[RadCast] On Political Disagreement:::

Is it possible to disagree and still be united as a church? I think so. I hope so (Romans 14:1-4). http://www.radamdavidson.com

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[RadCast] Healing, Expectation, Promise :::

I’ve been stirring on this all weekend. Curious to hear your thoughts (Matthew 8:14-17). Share if you want.

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[RadCast] The Weight of Sin :::

In Romans 7, Paul expresses the frustration we all feel about ourselves — “I don’t understand what I do!” Sin is the problem. It separates us, creating a barrier and weighing us down. The most frustrating part (for me, at least) is that I can’t fix it by myself. But God has not left us to ourselves… (Romans 7:15-19, Hebrews 12:1-2a).

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[RadCast] Social Media Tips from the Psalms :::

David writes “I said to myself, ‘I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say…'” A fine goal, but impossible without the Holy Spirit. http://www.radamdavidson.com

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[RadCast] His commands are not burdensome :::

Following Jesus doesn’t weigh us down, it turns our weakness into strength. Our daily weights are lightened by the strength-giving way of carrying the cross of Christ (1 John 5:3-5).

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An accomplished professional broadcaster, a true veteran of the craft, Regis Philbin has died. The news came moments ago of this suddenly gone 88 year old who always carried himself like a plucky juvenile high on the joys of life.

People my age know this guy because we used to watch TV. Barnes and I watched Regis on the Regis and Kathie Lee/Kelli show every day we were in the studio wrapping up the morning show at Home.fm. And Darrell Hammond’s impression of Reg on SNL was spot on, never striking me as cruel or insensitive — more of a loving homage to an all around good guy.

My favorite Regis moments, however, came from his times with the acerbic but genius Letterman. Dave was like a grumpy older brother putting up with an annoying little fella in a shiny suit. Regis pressed on, dissuaded by the irritation emanating from behind the host’s desk. Brilliant, genuine comedy chemistry that rivaled that of Martin & Lewis, Tim & Eric, and Key & Peele. And Dave and Regis weren’t even an official comedy duo.

A bummer of a loss to the world of broadcasting. Every day is a gift of grace. We must remain thankful and make the most of each moment we’re given.

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Today is the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

It was on this day in 1990 that President George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. It didn’t come easily. It took a long time and was met with great resistance from all sides. Today we celebrate. And we have a hero to thank.

In the 1950’s, Judy Heumann wasn’t allowed to attend school because she was in a wheelchair due to polio. The school wouldn’t make any accommodations for her to be in class, instead offering a paltry two and a half hours per week of home instruction.

Judy grew up and became a well known disability rights activist in the 1970’s. Her work brought uncomfortable and inconvenient topics to the surface and set a course for what is now law: making reasonable accommodations for the human rights of children and adults with disabilities. There are similarities between the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the ADA of 1990, not only in their protection of human beings but also in how they came about: demonstrations, protests, long political fights, and methodically making the case against discrimination. I find this history encouraging as we continue to fight for equality today. Keep fighting, all.

Um… no.

Sometimes I think about what life would be like if I were raising Lexi in a different era. Taking her on neighborhood walks in her wheelchair would be far more difficult. Doing a grocery run without the availability of a Caroline Cart would be impossible. And Lexi’s schooling would be nil, or a paltry (yes, that word again) two and a half hours of home instruction. I am grateful to the pioneers of the ADA and for the hard work of so many who have passionately defended and supported people with disabilities. Lexi’s dad thanks you.

Even if you aren’t affected by disability, you reap the benefits daily. Drinking fountains without step stools. Sidewalk aprons for strollers or skateboards. Ramps for building entryways that make a post-knee replacement trip less painful. And closed-captioning for those often lost lines of dialogue on Netflix. Most of all, we as a society benefit because we are taking barriers away and progressing toward an equal world for all. Every human being deserves dignity — not just in our words and posts, but in our actions.

I came across this story on the New York Times. You can read more about Judy, an ADA hero, by clicking here

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[RadCast] Don’t Amaze Jesus :::

Familiarity breeds contempt. Jesus saw it firsthand when he visited home. They didn’t see Jesus Christ — they saw little, predictable, “just one of us” Jesus. Truth: I get too familiar with Jesus, and I would guess that He is often amazed… at my lack of faith (Mark 6:1-6) http://www.radamdavidson.com

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[RadCast] God is looking for you today :::

We talk quite a bit about seeking God, but we can’t forget that God is seeking us with love, grace, compassion, and tenacity. He sees you and is waiting for you to look back at Him (John 4:23-24).

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[RadCast] Spiritual Hunger:::

God “satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” says the Psalmist (107). The question is not whether He’s got food, but rather if we’re eating/drinking the right stuff. Psalm 107:1-9

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