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April 30, 2004

Jesus and President Bush

PBS Frontline is broadcasting a documentary called The Jesus Factor on the faith of President George W. Bush. He is, by most accounts, the most openly religious president in generations. What are the core elements of his faith? How has it affected his personal life and political career? And how...

Media Bias?

Interestingly, the Sinclair Broadcast Groups barred its ABC-affiliated stations from airing a planned "Nightline" tribute to fallen U.S. troops in Iraq saying the program is a political statement disguised as news (story). Certainly ABC's Nightline is presenting a political statement based on a particular social agenda. Is this a great...
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Digital Picture Development

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April 29, 2004

Cynical, ugly and mean-spirited

In an interview on CNN, Karen Hughes, an advisor to President Bush, implied that people who support reproductive rights have the same values as terrorists. Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority, is requesting a clarification and/or retraction and an apology for this "cynical, ugly and mean-spirited partisan rhetoric." --...
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Freedom of Speech?

Here is a revealing story about the removal of four pro-life advocates from a John Kerry event by individuals described as members of the National Abortion Rights Action League. Linking arms, the alleged NARAL members encapsulated the pro-lifers and dragged them away; injuring one in the process. In a later...

April 28, 2004

Mainstream Emotive Reasoning

Logical fallacies are errors in reasoning that lead to unsupported conclusions. Many are easy to identify and are either refuted or avoided. However, other fallacies have become mainstream and are used to support a variety of beliefs and assertions. One such class of fallacy, that is often overlooked, is the...
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April 27, 2004

Majority of Americans are Pro-Life

A recent article by Steve Erfelt of Lifenews describes most Americans as "pro-life". The definition of "pro-life" appears broader than what many pro-life groups might find acceptable. For example, see FAQs from Pro-Life Wisconsin. Nevertheless, this is still good news and shows what I wrote earlier - the tide is...
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April 26, 2004

Kerry's Metals

ABC News: “Contradicting his statements as a candidate for president, Sen. John Kerry claimed in a 1971 television interview that he threw away as many as nine of his combat medals to protest the war in Vietnam.” Will this matter to the American public who twice voted in Bill Clinton...

March For Abortion Attracts Lower Numbers Than Expected

Pro-abortion advocates rallied in Washington last weekend amid public opinion that is shifting against their cause. While organizers of the rally claimed a national record of 1,000,000 protestors, others were significantly less optimistic. In particular, Lifenews.com reports that the crowd was dismally lower than expectations (see below). Perception is important...
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April 25, 2004

Imprisoned Believers

Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), a ministry serving the persecuted church worldwide, has launched an interactive website to increase awareness of believers imprisoned for their faith. Each month, http://www.prisoneralert.com will feature a Christian imprisoned for their beliefs. This month it's Chinese journalist Li Yung who is serving a 15-year prison...
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Mission to China

Pray for Peter Xu Yongze, Enoch Wang and “Brother Yun” who have spent a combined 40 years in prison for preaching the gospel. The three leaders are spearheading a campaign to bring the gospel to the estimated 2 billion people living in the area known as the 10/40 window. The...
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Lessons from 9/11

Rep. Ron Paul (TX) is a controversial figure. While a conservative, he is highly critical of the war in Iraq and the foreign policies of the Bush administration. Recently he spoke to the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the government commission that is investigating government policies and agencies related to...
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April 24, 2004

Looking forward to 3.0

Movable Type has made the right move by working on the platform rather than attempt to accomodate every requested feature. If their representation is correct, the user community will be empowered to exploit the flexibility and go well beyond of what the limited resources of any one single company could...
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Government Control of Private Education

Is it wise to accept government funding for Homeschooling or Private Education? A family in Canada found out the answer to this question. Homeschooling parents in a Canadian province have been ordered to stop using religious-based materials or other "unofficial" resources when they teach their children at home. (full article)...
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Media Rush Leads to Photo Error

The media rush to distribute controversial photos about the war has led to a huge error involving the representation of Columbia space shuttle casualties as Iraqi war casualties. (complete story). "CNN Headline news was flashing several pictures of NASA Deputy Administrator Fred Gregory standing on the tarmac receiving the bodies...
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April 23, 2004

Communion and Politicians

A top Vatican cardinal has publicly stated that priests should deny Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, "but he stopped short of saying whether it was right for John Kerry to receive Communion"(story). Meanwhile, "Democrat John Kerry was shifting his attention to women voters, underscoring his support for...
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April 22, 2004

Eschatology and Hyper-Preterism

Acts 1:9-1 and the Hyper-Preterism Debate, by Keith Mathison, is an excellent summary of refutation of a heresy which denies a future Second Advent. Those supporting this view hold that all New Testament prophecy, such as the second coming and final judgement, was fulfilled in the first century....

April 21, 2004

Separation of Church and State

The Alliance Defense Fund has an excellent summary regarding the "fictional" constitutional separation of church and state. The statement suggests that America was founded on the pursuit of religious liberty, "including the liberty to acknowledge God and to pray in the public square." Since this liberty originates in a higher...
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Suffering and Ease

How many times do Christian testimonies suggest that becoming a Christian has made life easier? It seems that many describe the benefits of Christianity in terms of a quality of life that would be desireable even apart from God. However, the apostle Paul takes exception to this in 1 Corinthians...
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April 19, 2004

Oklahoma Bombing Tape

Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were not the lone conspirators in the Oklahoma City bombing -- the attack that killed nearly 170 people in a few short seconds. They were part of a greater scheme, one that involved Islamic terrorists and at least one provable link to Iraq. (book by...

April 16, 2004

Coffee Reduces Diabetes Risk

Good news for coffee drinkers – you have a reduced risk of developing Type Two Diabetes . In a large study involving 6,974 men and 7,655 women researchers found that the incidence of Type Two Diabetes was significantly reduced in individuals who consumed coffee. In addition, the risk decreased with...
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April 15, 2004

Tax Allergies

Have you ever noticed the correspondence between tax and allergy seasons?...
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April 13, 2004

Constructive Action

Following-up my prior post, here is constructive action Christians can take to be influential in government (from Biblical Principles for Africa). Citizens should use Prayer and Pressure to achieve Political Justice Our Lord taught that Christians should be salt and light in all areas of life. (Matthew 5:13-20) As salt...
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April 12, 2004

Following Legitimate Authority

God teaches not only that His creatures are responsible for recognizing the limitations He has placed on them, but also for refusing to go beyond those bounds, lest God be forced to destroy them along with their wicked rulers.

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April 11, 2004

Easter

Matt. 28:5-7 The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. "He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. "Go quickly and tell His...

April 8, 2004

U.S. Marines Pray

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April 7, 2004

The Gospel from the Canons of Dordt

Article 1: God's Right to Condemn All People Since all people have sinned in Adam and have come under the sentence of the curse and eternal death, God would have done no one an injustice if it had been his will to leave the entire human race in sin and...
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