More potpourri, please ...

This couldn't wait until News of the Week on Sunday:

"A Christian Group known for slamming celebrities such as 50 Cent and Jessica Simpson plans to celebrate the Paris Hilton's jail sentence by trashing her CDs at Hilton Hotels around the country.
Mark Dice, founder of The Resistance, will speak at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on June 5 -- the day Hilton, 26, is due to start her 45-day sentence.
'The kinds of role models that have come to light recently in America are horrible role models,' Dice told the New York Daily News.
He called Hilton an 'extremely materialistic, uneducated' person who 'rose to prominence because of a homemade sex video.'
Dice is urging parents whose children own Hilton CDs or books to bring them along. The material will be thrown away." (New York Daily News)

Really? What, you folks have nothing better to do? I hear there are a lot of homeless in L.A. -- think maybe you could, oh, I don't know, hand out some sandwiches on street corners instead of ripping on Paris Hilton?

Now, to be fair, this Dice guy did invite Hilton to his church "because she needs Jesus in her life," and that's true enough. But do you think she'd feel very welcomed if his crew were staging a book burning, er, I mean, a CD throw-away party before she got there?

I was reading Christ's Sermon on the Mount before I went to bed last night, and I came across this passage (from Matthew 6:1-4, ESV):

"Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."
Hmmm ... sounds familiar.