Morality – A Complex Matter

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I have been asked to conduct a two part session on Christian, specifically Catholic Christian morality.  Many people feel that the Catholic Church has an extensive set of rules – the do this and don’t do that list – that governs morality.  That is not the case.  I will post an audio of the two sessions once they are finished.  Below is an overview of what will be covered in the class:

Our Moral Life in Christ
Tuesday and Wednesday, September 10 and 11, 7:30 – 9PM

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Newnan, GA. 

In our modern society, morality seems to mean different things to different people.  For some, morality is subjective and what is or isn’t moral is up to a person’s feelings at the moment.  For others, morality is a strict set of rules that must be obeyed without question or thought, essentially becoming the “dos and don’ts” that govern life.  Then for others, morality is driven by their affiliation with a political party or point of view.  Our Moral Life in Christ, basically living a true Christian moral life is not subjective, political or simple.  For Catholic Christians, a moral life allows for personal freedom but demands hard work as well.  In this presentation/discussion we will explore what it means to live an authentic moral life and how to apply Christian morality to the contemporary issues that society faces today.  Please plan to join Deacon Steve Swope as we explore this important topic.

Our Planet

PlanetWith the vast number of television outlets to watch and the huge number of shows and specials available, the average person (me) can find it difficult to find a truly remarkable series, but I managed to find one!  The Netflix series, Our Planet is well worth checking out.  The eight part series premiered in early April.  If you care about nature or just this blue marble we call Earth, this will be a treat for you.

Here is the Netflix promo language:  “Sir David Attenborough narrates this eight-part series that explores the unique wonders of the natural world. Produced in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, “Out Planet” uses a combination of stunning photography and technology to present Earth’s remaining wilderness areas and their animal inhabitants. The project took four years to complete, with more than 600 crew members filming in 50 countries across the world to showcase the diversity that exists among habitats, from the remote Arctic wilderness to the jungles of South America.”

Have a look, you will be glad that you did and you will come away smarter.

2019 Golden Eagle Dinner Honoring Rep. Lynn Smith & Dr. Steve Barker

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The Flint River Council of the Boy Scouts will be honoring Dr. Steve Barker, Superintendent of the Coweta County School System and Representative Lynn Smith at this year’s event.  Both Rep. Smith and Dr. Barker are very deserving of this honor for their steadfast dedication and efforts to better our community.  Please consider attending this year’s  dinner on March 19th at the Newnan Centre.  As a previous honoree, I can say that the support of the community is incredibly gratifying.  I hope to see you there.

The All Time – NFL Champions Are…

This weekend a friend of mine asked me that if the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl this year, would that mean they have won the most championships.  I told him no, they would not even be close to the most.  So, he guessed the most championships must have been won by Pittsburgh’s teams of the 70’s and onward, Dallas’ teams in the 70’s and 90’s or  San Francisco’s teams in the 80’s.  Wrong, wrong, wrong.  None of those teams is even remotely close to the leader.  In fact, the team with the second most championships is the Chicago Bears with a total of 9.  Number three is the New York Giants with 7.  Number four? The Cleveland Browns.  So which team does have the most NFL Championships?  Continue reading “The All Time – NFL Champions Are…”

Great Upcoming Charitable Events

Two of the charitable events that Marie and I strongly support and attend are coming up in the next few months. If you are in the Atlanta area you should consider supporting one or both of them.

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The 12th Annual Oscar Night Gala on February 23rd benefits the Newnan~Coweta County Boys & Girls Clubs. The Boys & Girls Clubs work to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need a safe, positive and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve Great Futures. For more information see: 2019 Oscar Night Gala


2019_save_dateThe 2019 Drive & Dine on April 27th is an experiential evening of riding fast cars, fine food, and live and silent auctions at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. This one of a kind event helps to provide abandoned, abused, runaway and homeless youth a safe haven in a loving Christ-centered environment.  Last year’s event sold out quickly and we expect the same for 2019.  For more information or to see how much fun we had last year go to: 2018 Drive and Dine.