Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Prager on Ted Cruz’s speech to Arab Christians

By Dennis Prager

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:

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The operating room of the future

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Today's technology is truly catching up to Star Trek. Fifteen years ago, a company called InSightec from Israel, developed a new technology to destroy tumors inside the body. The technology is known as MR guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS), and it is capable of heating and destroying tumors without touching surrounding tissues. Here are some of the benefits listed on InSightec's web site:
  • non-invasive incisionless procedure
  • no anesthesia and no hospitalization required
  • no ionizing radiation
  • quick return to normal activities
  • improved quality of life
In this TEDMED Talk, one of the surgeons at InSightec, Yoav Medan, shares a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots, and focused ultrasound to treat brain lesions, uterine fibroids and several kinds of cancerous growths.

Christ was either God or a bad man

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Read: The Divinity of Christ by Peter Kreeft

Friday, September 12, 2014

The antidote to stress

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By Most Rev. Richard W. Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton

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!

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