More Facts About Buying Animals from World Vision’s Gift Catalog

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Two weeks ago, I wrote about World Vision's gift catalog and their solicitation to purchase animals for needy families. Some readers were surprised to learn that a donation to buy a goat (or some other animal) does not of necessity lead to the purchase of a goat. Instead, World Vision's spokeswoman, Amy Parodi,* told me that the money goes into a fund which helps support agricultural or other community based assistance for needy families. That support may or may not include the purchase of some … [Read more...]

The Atlantic on the Art of Whistle-blowing

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Writing on a topic of interest to my readers these days, Kate Kenny says whistle-blowing depends more on public interest than the importance of the content.From my experience over the years, I lean toward agreement.Over and above Seattle and other Mars Hill cities, many people are obviously interested in what happens with the church and Mark Driscoll. The interest has been strong and consistent. However, when I posted evidence that David Jeremiah and Les and Leslie Parrott used the same … [Read more...]

Advice From a Texas Monk: Abundance Without Attachment

Worth reading from the New York Times: Abundance Without Attachment The formula for a good life, he explained, is simple: abundance without attachment. Simple but often hard.The 5 star monk had known plenty before poverty. Does this make it easier to leave it all behind and become a monk?  … [Read more...]

Institute on the Constitution Rep Argues Against the Constitution on Religious Test Clause

Institute on the Constitution Director of Operations Jake MacAulay today argued against the Constitution on Matt Barber's Barbwire website.MacAulay noted that seven states still have requirements that office holders in those states believe in a god.There are seven states including Maryland with language in their constitutions that prohibits people who do not believe in God from holding public office.And now, according to a recent New York Times article by Laurie Goodstein, a … [Read more...]

Benny Hinn: 120 Shades of Strange

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And there's this:The Five Most Disturbing Things About a Benny Hinn Miracle Service by Corrie Mitchell.Go read it. Someone needs to claim reality with their mouth. … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving 2014: Gary Scott Smith On America As a Blessed But Not a Chosen Nation

Today is the last in the series of articles by historians posted during Thanksgiving week. I deeply appreciated the contributions of my distinguished colleagues John Wilsey, Jared Burkholder, Barry Hankins, Andrew Mitchell, Fred Beuttler, and today Gary Scott Smith.Happy Thanksgiving!..................................Dr. Gary Scott Smith chairs the history department at Grove City College and is a fellow for faith and politics with The Center for Vision & Values. He is the author … [Read more...]

Fred Beuttler On The First Federal Thanksgiving

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Last week, I asked numerous historian colleagues to opine about what the public should know about Thanksgiving. I am pleased and thankful for the responses I received and the series will run through at least Thanksgiving Day. In this article, Fred Beuttler commemorates today as the first federal thanksgiving.--------------------Fred W. Beuttler, Ph.D., the former Deputy Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives. Fred teaches history at Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. … [Read more...]

Andrew Mitchell: Reclaim the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Last week, I asked my historian colleagues to opine about what the public should know about Thanksgiving. I am pleased and thankful for the responses I received and the series will run through at least Thanksgiving Day. Today, Andrew Mitchell looks back and forward to encourage us to regain the spirit of Thanksgiving..........................Andrew Mitchell is an associate professor of history at Grove City College. Dr. Mitchell recently contributed a chapter, “Por Dios, Por Patria: The S … [Read more...]


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