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    Was Adolf Hitler a Better Man than Martin Luther King, Jr.?

    Sometimes no greater point can be made than by comparing polar opposites. And, however ugly that comparison may appear, if to serve a greater purpose of clarifying higher truths, it is well worth the inquiry. Perhaps no two people in the history of the world have been separated by such a gulf of a difference than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Adolf Hitler. Devoid of a conscience (or violator of it), Hitler left one of the most indelible marks of devastation, inhumane mass exterminations and a war campaign that would see the entire world unravel, causing up to 40,000,000 deaths. Dr. King, appealing to the conscience of a nation, opened the eyes of that nation to show it its blatant hypocrisy. One found it permissible, and even his right, to exact force and eradicate what he deemed to be the lower races. The other, persisting in peace against a horrid injustice and blatant hatred, to free millions from their bondage. One would hold that the Arian race was supreme and therefore needed to exterminate all undesirables. The other preached the table of brotherhood. One judged by the color of the skin. The other, by the content of the character. One is notably the evilest person ever to live. The other, one of the noblest characters (though not perfect in any sense) to ever set foot on this earth. (more…)

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    Christmas and its Implications

    On the occasion of Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ (God incarnate), it is appropriate to consider the following insightful commentary from Harry Reasoner from  Christmas Eve of 1973,

    “Christmas is such a unique idea that most non-Christians accept it, and I think sometimes envy it. If Christmas is the anniversary of the appearance of the Lord of the Universe in the form of a helpless baby, it’s quite a day. It’s a startling idea, and the theologians, who sometimes love logic more than they love God, find it uncomfortable. But if God did do it, He had a tremendous insight. (more…)

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    The Screwtape Letters on Stage

    The C.S. Lewis classic work, The Screwtape Letters, comes to a stage near you (hopefully). The Screwtape Letters is a collection of letters written by a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, who happens to be in training. But what can you expect from a one man (speaking part) performance? Well, be prepared to be swept away, as I was. Audiences of all kinds, from the secular media and non-believers to Christians, are all raving about The Screwtape Letters. The brilliant adaptation of Lewis’s classic work brought to life by The Fellowship for the Performing Arts is one wild ride.

    Screwtape’s letters are meant to train the young demon to move people away from realizing God, but they do more than that illuminating the incredible wretchedness that slowly creeps into the human experience to move us slowly into complacency and enchantment with the merely temporal realities. It is one diabolical insight into the nature of the human psyche. Max McLean is eerily good, perhaps a little too good, at bringing Screwtape to life. It is truly a performance you will not forget. But don’t take my word for it. Here are what the critics are saying: (more…)

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    Butterflies and Metamorphosis

    It is not uncommon for a film about the natural world to fill us with a genuine sense of awe. We look at the majesty of the world around us and can’t help but find ourselves blessed to be able to witness that magnificence. And when it comes to the minute details of the animal kingdom, not only can we appreciate beauty, but we are left in awe when we consider the incredible complexity behind the spectacles. And it is no different when we consider the butterfly. The latest  Illustra Media film titled Metamorphosis released in mid 2011 takes a deep look into the life of butterflies and metamorphosis with stunning high quality footage, inspiring music, and commentary from today’s leading scholars in the various disciplines within biology.

    One of the most notable facets of the documentary is its background information on what butterflies have meant to people throughout the ages as it traces the butterfly from the ancient of days till today. Various ancient civilizations iconified butterflies in beauty, wonder, and astonishment. (more…)

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    Can There Be Virtues Without God?

    It would be fair to admonish the young people of today for being vain, selfish, and simply swimming in the enchantment of illusions of their own making. It would be fair to criticize the youth of the day for rebelling against everything, regardless of merit or warrant, in the final analysis slowly fading the issues of rebellion into the backdrop making rebellion itself the chief end. But along with so much chaos among the youth, there are young people today who care deeply about the issues humanity is wrestling with and there is a sense of great optimism about the progress of humankind in its elusive journey to find itself, its ultimate purpose and destiny. Some of the young people today also care about world peace, ending hunger, selfless devotion to one another and deep lasting friendships that are hard to tear apart. The youth of today likes to decorate reality with great and wonderful pursuits, and for this there should be a true sense of elation, for these are the truly meaningful ends. (more…)

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    What is Halloween?

    No other holiday incites the imaginations of kids and adults alike as much as Halloween. But what inspires people of all ages to dress up in various kinds of costumes to go out collecting all sorts of sweet goodies from door to door? Now, it’s a bit of an oddity to tell kids not to take anything from strangers the entire year, and then on this one occasion scrap it all and allow them to take potentially harmful edibles from strangers, most of whom they will not see again for an entire year till next Halloween. Somehow it’s become acceptable to make an exception this one day out of the entire year. But besides this obvious inconsistency, one wonders still how this peculiar tradition came about. What is Halloween? How did Halloween begin? (more…)

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    Is Jesus Christ Coming Back on October 21, 2011

    Does the Bible really say that Jesus Christ is coming back to judge the world on October 21, 2011? Well, Harold Camping is at it again predicting now that the world will face final judgement on October 21, 2011 as Jesus Christ comes back to judge the world. Now, many people have short memories and, therefore, have already forgotten about the fact that Camping has been proven wrong on more than one occasion, the latest one being the failed prediction of May 21, 2011. (more…)

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    Joe Wright Kansas Senate Prayer

    This prayer was delivered on January 23, 1996 by the Rev. Joe Wright in Kansas. It was said that most of those in attendance were outraged and some walked out. Without a doubt, it is a blunt and direct indictment on modern culture.  Within just a few weeks, the Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, received thousand of phone calls. Surprisingly, only a few dozen of those calls were from those who were responding negatively. In the weeks to follow the church received international requests for copies of this prayer from all over the world. (more…)

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    9/11: Where is God During a Catastrophe?

    Where is God? “You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news on September 11, 2001. Neither will I. I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say “Goodbye.” I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, “Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK … I am ready to go.” I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn’t coming home that night. I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. “I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!” I said. “Of course I will show you the way home – only believe in Me now.” I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered. I was with the Firefighters, the Police Officers, the Emergency Workers. (more…)

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    Was Jesus Real?

    Was Jesus real? Was he a person who lived or a fictional character around whom a religion was formed? It appears as though many atheists and skeptics of all kinds like to argue that Jesus was not real and did not exist. This presumption is generally made because the Bible conveys supernatural events, and therefore, those who hold that supernatural events cannot occur see it fitting to deny the existence of Jesus of Nazareth.

    However, as professor of biblical criticism and exegesis F. F. Bruce states,

    “Some writers may toy with the fancy of ‘Christ-myth,’ but they do not do so on the ground of historical evidence. The historicity of Christ is as axiomatic for an unbiased historian as the historicity of Julius Caesar. It is not historians who propagate the ‘Christ-myth’ theories.”1

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