Monday, November 25, 2013

Nothing says Christmas like a Zombie under the tree:-)

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When Christians Are Christianity's Worst Enemy

Huffington Post
Justin Lee

I'm a Christian. I'm proud of my faith, and I love the church. But sometimes my fellow Christians make me want to scream.
Like a couple days ago, when a restaurant serverposted the following photo to reddit.
Restaurant Receipt
The story: The pastor was part of a large party who ate at this server's restaurant. Like many American restaurants, this particular one has a policy of adding an automatic 18 percent tip for large parties. It's something the computer does automatically, not something the server has any control over.
According to the server, the pastor's party tried to get around the automatic 18 percent tip by asking for separate checks, even though the same person was paying for the whole table. The server says that everyone was happy with the service; they just didn't like the idea of a compulsory tip.
The result? The pastor scribbled out the tip, leaving none at all, and adding the note, "I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?"
(As a side note, I suspect the server would have been happy with 10 percent of the diner's income as a tip. Only 18 percent of the cost of the meal is a bargain.)
Oh, and just to drive the point home, the diner made sure to add the word "Pastor" above the signature at the bottom.
In my book "TORN: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate," I argue that we Christians have often become our own worst enemies. In many communities, our reputation is that of uncompassionate culture warriors, quick to shout about gays or abortion or political candidates, but slow to show grace and mercy in our everyday lives. And these acts of ungrace by Christians have far more power to damage Christianity's reputation and influence than any attack launched at the church from the outside.
"But wait," some of my Christian friends have said. "It's not fair to judge the whole church by one ungracious jerk, even if that person is a pastor."
I agree, and I know many generous Christians. But unfortunately, this pastor's bad behavior isn't an isolated incident. There are enough Christians out there behaving similarly to give us all a bad name.
In my book, for instance, I tell the story of my first job waiting tables:
"Sundays are the worst," one of the servers explained to me. "That's when the church crowd goes out to eat."
"What's wrong with the church crowd?" I asked.
"Oh, honey," she said. "They're usually the most demanding, and they're always the worst tippers. I guarantee you, if you see your table praying before the meal, you can mentally subtract a third from your tip."
Standing nearby, the manager cracked a smile. "They already gave at church," he said. "They don't have any money left."

In conversations with my server friends across the country, I've heard the same sentiment echoed time and time again. As a Christian, I find this infuriating.
Yes, a lot of us think the tipping system in America could be improved. In many countries, servers are paid a decent wage, and tips are an added incentive to reward a job especially well done. I know a lot of people who think it should be that way in the United States, too. But it's not. In most states, servers are paid only a little over $2 an hour (yes, you read that right), with the expectation that they will make their living from tips. You might not like that system, but if you choose to express your displeasure with it by tipping your server poorly, the only person you're hurting is the server -- someone who is already living on very little money and depending on your tip to help them pay their bills.
As a former server myself, I always tip at least 18-20 percent unless the service was just so unbearably horrible that it destroyed the dining experience. Even then, I still tip, just not as much. If I can't afford the tip, I don't eat out, or I eat someplace where diners aren't expected to tip. Otherwise, I consider paying my server to be part of the cost of the meal.
I think everyone should tip that way. It's the right thing to do, regardless of your faith, and followers of Jesus are especially called to be generous and give more than people expect. Personally, I'd love to live in a world where non-Christians said of Christians, "I don't agree with their beliefs, but those folks sure do know how to tip!"
But if there's nothing I can say to convince you to tip well, then at least do me this one favor: Don't go out to eat after church, don't pray before your meal, and don't sign your receipt with the word "pastor." In short, don't let people know you're a Christian. Because your bad behavior is reflecting on my God and the faith that I love. We Christians are supposed to be the generous ones, not the stingy and selfish ones. And I can tell you from experience, when servers see a pattern of Christians who tip poorly, it gives them one more reason to distrust anything and everything connected with Christianity.
And for heaven's sake, whatever you do, please don't make the mistake some of my customers did:
Some of them would leave fake "money" as part of their tip -- pieces of paper designed to look like high-value bills until you picked them up and realized they were tracts telling you about giving your life to Jesus. Why would anyone think that tricking and disappointing a broke food-service employee would be a good way of spreading the Christian good news? ...
Don't misunderstand me. I know that Christianity isn't about us at all. It's about Jesus. Our human failure to live up to what we believe doesn't make the gospel any less true. But as the old saying goes, we are the only "Jesus" most people will ever see. People inside and outside of the church judge Christianity by what they see in its practitioners.

Remember, my fellow Christians: Whatever you do, wherever you go, whenever you tip, you are representing Jesus. And what makes the most difference in that moment isn't your words or your theology; it's your grace, love and generosity.
If we miss that, we've missed the Gospel.

Spoilers!!! - Doctor Who 'regeneration riddle will be solved during Christmas special' as Matt Smith is revealed as 13th and 'LAST' Time Lord

Daily Mail

Doctor Who fans have wondered for years if the sci-fi drama would have to come to an end due to the 12 regeneration rule.

However executive producer Stephen Moffat, who announced that Matt Smith is the '13th Doctor', has suggested the riddle will be solved on Christmas Day, reports the Daily Mirror.

He told the newspaper: 'The 12 regenerations limit is a central part of Doctor Who mythology. So if the Doctor can never change again, what's Peter Capaldi doing in the Christmas special?'

The Day of the Doctor: Matt Smith, John Hurt and David Tennant in the 50th anniversary special
The Day of the Doctor: Matt Smith, John Hurt and David Tennant in the 50th anniversary special
The writers have left viewers guessing after all 12 Doctors lined up during Saturday night's 50th anniversary special, including John Hurt who was not previously counted.

With David Tennant's Time Lord needing an extra regeneration to save himself during an earlier episode, the character's 12 lives all appear to be used up.

A show source explained to the Daily Mirror: 'The riddle of the regeneration problem, something fans have talked about for decades, will be faced head on at Christmas.'
Still guessing: Viewers have been left wondering how the next Doctor, Peter Capaldi, will join the show after 12 previous regenerations
Still guessing: Viewers have been left wondering how the next Doctor, Peter Capaldi, will join the show after 12 previous regenerations
Is this the end? The special episode saw Smith joined by Tennant, who used an extra regeneration during an earlier episode
Is this the end? The special episode saw Smith joined by Tennant, who used an extra regeneration during an earlier episode
Adding: 'There is going to be another huge cliffhanger and somehow Peter Capaldi has to join and the series has to continue.'

The Thick Of It star, Capaldi, is thought to be joining the show at Christmas, while a glimpse of him was seen for the first time at the weekend.

He was announced as the next Doctor in August after much speculation, and the next festive episode is said to be a shocking one, according to the source.

Viewers clearly aren't tired of the strange, and often confusing goings on in the show, as an impressive 10.2 million fanatics were fixed to TV screens at the weekend.

The programme went head-to-head with the ITV's The X Factor, which saw its audience figures dip, only managing to attract 7.7 million viewers - one of the lowest audiences for the show in recent years.

Doctor Who's impressive audience was the biggest overnight ratings since the programme was rebooted by the BBC in 2005. 

Don't press it! 10.61 million viewers tuned in on Saturday night
Don't press it! 10.61 million viewers tuned in on Saturday night, to see John Hurt star as the Doctor

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Witchcraft World News

North America - 
US - Where Witches Dance in Bushwick - The New York Times
Catland, a store and adjacent event space in Bushwick that makes the occult accessible, has been a magnet for the community of magic practitioners and spiritual seekers since opening in February.
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US - Witches Are The New Vampires — and That’s A Good Thing - TIME
Witches are everywhere you look on television at the moment. This season’s American Horror Story has dedicated its entire storyline to them with Coven, Lifetime has a family of them on the Witches of East End, and witches carry major storylines on the new shows Sleepy Hallow and The Originals. What’s more, CBS has announced that it intends to reboot the much-loved series Charmed.
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Asia - 
India - Mother, daughter hacked to death for 'witchcraft' - The Times of India
A 50-year-old woman and her daughter were hacked to death in Khunti district late on Monday for allegedly practising witchcraft. Police recovered their bodies on Tuesday.
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India - Women's Commission proposes new method to curb witchcraft - The New Indian Express 
The Jharkhand State Women’s Commission is planning to approach the state government to hold nutrition programmes simultaneously with the awareness campaigns against withcraft to combat the superstition effectively.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sooooooooo Excited!!! - 'Maleficent' Trailer

If you haven't read about it yet, the "Sleeping Beauty" tale is told from the perspective of the villainous Maleficent and looks at the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse young Princess Aurora.


Just Because I Can!!! - Sexy Doctor Who Actors:-)

You're welcome!

Jon Pertwee and William Hartnell

Patrick Troughton

Tom Baker

Peter Davison

Colin Baker

Sylvester McCoy

Paul McGann

Christopher Eccleston

David Tennant

Matt Smith

Peter Capaldi