Did Moses influence the founding of the United States? This historical question has generated controversy in Texas, where politicians, historians, and educators have recently debated whether Moses should be listed as an American founder in new social studies textbooks. It all began in 2010, when the Texas State Board of Education said that students needed to "identify the individuals whose principles of laws and government institutions informed the American founding documents, including those of Moses.”
Season after Pentecost | 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15); Psalm 138; (Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130;) 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35
It's the unforgivable sin, according to the gospel reading from Mark two Sundays ago. I remember reading the gospel at the early service that day, out on the lawn, and when I got to this part, I saw one man near the front row raise his eyebrows. I'm not sure if he raised his eyebrows at the part about "blaspheming the Holy Spirit" or about "the unforgivable sin," or if it was a combination of the two. But my immediate thought was, "I should have preached about this. People are going to wonder about it."
by Diane RothJune 19, 2012