Chuck Smith Dies at Age 86

Chuck Smith died this morning at his home in Newport Beach, California, at 86 years of age. He was the founder and pastor of Calvary Church in Costa Mesa, California, which began in 1965. It became one of the first mega-churches which subsequently resulted in the creation of a movement of Calvary churches which now number over 1,000. The original Calvary Church in its early years had a wide impact on the youth counter-culture of that time period in Southern California, more particularly the … [Read more...]

What If Mother Agnes Is Right!

She's not your average Aunt Agnes. At age 15, her dad died and she turned "hippie." Says she smoked lots of marijuana. Says the best pot is in Beirut, Lebanon. But at age 19, she quit grass, returned to the religious moorings of her youth, and became a nun.For many years, Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross was the superior of the Monastery of St. James the Mutilated. It's a Melkite Greek Orthodox monastery located in Homs, Syria's third largest city, after Dasmascus and Alleppo. Although she … [Read more...]

Is America Exceptional?

Yes, but should we say so?Democrat Barak Obama began his first term as U.S. president by subtly saying that the U.S. should exhibit some humility, admit past mistakes, if not sins, and not try to enforce its will on other nations. Republicans criticized him a lot for this, even accusing him of not being patriotic. That was even a more serious charge for this president since he's black. Why? It had the potential for seriously increasing racial conflict.Last Tuesday night, President Obama … [Read more...]

Are Some of Syria’s Chemical Weapons from Iraq?

The U.S. Congress was supposed to begin voting on President Barak Obama's call for the U.S. to surgically bomb Syria by targeting only its large cache of chemical weapons stored throughout the country. Even though the president delivered a major, televised speech to the nation this evening about it, Americans remained very strongly against it, and it appeared that a majority of the members of Congress were too. But at the last moment, Russia raised an alternative that caused the president today … [Read more...]

More Turmoil in the Lawless Northern Sinai Peninsula

Turmoil in Egypt's lawless Northern Sinai Peninsula continues to increase. To recount, late last year Islamic militants instigated a shootout in the Northern Sinai near the borders of Israel, the Gaza Strip, and the Sinai, killing 16 Egyptian soldiers. And early this year, there, militants abducted 7 Egyptian security personnel.Recently, on August 9 Israel conducted a drone strike into the Northern Sinai, having the apparent approval of the Egyptian military, which resulted in 6 Islamic … [Read more...]

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Is Revived

Yesterday, after five years of dormancy of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, the U.S. revived it thanks mostly to the shuttle diplomacy of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Two weeks ago in Washington, D.C., Kerry reportedly told Jewish leaders the U.S. would guarantee Israel's security in a two-state peace agreement by stationing U.S. troops in critical areas throughout the region. Bad idea! The borderlines between the proposed two states that they are talking about is a … [Read more...]

Israel Does It Again: Torpedoes the Peace Process

Israel has a long, repeated history of doing something that ends its peace process with the Palestinians right when important negotiations with them are about to begin. Now they’ve done it again. It often involves Israel announcing plans to construct housing units in some Jewish settlement in the West Bank or East Jerusalem. Guess what! That’s what it is this time, too.On Sunday, Israel announced that it will build 1,200 more settlement homes: 2/3s in the West Bank and 1/3 in East Jerusalem. … [Read more...]

The Peace Process Renews While Turmoil Continues in the Northern Sinai Peninsula

For the past few months, newly-installed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has conducted Henry Kissinger style shuttle diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). The PA is headquartered in the city of Ramallah, located in the West Bank and north of Jerusalem. Kerry has thereby achieved a restarting of the peace process between them which has been dead for five years. It started last week in Washington, D.C. But so far, meetings have been conducted by lesser officials and … [Read more...]


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