Fear Itself: Three Things to Do

Fear destroys love and love is the only motive for any Christian action. Don’t be confused. Love is not weak, but demands justice for the beloved. Love has mercy, but mercy is not incompatible with a just war. We can do justice without rejoicing in the necessary death of any human being. The attacks on [Read More…]

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Do the Right Thing in Christian Ministry: Avoid Brocklehurst

Recently, in hard (but friendly) dialog with some non-theists, I was reminded how small the atheist media world is and how large the Christian enterprise must seem. The biggest problem with our Christian witness will never be atheism. Atheism is a small minority movement in any part of the world where it is not imposed [Read More…]

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Dear Mr Starr

Dear Mr Starr, They tell me in this fiftieth year of the Super Bowl that you are ill, though getting better. I thought I would tell you two stories in the h0pe that against all odds you would see this letter and be encouraged. Many of us would rather see you at a Super Bowl [Read More…]

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Three Lessons from Steve Jobs: the man not the movie

See the next World Magazine for my review of the new biopic on Steve Jobs. Bottom line: wait for Netflix. Secondary lesson, read the authorized biography and then you can skip the movie. The real Steve Jobs was more interesting than either. Here are three lessons that one can learn from the life of Steve [Read More…]

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The World Turned Upside Down: Yorktown

The next time someone tells you war doesn’t solve any problems, point out that winning the Battle of Yorktown (this date in 1781) gave the United States independence. For those who say that without the War we would have become a bigger Canada, the nation that gave us William Shatner, point out that Canada got [Read More…]

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Goodbye, Tsarist Alaska!

Today the Empire of the Tsars turned over possession of Alaska to the United States of America. An entire nation-size territory lost a heritage and gained another. This is bittersweet to me: I have never felt more at home than standing in America in a Tsarist Orthodox Church. At that moment, I felt I was part [Read More…]

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Having Benedict Arnold’s Best Day

When I took students to Saratoga, one of the greatest military victories in American history, I would ask them to find a monument with a boot and no name. Nobody ever failed to find it. Here it is with an inscription that reads: “In memory of the “most brilliant soldier” of the Continental Army who was [Read More…]

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The World Can Change Quickly

Today one world that endured for centuries died and a new possibility for England came into being. Harold, last King of Saxon England, died in battle and William, Duke of Normandy, became King of England. The good king Edward the Confessor died with no heir. His tomb at Westminster remains worth a pilgrimage for prayer and [Read More…]

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On Avoiding Death Traps

Isn’t it time we did something about a major killer of Americans? If you filled up a football stadium with one hundred thousand people, about ten can expect to die from this all American killer. This does not count the corollary deaths due to the use of this product. Government subsidizes our use of the [Read More…]

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God help us, but we must say, “Yes!”

If a gunman invades my workplace and asks the Christians to stand, then I hope I would stand. I am not so arrogant to know what I would do, but God helping me, I would have to stand. I don’t wish to die yet, but there are some things worse than death. Better dead than [Read More…]

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