Each year we get better and better at preparing the pork, chicken and a few years ago we added brisket.

We had two different cuts of brisket and one was outstanding. Perhaps next year we can use that cut again. Also the pork was a different cut, the kind used at a regional Bar B Que restaurant. We had very good results with it.

Please let Chef Jeff Bland know how much you enjoyed it. We started about 6:00 AM. Jeff came early but had to leave before it was time to eat. And thanks to all of you who came and made the day special for all of us who cooked the meat, as well as bringing more food than we’ve seen for a while at the Bar B Que. It was a great day.

Among the visitors was Melissa Keller, who attended here while at Roanoke College and Jeff and Tammy Hunter.

We had a good amount of pork and some chicken left over. It has been frozen and we hope you will enjoy it on Super Sunday

Today we will have the pleasure of hearing from Susan Jordan concerning her week at the Ezell Clinic in Guatemala.

Since we have made some changes in the order of worship, with the collection taken at the end of the service, remember there is a collection box on a right rear pew as you enter. If you wish, you may deposit your contribution when you arrive.

Even though for many of you the information for the directory has not changed, please fill out a new card. These also serve as a handy record for the office, as well as the basis for the directory. We haven’t upgraded these cards in several years so please take the time to fill one out. Also, the directory is not a “membership” list, just a list of folks who worship here.

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