Sunday Open Thread | Worship

Jonathan Stockstill.Pastor Jonathan Stockstill officially became the lead pastor of Bethany on October 2, 2011, making him the third-generation Stockstill to act as senior pastor for the ministry. In January 2011, both he and Pastor Larry fasted for 21 days to confirm what their board of overseers and family were sensing as direction from the Lord: it was time to pass the baton to the next generation. Pastor Jonathan followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming lead pastor at 30 years old, the same age Pastor Larry was when he took over. Since making the transition, Pastor Jonathan has been leading the church with fresh vision, excitement, passion, and creative ideas to win Baton Rouge and surrounding areas for Christ. His heart to see lives transformed by the power of God and to see people experience new life in Christ is the bedrock of his vision for this new chapter of Bethany’s story.

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54 Responses to Sunday Open Thread | Worship

  1. Ametia says:

    Argo wins best drama Golden globes?????

    I missed a good 30 imnutes. Did Ann Hathaway win?

  2. rikyrah says:

    ARGO as Best Picture at the Golden Globes?

  3. rikyrah says:

    Here’s a terrific comment about Colin Powell:


    Oh, sorry for the misspellings-I’m on a tablet and i have fat fingers. Just watched Colin’s MTP clip and homie had me church jogging! I was like “Tell them General! Tell them.” It was a dissertation when he gave concrete examples of Repub racism, especially the Sununu quote about PBO being lazy.

    I was like Bro Franklin when Bro Colin said “He (Sununu) didn’t say the president was tired, he didn’t say the president didn’t do well, he said the president was lazy…and black people know what that means…” and then he added that the shiftless comment to it. Then he emphasized that former GOP GOVERNORS, not the rabble, but people in AUTHORITY and made POLICY was saying this. Colin preached a sermon this morning on MTP! Yes!

    My favorite part, though, was when Colin mentioned voter suppression as having backfired because it sent “a record number of us…standing in long lines to vote.” Gen Powell said “we”, putting himself in the group of poc saying that he saw Jim Crow Esq 2.0 beta for what it was and was not gonna vote for that mess. General Powell hasn’t forgotten where he came from. Colin said “I see you Repubs and I am not here for that.”

    • My favorite part, though, was when Colin mentioned voter suppression as having backfired because it sent “a record number of us…standing in long lines to vote.” Gen Powell said “we”, putting himself in the group of poc saying that he saw Jim Crow Esq 2.0 beta for what it was and was not gonna vote for that mess. General Powell hasn’t forgotten where he came from. Colin said “I see you Repubs and I am not here for that.”

      That’s what I’m talking ’bout. Colin Powell included himself with us! How could he go back to the republican party? He should come on over to our side. The water is fine! Leave the republican party, Colin Powell!

  4. Ametia says:

    Julianne Moore wins best actress Mini series. HBO GAME CHANGE. as Sarah Palin. YEAH!!!!

  5. Ametia says:

    Tina & Amy are HILARIOUS!

  6. Ametia says:

    Django gets the first Golden Globe award for the night. Chris Swartz as the dentist bounty hunter. Best supporting actor.

  7. Ametia says:

    Anyone watching the Golden Globe Awards? It’s on NBC right now.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Jindal’s Tax Plan is Un-American

    by BooMan
    Sun Jan 13th, 2013 at 09:57:14 AM EST

    The problem with societies that have massive income inequality isn’t just a matter of fairness. It’s a matter of functionality. In the 18th Century, French peasants really had no hope of improving their lives or the lives of their children. That’s unfair, but it’s also dangerous. Whenever food became scarce, riots were the result. The bourgeoisie could aspire to greater wealth, but they couldn’t protect their interests through the acquisition of political representation. That made for an inefficient economy and the introduction of the guillotine. Perhaps the worst problem, however, was with the privileged classes of the aristocracy and the clergy. Neither group were exposed to a healthy amount of accountability, and particularly in the case of the aristocracy, they lost any semblance of work ethic because they didn’t have to strive and work for their wealth. A nation run by unaccountable priests and trust-fund babies is not going to be prosperous and stable in the long run.
    A healthier system has a kind of convection, with people at the bottom constantly rising, while people at the top come back down. Maybe it would be better to say “families” than people. This type of system provides hope to those at the bottom and limits complacency from those at the top. It keeps things dynamic and works against stagnation.

    This is why I think it’s important to have a progressive tax code, an Estate Tax, and to make investments that help people to afford an education or gain access to loans. It’s the American Way. When I see a proposal from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to eliminate all income and corporate taxes and replace them with a higher sales tax, I think that it is counter to the whole spirit of America. Jindal doesn’t understand why our country has been so successful.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Peyton Manning Pays His Respects To Ray Lewis

    Posted by Kiley.Kmiec on January 13th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    The Ravens and Broncos battled into two overtimes Saturday in one of the most memorable NFL playoff games in history, and the leaders of each team played their hearts out. Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis, each a little long in the tooth, put forth amazing efforts before the Ravens eventually prevailed 38-35. Said Lewis after the game: “I’ve never been a part of a game so crazy in my life.”

    Peyton then paid Lewis the ultimate show of respect by sticking around (with his family) a hour and a half after the final whistle to chat with the Ravens linebacker, who is retiring at the end of the season. The picture of the two likely future Hall of Fame players, with Manning’s son in the foreground, is priceless.

  10. rikyrah says:

    The Liberal Elite’s Obama Derangement Syndrome: Social Security Edition

    Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Posted by Deaniac83 at 12:25 PM

    A couple of weekends ago, Daniel Marans of Social Security Works, a group ostensibly working to “protect” Social Security, and I had a debate on Take Action Radio’s Take Action News with David Shuster (Marans is also Executive Producer of the show) on Social Security, mainly focusing on Chained CPI. You can see the debate clips here (part 1) and here (part 2). He and I will be on again at 1:45 pm ET this Saturday.

    Marans has penned an op-ed in Professional Left’s favorite corporate-sold link gatherer, the AOL-Huffington Post. In his piece, Daniel Marans goes back and re-litigates the issues we debated, and tries to tell me why I’m wrong. I’ll go through the most important points, but let’s start at the Professional alarmists’ bold, new idea on the ‘tactics’ we need to follow to fix Social Security’s long term funding shortfall: wait till there’s a Republican president, perhaps in the mold of Ronald Regan.

    But as I said during the debate, Spandan’s assumptions were alarmist. Social Security has faced far more imminent shortfalls in the past, notably in 1983, and Congress has never failed to act to close them.
    This is a little funny at least, since Daniel fails to note that as I said during the debate, what Congress and President Reagan, back in 1983, did to “act to close” the “imminent shortfalls” was something he and his organization would flatly consider a benefit cut, namely raising the Social Security retirement age. Yes, why don’t we wait till there is a Republican president to fix Social Security? The fact that the most ardent self-proclaimed defenders of Social Security have to point to this deal in 1983 as the example of why we should wait now to implement reforms in the program should tell anyone honestly following the debate that they have no real argument.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Black Girls Can’t Govern — Maureen Dowd

    November 18, 2012 ·

    By Marie Burns:

    In a New York Times column titled “Is Rice Cooked?” Maureen Dowd writes about the controversy surrounding United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice and the Sunday talk show appearances Rice made five days after the September 11 assassinations of Americans in Benghazi, Libya. I don’t normally read any article slugged in the form of a question because I can be pretty sure the writer doesn’t answer the question. But, silly me, I figured Dowd might offer a full-throated defense of Rice against the unfounded, discredited blatherings of Several Geezers in Search of a Scandal. Instead, it appears Dowd hopes that one of her recipes for Skewered Rice, Rice-Raked-over-Coals or Fricassee of Valerie Jarrett will win a bake-off. It might, if she got points for half-baked.

    President Obama reportedly favors Susan Rice to fill the Secretary of State slot, so Dowd – never content with a single target – also takes aim at former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. (To her credit, Dowd does not go after current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as the Washington Post‘s resident misogynist Dana Milbank does this weekend. He claims Clinton suckered Susan Rice into doing the talk shows as payback for Rice’s tough criticisms of Clinton during the 2007-2008 primary race. Oh, cat fight!)

    At the top of her column, Dowd claims that Democrats are “aggressively” arguing that Susan Rice is better than Republican Condi Rice. Nuance is not Dowd’s thing, so you won’t be surprised to learn that this is not precisely true. As Donna Cassata of the Associated Press reported,


    These Democrats were not criticizing Condoleezza Rice per se; they were criticizing McCain and Graham for their hypocritical attacks on Susan Rice. Dowd need not read the wire services to grasp this not-so-subtle distinction. On Friday’s New York Times op-ed page, Dowd’s boss Andrew Rosenthal raised the same criticism of John McCain which some of the Democratic women aired


    Yes, the Democratic women and Rosenthal mentioned Condi Rice, but only in the context of the McCain-Graham double standard. For some reason, Dowd sees fit to lambaste only the women. She says Condi Rice “sold her soul” and “jilted” her mentor Brent Scowcroft to get the top job at State. Dowd lets the duplicitous Graham and McCain off the hook.

    According to Dowd, the reason Susan Rice agreed to go on those Sunday talk shows in September was to strengthen her creds for the Secretary of State slot. Dowd claims a conveniently unnamed administration official told her,

    She [Susan Rice] saw this as a great opportunity to go out and close the stature gap. She was focused on the performance, not the content. People said, “It’s sad because it was one of her best performances.” But it’s not a movie, it’s the news. Everyone in politics thinks, you just get your good talking points and learn them and reiterate them on camera. But what if they’re not good talking points? What if what you’re saying isn’t true, even if you’re saying it well?

    Really? Susan Rice already has a pretty good platform at her disposal. It’s called the United Nations. My own first recollection of Susan Rice was seeing her on television talk shows during the 2008 primary battle between Senators Obama and Clinton. Rice was a foreign policy advisor for Obama. I thought she was amazing. She had a firm grasp of the issues, and she had ready answers for any dumb questions the hosts posed. And she could rattle off all this complex stuff really fast! It is hard to believe that this incredibly competent and accomplished woman thinks chatting up lightweights David Gregory and George Stephanopoulos [Update: actually, Jake Tapper filled in for Stephanopoulos on September 16] would “prove she had the gravitas for the job,” as Dowd puts it.

    As has been fairly well-documented now, and agreed-upon by everyone who isn’t a Republican partisan (and even by some who are), in preparation for her talk show appearances, Rice received talking points prepared by the CIA and “other intelligence agencies” that described the Benghazi attackers as “extremists.” As Dowd notes, “The Times’s Eric Schmitt wrote, some analysts worried that identifying the groups ‘could reveal that American spy services were eavesdropping on the militants – a fact most insurgents are already aware of. Rice was given the toned-down talking points….’”

    Dowd complains that Rice, who no doubt had access to classified intelligence, “disputed the contention of the president of Libya’s General National Congress, who called the attack ‘preplanned’ when he talked to [CBS News’s Bob] Schieffer just before Rice.” That is just not true. Rice did not “dispute” the Libyan’s contention. Schieffer asked Rice about Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf’s assertion: “So you do not agree with him that this is something that had been plotted out several months ago?” Rice’s response: “We do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned.” You can watch that portion of Schieffer’s interview of Rice here.

    Guess what? Rice’s answer was what we call a “diplomatic response.” Rice neither disputed nor endorsed Magariaf’s statement. Why? Because the administration and/or intelligence authorities told her not to endorse it, but it would have been “undiplomatic” to refute Magariaf’s assertion (a) because he was right, and (b) because the U.S. has reason not to offend him. Schieffer put Rice in an uncomfortable position – that’s his job – and Rice gave the best answer possible. Diplomats do that all the time. It is part of their job to give polite but ambiguous answers when necessary. Rice was respectful to Magariaf, to Schieffer and to her duty to share what information she could – based on the intelligence community’s cautious advice – with the American people.

    In addition, Susan Rice’s remarks that Sunday were accurate, as far as they went.


    Dowd writes that Rice should have thrown caution to the wind: Rice should have been more of “a-bull-in-a-china-shop” and “vetted her talking points.” And, oh yeah, Rice should not have listened to “her pal Valerie Jarrett and other staffers zealous about casting the president in a more flattering light.” What is Dowd’s evidence for Jarrett’s interference? Nothing. In fact, according to national security advisor Ben Rhodes, “The only edit [of the talking points Rice received] … made by the White House was the factual edit as to how to refer to the facility.” Rhodes said the White House changed references to the diplomatic facility in Benghazi as a consulate “because the consulate in Benghazi was not formally a consulate.” Somehow I don’t think Valerie Jarrett or other “zealous staffers” care exactly what the U.S.’s Benghazi facility was called. Whatever name one attaches to it neither enhances nor detracts from the President’s image. Pulling Valerie Jarrett into the mix is just nonsense. We have to wonder why Dowd did it.

    Maybe it’s just me. I find it curious and more than a bit disconcerting that Dowd reserves almost all of her criticism for accomplished black women. The only man she criticizes is President Obama (hey, he’s black, too!), and she frames that criticism in layers of sexual innuendo. Obama showed “virile flare” in defending Rice against McCain’s attacks, Dowd writes. He went “mano a mano” with McCain. The President was “protecting a diplomatic damsel in distress.” We are supposed to see Susan Rice and Valerie Jarrett as “All the President’s Girls.” Dowd presents even the relationship between Scowcroft and Condoleezza Rice in sexual terms: Condi “jilted” Brent. Black ladies may defend their man, but they don’t mind dumping on old white boys. This is a sexist, racist construction the Party of White People surely appreciates.


    In her pushback against Republican charges against Susan Rice, Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), the chairwoman-elect of the Congressional Black Caucus said, “All of the things they have disliked about things that have gone on in the administration, they have never called a male unqualified, not bright, not trustworthy. There is a clear sexism and racism that goes with these comments being made by unfortunately Sen. McCain and others.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the Republican attack on Rice “is almost as if the attempt is to assassinate her character.”

    One might be inclined to say the same about Maureen Dowd’s New York Times column today. Dowd’s criticism of Rice and Jarrett, in particular, is so off-base, I have to wonder why she’s made it. While I’m thinking about it, pass the Green Goddess dressing, please. It’s perfect on my Bitter Envy Endive salad.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Infographic: President Obama’s Judicial Nominees: Historic Successes and Historic Delays

    1st Latina on the Supreme Court
    1st Openly gay man confirmed to a federal court
    1st Women judges of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent
    1st Supreme Court Justice confirmed with a disability

    Of the 22 nominees waiting to be confirmed by the Senate:

    9 are women
    3 are African American
    3 are Asian American
    2 are Hispanic
    1 is openly gay

    Openly gay judges: 4 nominated; 2 confirmed
    First female judges in five District courts
    President Obama has almost doubled the number of Asian Americans on the bench
    Jacqueline Nguyen, waiting for a floor vote since 12/1/11, would be the first ever Asian American woman to serve as a Circuit Court judge[….]

    • Ametia says:

      It’s always great to present folks with actual FACTS. Facts are PESKY thingS. But we’re not dealing with folks who want to deal with any ACTUAL FACTS.

  13. rikyrah says:

    New York City is turning old parking meters into bike racks

    New York City has come up with an ingenious way to double its supply of biking parking. It’s turning 12,000 decommissioned single-space parking meters into 12,000 bike racks.[….]

    According the New York Post, the city’s going to be paying Louis Barbato Landscaping $1.9 million to turn those ugly poles into less ugly bike parking.Because the parking meter poles are well rooted into the ground, they’ll help keep the new racks from being stolen. And there are a lot of them. Which means tons more bike parking. Which means biking is that much easier. Which means more bikers! As long as they don’t all get run over by confused out-of-towners circling the block looking for a meter.

  14. Justice Sonia Sotomayor

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks about her life and career leading up to her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, including the role affirmative action played. Watch Scott Pelley’s report on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 8:00 p.m.

  15. Ametia says:

    MEMO TO MSM: How about letting us watch the Chuck Hagel hearings and decide for ourselves whether he is competent to be SoD.

    We already know the GOP OPPOSES/QUESTIONS the president’s nomination of Hagel.

  16. zizi2‏@zizii2

    White House response to petition for POTUS to be impeached: “The Short Answer is No, but Keep Reading”

  17. David Corn on Rush Limbaugh


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    • Ametia says:

      Notice the title of the clip, and how Chris Wallace tries to lead Sen Blumenthal into saying he does not support Hagel nomination. Hagel’s going to have a hearing and he wants to hear what are his actual positions on Iran/Israel. SOUNDS FAIR TO ME.

  18. Ametia says:

    The Republican Party is sooooo FULL of RACISM

  19. Ametia says:

    Anyone going to watch the Golden Globes? I’m up for Downton Abbey at 9.m. Here’s teh schedule for all who are interested.

    Golden Globes: 70th rendition of party-awards pit ‘Lincoln’ vs. ‘Argo, ‘Les Miz’ vs. ‘Silver Linings’

    By Clint O’Connor, The Plain Dealer
    on January 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM, updated January 13, 2013 at 6:03 AM


    The Golden Globes

    What: 70th annual awards honoring film and television presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association live from Beverly Hills.

    Who: Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

    When: 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC (WKYC Channel 3). Red carpet shows start at 5 p.m. on E! and 7 p.m. on NBC. ,b>

  20. Ametia says:

    Lawrence O’Donnell, pray tell when have you or anyone ever questioned another PRESIDENT on using the bible to be sworn in to office?

    I’ll go a step further, when have you or anyone ever questioned the chocies for pastors for delivering the Benediction or the invocation?

    • Precisely!

      You didn’t hear one peep out of any of them but when it comes to President Obama….they have to tell him what to do. I want to see these same people go on a rant about the next President’s choice for delivering the Benediction or the Invocation.

    • Ametia says:

      SG2, this segment left me flumoxed! How does L.O. know what’s in PBO’s mind and heart on matters of his spirituality/religious beliefs.

      • IF Lawrence doesn’t believe…that’s perfectly fine with God. He doesn’t force anyone. The Word says whosoever will let him come. Lawrence needs to respect others right to believe as they want. He’s crossing the line with telling folks to do away with the Bible. That’s trying to separate folks from their faith. Get out of here, Lawrence O’Donnell.

  21. Richard Blumenthal: Chuck Hagel Will Be Confirmed As Secretary Of Defense

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) predicted the Senate will approve the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as secretary of defense, despite criticism among members of both parties over his nomination.

    “I think Sen. Hagel will be approved, and I think the history of nominees shows and I think his own qualifications also demonstrate that he has the capacity,” Blumenthal said on “Fox News Sunday.”

  22. Ametia says:

    Obama Will Seek Citizenship Path in One Fast Push
    Published: January 12, 2013

    WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, senior administration officials and lawmakers said last week.

    Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats will propose the changes in one comprehensive bill, the officials said, resisting efforts by some Republicans to break the overhaul into smaller pieces — separately addressing young illegal immigrants, migrant farmworkers or highly skilled foreigners — which might be easier for reluctant members of their party to accept.

    The president and Democrats will also oppose measures that do not allow immigrants who gain legal status to become American citizens one day, the officials said.

  23. Powell champions Hagel as defense secretary and rips some Republicans

    • Ametia says:

      Just getting up; I missed this segment. Thanks for posting it. The rest of the shows this morning are still on Obama & his diversity problem. It’s a concerted effort by the media, and teh irony is the panels are ALL WHITE, except for a woman thrown in i.e., Peggy Noonan and Andrea Greenspan! FUCK’EM!

  24. Good morning, 3Chics! Happy Sunday!

    Exodus 14:14 says The Lord will fight for you; and you shall hold your peace.

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