Commentary

Hard Questions for Easter

  1. 29th March 2018
  2. Wallace G. Smith

It's the Easter season, and the pastel colors are coming out! Beautiful dresses for little girls hang in the department stores, kits for coloring eggs appear on the shelves, and that elusive species of hare—the chocolate bunny—comes once again into season.

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Real Hope for Real Change

  1. 27th March 2018
  2. Brian Pomicter

It seems there is precious little in the news today to give cause for optimism about the future. Indicators everywhere suggest that life could become a lot rougher. Many people look around and grow discouraged by what they see. For some, their personal lives have been or are becoming destitute of hope. But is there any real reason for hope?

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Wait for It...Patiently!

  1. 24th March 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

Many have heard the joking declaration: “Lord, please give me patience, and give it to me right NOW!” This tongue-in-cheek, satirical statement humorously depicts what is so hard about being patient. Many have also heard the maxim, “Patience is a virtue,” probably so many times that it becomes a cliché—tiresome and meaningless to them. That is unfortunate,...

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Stephen Hawking and the Universe

  1. 22nd March 2018
  2. Richard F. Ames

The famous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking died on March 14, 2018 at age 76. His contributions to science and cosmology have pioneered significant developments in understanding our universe. And yet he had a yearning to learn even more about the universe and to “search for a complete unified theory” (A Brief History of Time, 1988, p. 13).

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An Intermission

  1. 20th March 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

While watching a classic epic movie from the 1960’s recently, I was surprised when, about halfway through the film, there was an intermission. I suppose the directors figured the audience needed a brief break before the lengthy production resumed to complete the story. In live theater productions and at the symphony, an intermission is often provided before the...

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A Splash of Blood

  1. 17th March 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

Much of the Christian-professing world has been observing Lent, a time of self-denial in preparation for Easter. Interestingly, the day before Lent begins is a time of partying and excess known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” though most of the participants don’t know why they are celebrating. The next day, Ash Wednesday, begins forty days of “fasting” leading...

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Trade War over Steel and Aluminum?

  1. 15th March 2018
  2. Rod McNair

United States President Donald Trump recently proposed tariffs against steel and aluminum imports. This has raised the prospect of a “trade war” between the U.S. and nations who export steel and aluminum to American markets. What is a trade war? That’s when one nation imposes taxes on certain goods from another country, and—in retaliation—that country slaps...

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Feasts for the Birds...

  1. 13th March 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

Birds are not just beautiful and awe-inspiring. God has used them throughout history to teach human beings many lessons.

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The "This Is Us" Effect

  1. 10th March 2018
  2. Lawrence Taylor (guest columnist)

Over the last two years there has been an increased attack on the idea of godly masculinity. The idea of what masculinity is—and the need for it—has been constantly debated. The last presidential campaign highlighted this attack. Even simply not voting for former Secretary of State and U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was condemned by some as an...

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The World Next Door

  1. 08th March 2018
  2. John Wheeler (guest columnist)

After NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong took his “one small step for man,” no one who knew of the accomplishment could ever look at the Moon in the same way again. Before, the Moon was a distant, ever-changing light in the sky, serving man in various ways (some of them described in Genesis 1:14–18, Deuteronomy 33:14 and Psalm 104:19), and sometimes even worshiped (...

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