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(In)Fidel Castro

Since his death last week, there has been no shortage of fawning news articles about Fidel Castro.  (And no, these weren’t Cuban news articles. They were American).   I had the distinct displeasure of reading two of them recently.  One opened by calling Castro a fiery apostle of revolution.  The other went on and on…

Hospice, Not a Hospital

Today’s post ran in the local paper where I live. I adapted it from a post that appeared on The Voice of One last year.  *** Last year, I read Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.” In it, the Pope lays out his views “on the environment and human ecology.”…

Jesus (Not Jones)

One of my mix CDs has a song by Jesus Jones called, “Right Here, Right Now.” During the chorus, the lyrics are, “Right here, right now, there is no other place I want to be. Right here, right now, watching the world wake up from history.” As the music rises and crests, you can almost…

Celebrating One Solitary Life–Dennis Patrick

Painting by Salvador Dali The following is a piece by my father-in-law, Dennis Patrick.  Dennis writes a weekly column called “The Passing Scene,” which appears in the Mountrail County Promoter.  “Celebrating One Solitary Life” appeared in the March 27 edition of The Promoter. ***  Eastertide is as good a time as any to reflect on the many positive…

The Cross and the Departure of Glory

A deep sense of grief permeates Ezekiel’s account of the temple’s destruction. The loss felt by the Lord is poignantly expressed when He says, “Defile the temple, and fill the courts with the slain” (Ezek. 9:7).  Defile the temple?  Defile the place chosen out of all creation as a dwelling for God?  Why should the…

Divine Polygamy

Polygamy lurks in the shadows of theology.  We know it’s there but don’t talk much about it.  Christians consider polygamy heretical and immoral.  But what do we do with Abraham, Jacob, or David?  All of them had multiple spouses without one rebuke from God.  And why would God say anything?  Polygamy is nowhere condemned in…

The Thousand and One: Guest Post by Cameron Fultz

Recently the Lord showed me a symbol that the early church had built directly into the architecture of their churches. It is a symbol that, I now believe, expressed the reality of our life union in Christ in a number of ways including the major patterns of biblical types. While searching for ancient examples I…

The End of America? Review of “The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn

Recently, two different people asked me to read The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn.  What follows is a digest of my review.  Reading the digest will give you the gist of what I think but I recommend reading the full review. *** Will America suffer devastation in the not too distant future?  Was 9/11 merely a warning…

Pan…Jesus? (Part 2)

Image from USGS This post is continued from the previous post “Eber had two sons. One was named Peleg, for during his days the earth was divided;       his brother was named Joktan” (Gen. 10:25). So here’s my two cents about how we might see Jesus in Genesis 10:25.  Eber means, “across or…

Pan…Jesus?

How often do you think Pangaea is the topic of conversation during a child’s bedtime story?  Probably not very often.  How about Pangaea and the Bible?  Probably even less.  Yet that is exactly what I found myself discussing tonight.  While reading a book about dinosaurs to my 2 year old son, Pangaea was mentioned.  My 8…

A Dragon in Lamb’s Clothing

The Pharisees….  What was eating those guys?  Rewind to the period between the Old and New Testaments—Alexander the Great brings many nations, including Israel, under Greek rule.  His vision was to make all peoples culturally Greek.  He was so successful that Greek culture persisted even after the rise of the Roman empire.  In the time…