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A Pillar of Cloud

Israel’s military spokespeople have labeled the current military operation in Gaza as “Operation Pillar of Defense” in English and other foreign languages. But in Hebrew, the operation is actually codenamed “Pillar of Cloud.” The reason for the discrepancy may be that the IDF doesn’t think most foreigners will catch the biblical reference. But, of course, [...]

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Lifest: “social justice” invades midwest

I thoroughly enjoyed this op-ed by Robert Meyer of Appleton — Mary In a recent letter to the editor of my local newspaper, Valley Scene columnist (a liberal arts and entertainment tabloid) Mr.N, a prominent local atheist, castigated historian Dr. Jake Jacobs for his expose of Lifest speaker Jim Wallis. For readers unfamiliar with this [...]

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My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? CS Lewis, [...]

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Thinking Outside the Book

Thanks to Erik for that great play on words. I read this week that the author of The Shack was pushed into writing his book by his mate who thought we all might benefit from his way of ‘thinking outside the box’. Sweet. But I would have to strenuously disagree with that sentiment, and say [...]

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Defend the Front Line!

Anyone who has read me from time to time knows how I feel about this article from Olive Tree Views’ website. Amen, amen. And if you aren’t attending a church that does what Jan says in that last paragraph, go find one that does. The hour is late, late, late, and the sheep are sound [...]

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Worth Repeating

I love a well-thought out quote, it doesn’t have to be from some dusty ancient tome of gnarled wisdom gleaned from centuries back, supposedly from people who knew far more than we about the profound things in life. Sure, we can be shallow, but some good quotes are from, well, just this week. This one [...]

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Fair Warning

The Life Cycle of Democracies There is a view among some historians that a democracy is an intrinsically unstable form of government: A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse…from the public treasury… The average age of the world’s [...]

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