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No room at the inn for charity

It is no good asking for a simple religion. After all, real things are not simple… If we ask for something more than simplicity, it is silly then to complain that the something more is not simple. Very often, however, … Continue reading

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Souls, not elections

There has been a lot of confusion in the media about the word “cult,” and I realized recently that it’s because people don’t know what Christians mean by the word. When people hear the word “cult,” they think about kooks … Continue reading

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Pundits or shills?

A good measure of a political pundit is how quickly and reliably they fall in lockstep with a current Republican or Democrat political campaign. A pundit not worth taking seriously is one whose discussion of a phony politician during an … Continue reading

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The Words of Jesus

The words of Jesus… have a unique permanence. They don’t merely survive as aphoristic wisdom; they have an authority in our hearts, even when we try to deny them. They command. We can obey or rebel. That is why Jesus … Continue reading

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Martin, Zimmerman, and Charity

A black kid dies violently. Outrage ensues before anyone has complete facts. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson head to the scene to fill the leadership vacuum. Later it turns out that the media has misled us. NBC edited its tapes. … Continue reading

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Tattoo

When I hear kids talk about getting a tattoo, I like to tell them that they’ll fit right in in prison. I don’t know if it encourages them to make a wiser decision, but it is amusing to poke fun … Continue reading

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“It’s all over” – the power of establishments

Has anyone else noticed the latest drumbeat in the Republican presidential primary? All I’ve heard from the media for the last week or two is how it’s all over, Romney is sewing it up, Ron Paul can’t win the general … Continue reading

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Poor Jerry

If these allegations against Jerry Sandusky are true — and we need to remember how those Duke lacrosse players were falsely convicted by public opinion and cretins like Al Sharpton years ago — it is truly one of the most … Continue reading

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A Gang Member’s Story

This is one of those articles that makes you think.

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Experiencing history in New York

My wife and I enjoyed a fine anniversary weekend in New York City. Always interested in the reality of something versus how it’s reported in the media, I wandered down (wife in tow) to observe the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) … Continue reading

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American “exceptionalism” and Scripture

Of all the themes espoused by conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh, perhaps the most damaging is this idea of American “exceptionalism.” How can it possibly be squared with the Scripture? It can’t. When the Bible says that all men have … Continue reading

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Doctors and pastors

Does anyone else bristle at the idea of calling all PhD’s “doctors?” It reeks of pretentious puffery. For me, a doctor is a medical doctor. I’ll call Ron Paul “Dr. Paul” because he is a an obstetrician. I can’t call … Continue reading

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80 million strong

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner recently revealed that the government sends out 80 million checks a month. That’s a lotta dependency. Add in spouses and others who are also dependent on those checks, and you have a lot of slaves on … Continue reading

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The gay life…

…is not so gay, says this incredible, searing article. (ht: Baylyblog)

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The death of an evil man

Last night was a festive atmosphere at the White House, as people celebrated Bin Laden’s death. I even saw girls standing on shoulders, falling into arms as a cheerleader would at a college football game. For some reason it reminded … Continue reading

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Clouds, misdirection, and euphemisms

Although I think both parties are part of the abortion problem rather than the solution since they both support the entire entitlement state that undergirds it, this just takes the cake. Our evil emperor strikes again… For more than an … Continue reading

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Leaving the promise-making business

We have just witnessed the budget charade. Not long ago, the Ryan plan was introduced with some fanfare. It promises lots of cuts… over decades. Few cuts of significance in the first year. When you hear someone say that they … Continue reading

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Unions and state governments

Some random thoughts as we watch the battles play out between public unions and government officials… Why do so many people look upon policemen, firemen, and public school teachers as sacrosanct? To use the latter example, public schools are an … Continue reading

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You don’t know the whole story

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. -Gandalf to … Continue reading

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Random January thoughts on the economy

What we really ought to ask the liberal, before we even begin addressing his agenda, is this: In what kind of society would he be a conservative? -Joseph Sobran A perceptive quote. For most, the answer is “in whatever society … Continue reading

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The most wonderful time of the year

All my heart this night rejoices As I hear / Far and near / Sweetest angel voices. “Christ is born,” their choirs are singing Till the air / Everywhere / Now with joy is ringing. I admit it, Christmas-time is … Continue reading

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The thing that lends credibility

I hate public education, but I love college football on fall Saturdays. When I was at OSU, I think it’s fair to say that most of the bureaucrats aka. “educators” there hated the football program. “Here we are providing enlightenment … Continue reading

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And He shall reign forever and ever

This never happens when I’m at the mall. A church we attended back in the 1990s would hire an orchestra some Christmas’s, and I remember noticing one of the cello players reading a paperback during the sermon. I note this … Continue reading

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Sobran on war

War has all the characteristics of socialism most conservatives hate: Centralized power, state planning, false rationalism, restricted liberties, foolish optimism about intended results, and blindness to unintended secondary results.

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Demotivational speaking

Few things are as demotivating as motivational speakers. Today in Columbus, we had this event. Among all the shining luminaries — Laura Bush! Terry Bradshaw! Lola Heatherton and Dr. Tongue! — guess who was the keynote speaker? Yes, the same … Continue reading

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