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May 12th, 2011

Replacing Brute Force with the Rule of Law

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Was the killing of Osama Bin Laden by the Navy SEALs, who were acting under the orders of President Barak Obama, justifiable? Or, as decorated WWII war veteran and sole surviving prosecutor at the Nuremberg genocide trials, Benjamin B. Ferencz, asks, was it a pre-meditated illegal assassination?

Ferencz, now 92, would like our world to be more humane and secure. His hope for a better future has led him to be a strong supporter of the work being carried out by today’s International Criminal Court. Ferencz wants to see the world’s present political ethos favouring the “rule of force” replaced by “the rule of law.” Consequently, the former Nuremburg prosecutor would have greatly preferred seeing Osama Bin Laden put on trial for mass murder rather than summarily dispatched with a couple of bullets to the head. He notes…

 

May 12th, 2011

Second Coming of Osama Bin Laden

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In a CBS News interview yesterday, U.S. President Barak Obama rejected releasing grisly death pictures of the al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden, saying,

“We don’t trot this stuff out as trophies… The fact of the matter is, this was somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received, and I think Americans and people around the world are glad that he is gone. But we don’t need to spike the football” (referring to the iconic athletic enthusiasm exhibited by American footballers when they score touchdown points).

May 7th, 2011

Moment of Truth

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A building without integrity may receive structural damage, or even collapse, in a storm. Similarly, people without integrity are blown about by the winds of misfortune and destroyed by catastrophes, for they lack the firmness, solidity, and strength of character to weather any storm. Dr. William Menninger (1899 ~ 1966) called integrity one of the six essential qualities that are the key to success.

By Jean Jantzen

Have you ever tuned into Moment of Truth? I accidentally did the other night. Contestants answer a series of 21 increasingly personal and embarrassing questions to receive cash prizes.  One contestant, a mother of three and a volunteer firefighter was asked: “Have you ever shoplifted from a store and given it to your kids?” The woman laughed and said “yes, all the time.”  I was so astonished by her response I listened to more.  The next question was: “Have you ever set fire to a neighbours’ property and the answer was again “Yes.” “Do you want attention from men other than your husband?”  “Yes!” “Have you ever stolen anything from a relative’s house?” “Yes!”  “Did you ever cheat on your Red Cross First Aid exam?” “Yes!” “As a volunteer firefighter have you ever ignored a call to come when you were called?”  And again the answer was an astonishing yes! Hopefully not too many people would shoot themselves in the foot as that contestant was doing. More

May 1st, 2011

The Bible: The Original Hypertext

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The Original Hypertext: “In The Beginning Was The Word”

Written by Jean Jantzen

The Bible is known as the ‘Greatest Book’ ever written. Yet scholars, theologians and philosophers have never come to any sort of agreement on one circumscribed way to read or understand this intriguing book. In fact, trying to find some middle ground has led to hot debate, division and confusion; nonetheless, the Bible continues to be a bestseller. In his book Hypertext, George Landow describes the many features of hypertext: it has many “networks” that “interact . . .it has no beginning, it is reversible; we gain access to it by several entrances, none of which can be authoritatively declared to be the main one”(3). In other words, hypertext is a “vast assemblage” which suggests “the structure of an interlacing, a weaving, or a web which would allow the different threads and different lines of sense or force to separate again, as well as being ready to bind others together”(9). In a development of these principles, Professor Ben Shneiderman has three golden rules for hypertext: 1) there is a large body of information organized into numerous fragments; 2 ) the fragments relate to each other; 3) the reader needs only a small fraction at a time. (http://www.aber.ac.uk/~jjw90/work/misc/hyprguid.htm# Getting Started: Shneiderman’s Golden Rules of Hypertext).

I will demonstrate how the Bible is a living, dynamic force and fulfills all the aforementioned characteristics of hypertext.
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May 1st, 2011

God our Healer

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In the Christian’s journey from Passover to Pentecost there are fundamental lessons about God’s nature and the Christian life that we can rehearse. The journey of the Israelites in the wilderness during this season millennia ago provides us foundational lessons in living. Jeff Patton reminds us that God is our healer. But there is a big “IF” attached to God’s healing promise. God sets conditions and offers opportunities for us to reap the benefits of His teaching. Will we heed God’s advice, instructions in healthy living that the Egyptians did not know, and as a result, suffer “none of these diseases” that the Egyptians experienced?

May 1st, 2011

Who is Your Rock?

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In Japan, siesmologists and engineers were astounded by the amount of destruction caused by “liquefaction” in areas where buildings were built on fill or sandy soils. In the gospels Christ reiterates this spiritual message that building on sand leads to destruction. Jeff Patton asks you to consider, “What is the rock that you, as a Christian should build your life on, so you have a sure foundation?” The answer will present some surprises to those who adhere to traditional teaching, rather than sola scriptura.

April 25th, 2011

Tale of Five Passovers

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spring feast plum blossomChrist, the I Am, and Lord of the Passover, the one who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, requires His people to pay attention to the lessons of this Holyday season and be ready for action. Jeff Patton examines the message of the festival of unleavened bread, and answers the question, “What should a Christian community do in response to divine intervention and deliverance?”