Riding in tandem with God

  • Article by: CHRISTY DeSMITH , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 21, 2011 - 3:23 PM

Some Twin Cities churches are actively promoting bicycling this summer, whether it's a blessing or just a ride.

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two4oneAug. 21, 11 9:48 PM

It's great to hear that churches are engaging in protecting the environment. A great way to show support is the Moving Planet rally at the State Capital on Sept. 24. It is intended to show support for a move away from dependence on fossil fuels, and will include a mass bike ride and inter-faith procession to the capital. More at www.MN350.org .

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gener7Aug. 22, 11 8:20 AM

Raised as a good conservative Southern Baptist who was taught that my body was the temple of the Holy Spirit so alcohol and smoking were evil (except in Kentucky and North Carolina), it's good to see that some are now realizing that temple also needs exercise to be properly maintained.

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jarlmnAug. 22, 1110:45 AM

I frequently invoke God when bicyclists blithely blow through traffic lights, don't signal their turns and otherwise, ignore the rules of the road.

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waddlzinmnAug. 22, 1112:03 PM

That's ok jarlmn...while I don't "invoke God", I do say a prayer for you and other motorists like you when they honk their horn (scares the heck out of bicyclists), don't move over (slightly) as a courtesy when passing cyclists, just turn right on green lights without considering if the cyclist along side you is going straight through the intersection. But hey, you just go ahead and drive the way you need to. You can explain all of it before Jesus when you get there. I am sure he will understand your disdain for cyclist.

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snowbatAug. 22, 1112:16 PM

yes, jarlmn, most cyclists - like most automobile drivers - do not obey traffic law with 100% compliance. Stop pestering God about it.

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cantstandyaAug. 22, 11 4:33 PM

The church is dying, so they'll do anything to keep even a smidgen of interest which apparently includes grasping at straws by blessing bikes and promoting riding groups. What's next, "actively promoting" technological media by blessing your iPad? sad.

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belascoAug. 23, 11 8:40 PM

Why would you pray for a "safe and pleasant" bike ride? If you were going to die on your bike, God not only knew it, but planned it for you since the day you were born. Praying for that not to happen would oppose the will of God.

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