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May 31, 2004

Catholic Gay Activists Denied Communion in Chicago

Priests denied Holy Communion on Sunday to a group of rainbow sash-wearing gay activists who showed up to protest a directive from Chicago's prelate that they violated church teachings by advertising their homosexuality. There is a lot that can be learned by studying the long-term ramifications of this stand by...
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British Olympic Star Opts Against Having an Abortion

According to LifeNews, British hurdler Tasha Danvers-Smith had her life centered on her Olympic dream, when she was shocked to discover she was pregnant. As the unplanned pregnancy devastated her hopes, she briefly considered an abortion, before deciding that she could not kill her child....
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May 28, 2004

Silencing the Church

HELENA - Gay rights advocates filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Political Practices against the Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church Wednesday, saying the church inappropriately held an event to support a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage. Montanans for Families and Fairness, a coalition that includes InterMountain Planned Parenthood,...

An Abortion Free America by January 2005

Introducing third party presidential candidate Michael A. Peroutka whose campaign themes include: "Honor God", "Defend the Family", and "Restore the Republic". Worldnetdaily published an article on Peroutka's promise to end abortion the day he is sworn into office. Would you vote a third party candidate - specifically Peroutka? At present,...

May 27, 2004

Upholding the Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion

The American Center for Law and Justice, which specializes in constitutional law, today filed an amicus brief on behalf of members of Congress asking a federal district court in New York to uphold the constitutionality of the national ban on partial-birth abortion. The brief supports the position of the Department...
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Switched to Movabletype 3.0

Today I upgraded to Movabletype 3.0 . . . primarily out of loyalty to the Six Apart for their contribution to the blogging community, the promised solution to comment spam and future expectations of plug-in advancements. On the positive side I found useful tools for uploading images (which other software...
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May 26, 2004

New to Blogging - Try Blog Basics

Blog Basis is a well done resource for those interested in entering the blogging world and simply finding out more about what it means to blog. In particular, I appreciated the comparison chart between various blogging software as I have been studying whether or not to remain with MovableType...
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Religion in Culture and Education

Religion directs and controls our lives. It is not a question of whether people are religious, it is only a matter of which religion a person serves. This religious orientation is often not acknowledged in our day, yet God's creatures cannot escape this fundamental truth of their nature. They may...
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May 25, 2004

Arizona Decides Same-Sex Marriage License

Arizona Supreme Court agrees with ADF:Same-sex “marriage” license case has been decided - No reason to grant review of the case, court says - Alliance Defence Fund PHOENIX—The Supreme Court of Arizona decided today not to hear Standhardt v. Arizona, a same-sex “marriage” case brought by two single men who...
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Single Issue Politics and Abortion

Single "issues" can disqualify individuals from a variety of roles within society. Infidelity is looked upon as a disqualification for marriage and dishonesity is a black mark against individuals applying for a job. These "issues" are related to the character of the individual and call into question an individuals suitability...
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May 24, 2004

Fight for Marriage May 24

The Family Research Council's call to protect the family is worth considering. Churches are asked to take a stand for the benefit of society and the family by applying God's Word in opposition to homosexual marriages. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last night, more than 500 churches and 1,500 radio stations from...
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West Nile Virus has Suspicious Origin

Some U.S. health officials are beginning to question why the U.S. strain of West Nile virus is deadlier to humans and birds than anywhere else on the planet – with the exception of Israel (Worldnetdaily). One entomology expert who maintains an open mind on the West Nile outbreak, Dr. Jonathan...
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May 22, 2004

Babies Feel Pain During Abortions

According to Dr. Paul Ranalli, neurologist at the University of Toronto, unborn babies between 20 and 30 weeks development may actually feel pain more intensely than adults. He says this is a "uniquely vulnerable time, since the pain system is fully established; yet the higher-level pain-modifying system has barely begun...
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May 21, 2004

Communion, Salvation, Abortion and Sin

Remarkable statements were made by Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan (quoted by Lifenews): "Any Catholic politicians who advocate for abortion, for illicit stem cell research or for any form of euthanasia ipso facto place themselves outside full communion with the Church and so jeopardize their salvation," Colorado Springs Bishop Michael...
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May 20, 2004

Who are Your Spiritual Heroes?

Thanks to Don Whitney for the following from his book, Simplify Your Spiritual Life. My spiritual heroes surround me when I'm writing. They sit on the bookcases on either side of the woodstove. The faces of some of them smile at me from various places on the walls or from...
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May 19, 2004

Arizona Christian Listings

The site Arizona Christians is now back online and has been significantly expanded. The goal is to provide a Christian resource for Arizona with a focus on Christian education. Consider adding your Arizona site to the set of links or providing feedback below. Yes, there is a category for blogs...
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May 18, 2004

Weapons of Mass Destruction

The newly dicovered chemical weapon in Iraq may not be the weapon of mass destruction that the Bush administration insisted would be located. Perhaps it indicates that a stockpile exists. Gazi George, a former Iraqi nuclear scientist under Saddam's regime, told Fox News he believes many similar weapons stockpiled by...
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May 17, 2004

Olmsted letter - pastoral care for homosexuals

I would like to commend Bishop Olmsted for his second letter regarding homosexuality titled, "The pastoral care of homosexual persons." Few leaders seem to be able to provide pastoral care for this needy group and at the same time stand uncompromisingly against the sin of homosexuality. The letter grew out...
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May 16, 2004

Abortion Facts and Statistics

Facts from Stop the Insanity 49% of pregnancies among American women are unintended; 1/2 of these are terminated by abortion. Each year, 2 out of every 100 women aged 15-44 have an abortion; 47% of them have had at least one previous abortion and 55% have had a previous birth....
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May 15, 2004

Abortion is a Political Litmus Test for Kerry

In the political arena, abortion rightfully continues to be the litmus test for political candiates, including those on the left. Presidential candidate John Kerry has aspirations to create a bipartisan ticket including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). There is a catch. "Senator McCain would not have to leave his party," Mr....
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May 14, 2004

Arizona Marriage Rally

Mark 10:6-8 But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. Romans 1:26-27 For this reason God gave them over...
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The Politicized Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners

Leaders on both sides of the political aisle have expressed outrage over the shocking abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Sen. John Kerry recently he told the Hannity and Colmes, “I will fight a more effective war on terror, because I would never have thrown out of the door or window the...
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May 13, 2004

First Thoughts on Economic Value

The problem of economic value is unresolved and remains at the heart of economic debates. To many modern economist, value is subjectively determined by the individual – beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. This relativism leads to a measureless system of values in which goodness and satisfaction can...
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May 12, 2004

Ladder of Inference

I recently was emailed this helpful model for explaining failures in human communication: In the real world: Observable data and experiences that I see and hear Then, inside my head: I select Data from what I observe I add Meanings (cultural and personal.) I make Assumptions based on the meanings...
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Peace in Sudan?

After signing a peace agreement reports continue to indicate that the north Sudanese government has not stopped fighting. So, despite the signing of a ceasefire agreement on April 8, fighting goes on. "We are still fighting factions of the rebels," a senior Sudanese military source told Reuters Arab news service...
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May 11, 2004

Rejecting Wisdom and Cultural Decline

Doug Wilson provides sobering insight into the impact of abortion on education and society. In the book of Proverbs, Wisdom speaks and says that all who hate her love death (8:36). We live in a culture that has rejected wisdom, and is therefore industriously pursuing a death culture. The secularists...
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Sen. John Kerry and Religion

WASHINGTON (EP) – Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says religion shouldn’t be mixed with politics. That statement came from Kerry’s campaign April 23 after a top Vatican official said Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should be denied communion. This is probably best. Keep the fundamental beliefs of the candidates...
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Embryonic Research and Abortion

Abortion has slowly taken an amazing turn and is now performed in the laboratory for the purpose of medical research aimed at curing disease. Washington Post The scientific and political tug of war over human embryo research escalated yesterday as new research backed the controversial contention that stem cells from...

May 10, 2004

The Mark of a Minister

A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more. John Owen...
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May 9, 2004

Pre-Born Protected by Law

In an applaudable decision, a jury in Milwaukee County convicted a man under Wisconsin's fetal homicide law for the murder of a pre-born child. Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) -- Wisconsin's fetal homicide law has been put to the test in a case reminiscent of California's "Laci and Conner Peterson" murder case....
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May 8, 2004

Greatness by Alexis de Tocqueville

In the early 1830s, a Frenchman named Alexis de Tocqueville came to America to examine its civil institutions. His studies were expounded in the classic work, Democracy in America. In it, he wrote, I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers,...
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Exploiting the Prisoner Abuse Scandal

The prisoner abuse scandal continues to gain momentum and John Kerry is exploiting it to the benefit of his campaign. According to Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, while the story was broken by the Defense Department and given to the media, "What was not known is that a classified report with photographs...
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Emergency Contraception Denied but Still a Threat

Great news came out about the rejection of an abortion drug by the FDA. However, the decision is related to labeling and intended use rather than the threat to the pre-born. Press Release from Pro-Life Wisconsin: The news that Plan B (so-called "emergency contraception") would not presently receive over-the-counter status...
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May 7, 2004

Second Chance for Chinese Forced Abortion Foe

Does "choice" exist in China? This woman was imprisoned in China for trying to help a woman escape being forced into an abortion. New York, NY (LifeNews.com) -- A Chinese woman who was jailed for trying to prevent a woman from having a forced abortion. She now has a second...
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Iraqi Humiliation

Good job by the American press, which has exposed the mistreatment suffered by Iraqi prisoners by publishing embarrassing photos. Bravo! I’m sure those who were humiliated appreciate the integrity and nobility of the journalists who uncompromisingly distributed pictures of them in embarrassing situations. Their children and families will be forever...
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May 6, 2004

The Miraculous Appearance of Age

At a wedding feast Jesus’ first recorded miracle was turning water into wine. In fact, it was “fine” wine. The historicity of this event is not in question because Jesus is capable of performing the miraculous. He did so on numerous occasions before witnesses. From a scientific perspective, one might...
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May 5, 2004

Slaves Freed in Sudan

Recently I commented on the incredible decision to include the Khartoum government of Sudan in the United Nation's Human Rights watch-dog committee. Here is a further article about slavery in Sudan that is santioned by the Khartoum government. Over four dozen boy slaves have been freed from cattle camps near...
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Always More Work to be Done in the Garden

My Grandmother, Katherine Ruchti, appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the West Central Tribune while working in her garden amid record heat in Wilmar, MN. At 84 years old she is one of the most industrious individuals I know. She is 100% Dutch but subscribes to the old...
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Google Bombing Waffles

Google bombers have set their Web sites on Sen. John Kerry. Some bloggers who either don't like the Democratic presidential candidate or don't like waffles are trying to make his campaign Web site, johnkerry.com, the first answer to a search of the word "waffles" on Google, the No. 1 Internet...

May 4, 2004

United Nations Sudan Debacle

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters Story) - Sudan won an uncontested election Tuesday to the United Nations' main human rights watchdog, prompting the United States to walk out because of alleged ethnic cleansing in the country's Darfur region. Sudan's envoy immediately shot back that the U.S. delegation was "shedding crocodile tears," and...
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Kerry Criticized by Former Sailors

An intestesting but highly critical article about John Kerry is linked below. Apparently, former collegues describe the presidential candidate as motivated by self-interest and devious. Retired Lt. Cmdr. Grant Hibbard is quoted as stating, "He showed me a scratch on his arm and a piece of shrapnel in his hand...
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May 3, 2004

Terrorism and Christian Action

In 1993 terrorists from the APLA entered a large evangelical church in Cape Town, South Africa and began an attack with AK-47s and hand grenades. Eleven people were killed during the massacre and over 50 were seriously injured. One member of the congregation, Charl van Wyk, was carrying a small...
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May 2, 2004

Hostitcheap Review

Hostitcheap.com caught my attention through their marketed $5/month hosting service, 500 MB disk space, unlimited email, 10 GB/month transfer, subdomains, unlimited SQL databases, Cpanel, web mail access, and great scripts. It was easy to sign-up (no registration fees), install MovableType and get up and running. During the first few months...
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