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Mass shootings. Suicide bombings. These are not natural tragedies. These are atrocities. But why?
Editor’s note: This is the second of two columns that take a look a baptism. The first one ran March 29.
A man approached St. Peter at the pearly gates and was asked why he should be permitted into heaven. The man replied, “My parents had me baptized.”
During our recent trip to Germany to visit our son in the Air Force, the history surrounding the Protestant Reformation that erupted there in the 1500s was often on our minds.
At Niagara Falls, there is a point of no return; a place where the water rushes so fiercely that it would be impossible to free one's self from the current. Posted signs tell the unwary where going over the falls is inevitable.
Suicide took the life of a dear friend who had been tormented in his soul ever since he was told as a youth that he'd committed the unpardonable sin.
Count Nikolaus von Zinzendorf was born in 1700 at Dresden, Germany. His life motto was, “I have but one passion, and that is he (Jesus Christ) and only he.”
Tevye, in “Fiddler on the Roof,” bluntly asks his wife: “Do you love me?”
“Sing of your Redeemer, and be kind to his creatures!” This was Pastor Francis Rowley’s (1854-1952) watchword that revealed his heart’s embrace of Proverbs 12:10: “A righteous man has regard (respect) for the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are actually cruel.” In 191…
The story is told about a Baptist and a Presbyterian having a discussion about the proper form of baptism.
In 1787, Scottish historian Alexander Tyler observed, "A democracy will continue to exist up until the time voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury."
"Religion is the opiate of the masses," said Karl Marx, who saw religion as an attractive intoxicant for the weak and downhearted.
Socrates (born in 470 B.C.) was called the savior of Western civilization.
Without a doubt, human words have power.
Fanaticism, with its unreasonable zeal, can muddle fact; but fact still remains factual.
In London's Harringay Arena, Cliff Barrows and Bev Shea of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Team made popular the 1886 Swedish poem originally entitled "O Store Gud":
As creatures of curiosity we like to ask all sorts of questions.
I came across a heart-rending story of a young father who ended his life after having called a Chicago newspaper and telling of his intended suicide. The reporter frantically traced the call, but it was too late.
Citizens are welcoming of the warnings concerning mad cow disease, SARS, CWD, brucellosis, and West Nile Virus. But what about Sandemanianism, which can prove eternally deadly to a human soul?
Breathtaking mountain scenery and brilliant sunsets in my home state often evoke from our souls the singing of "This is my Father's world" and "How great Thou art!"