The Practice of the Presence of God- Boyace Van Harlan Jr.,PhD

The Practice of the Presence of God is a Christian Classic written by Brother Lawrence. Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of “practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end.” He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our soul. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence. For centuries this unparalleled classic has given both blessing and instruction to those who can be content with nothing less than knowing God in all His majesty and feeling His loving presence throughout each simple day. David Santistevan in a wonderful article gives us 5 Practical tips for Practicing the Presence of God.  1. Begin Your Day With Intentionality – It’s been proven that your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day. Rather than being stressed and rushing around, begin your day with God. Start with a prayer, “God, this day is from you and for you. Use me to bring glory to Your name.”

It’s amazing how this perspective can set the tone for a God-centered day.

2. Turn Complaints Into Cries Of Praise – When you find yourself complaining, train yourself to praise instead. Rather than focusing on what’s wrong with your situation, find something you can be grateful for. Truth is, a thousand eternities wouldn’t be sufficient to express our gratefulness to God. His worth far surpasses our ability to praise Him.

Time is short. Stop complaining.

3. Turn Suffering Into Surrender – There’s nothing that rocks the boat more than a prolonged season of intense suffering. When I walked through my 15 months of physical illness, I wasted a lot of time being angry that could have been spent communicating with God. Eventually, I pressed into a deeper place of worship.

Suffering will always be a part of your life on earth. Draw closer to Jesus.

4. Turn the Mundane Into A Holy Moment – There are mindless moments to your day. Boring tasks at work. Routines you could perform with your eyes closed. Rather than just “getting it done,” invite God into your experience.

Use boredom as a catalyst for worship.

5. Lead Yourself In Worship – Don’t ever become such a worship superstar that you stop leading yourself. When you’re alone or with a group of friends, maintain a sensitivity to God that allows you to worship with abandon. Don’t ever hold back.

Practicing the presence of God can become a habit for you. It just takes some intentionality. And I’m sure your worship leading will never be the same again.


Scottsboro Boys Trial and Defense Campaign

Scottsboro Boys Trial and Defense Campaign (1931–1937) -Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD The Scottsboro Boys were nine young black men, falsely accused of raping two white women on board a train near Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931. The Scottsboro Boys Trial. There is an interesting connection in this true account and fictional account in Kill Mockingbird. Although To Kill a Mockingbird is a work of fiction, the rape trial of Tom Robinson at the center of the plot is based on several real trials of black men accused of violent crimes that took place during the years before Lee wrote her book. Lee does not exaggerate the racism in her account.

Racism is Not a Mental Illness; It is a Disease of the Heart- Boyace Van Harlan Jr. ,PhD

When white people go on shooting sprees, their actions are frequently attributed to mental illness and, thus, they’re not considered fully accountable for the harm they’ve inflicted. But in a historical psychoanalysis of 235 mass murders in the U.S., forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone called this a logical fallacy, and noted the media narrative tends to go something like this: Someone committed mass murder, therefore he is mentally ill, which caused him to commit mass murder.

Following are descriptions and examples of 10 common logical fallacies.

1 Ad Hominem: This occurs when an author attacks his opponent instead of his opponent’s argument.

2 Example: Trina thinks guns should be outlawed but Trina doesn’t go to church, so we shouldn’t listen to her

3 Ad Populum: Ad Populum attempts to prove an argument as correct simply because many people believe it to be so.

4 Example: 80% of people are for the death penalty, therefore, the death penalty is moral.

5 Appeal to Authority:  In this fallacious argument, the author claims his argument is right because someone famous or powerful supports it.

6 Example: We should change the drinking age because Einstein believed that 18 was the proper drinking age

7 Begging the Question: This happens when the author’s premise and conclusion say the same thing.

8 Example: Fashion magazines don’t hurt women’s self esteem because women’s confidence is intact after reading the magazine.

9 False Dichotomy: This fallacy rests on the assumption that there are only two possible solutions, so disproving one solution means that other solution should be utilized. It ignores other alternative solutions.Example: The teacher gives too many A’s and therefore must be fired because grade inflation is unfair to other students

10 Hasty Generalization: Hasty Generalization occurs when the proponent uses too small of a sample size to support a sweeping generalization.Example: Sally couldn’t find any cute clothes at the boutique and neither could Maura, so the boutique doesn’t have any cute clothes.

11 Post Hoc/ False Cause: This fallacy assumes that correlation equals causation or, in other words, if one event predicts another event it must have also caused the event.Example: The football team gets better grades than the baseball team, therefore playing football makes you smarter than playing baseball.

12 Missing the Point: In Missing the Point, the premise of the argument supports a specific conclusion but not the one the author draws. Example: Antidepressants are overly prescribed which is dangerous, so they should clearly be made illegal.

13 Spotlight Fallacy: This occurs when the author assumes that the cases that receive the most publicity are the most common cases.Example: 90% of news reports talk about negative events. Therefore, it follows that 90% of events that occur in the real world are negative.

14 Straw Man: In this fallacy, the author puts forth one of his opponent’s weaker, less central arguments forward and destroys it, while acting like this argument is the crux of the issue.Example: My opponent wants to increase teachers’ pay but studies have shown that professors with tenure don’t work as hard at their job to improve themselves.

Fact Check: Was El Paso Texas Crime Rate ever High?

The border city of El Paso, Texas used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the entire country, and considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities,” Trump said in his State of the Union address. “Now, immediately upon its building, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of the safest cities in our country. Simply put: Walls work, and walls save lives.”

Trump’s claim that El Paso used to be one of the nation’s most dangerous cities before erecting a barrier has been widely discredited. El Paso has long enjoyed a violent crime rate lower than the national average for cities of similar size, according to PolitiFact, the political fact-checking website.

Did Nancy Pelosi Analyze the President?

What did the President mean when he said “presidential harassment”. Is this a figment of his imagination or merely “a projection”. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) succinctly summed up President Donald Trump’s ridiculed claim that looming investigations into his administration by the Democratic-controlled House were “unlimited presidential harassment.”

Pelosi told reporters Thursday that she would not comment “on what the president has to say about our work.”

Then she added:

“I always think that whatever the president says about us, he’s projecting his own unruliness. He’s a projector and that’s what it’s about.”

Pelosi said that she was “very proud of the work of our committees” and that “even the Republicans have complimented the committees for being wise in how they proceed, in terms of subpoenas and the rest.”

“We will not surrender our constitutional responsibilities for oversight. That would make us delinquent in our duties,” she added.