A man had two sons

first_img Share 27 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews A man had two sons by: – September 26, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Image via: mark1616.wordpress.comThis parable is open to interpretation in ways we can immediately recognize. A domestic interpretation immediately suggests itself. A parent, for example, asks one child to wash the wares: The child says yes, and hours later the dirty wares are still piled up in the sink. The parent asks a second child and gets a grumbling response: “Me again?! Why am I the only one you always turn to? What you can’t ask somebody else for a change etc?” But the wares get washed. Which child did the parent’s will? Obviously the second.For Jesus (and his listeners) the two sons symbolized two groups of people. The religious leaders of the day – they are the first son; and the prostitutes and sinners, those rejected by religious society, are the second. The leaders had pledged to welcome the Messiah when he came. Yet when John the Baptist announced his coming, they didn’t get rally around him. The tax-collectors and those rejected by religious society didn’t think the matter had anything to do with them, but when John invited them, they lined up right behind him.It must have been galling for the first group to hear that the second group was getting into the Kingdom before them; but you can imagine Jesus saying to them in reply. All you did was talk the talk.The parable can be interpreted in still other ways. You can take the two sons to represent two different kinds of persons. There’s the person who always talks religion, and there is a second type of person who doesn’t seem especially religious or comfortable talking about religion. The person of the second type doesn’t live in Church, but will do the most generous things and think nothing of it. The other type of person will always tell you know what sorts of things the Church should be doing etc, without doing much of anything themselves.Jesus clearly had a preference for doers, not talkers. By their fruits you shall know them, he said elsewhere, not their speech. In the last judgment scene in Matthew 25, people are judged by what they do vis a vis a variety of persons in need. They are not judged by whether or not they thought, for instance, that the poor should be fed. Who thinks that the poor should starve?The ideal, of course, is to be a doer and a talker, someone who preaches and practices. This is an ideal to which all of us only approximate. Somerset Maugham, the English writer, once remarked cynically that the function of a preacher is to preach, implying that it’s foolish to expect him to practice. But Maugham’s cynicism was misplaced. Preaching without complete practice, which is how preaching ordinarily occurs, has its value and its place, and it’s nothing to feel too apologetic about. Every parent, for example, must tell their children what they should avoid doing, even if the parents are not paragons of virtue. Parents still have to say what parents must say.The key thing, of course, is to be persons who keep striving to be the best, and not settle for minor improvement, for becoming just a little better. Jesus did not say to us: be ye therefore slightly improved. He said be ye therefore perfect, just as your heavenly father is perfect.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.Dlast_img read more

Pochettino backing for Cortese

first_imgSouthampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he will follow Nicola Cortese out of the club should the executive chairman leave. Press Association The Italian businessman is understood to be considering his position at Saints due to frustrations over the backing he receives. Cortese, who has overseen Saints rise from League One to the top flight, wants the Liebherr trust to underwrite his strategy for Southampton to consolidate themselves in the Premier League. The executive chairman will make a decision on whether to remain at the club within the next month and manager Pochettino has confirmed if Cortese leaves, so will he. Asked if he would be staying if Cortese left, the Argentinian said: “Of course not, because the person that has put his faith in me in this club and as a manager is Nicola Cortese. center_img “Nicola Cortese has basically been the reality at Southampton for the past four years. “Of course, the people that are in the club, that are part of the club, that are behind the scenes in the club were a little bit worried about what has been said. Me on a personal sense, I would not understand a Southampton without Nicola being here.”¼ A source close to Cortese, who has overseen Saints’ rise from League One to the top flight, said he will make a decision on whether to remain as chairman within the next month. It is understood Cortese’s current frustration centres on those in charge of the trust knowing little about football and not committing themselves to his plans. Cortese has told the trust he wants to take Southampton to the next level and wants them to support his strategy for doing so, including committing itself to underwriting some modest investment. Cortese feels he has proved he has handled the club well and his decision, controversial at the time, to replace Nigel Adkins with Pochettino four months ago has paid off with the Saints having secured Premier League status for next season. Cortese was instrumental in the purchase of Southampton in 2009 by Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr, who died suddenly the following year. When I first arrived here, nobody knew who Mauricio Pochettino was,” the Saints boss added. “Nicola put his faith in me and knew me from way, way back. When I got to know his project, we were basically on the same wavelength as to what we wanted for Southampton in the future. Basically, my future in Southampton has to be with Nicola.” last_img read more

Luke Shaw: Manchester United man suffers double leg fracture

first_imgFull-back Luke Shaw suffered a double fracture of his right leg in Manchester United’s Champions League loss at PSV Eindhoven.Shaw, 20, will have an operation on his return to Manchester, the club said.He received oxygen while being treated on the pitch for 10 minutes after Hector Moreno’s tackle.”It is awful. It was a very bad tackle. He had the oxygen mask on and was crying in the dressing room,” said manager Louis van Gaal.The left-back started each of United’s eight games this season, as well as playing in England’s European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland. Yet with just nine months to go until Euro 2016, Shaw has suffered a broken tibia and fibula.When Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey suffered a similar injury against Stoke in 2010, he was ruled out for nine months.Less than an hour after suffering the injury Shaw wrote on Twitter:  “Thank you everyone for your messages, words can’t describe how gutted I am, my road to recovery starts now, I will come back stronger.”Former PSV man Memphis Depay scored the opener for the visitors in Eindhoven, before Moreno headed in an equaliser on the stroke of half-time.Luciano Narsingh then nodded home in the second half to secure a 2-1 victory. Shaw as he was taken off the pitchMexican centre-back Moreno was not booked for the challenge on Shaw and Van Gaal was not happy that the referee took no action.”A boy who came to Manchester United at 18 years old, it was very difficult, and the next season he plays fantastic and then that happens like this,” said the Dutchman.”When I say it is a red card and penalty, you will say I am a bad loser. Every word I say is taken in the wrong way. It was in the 18-yard box and it was very bad tackle with two legs. “I’m not a doctor so I cannot say, but when you have a double fracture it is four to six months. But you can never say that in advance.”He won’t play in the group stage, I don’t think. I hope he will play again this season.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

11-year-old local girl credited with saving grandma’s life

first_imgAn 11-year-old girl from Boca Raton is being called a hero after her quick thinking helped save her grandmother’s life.11-year-old Rilee stayed home sick from school on Tuesday with her grandmother keeping a close eye on her.Her grandmother who suffers from type 1 diabetes, says while she prepared to walk out of the door for an appointment she began feeling sick and sat down on the couch.A few minutes later, Rilee came out of a room to find her grandmother slumped over on the couch. That’s when the 11-year-old sprang into action and went to her neighbor’s home to ask for help.The neighbor then called the paramedics who arrived just in time to help Rilee’s grandmother out of her state of diabetic shock.Rilee’s grandmother says she is glad she taught all 5 of her grandchildren about her condition and what to do when they think something is wrong.Rilee says she is just glad that she was home and was able to help save her grandmother’s life.last_img read more

2017 Anacker Scholarship for the Arts Awarded to Henry Nordhorn

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Center for the Performing ArtsCongratulations are in order for Olympia High School senior Henry Nordhorn, recipient of the 2017 Anacker Scholarship for the Arts awarded by the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Playing both the horn and saxophone, Henry’s dream is to be a professional musician and perform with a world class orchestra like the L.A. Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, or the London Symphony. He plans to pursue music education this fall at Central Washington University and we wish him all the best!Henry Nordhorn says: “One of my favorite things to do is listen to as much music as I can; sometimes I even seem to be surrounded by my own personal soundtrack. I always appreciate how much the art can impact my mood, emotions” and thoughts.”If you want to wish Henry well on his next adventure, join us on Tuesday, May 23 for Wonderful Wurlitzer. At this free community sing-a-long, we will recognize Henry, as well as enjoy a night of pop tunes, classics, and many standards played on our Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ performed by Pacific Northwest favorite Sharon Stearnes.For more information on how to support or apply for our annual Anacker Scholarship for the Arts please visit the Washington Center for the Performing Arts website.last_img read more

Danny Drinkwater’s ankle ligaments tore up in attack by 6 thugs after he hit…

first_imgAdvertisement eseNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsg6eWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Exh8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ukwfWould you ever consider trying this?😱5ahctrmkCan your students do this? 🌚nryRoller skating! Powered by Firework Danny Drinkwater isn’t the nicest man in soccer obviously but more often than not, the midfielder has been on the news for the wrong reasons.Advertisement Yesterday in a nightout at a club in Manchester, Drinkwater was witnessed trying to chat up the girlfriend of another professional footballer of Scunthorpe United – defender Kgosi Ntlhe.Advertisement It was then reported that a group of six men started attacking the former Leicester City player with a blunt object.A source told The Sun: “At one point he was curled up in a ball on the ground, as they repeatedly jumped up and down on his ankle and shouting, ‘Break his legs’.Advertisement “They knew he was a Premier League star and it was his livelihood. There was blood everywhere, and it was all incredibly nasty.“Danny is absolutely mortified now and realises he can no longer put himself in a position where these incidents happen, regardless of who is at fault.”This news comes not more than a while after Drinkwater was booked for drink-driving. Advertisementlast_img read more

SKY KINGDOM STREAKS TO IMPRESSIVE WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 TOKYO CITY CUP UNDER GARCIA; BAFFERT TRAINEE WINS BY 5 ¾ LENGTHS AND GETS HIS SECOND WIN IN MILE AND A HALF MARATHON

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (March 28, 2015)–Sky Kingdom proved history can repeat itself as he was an impressive 5 ¾ length winner of Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup under Martin Garcia. A winner of the mile and a half marathon in 2013, the Bob Baffert trainee had been idle since well beaten in the Las Vegas Marathon (1 ¾ miles) on Oct. 31 and got the distance in 2:28.90 as the second choice in a field of six older horses.Second early to longshot Arlington House, Sky Kingdom, a 6-year-old horse by Empire Maker, relaxed well under Garcia and was a length off the pacesetter under the wire for the first time. Garcia got on terms with Arlington House at the five furlong pole and took the lead going to the three furlong mark.“They gave him a break but he runs well after some time off,” said Garcia. “He loves this track and he loves this distance. The farther the better for him. He has a long stride and these longer races just make him happy.”Off at 5-2, Sky Kingdom paid $7.60, $4.80 and $2.60. Owned by Westrock Stables, LLC, he improved his overall mark to 19-6-2-2 and with the winner’s share of $60,000 increased his earnings to $472,122.“This horse runs well fresh and this was a good spot for him,” said Baffert assistant Jim Barnes. “They had sensible fractions (24.15, 48.56, 1:13.28, 1:38.33 and 2:03.43) and that was good. The final time was good, they picked it up and Martin had to move on him a little early passing the five and a half…he did an excellent job riding him and we couldn’t be happier.”Last under the wire the first time, Bailoutbobby moved inside favored Bronzo into the far turn and outran him for the place by 4 ½ lengths. Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Bailoutbobby was off at 12-1 and paid $7.40 and $2.80.Trained by Neil Drysdale and ridden by Gary Stevens, Chilean-bred Bronzo came off a fifth place run in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap and had been facing the likes of Shared Belief, California Chrome and Hoppertunity in his three stateside engagements dating back to Jan. 10.Off at 3-5, Bronzo paid $2.10 to show.“They went really slow early,” said Stevens. “Maybe I should have let him dance away from there for the first quarter mile. He went to sleep on me and I couldn’t wake him up.”First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Robbery accused to spend more time in prison

first_imgOdinga Haywood of Drysdale Street, Georgetown was on Friday further remanded to prison by Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly when he reappeared before her on three counts of armed robbery.The 20-year-old has denied that on February 21, 2018 at Waterloo Street, Georgetown, while being armed with a knife, he robbed Trevor Singh of a Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued $60,440.He had also denied that on that same day at Lamaha Street, Georgetown, while being armed with a knife, he robbed Ibrahim Takur of a Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued $70,000.He further denied that on the same occasion, armed with a knife, he robbed Mohamed Takur of an iPhone and headset valued $122,000.Attorney George Thomas, appearing for the accused, said his client would be willing to lodge his travel documents and comply with any bail conditions, once released.However, the Prosecutor objected to the defendant being placed on bail, stating that a weapon was used to commit the crimes, and the defendant had admitted to the offences after he was arrested.The case will continue on September 21.last_img read more

Former team-mates in shock after ex-QPR star is involved in road collision

first_imgFormer team-mates of Clarke Carlisle have reacted with shock to the news that the ex-QPR defender has been involved in a serious road accident.The 35-year-old spent four years at Loftus Road and more recently was chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association.He played alongside Dan Shittu during a memorable spell for Rangers in which they reached the Division Two play-off final in 2003 and were promoted the following season.And Shittu tweeted: “Clarky, stay strong. My prayers and thoughts are with you brother.”Clarky, stay strong. My prayers and thoughts are with you brother. http://t.co/pqhn3IdWip— Dan Shittu (@danshittu) December 22, 2014Former R’s midfielder Marcus Bean wrote: “Horrible news re Clarkie im in shock. He’s a fighter praying he pulls through. all my thoughts with him and his family.”Marc Bircham tweeted: “Was told the news earlier today of my good friend Clarke Carlisle .. Really hoping he pulls through . Thoughts are with his family x.“Clarke is One of the real nice guys on the planet . Would do anything for you. I’ve been in a state of shock but I know he will pull through.”Was told the news earlier today of my good friend Clarke Carlisle .. Really hoping he pulls through . Thoughts are with his family x — Marc Bircham (@marcbircham) December 22, 2014Tom Williams, who spent time at Rangers on loan, added: “C’mon Clarke pull thru this mate – all my prayers are for you and your family.”Ex-QPR and England full-back David Bardsley, who played alongside Carlisle at Blackpool, tweeted: “Wishing my big old team Clarke Carlisle a very quick recovery, a fantastic man . Love the big man.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Why Apple Is Talking to Cable TV Companies – and Why They’re Listening

first_imgA new report places Apple in discussions with large cable operators to possibly pipe their content through Apple TV or a similar set-top device. If accurate, such an arrangement would not only raise Apple’s profile in the television market, but could also greatly affect the nature of content coming to your TV screen – and how it gets there.It’s no secret that Apple wants to be a big presence in your living room. The $99 Apple TV set top box – and its associated technologies like AirPlay – are evidence of that. But now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is working to negotiate a deal with cable providers that might enable live cable TV content to be viewed on Apple TV.Apple Pivots to a New PlanThese negotitaions may indicate that Apple has not been terribly successful in its original goal to license content directly from television and movie producers. That plan followed the cable-cutter model: give consumers enough content and they’ll replace their existing cable service with Apple’s Internet-based offerings. Google and Amazon have similar ambitions, with Google TV and Amazon Digital Services showing up on devices like the Vizio Co-Star and the Roku, set-top boxes, respectively.If Apple can cut a deal with the cable providers, it would avoid this disruptive model altogether. Instead, Apple could insinuate an Apple TV-like device into the current supply chain from content producer to cable provider to consumer.What Can Apple Offer?It won’t be easy. Other than hooking on to the Apple “cool” factor, there seems little incentive for cable companies to make such a deal. After all, most cable set-top boxes already use a Linux-based operating system layer (which is pretty much free) so why pay more for an operating system licensed from Apple? And, more importantly, cable companies already have the video content. What can Apple offer that they don’t?Well, these three things for starters:1. Music, for one. Apple has well and truly locked up deals with the recording industry, and on-demand music coupled with the capability to play a user’s songs over a home theater system would be a nice plus. For now, most cable and satellite services offer only streaming music channels, often from Sirius/XM.2. Internet content for another. Apple TV doesn’t currently have a Web browser, but a new for-cable Apple device could. For all their investment in TV browsing and DVR interfaces, that’s something that the cable companies don’t really have. Browsers are already showing up within set-top devices: the aforementioned Co-Star features Google’s Chrome browser.3. Apps could be the key to Apple’s appeal to the cable companies. Roku and other set-tops already feature some gaming apps, and cable companies may want to get in on the act. The few efforts made by the cable providers in this area have been, frankly, sad. Apple could bring an instant gateway to millions of high-quality iOS apps.There’s no telling how far along Apple’s talks with the cable companies have gotten, or if any such deal will come to fruition. But of all the players in this space, Apple is in perhaps the best position to deliver the most music and apps right now.That pre-eminent position may erode as Google Play and Android application development grows, so Apple may be trying to strike while the iron is hot to get a first-to-cable-market jump on its online competitors.For more on the ongoing evolution of television, see What’s At Stake In the Epic Battle Between TV Networks and Cable/Satellite Providers.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img brian proffitt 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more