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CVA Weekly Newsletter
November 21, 2013

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Essay: All Are Responsible
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback
Rick Hershey, who leafleted with Chip at a Newsboys concert in Springfield, IL on 10/27, writes:
Chip and I leafleted to a receptive crowd at Prairie Capitol Convention Center.  Our location was extremely conducive for leafleting, and we were able to reach out to roughly 90% of the attendees.  However, the event was not well attended and we handed out 520 booklets.
Upcoming Activist Opportunities
11/22/2013    CO, Colorado Springs    Winter Jam Tour
11/22/2013    FL, Tampa          Hillsong United
11/23/2013    FL, Miami          Hillsong United
11/24/2013    TX, Ft. Worth      Winter Jam Tour
11/24/2013    TN, Nashville      National Youth Convention
11/24/2013    AL, Huntsville     Toby Mac’s Hits Deep Tour
11/26/2013    TX, Houston             Hillsong United
11/30/2013    GA, Atlanta             The Story Tour: A Christmas Celebration
11/30/2013    GA, Atlanta             Casting Crowns
12/02/2013    OK, Tulsa          Casting Crowns
12/05/2013    NY, New York       Mercy Me
12/05/2013    PA, Reading             Toby Mac’s Hits Deep Tour
12/07/2013    MN, St. Paul       Third Day Tour
12/07/2013    NY, NYC            Toby Mac’s Hits Deep Tour
12/10/2013    VA, Fairfax             The Story Tour: A Christmas Celebration 
12/12/2013    OK, Tulsa          Toby Mac’s Hits Deep Tour
12/13/2013    PA, Pittsburgh     Casting Crowns
12/15/2013    IN, Indianapolis        Toby Mac’s Hits Deep Tour
12/15/2013    FL, Tampa          Mercy Me
01/09/2014    CA, Sacramento     Third Day
01/10/2014    OR, Portland       Third Day
01/11/2014    WA, Spokane             Third Day 

2. Essay: All Are Responsible
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “Some are guilty. All are responsible.” Heschel’s comment is reminiscent of a quote from Edmund Burke, who said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.”
While I think all people could well reflect on this wisdom, I think that it particularly applies to Christians who believe that we should make “disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). In this passage, Jesus encourages followers to baptize people throughout the world, but to be a Christian means following Christ’s example, in other words leading a Christ-like life. I am not alone in thinking that the greatest test of whether one has truly embraced Christ is how one relates to nonhuman persons. Nonhuman persons are unable to defend themselves, and it takes a degree of self-control and some humility to resist the temptation to abuse them for entertainment, status clothing, food preferences, etc. Further, because nonhuman persons can’t advocate effectively on their own behalf, they will continue to be victimized by those who are cruel or callous if we who call ourselves Christian don’t defend them.
Failure to protect vulnerable individuals is a sin of omission, in contrast to acts of commission, such as those who actively abuse nonhuman persons. Are sins of omission less blameworthy than sins of commission? Is one more lacking in compassion than the other? I’ll explore these questions next week.
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D. 

3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
The Living Active Word of God

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