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April 23, 2013


Current in Fishers

In the wake of tragedy

Commentary by Mike Colaw

Sitting in my office recently, I was preparing to answer a question asked by Dr. Drury out of Wesley Seminary, “Who SPIRITUALITY is Jesus Christ for us today?” He was referencing Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s famous question he asked of the churches during the darkest days of the Nazi regime. While I was preparing to reflect on this, breaking news came up on the Internet, “At least 2 dead, more than a dozen hurt after two bombs explode at Boston Marathon.” (Fox News) This question is relevant right here, right now. My heart breaks for these people – the confusion, the chaos, and people asking why. Because of the recent atrocities, Bonheoffer’s question now echoes through my mind in a much more emotional way. Let me restate his quote just a bit in an attempt to communicate the question’s intent. How does our belief in Jesus practically affect how we engage this world? Here are four things that come to mind: Jesus teaches that we must take care of those who are hurting. In fact, this demonstrates our tangible love of God. Matthew 25:40, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Jesus teaches us to offer hope beyond this broken world. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus teaches us to usher in his nature, or

“the fruit of the spirit.” Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Jesus teaches us to love sacrificially like Christ. We should care for those who are in need, even if it costs us personally. Serve those in need; don’t just give money to good organizations, get involved and help. John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” So the next question is for those who call themselves Christian. Are you doing this with your life or are you just someone who agrees with the theological premise of Christ as Savior? Don’t just talk about Jesus – live like He did.

We should care for those who are in need, even if it costs us personally. Serve those in need; don’t just give money to good organizations, get involved and help.

Mike Colaw is the director of ministries at Trinity Church. You may e-mail him at justthink@ Visit his Web sites or www.

Comparative versus superlative Commentary by Jordan Fischer

“smarter?” Obviously, “intelligenter” just sounds wrong to the ear. Yet, “smarter” is the correct form in the I hear adjective and adverb errors all the time. comparative of the word “smart.” Why is this? I’m sure I even make my fair share on occasion. Here’s our rule: When comparing items with There are so many difGRAMMAR GUY ferent ways to use them single-syllable, use “-er” or “-est.” When comparing items with multiple syllables, use “more” or that it’s almost impos“less.” And never the two shall mix. sible not to. Using our example words above, let’s form Commonly, we use adjectives and adverbs some comparatives and in one of three forms: basic, comparative and Obviously, “intelligenter” just superlatives: “Sally is more intelligent than superlative. As you may sounds wrong to the ear. Tom. She’s the most have guessed, the comintelligent person in her parative form is used to compare two people or things, while the superla- class. Nevertheless, Tom still thinks he’s smarter.” “Smart” has one syllable, so it gets an “-er” tive is used to compare three or more people or or “-est.” “Intelligent” has four syllables, so it is things. Also, as a refresher, adjectives serve to modified with either “more/most” or “less/least.” modify nouns or pronouns, while adverbs modify These rules hold true most of the time, the verbs, adjectives or another adverb. notable exception being two-syllable words Where I see people get tripped up in the comending in “-y,” “-ow” and “-le.” These words are parative and superlative forms is in this quesmodified with the suffixes “-er” and “-est,” detion: “Should I use –er or –est, or more or most?” spite having multiple syllables. So, one haunted Fortunately, there are rules to help us make this house is “scarier” than another, not “more scary.” decision (for the most part). (And two-syllable words are “trickier” than they You know that “more” and “most” are used should be.) to form positive comparatives and superlatives, respectively, and “less” and “least” to form negatives. What you may not know is when you Jordan Fischer is a contributing should use them rather than the suffixes “-er” columnist for Current Publishing. and “-est.” For example: Would you say that To ask Jordan a grammar question, one person is “more intelligent” than another, write him at or “intelligenter?” How about “more smart” or



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