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I get a ton of them sending non-sensical stuff to the "Ask a Question" feature on my church's website.   What are they hoping to accomplish?

I'm not sure what you are asking.   What exactly do you want to access?

Religion & Theology / Re: Three Days and Three Nights
« on: April 21, 2019, 05:36:25 AM »
I think Quasar has left the building (died).

Town Hall / Re: Anyone Still Around
« on: December 09, 2018, 08:44:13 AM »
That's the goal-Be able to teach in my later years.

Town Hall / Re: Anyone Still Around
« on: December 02, 2018, 02:32:03 PM »
Good to hear from you!

I'm doing a nursing degree at the moment, and I agree with you.   My favorite Facebook quote- "The number of people ever convinced to change their mind via a social media post will forever remain at zero"

Town Hall / Anyone Still Around
« on: November 09, 2018, 02:50:17 PM »
Maybe I should rename this thread "Social Media Killed the Forums"  :D

Seriously though...does anyone still come here?   I log in a few times a week to check on things but otherwise, all I hear is crickets.

Politics / Re: Can Western Civilization in America be saved?
« on: December 11, 2017, 10:55:04 AM »
Thank you for posting this.   An incredible lecture that should be required viewing in our public schools!

Town Hall / Re: What do you use this site for now, Stan?
« on: July 17, 2017, 10:08:15 AM »
I remember you being KevinGaily (sp), but I don't see your old account on the administrative screen.   Not sure what happened, but it might have been an auto purge for people who haven't logged in for a long time.

I apologize....I guess you can remake an account with your old name.

Town Hall / Re: What do you use this site for now, Stan?
« on: July 15, 2017, 05:15:33 AM »
I saw the email address/profile name and almost automatically deleted you as a spammer :D

Welcome back Kevin!

Town Hall / Re: What do you use this site for now, Stan?
« on: January 29, 2017, 07:33:27 PM »
I pop in at least once a week to see if there are new posts or new members needing approval.  Nothing in a while....

Religion & Theology / Re: Three Days and Three Nights
« on: February 23, 2016, 01:25:41 PM »
This has to be the longest discussion ever....started in November of   ;D

Religion & Theology / Re: Pedophilia
« on: December 20, 2015, 09:13:06 PM »
It is and almost has to be the "scarlet letter" in church's because of the high recidivism rate among those who abuse the young.  I've had to deal with several in church's where I've been in leadership, and they are under strict rules of where they can and cannot go to the point of even needing an adult escort to use the bathroom.

Town Hall / Re: My day job :)
« on: September 02, 2015, 09:09:41 AM »
Good job!

I might steal the example for a sermon someday  :P

Town Hall / Re: Jail Ministry?
« on: December 05, 2014, 08:14:21 AM »
I've had experience both with the local county jail, and the state prison system.

Kenosha County Jail (both sites)- church service is an earned right, so the prisoners I was performing a church service for were either low level offenders, or medium level offenders who through good behavior earned the right to attend church.  Usually we did three services for about 20-30 people apiece.  They marched them in, sat them down, and then locked me in with them.  We did worship via a CD player with song sheets, and then I'd preach a repentance heavy Gospel message.  I had many decisions, but since we could not follow up, I'm not sure how many stuck.  They women were the best ones to do in my opinion- not as hardened as the men.
Cynicism would try to get me down about doing it thinking (as the guards would mention)-
The are only coming to get you to show up at the hearing and give them a good word
These are just jail house conversions- they'll be back on the street doing the same thing
They are playing you to get you to do something for them

Either way, I felt it was a great ministry to be involved in.  I did it twice a month on average until the head chaplain retired (a RC nun) and hired a Muslim in her place ("after all, it's all the same god"-her quote), and all of the Christian ministers were promptly told no more ministry for "security reasons".  Muslim clerics aren't an issue apparently as I know a few and they are allowed in.  Okay, rant over...

State Prison System- be ready to be treated like an inmate in segregation by the guards.  With the county system, we were searched (patted down) and asked to empty pockets, mostly for our own safety that we weren't bringing in things that could be used as weapons.  State prison was another animal entirely.  The guards were very demeaning to clergy, openly made fun of them and disrespected them in front of inmates, and did everything they could to disrupt services.  I was at both Waupun and Fox Lake and I'd have to say I wouldn't waste my time because of the guards behavior.
Saying that, Jackson County correctional is pretty close to me.  I know a few of the guards from working the hospital.  I'll ask them about it since I already have a relationship with them.  I'd like to get involved again...
Perhaps Florida is better...

General Rules, Guidelines & Statement of Faith / Re: Jesus
« on: October 26, 2014, 08:15:05 AM »
We need a "like" button :)

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