This is a second attempt to post my Doyle’s Half Dozen this week. On Friday, I was almost done writing it when my computer froze, and I lost the majority of what I wrote. Because of time and other duties I had on the day, I first decided to not post a DHD this week
Throughout the night last night, I had regrets of not blogging this week. I don’t know how much earth-shattering or life-changing news I will share, but here’s another chance to share with you.
Thank you for reading!
- Kavanaugh Part 1
I’ll cut out a lot of explanation and write in such a way that you, the reader, already have a sense of what’s going on with the biggest news story hitting America this week. I’m talking about the U.S. Senate Judiciary Hearings for the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination.
This dramatic roller coaster ride of a process has been a disgrace. It has become a media firestorm, which could have been handled much more discreetly and professionally.
Currently, the process appears to be suspended for an additional week in order to hold another FBI investigation with the focus on a sexual assault accusation against Kavanaugh, involving an alleged incident that occurred 36 years ago.
This suspension for another week plays into the hands of the opposition. Ultimately, they want to delay as long as possible. If this suspension ONLY lasts a week, consider it an aberration in this nomination process. However, if this turns into a longer delay, then this plays into the narrative of how flawed and corrupt the government system is today – not to mention how dangerous a precedent this is for future nominations to the Supreme Court.
- Kavanaugh Part 2
As far as what happened on Thursday, Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford’s testimony was emotional and weighed heavy on the American society, despite the lack of evidence and verifying witness.
Kavanaugh came out bold and blazing, more so than at his previous litigating sessions. He emphatically denied the accusation, but he also demonstrated respect to Ford, saying he does not disregard Ford being assault but declaring he was not involved. It was also moving when he shared with the committee that his daughter offered to pray for Ford.
Something that made me cringe during Kavanaugh’s testimony was how he commented nonchalantly about his drinking habits. He admitted multiple times that he likes to drink beer and appeared to believe this would be a dismissive aspect.
Christians have different opinions about drinking alcohol, but drunkenness should not be taken lightly. Unfortunately, today’s society doesn’t seem to take intoxication all too seriously. Four years ago, I wrote “What happened to ‘Know When to Say When’?” I think my message applies even more so today.
Though I cringed over Kavanaugh presenting his drinking behavior, I don’t think anything has been presented to disqualify him from serving on the Supreme Court.
- Kavanaugh Part 3
I conclude my Kavanaugh chronicles with sharing excerpted thoughts from Albert Mohler in his Friday edition of The Briefing. He shared before the outcome of the committee vote and the decision to extend the nomination process another week.
In regards to Thursday’s senate committee hearing, Mohler addresses Christians and how the secular governmental process is different from how the Church functions with the focus being on restoration:
“But at this point, Christians have to understand it must be different in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. It must be different. We have a far higher standard when it comes to understanding how we have to deal with these issues than just the Constitution of the United States or even a legal or judicial process. Or even this kind of Congressional hearing. And we, as Christians, also have to understand that given the importance of the issues here at stake, for the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, when we deal with these issues, it’s not over when there’s a vote or just a decision. We’re dealing with human beings with whom we must have a response of ongoing concern, love, and we hope, redemptive ministry.
“In other words, let’s put it this way, the political class, I assure you, just can’t wait to move beyond this to the next thing, even if the next thing includes echoes of this thing. The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ cannot act so. Cannot believe so. Cannot minister so.”
- Baltimore Oriole struggles but shares his faith
In a Sports Illustrated article, Baltimore Oriole first baseman Chris Davis shares about “struggling with the modern game.”
About midway through the article, Davis and his wife share a powerful testimony of their faith. I’m impressed SI featured this:
“One of the biggest misconceptions of the gospel, in my mind, is that you have to be perfect,” he says now. “That is the complete opposite of the truth. Christ paid for our sins on the cross knowing that we would never be able to measure up.”
Wow! I pray God will use this powerful message to impact many readers.
- Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman
I’ve been watching episodes of ESPN’s “Basketball: A Love Story” this week. This is a fascinating documentary. I love this stuff.
One story I never knew involved two professional basketball players, Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman. Stokes, an African American player, becomes paralyzed as a result of an injury. Twyman, an Anglo American, was his teammate and became Stokes’ legal guardian. This happened in the 1950s and is a powerful story that should be shared.
If you have a chance to watch, it’s Episode 3 of “Basketball: A Love Story.” It moved me to tears.
- Previewing a preview
Karen Kinnaird blogged this week about Praying for Prodigals. It’s a preview about her article that will appear in the Oct. 4 edition of the Baptist Messenger. I hope you will read both the blog and next week’s article about a mom praying for her daughter who returned to her Christian faith.