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Seen Enough?
(Relevant Review of Dante’s Inferno)

Seen Enough?<br>(Relevant Review of Dante’s Inferno)

Near the top of any respectable “great books” list is The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321). It follows the medieval cosmology of his day that presumed three levels for the universe: Paradiso, Purgatorio and Inferno. You know he was Italian because his name and most of his nouns ended with vowels.

Most people think Dante’s Inferno (written around 1300 AD) is about hell. Sure, it contains plenty of grotesque and ironic images of hell, which Dante dissects into ...

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DEFINING AMERICA

DEFINING AMERICA

America is not a geographical location (the land was here long before “America” existed). Nor was America ever just her government (we were so much more than that). It is also not skin color. In fact, race, gender and class have no genuine bearing on the identity of Americans. What America was and is can only be found in hearts and minds. Here is a short list of what generally defined America:

  • Trust in God (our official national motto).
  • Love of liberty ...
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Women of Honor

Women of Honor

As a single man, here the two things I want most:

  1. A close relationship with God made possible by His forgiveness.
  2. A close relationship with a woman of honor who has #1 above.

The second desire is a far cry from the first. Nevertheless, it is the focus of my thoughts below.

Unfortunately, I live in a culture holds honor in low regard, especially for women. Yet, my hope springs eternal because women still exist who hold their honor and faith ...

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Cosmopolitan Concerns

Cosmopolitan Concerns

Today, while waiting for a beef burrito at a Zip Trip gas station, I was jolted by my cultural cluelessness. What planet I have been living on for 30 years? That’s the amount of time that has passed since I last looked at Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Its current cover features Miley Cyrus decked out in a bejeweled flesh-colored outfit with the following headline: “It’s Party Time: Eat, Drink and Twerk Your A** Off.” Another headline expressed an exciting holiday wish: “Sex ...

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A Dream or a Nightmare?

A Dream or a Nightmare?

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr., from his “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

I share this dream. Bigotry disgusts me. Bullying is for cowards. Human beings should be treated as equal in worth and dignity, ...

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My Dad Was Right!
(My Slow Surrender to Ephesians 5:23)

My Dad Was Right!<br>(My Slow Surrender to Ephesians 5:23)

I came out of graduate school in 1979 as a well-educated Christian feminist. My dad and I fought over this. He could not let go of the traditional notion that the husband should be the head of the family. I regaled him with my egalitarian beliefs, though untried by me in the real world. He had several Scripture passages and some real life experience on his side. Still, I was unbending and he got rather agitated with me. Though disappointed, ...

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Will the Family Stay Afloat?
(“National Marriage Week: Feb. 7-14)

Will the Family Stay Afloat? <br>(“National Marriage Week: Feb. 7-14)

The single most important thing about any culture is how it treats children. How is America doing on that score?

  1. Americans prefer leaders who passionately insist that the desire to exterminate babies in the womb remains elevated as a legal human “right.”
  2. Americans prefer leaders who do everything in their power to redefine marriage and family so that fewer and fewer children will grow up with their mom and dad together in the home.
  3. Americans prefer leaders who categorize children ...
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Guys and Gals

Guys and Gals

People with experience all say that strong marriages take work. Let’s take their word on that and move on to some practical therefores.

Let’s begin with the guys…

    “Nothing runs without maintenance. This includes your marriage.” ~ Jerry Jones, October 9,
    2013, at the Lewiston Church of Christ in Idaho.

Husbands, even if you married the lowest maintenance woman you could find, don’t treat her that way. Another word for maintenance is care. Make care an action verb. Better yet, make it ...

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First Earn, then Eat!

First Earn, then Eat!

“If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
The Apostle Paul (2 Thessalonians 3:10, NIV).

The key word in the much neglected verse above is “man,” which in context means “grown-up.” Of course, babies and children must be fed long before they can work. As they grow, they learn to take responsibility for their lives. Others need time and support, for legitimate reasons, to train or recover from setbacks or disabilities. They need to eat too. Grown-up Christians ...

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Fried Children

Fried Children

The silver screen comedian W. C. Fields (1880 – 1946) was once asked if he liked children. He quipped: “Ah yes, boiled or fried?” There was a time in America when that was funny. No more. Reality is trading places with absurdity. Too many children are being boiled and fried alive, so to speak, in today’s popular culture.

Would you like America’s babies served up in the second trimester or third? Would you like to see our children’s hearts ...

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