Category Archives: Culture

The Will of Jesus

They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either … Continue reading

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Memories

During the summers of 1976 and 1977 I worked on a kibbutz in Israel (between semesters in college). While I worked in the fields the radio was always tuned to one station: “The Voice of Peace.” The on-air slogan was … Continue reading

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Singularity

Benjamin Franklin was an intelligent, well-read individual, with an open and inquisitive mind. He was fascinated by science and contributed immensely to our understanding of electricity. More importantly, he was a major player in the creation of the United States. … Continue reading

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How’s It Going?

We are about a third of the way through the second decade of the twenty-first century. How have the first thirteen years of this new century stacked up when compared to the events of the same period during the advent … Continue reading

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Adoption

Adoption is a legal process that creates a parent-child relationship between individuals who are not biologically related. The adopted child is entitled to all the rights and privileges that would belong to a natural child of the adoptive parents. Paul … Continue reading

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Sometimes Peace is Impossible

I went to my pharmacy a couple of days ago to pick up a prescription for my daughter. One person was ahead of me, an older woman—almost the stereotypical grandmother: white hair, glasses, slightly hunched. But she wasn’t acting like … Continue reading

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Responsibility

I awoke to read this headline on MSNBC.com: “Australian politician blames ‘gun culture’ in US for baseball player’s death”. Every time someone is shot and killed and it becomes big news, someone, somewhere will say something stupid like that. But … Continue reading

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Truth to Power

“Speaking truth to power” is a phrase that gets overused. Mostly it comes from the lips of those who want to speak some popular, ill-conceived cliche to the politicians in a western, liberal democracy in order to get some attention … Continue reading

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The Name of God

God’s name is singular: he only has one: Yahweh. All the other words are designations or descriptions, like referring to myself as “theologian” or “author” or “annoying.” But neither of those is my name. Some people have nick names. And … Continue reading

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How Science Fiction Becomes Mundane

In the mid-1980s a bank had a series of commercials set in a foreign country. A small boy ran about shouting “ATM, ATM” in such a way that at first one imagined he was shouting someone’s name as he looked … Continue reading

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