April Fools' Day Fools?

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Pranks, practical jokes and general foolishness are the hallmark of April Fools’ Day, celebrated by many around the world on April 1st of every year. What is it all about? Is it just harmless fun? Are silly shenanigans, playful pranks or stupid stunts really harmless?

Pranks, practical jokes and general foolishness are the hallmark of April Fools’ Day, celebrated by many around the world on April 1st of every year. What is it all about? Is it just harmless fun? Are silly shenanigans, playful pranks or stupid stunts really harmless?

Saudi Arabia Taking the Lead!

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“Arab countries will take necessary measures to protect the region against ‘aggression’ by Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi group if a peaceful solution cannot be found to that country’s turmoil, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said on Monday” (Reuters, March 23, 2015). “Asked about Tehran’s role in supporting the Houthis in Yemen, Prince Saud said he was ‘against Iran’s interference’ and also attacked what he described as Iran’s efforts to ‘stir up sectarian conflict’ in Arab states” (ibid.). The Saudi Foreign Minister also went on to observe, “If this issue [in Yemen] is not solved peacefully, we will take the necessary measures to protect the region from their aggression” (BBC, March 23, 2015). Saudi Arabia has now moved to the Yemeni border heavy weaponry that can be used defensively or offensively (Guardian, March 24, 2015).

“Arab countries will take necessary measures to protect the region against ‘aggression’ by Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi group if a peaceful solution cannot be found to that country’s turmoil, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said on Monday” (Reuters, March 23, 2015). “Asked about Tehran’s role in supporting the Houthis in Yemen, Prince Saud said he was ‘against Iran’s interference’ and also attacked what he described as Iran’s efforts to ‘stir up sectarian conflict’ in Arab states” (ibid.). The Saudi Foreign Minister also went on to observe, “If this issue [in Yemen] is not solved peacefully, we will take the necessary measures to protect the region from their aggression” (BBC, March 23, 2015). Saudi Arabia has now moved to the Yemeni border heavy weaponry that can be used defensively or offensively (Guardian, March 24, 2015).

Will Germany Have a Fourth Reich?

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The title of a recent Der Spiegel article is telling: “‘The Fourth Reich’: What Some Europeans See When They Look at Germany” (March 23, 2013). The article’s author observed “Following World War II, a German return to dominance in Europe seemed an impossibility. But the euro crisis has transformed the country into a reluctant hegemon and comparisons with the Nazis have become rampant” (ibid.). The author continued “People have even begun talking about the ‘Fourth Reich,’ a reference to the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler. That may sound absurd given that today’s Germany is a successful democracy without a trace of national-socialism—and that no one would actually associate Merkel with Nazism. But further reflection on the word ‘Reich,’ or empire, may not be entirely out of place. The term refers to a dominion, with a central power exerting control over many different peoples. According to this definition, would it be wrong to speak of a German Reich in the economic realm?” (ibid.). The author finishes by noting that Germany is not a military or political “Reich” (ibid.). 

The title of a recent Der Spiegel article is telling: “‘The Fourth Reich’: What Some Europeans See When They Look at Germany” (March 23, 2013). The article’s author observed “Following World War II, a German return to dominance in Europe seemed an impossibility. But the euro crisis has transformed the country into a reluctant hegemon and comparisons with the Nazis have become rampant” (ibid.). The author continued “People have even begun talking about the ‘Fourth Reich,’ a reference to the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler. That may sound absurd given that today’s Germany is a successful democracy without a trace of national-socialism—and that no one would actually associate Merkel with Nazism. But further reflection on the word ‘Reich,’ or empire, may not be entirely out of place. The term refers to a dominion, with a central power exerting control over many different peoples. According to this definition, would it be wrong to speak of a German Reich in the economic realm?” (ibid.). The author finishes by noting that Germany is not a military or political “Reich” (ibid.). 

Three Hard Questions about Easter

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The Power of Breastfeeding

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As Christians clearly understand, the great God created the human body “fearfully and wonderfully” (Psalm 139:14). He created a woman’s body to carry and develop “godly offspring” (Malachi 2:15). And He designed the woman’s body to produce special milk that can completely sustain a developing infant for months. Science has discovered that this breast milk is actually designed to be perfectly compatible with each particular infant, and that breastfeeding actually reduces the mother’s risk of developing breast cancer. 

As Christians clearly understand, the great God created the human body “fearfully and wonderfully” (Psalm 139:14). He created a woman’s body to carry and develop “godly offspring” (Malachi 2:15). And He designed the woman’s body to produce special milk that can completely sustain a developing infant for months. Science has discovered that this breast milk is actually designed to be perfectly compatible with each particular infant, and that breastfeeding actually reduces the mother’s risk of developing breast cancer. 

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