Benghazi. A few days ago, if you had said that word I might have replied with "God bless you." Now its a word I'm hearing all over the place. If you haven't kept up with the news, a US consulate (sort of like a small embassy) was attacked on Tuesday night in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans are dead including the US ambassador to Libya while more were wounded. I don't have all of the facts and I won't pretend to, but there are two things I'm hearing floating around Facebook and the internet that I'd like to respond to.
I was reading the news this week and came across THIS news article. A beautiful mansion right on the water in a luxury neighborhood in Florida might be getting turned into a drug and rehab clinic. On top of the fact that its a mansion on the beach, this place also has a full-time professional chef, an on call staff, a private pool, a baby grand piano, a home theater, and who knows what else!
If you read the news or listen to the radio, you've probably heard this story. Julio Diaz (above) was approached after getting off the train by a teen with a knife. After he handed over his wallet, the teen turned around to leave. If I were Julio, at that point I probably would have taken out my cell phone and called the police while walking away. I would be upset that my day had been ruined by such a scary thing and I would want that no good teen caught and punished and I would want my wallet returned. I think that is how most of us would feel.
Did you hear about the real life Secret Santa? On Tuesday of this week, a man who wished to remain anonymous handed out $100 bills to complete strangers. He passed out money on bus stops, in laundromats, and all over town in Reading, Pennsylvania. He said he got a lot of joy from being able to help people and he encouraged the people he helped to do something kind for someone else this Christmas season. When it was all said and done, he had given away $20,000! You can read more about it Here.
What a great modern day Santa. Do you know the story of the original Santa? No, I'm not talking about the jolly guy from the North Pole who flies around in a magic sled pulled by mystical reindeer. I'm talking about the man behind the legend, Saint Nicholas. Have you heard his story?
You probably know this guy. You may have seen him on commercials, follow him on Twitter, remember him from That Seventies Show, know him as Demi Moore’s husband, or watch him now on Two and a Half Men. You may not have heard about the recent trouble he got himself into on Twitter.
Penn State recently fired football coach Joe Paterno. Ashton Kutcher read a headline about it and, without knowing the full story, he put his opinion up on Twitter. Kutcher said, “How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.” If you’ve been following the news or are really into college football, you know what a mistake this was.
Mark has been happily married for five years, has a year and a half old daughter, and serves as a youth and children pastor in Oak Park.