Commentary

Is God Sorry?

  1. 12th April 2018
  2. Brian Pomicter

When I was a boy, my grandmother used to send our family copies of a Pennsylvania newspaper, Grit, which published only good news. Grit displayed news and features aimed at rural America, and climbed to a weekly circulation of 100,000 by 1900, and reached nearly half a million by its 50th anniversary in 1932. Grit is still printed today as a bimonthly magazine,...

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"Buy" the Truth

  1. 10th April 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

The old saying “Truth is a rare commodity” seems truer today than ever before. Truth is always valuable and investing in this commodity is always wise—particularly as it becomes rarer. Let’s face it: lies, deceits, falsehoods, misrepresentations, omissions and so-called “spin” are rampant. If we have even a modicum of experience, we have grown rightly skeptical...

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Europe—Remember April 10, 1241

  1. 07th April 2018
  2. Wyatt Ciesielka

April 10, 1241 has haunted the European collective consciousness for centuries. World history would have been very different had the Tartars not abruptly halted their furious advance into the heart of Europe. Why did the Tartars stop? Why was Europe spared? Will a great eastern army again advance on European powers? Will Europe escape a second time?

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Vinegar on Soda

  1. 05th April 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

As a child, I remember my first “lesson” in chemistry. Somewhere, I obtained a little plastic boat—it probably came in a box of cereal or Cracker Jacks—into which one could put baking soda and vinegar. The chemical reaction propelled the little boat. Little did I know that this chemical reaction is mentioned in the Bible.

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Everything counts

  1. 03rd April 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

"Don't sweat the small stuff – and it's all small stuff." So goes the popular saying. We look for a way to avoid stress and to avoid the consequences of our actions. Yet, when it comes down to it, we are ultimately responsible for our actions – and everything counts.

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The Benefits of Forgiveness

  1. 31st March 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

Everything we do has a cost. The cost may include money, time, physical or mental exertion, or a toll on our emotional health and well-being. Sometimes, the cost of our actions is imposed on people we love. Failing to forgive others exacts a tremendous cost. If someone crashes into our automobile, there is not only a monetary cost for repairs, but also the costs...

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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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