Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
September 16, 2014
Last week at the inaugural summit of the organization, In Defense of Christians, founded to help the most persecuted religious communities in the world today, Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the Muslim world, Senator Ted Cruz was heckled and booed, and decided to walk off the stage.
This is how he began his speech:
“Today we are gathered at a time of extraordinary challenge. Tonight we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews.”
All of 117 words — about the killing of Christians — later, Senator Cruz said the following:
- Sen. Cruz booed off stage (YouTube video)
- How to make Isis fall on its own sword (The Guardian, September 16)
- ISIL and religious freedom (MP David Anderson, September 16)
- Isil want to assassinate the Pope, says Iraq's ambassador to Vatican (September 16)
- Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War three (September 13)
- The Forever War (Patrick Buchanan, September 12)
- We must fight ISIS with more than missiles (First Things, September 10)
- Confronting ISIS (The Libertarian, September 9)
- My chat on BBC: ISIS comes to Pakistan, the mother lode of Jihad (Tarek Fatah, September 4)
- Religious leaders say Isis persecution of Iraqi Christians has become genocide (August 9)
Saturday, September 13, 2014
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Friday, September 12, 2014
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Stress!!! It's everywhere. Time and again I hear people speaking of being "stressed out". Parents are anxious about making ends meet, problems with the children, the challenges of work, caring for aging parents or, not uncommonly, a combination of all of the above. (I recently was told that forty percent of professionals - yes, 40!!! - are medicated in order to deal with their pressures.) Even children experience stress because of problems in the home, at school or with their peers. When I visit schools I learn very quickly that some of our beloved young people are carrying burdens of worry that no child should ever be expected to bear.
What's going on? It seems to me that the root of much of it is surrender to the illusion of self-reliance. It all depends upon me. This leads in turn to the felt need to control things and to fix problems. The difficulty with this, of course, is that much of the time the circumstances in which we live are beyond our control, and our challenges lie outside our capacity to resolve. If I come at this out of the presupposition that I am my only resource, then nervousness, fear and worry arise, and from these is born stress, and lots of it!
- Christ was either God or a bad man
- Fries or salad?
- Saying 'yes' can be bad for your health
- Hyper-parenting and the need to slow down
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
They say a little bit of humour is good for the soul, but believing in the existence of God, and trusting in Him is even better. Opening up to Him can soften your heart and transform your life.
Have a little faith!
Have a little faith!
- Astronomer is convinced of Bible's creation account
- God or Atheism?
- God and Freedom
- Is atheism a belief or a lack of belief?
- Nothing's the matter with atheistic materialism
- Twenty arguments for the existence of God
- Darwin's doubt
- Fathers of science
- The beauty and mystery of the butterfly
- Cosmic inflation: 'Spectacular' discovery hailed
- Programming of life