Originally posted on CNN Political Ticker:
The top Senate Republican, who’s running for re-election this year, said over the weekend that he’s not concerned about facing a tea party supported primary challenger back home in Kentucky.
As of this week, Huey P. Long Medical Center will no longer be accepting any new inpatients. This is just the next step in a long, grueling process to close down the Pineville location of LSU Health and Sciences hospitals. The emergency room will remain open until further notice. The final date for closure is set for June 30th (when the fiscal year ends) but the legislature could shut it down completely before that date. Gynecology will also remain open but that will close in March.
It’s sad and unfortunate to see what is happening in our state because Governor Bobby Jindal refused to expand Medicaid coverage. This was the other option by privatizing and shutting down all but one of the LSU public hospitals. The closure of HPL could have a significant impact on Central Louisiana and it won’t be a good one. Should HPL close, it could get bad quick.
“Dear HPL Staff,
As caregivers, our primary obligation at HPL is to provide patients with the safest, most dignified and medically appropriate service possible.
It hasn’t been easy since we have had some staffing and equipment/facility challenges along the way. However, even with our downsizing, working together, we have kept the ER and third floor inpatient beds open because of your commitment and that of your colleagues here at HPL.
With that in mind, the following policy changes are being implemented to maintain a safe patient care setting. Effective noon, Monday, February 24th, all new admission to HPL’s 12 remaining inpatient beds will permanently cease. As patients are discharged, the beds will be taken out of normal service. The inpatient beds will remain empty unless there is a regional disaster requiring their use. When the inpatient area is vacated, honoring scheduling commitments, inpatient nursing staff will assist in the ER. The ER will continue to operate until the Louisiana Legislature authorizes us to discontinue the ER services and close the hospital.
We kept the third floor inpatient area open as long as possible in light of the flu season. Thankfully, with the increasing seasonal warmth, new flus and stresses on hospitals seem to be decreasing.
In addition, the OR services will be reduced. The only new surgical cases that will be scheduled are GYN procedures. If a patient requires a non-GYN procedure, the need to be transferred out. The OR will be open for GYN cases until about March 15.
Working closely with leadership from the Christus and Rapides medical centers, we have already successfully transitioned most of the outpatient clinics that our community and patients depend on.
As more information becomes available, we will certainly share it with you as soon as possible.
John Dailey, JD MPA
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Chief Operating Officer
Interim Administrator, HPL Medical Center “
Dr. Charles Quarles, a professor of New Testament and Biblical Studies, at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in North Carolina, wrote an open letter to clarify the statements in Louisiana College’s latest news release on their website.
Dr. Quarles, a former Biblical Studies professor and Dean of Caskey Divinity School, at LC, addresses issues such as, Dr. Wheelan’s decision about affirmation of the college and the exoneration of Dr. Joe Aguillard of the charges and complaints filed by Quarles and Tim Johnson.
The open letter can be found, via The Town Talk.
Here is the link; Dr. Quarles’ open letter.
The administration at Louisiana College has issued another statement. Strange how almost all of these statements carry the same theme. It’s like a broken record is being played, over and over again.
President Joe Aguillard has been cleared or exonerated of all charges against him.
However, JD Hall, of the “Pulpit & Pen,” thinks that the SACS President, Dr. Belle Wheelan, didn’t exonerate Aguillard, but simply closed the case that Dr. Charles Quarles filed to SACS. Hall mentions that one reason for this is simply because Dr. Quarles no longer works or resides in Louisiana. That’s fair to assume. Louisiana College just simply wants to make themselves look good as if nothing ever had ever happened.
LC officials have released a statement on their website, which you can read by going to www.lacollege.edu. They have a detailed account of what has led up to these recent events but you can only view them by going to their website.
There is a quote from Dr. Aguillard where it seems he is comparing himself and these situations to that of the apostle Paul, in the New Testament. You can find that by going to the school’s website and reading the press release.
But we’ll get away from that and focus on this; there is a statement in the press release where Dr. Aguillard refers back to this pre-conceived notion that there had been a so-called “battle with Calvinism.”
The only reason that Calvinism is an issue, anywhere, is because people against it make it an issue. Frankly, those of us that adhere to “Calvinist” or “Reformed” teachings don’t really put any emphasis on these names. We teach and we preach Christ crucified. Anyone who knew the three professors well, knew that Calvinism was the last thing to be pushed on the campus of LC. The Gospel was first and foremost. Christ’s Gospel was to be declared and the Scriptures taught accordingly.
The first place to begin, it seems to me, is with our common ground. As Southern Baptists, our
agreements outnumber or disagreements. We agree: 1) on the BFM 2000. 2) on the Lordship of
Christ. 3) on the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture. 4) on the exclusivity of the gospel and the
lostness of humanity. 5) that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, not
to mention a host of other issues on which we agree. Virtually all of us recognize that Southern
Baptists are not going to agree on Calvinism. However, that does not mean that this discussion
should not happen! While the debate about Calvinism is necessary, it is absolutely essential that
all involved desire, speak, and work for unity. There is a difference between union and unity.
The Current SBC Calvinism Debate:
Observations, Clarifications, and Suggestions; Dr. David Allen, Ph.D, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
I came across this, tonight, via a tweet from Dr. Adam Harwood, of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
The above quote, by Dr. Allen, I agree with. There are a number of things that we agree with that outnumber our disagreements. The article mentions while arguments about Calvinism are necessary, they should be done so in unity and not in splitting divisions.
Here is a link to the article. All comments are welcome, but please keep them sane and mature.
Love one another in a Christlike manner. Humble yourselves towards others and love them just as Christ had done to us. This is what the Church should look like. The Church needs to remember these truths and to remain active in them; confession, community, and identity.
Please watch this video featuring a good friend of mine, James Arnold.
To seek for a King was their intent
And to follow the star wherever it went. – The First Noel
The wise men. The shepherds. Those that saw the star that night followed it to Bethlehem. They heard of the good news and were eager to see what this was all about.
The Shepherds’ Joy
A host of angels appeared to the shepherds shouting “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14 ESV)
The shepherds were so compelled by this that they went to find the stable where the Christ babe was. The Lord had made it known to them and so they were anxious to go see what revealed to them.
And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:17-19 (ESV)
When the shepherds saw the baby, they were in awe. They shared what was revealed to them by God through His angels. Others who have gathered around the stable, because honestly lets just face it, this event was so spectacular. Who wouldn’t peak in out of curiosity?
Others were confused, trying to make sense of what these shepherds were saying, but Mary understood. She didn’t brag or boast but she treasured this in her heart.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 (ESV)
Mary’s treasure was in Christ, her firstborn, given by God. She has realized how special this was.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:20 (ESV)
They heard and saw what was revealed to them. Being in the presence of God in the flesh was so overwhelming that all they could do was worship him. They were “glorifying and praised God!” What is our reaction when we experience God’s presence? Is it to worship him? To give him all glory and praise?
Take to heart what is revealed to you by God and let it be known to all the nations!
The Wise Men’s Joy
After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Matthew 2:9-11a (ESV)
After the wise men left King Herod, they continued on their quest to see what had been revealed to them. When they saw it, God in flesh; what was their immediate reaction? Did they give him gifts? The finest of what they had? No. They fell down and worshiped him.
It’s not hard to see that when they first saw the Christ child, they forgot what they had brought and immediately focused on the glory of Christ. It’s probably one of the most hidden aspects of the Gospel. The shepherds and wise men worshiped God in flesh when they came into his presence.
When was the last time that happened with us? You and I. We’re so busy and concerned with what God thinks of us that we forget that it’s not really about us. At all. His presence should do just that of what it had done to the shepherds and wise men. Humble us and enable us to worship and give all glory to him.
So remember as we continue in this time of Advent, to give all glory and honor due his name. Christ deserves our worship.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
For His glory