UT PROFESSOR PREDICTED THIS FIRE FOR YEARS TRUMP'S TAX PROPOSALS SEEN LEADING TO SURGE IN CHARITABLE GIVING
I FEEL VERY BAD FOR EVERYONE IN EAST AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE , WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA AND NORTH GEORGIA who are affected by these horrific wildfires and the toxic, pervasive smoke and blue haze lingering and spreading over the entire southeast United States. It's been an epic drought since mid-summer after 6 years of almost non-stop rain.
We got rain Monday and more predicted for the weekend, but who knows if it will be enough to begin to heal the parched, burning land and break the back of this drought for the ages.
I'm certainly no stranger to evacuating and running from forest fires over the years since my own home in the Buffalo Valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming was threatened and had to be evacuated several times in the great Yellowstone mega-fires of 1988. Just didn't see these Tennessee fires coming with the same ferocity. Nature's way of cleaning out and thinning its house.
Meanwhile, I've had to leave the area and travel to a location with cleaner air and a little more humidity after weeks of shortness of breath from smoke inhalation. I hope to return to Tennessee next week if conditions allow and pray for all those who are struggling with losing loved ones, property and dealing with respiratory and other health-related problems. I hope and pray to God this terrible drought will end soon.
Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge is easily one of the best films of the year (89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but it's not primarily due to cinematic effects. Perhaps better than any other, the movie portrays the vital struggle for religious freedom, and what a Christian must do with that hard-won victory.
Indeed, Hacksaw Ridge is really two movies — one
about fighting for religious freedom, and another about the heroism of
Christian faith in the face of hellish adversity. One about achieving
the freedom to live out the faith, and one about how to honor that
freedom. It tells the heroic tale of Desmond Doss, a conscientious
objector who felt it his duty to serve in World War II, but who refused
to take up arms.
Doss — played by Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spiderman,
2012) — calls himself a "conscientious cooperator" and explains that he
wants to serve on the battlefield, but he has a problem with "carrying a
gun and taking a human life." His solution? Become a battlefield medic.
From the beginning, Doss struggles to follow his conscience. He earnestly believes he must
fight in the war, despite pressure from his father (and later his
commanding officer) to stay home and let others fight for him. He also
earnestly believes it is wrong to kill, and he refuses to even touch a
rifle, no matter how much it costs him. As he tells his wife, "I don't
know how I'm gonna live with myself if I don't stay true to what I
commanding officer does not take kindly to that idea. When Doss refuses
to train with a rifle, the squad mocks him. In a disgusting moment, his
fellow soldier drags him through the mud, saying, "I don't think this
is a matter of religion. I think this is cowardice."