Monthly archives: July, 2017

Tradgety Hits the Music Industry Again – Bennington

Chester Bennington lead singer for Linkin Park takes his life. To find out more about Linkin Park go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linkin_Park

More information on Chester Bennington suicide at http://people.com/music/chester-bennington-dead-suicide/

Another source on suicide by lead singer http://www.tmz.com/2017/07/20/linkin-park-singer-chester-bennington-dead-commits-suicide/

Here is the response from the Linkin Park members and family on Chester’s death and responses from fans https://linkinpark.com/news/news/448101/dear-chester

Bennington was close friends with Chris Cornell from Sound Garden.

Survivors and Passages Stories on Suicide  …

On Passages Lenee takes us inside her depression that leads to her attempting to take her life … give a listen

 

Ann has faced a lot of death is her life experience. She shares on Survivors about thoughts on suicide … give a listen

 

There appears to still be some questions for investigators going on for both Chris Cornell’s and Chester Bennington’s deaths. We pray for resolve for their family, friends and fans.

 


Winning off the field and on the field!

 

 

 

Pirates take 4 games from the Brewers, most importantly pitcher Jameson Taillon did a fine job against a really tough Milwaukee batting order. Now lets go back to early May, Pittsburgh’s Taillon landed on the disabled list with what was termed “groin discomfort.” Days later, he underwent surgery to treat suspected (and later confirmed) testicular cancer. Click on the link for his come back from cancer.

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/pirates-jameson-taillon-returns-to-mound-weeks-after-testicular-cancer-treatment/What

He has made a great come back to have pitched in one of the biggest games of the season, Jameson struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings to get the win helping the Buc’s to be at .500 for the season. Click on the link for his performance and the Pirates overall sweep of four games from the Brewers.

http://m.pirates.mlb.com/news/article/243321134/pirates-beat-brewers-to-sweep-4-game-series/

More stories of surviving cancer and competing on the diamond ,,,

Tom Caves is a survivor of testicular cancer, when I interviewed him as a young man there was a lot of uncertainty … listen to two audio files to hear some of the experiences he had to face on Survivors Stories of Hope …

Tom is a  survivor and is married with a wonderful family!

EJ is a young woman athlete who really appreciates her softball coach’s approach to helping her learn the game. Listen to her share on Survivors by clicking on the link below.

 

John is a former big league pitcher who helps younger players play the game of basrball and life on Passages. Listen to John’s approach to winning at life on Passages by clicking on the audio file below .

We are thankful for God’s direction and healing in life.

 


More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes …

 

More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report finds that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population –have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years. More from the CDC report out 7/18/17 click on the link below …

CDC Press Releases

Press Release For Immediate Release: Weekday, July 18, 2017 Contact: Media Relations (404) 639-3286 More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Passages Stories on Diabetes …

Leon shares some of the reasons for high cases of diabetes with Native Americans. Listen to him on Passages by clicking on the audio link below …

 

Glenn is a graphic artist and he is a person with diabetes. Listen to his medical regiment each day on Passages …

 

Judith has diabetes and her friend does too. Judith cares for her friend by being a listening ear because her friends husband doesn’t want to talk about diabetes. Click on the audio button below to listen to her story.

 

Roy realizes that diabetes can be deadly. Listen to how Roy handles his limitations in being a person with diabetes. Listen to Roy share his thoughts by clicking on the button below.

 

Care, support, research, and prayer for everyone with diabetes!

            


Love is in the Air

Love
noun

1. an intense feeling of deep affection.
“babies fill parents with intense feelings of love”
synonyms: deep affection, fondness, tenderness, warmth, intimacy, attachment, endearment;

2. a person or thing that one loves.
“she was the love of his life”
synonyms: beloved, loved one, love of one’s life, dear, dearest, dear one, darling, sweetheart, sweet, angel, honey;

verb

1. feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone).
“do you love me?”
synonyms: care very much for, feel deep affection for, hold very dear, adore, think the world of, be devoted to, dote on, idolize, worship;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love

Emma is a survivor of a relationship gone bad. Listen to her story on Survivors …

 

Gwen is a survivor who has given some thought about how she thinks a relationship should work. Listen to her reflections on what makes up a loving relationship …

 

 

Jeanette as a 17 year-old knows somethings about love … click to give a listen ….

 

 

Amber approaches love in relationships in an honest and trusting fashion ,,,

 

 

Sixpence is featured musically to wrap-up these musings on love with the song “There She Goes” at the end of Amber’s comments.

We need to learn to love individually and collectively. Pray for God’s love to be known!

The tapestry of our stories woven into God’s story of relationships for the common good of caring for each other.


The Brain is a Wonderful and Mysterious Thing!

The scientific and medical world has been exploring the mystery of the human brain for years. New technology is helping us gain new insights and ways to treat the brain regarding injury and illness.

Maria Menounos says she has been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor and has announced her resignation from E Cable TV!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2017/07/03/maria-menounos-quits-e-news-amid-brain-tumor-battle/103388266/

A friend to Presbyterian Media Mission for years is the late folk musician David Bailey. Dave lived for years with a brain tumor.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_M._Bailey

David shared on Passages in both word and song …

We pray for Maria Menounos and others who are on that path of the unknown in dealing with living with the impact of a brain tumor. We pray for the doctors and others in fields of research that help us to learn more and more about the brain.


Waking Up White

“One of the most important books on race in recent memory.”

Presbyterian Outlook article … the experience of two congregations with the book …

http://pres-outlook.org/2017/06/learning-one-another-two-churches-write-way-waking-white/

 

Waking Up White the book

http://www.debbyirving.com/the-book/

 

A reflection from Lafayette Richardson on Passages about prejudice and racism ….

 

 

What are your inner most feelings about people who are different?

Where, when and how do you believe these feelings were formed?

When does your inner most bias towards another race or person with a different skin color than you come out?

How has racism changed for you and those around you on this passage known as life?


Where are you at with God and music?

Music is one of the main reasons for some people to attend worship or go to church!

For others it is the reason that they stay away or stop going to worship or church.

Music is viewed by some people as a universal language of bringing the heart, soul and mind together in a way that moves us closer to God and others.

Yet music wars in congregations can cause much heartache and grief,

What is it about music that draws people together or pushes people a part on the faith journey known as life?

What has your music experience been on your faith journey?

Click on the link below to listen the Newsboys “God Is Not Dead” …

Read about the trouble a Christian Radio Station found itself in with listeners by clicking on the link below …

http://babylonbee.com/news/christian-radio-station-accidentally-plays-good-song/

 

Now a reflection on communicating from the late folk singer Pete Seeger on Passages …

 

 

 


Rehabilitation Can Be a Challenge

Lolla is a teen addicted to drugs.  She even finds herself out of control at rehab.  It takes tough love by the staff to get her to be on the path to getting clean.

Listen to Lolla’s story on Passages by clicking on the link below.

 

Here is a video story of a unique new ministry in Latrobe that helps infants and their parents hooked on drugs.  It was featured yesterday in a newspaper story and today is picked up by TV news.  Click on the button to view ….

State of Addiction: ‘Angel Arms’ in Latrobe helps babies born into addiction

Hide Transcript Show Transcript WEBVTT THEM WINGS.REPORTER: THE PROBLEM IS TWOFOLD.FOR EVERY BABY BORN INTOADDICTION THERE IS A MOM THAT ISSTRUGGLING.A BRAND-NEW ORGANIZATION IS NOTONLY FIGHTING FOR THE TAOEUPTINIEST OF ADDICTS BUT THE MOMAS WELL WITH THE GOAL OF KEEPINGTHE FAMILIES HEALTHY ANDTOGETHER.NESTLED IN WESTMORELAND COUNTY,IN THE HEART OF LATROBE,

Prayers for those caught in the abuse of Opioids, their loved ones, and the rehab staff helping them to get clean!


Babies Born into Addiction

Addiction involving newborn babies and infants has hit the stories appearing in various media in communities everywhere.

The problem … (click on the link below to view a recent story on the news)

Fentanyl found on Pittsburgh baby’s clothing, pacifier, and toys

A Pittsburgh woman is facing child endangerment and drug possession charges after police searched her purse and found Fentanyl powder inside along with the baby’s clothing, pacifier, and toys. Jail sources tell us 30-year-old Jennifer Zang is in custody tonight.

There is help for children and parents in getting clean.  One such story comes out of Latrobe in Westmoreland County.

 

Latrobe nonprofit director aims to help mothers, babies coping with drug withdrawal

She raised six children and worked in counseling, including addiction recovery, but Dawn Hennessey was unprepared to meet the needs of an infant exposed to opioid drugs in the womb. Hennessey is the legal guardian of a boy born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a drug withdrawal condition.

Pray for the children and their families caught in the horrendous cycle of addiction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sometimes the People We Try to Help … Help Us

Germany is in the news as world leaders are in Hamburg to discuss the many issues facing our world.  We go back to a time in German history right after the war to hear from someone who will end up providing profound insights to our believe in God and God’s Son Jesus Christ in living in a broken world with hope.

A young man who served in the army makes a change in his life to serve in a different way!  It was Germany after World War II in a small village where we hear a young pastor share today’s Passages.  Click on the audio file below to listen to Jürgen Moltmann tell about his first congregation …

 

Executive Producer/Host Dennis Benson, Associate Producers Bill Wolfe & Gregg Hartung (Interviewer Ron Wanless)

Jürgen Moltmann (born 8 April 1926) is a German Reformed theologian who is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen.[1] Moltmann is a major figure in modern theology and was the recipient of the 2000 University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Grawemeyer Award in Religion,[2] and was also selected to deliver the prestigious Gifford Lectures in 1984–85. He has made significant contributions to a number of areas of Christian theology, including systematic theologyeschatologyecclesiologypolitical theologyChristologypneumatology, and the theology of creation.

Influenced heavily by Karl Barth‘s theology, Hegel‘s philosophy of history, and Ernst Bloch‘s philosophy of hope, Moltmann developed his own form of liberation theology predicated on the view that God suffers with humanity, while also promising humanity a better future through the hope of the Resurrection, which he has labelled a ‘theology of hope’.[3] Much of Moltmann’s work has been to develop the implications of these ideas for various areas of theology. While much of Moltmann’s early work was critiqued by some as being non-Trinitarian, during the latter stages of his career Moltmann has become known for developing a form of social trinitarianism.[4] His two most famous works are Theology of Hope and The Crucified God.

Is there hope or despair in the theology of our congregations today?

Is the cup half full or half empty?

How does a theology that places limits on God limit us as people of God?

How is that when serving others the attention on our own problems become less important?

How do you serve?