Commentary

Marked for life

  1. 14th June 2006
  2. Gary F. Ehman

Picture a boy dangling from meat hooks, his flesh torn by the hooks jabbed into his backside. This shocking image could come straight from Dante's Inferno, or from a woodcut depicting prisoners tortured in the deep, dark dungeons of a medieval castle. But this modern young man's wounds are self-inflicted — a bizarre example of the new-age art form of self-...

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A tale of the "Grail"

  1. 05th June 2006
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

The entire world is abuzz about the blockbuster book by Dan Brown, and the movie version, which recently hit theaters worldwide. Critics have excoriated the film, but people seem to be fascinated by it and are attending in droves.

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What are we doing to our children?

  1. 29th May 2006
  2. Carl Ponder (1939-2007)

The absence of a stable family, including both father and mother, in all too many cases can produce maladjusted offspring. Cruelty and meanness have many times been associated with children raised without the constant influence of both loving parents.

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The Rise of China and India

  1. 22nd May 2006
  2. Scott D. Winnail

Natural resources often play powerful roles in global conflicts. In modern times, the most highly populated nations have often had the weakest economies, and thus have never been able to consume vast amounts of natural resources.

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Avian flu, in the form of the A(H5N1) virus, is winging its way across the globe with alarming speed. Experts still disagree about its ultimate ability to inflict a worldwide epidemic on the human family

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Political instability at Europe's core

  1. 09th May 2006
  2. Scott D. Winnail

France has been experiencing civil unrest that threatens the future of its political leaders. Germany recently faced labor strikes involving over 30,000 workers. Italy has just concluded a very rocky and divisive national election.

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The teen massacre madness continues

  1. 02nd May 2006
  2. Gary F. Ehman

Two more chilling stories of thwarted teenage school massacre plots have stunned Americans once again. Police, in April, uncovered a plan by five Riverton, Kansas teenage boys just hours before the attack. Several days later, police arrested six North Pole, Alaska seventh-graders planning to kill students and teachers.

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Sex Sells ... Let the Buyer Beware!

  1. 25th April 2006
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

It’s everywhere—lots of flesh, provocative poses, suggestive moves, lyrics and dialogue; all calculated to stir the passions of the listener or viewer, young or old, male or female. The appeal to the desire for physical pleasures is used to purvey every kind of product and service in every form of media. It’s slick. It’s colorful. It’s well done. And, it’s...

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The Curse of Tobacco

  1. 18th April 2006
  2. Carl Ponder (1939-2007)

It was just after my ordination into the ministry that it came to my attention that George (not his real name) was secretly smoking.

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For in your Easter bonnet...

  1. 11th April 2006
  2. Harold Way

In the gospel of Luke, chapter 24, one can find the story of Jesus, after His resurrection, joining two others traveling to a village named Emmaus, which was located some seven miles outside of Jerusalem.

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