April 10, 2019

  The longer I live the more amazed I get about how great Almighty God is. It’s because of what scientists are discovering about our universe and how it works. I believe the God of the Bible is the one who created it. The psalmist King David was right–“The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19.1 NIV). This is a historic day in astronomy. A team of more than 200 scientists revealed a colorful image of a black hole–well… Read more

April 10, 2019

[For an explanation of these 18 posts, see Part 1 published on 3/27/2019.] Restoring Ancient Walls Around Cities and Towns Part of Ireland declared some time ago that its still-standing medieval walls were treasures from the past that should be preserved. So, in April 2005, Ireland’s Heritage Council created the Irish Walled Town Network (IWTN). Its purpose has been to create a network of Irish cities and towns that are committed to preserving their past, especially their old walls surrounding… Read more

April 9, 2019

[For an explanation of these 18 posts, see Part 1 published on 3/27/2019.] Illegal Immigration in Eastern Europe During the Cold War, some Eastern European countries had border fences or walls. The Communists of East Germany erected the Berlin Wall that divided the city of Berlin in Germany from 1961 to 1989. It didn’t totally prevent crossings in Berlin from East Germany into West Germany by those seeking to escape Communism. But many of those who tried to escape were… Read more

April 8, 2019

[For an explanation of these 18 posts, see Part 1 published on 3/27/2019.] China-North Korea Fence The entire Korean Peninsula of Southeast Asia juts out into the Pacific Ocean. To its west, North Korea’s immediate neighbor is China. To Korea’s east, Japan lies a short distance across the sea. Korea and Japan have fought several wars against each other. Following WWII, Korea endured a civil war in 1950-1953 that included the U.S. This Korean War resulted in the formation of… Read more

April 8, 2019

I am a former Trinitarian. I now believe there is only one true God, whom Jesus called “the Father.” Therefore, I no longer believe Jesus is God, as Trinitarians believe and as I formerly believed. But, like nearly all Christians, I believed that mostly because that is what I was taught. Also, there are some differences in critical New Testament texts in major English Bible translations. That is, in these texts in some of these translations, they say Jesus is… Read more

April 7, 2019

It is so difficult for a Monday qualifier on the PGA Tour to win a tournament. It has only happened five times in the past forty years or more. It happened today. Canadian Corey Conners qualified Monday to get in the Valero Open in San Antonio, Texas. Then he won the tournament today at TPC San Antonio by shooting a six-under par 66 for a 266 total to defeat veteran Charley Hoffman by two strokes. It was Conners’ first PGA… Read more

April 7, 2019

For the third year, President Donald Trump revealed Friday that he will not attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Why should he since he thinks the press is “Fake News” and “the enemy of the people.” This black tie event is about joking around and just having fun. Trump doesn’t exactly fit in to that no matter what he says. Being a classic narcissist, in my opinion, he’s the opposite of being self-deprecating. The president seemed to indicate he… Read more

April 7, 2019

[For an explanation of these 18 posts, see Part 1 published on 3/27/2019.] Pakistan-Afghanistan Fence Not long after the Islamic organization al-Qaida attacked the U.S.—on September 11, 2001—our military invaded Afghanistan and routed the Taliban. It was because this extremist, Islamic group had largely controlled Afghanistan and allowed al-Qaida to be headquartered there to train its militant insurgents. Although the U.S. succeeded in ending the Taliban’s rule of Afghanistan, it did not then achieve its main purpose of capturing and/or… Read more

April 6, 2019

[For an explanation of these 18 posts, see Part 1 published on 3/27/2019.] Baghdad Trench and Wall In 2003, the U.S. and its allied, U.N.-approved, coalition forces attacked Iraq and overthrew its President Saddam Hussein and his government. Eventually, the U.S. had to establish a walled-compound in Bagdad, Iraq’s capital, to thwart Islamic attacks. Called “the Green Zone,” it still exists today as a very secure fortress. In September, 2006, the newly-formed Iraqi government announced plans to dig a water-filled… Read more

April 5, 2019

[For an explanation of these 18 posts, see Part 1 published on 3/27/2019.] Saudi Arabia’s Iraq Fence and Yemen Wall The 560-mile desert border between Saudi Arabia and Iraq is called “no man’s land.” But that has never prevented people from crossing it illegally. So, in 2006, Saudi Arabia announced plans to build an electric fence along this entire border with Iraq. At first, Saudi Arabia’s government was troubled by some of the country’s own radical, Muslim, male citizens illegally… Read more

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