My Musings

JUST WAR THEORY

JUST WAR THEORY

Theory and practice are hard to reconcile, especially in the realm of war. The phrase “just war” originated with St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430), an influential bishop in the fourth century church, in his work The City of God. He believed that war was always the result of sin. Yet, it might be necessary to wage a just war against the forces of evil. He saw God as more anti-evil than anti-war. Therefore, he sought to offer a ...

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Shalom, Shalom!

Shalom, Shalom!

How do you say, “How are you?” in biblical Hebrew? Answer: “Shalom.”

How do you wish someone peace? Easy, “Shalom.”

Can you translate the phrase “All is well” into ancient Hebrew? Yes; “Shalom!”

What’s the ancient Hebrew word for “prosperity?” How about “safety?” Or, how did they declare victory in battle? The answers: “Shalom”, “Shalom” and “Shalom!”

We encounter this versatile word 237 times in the Old Testament. All the above uses are included and then some. Okay, one more: ...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), The Thankful Poor

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Salem Witch Judge: A Book Review

Salem Witch Judge: A Book Review

SALEM WITCH JUDGE: The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall. Author: Eve LaPlante, Harper-Collins Publishers, New York, NY, 2007.


Eve LaPlante is the great-great-great… great-great-great-granddaughter of Samuel Sewall, a judge during the Salem witch trials. In her biography of Sewall, LePlante pictures her ancestor as a “follower of Christ” who “sought forgiveness and expiation from sin.”

HARD TIMES:

In the ...

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Insane Faith!

Insane Faith!

Insanity is often defined as doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result. Some attribute this saying to Albert Einstein. Others credit the ancient Chinese, or Ben Franklin or Alcoholics Anonymous. Who knows? In any case, this adage has become ubiquitous in our time.

My Mom often admonished my brothers and me, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Was she driving us insane? Sometimes I think it’s insane to do the same thing ...

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A Radiant Life!

A Radiant Life!

“Amy Wilson Carmichael was the most Christ-like character I ever met. . . her life was the most fragrant, the most joyfully sacrificial, that I ever knew.” ~ Sherwood Eddy, missionary and statesman.

Amy Wilson Carmichael (1867-1951) was raised in Northern Ireland. Her life story is illuminated by Elizabeth Elliot in her inspiring biography, A Chance to Die: The Life and Legend of Amy Carmichael.

Living for the good of others was a notion Amy picked up from her ...

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Things That Matter

Things That Matter

“Only if we put first things first, we can truly enjoy ‘second things.’”
(Things That Matter, by the faculty of the Austin Graduate School of Theology)

1. The Glory and Honor of God:

When Satan said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?” (Job 1:9), God’s honor was besmirched. He allowed Job’s loyalty and love to be put to a cosmic test because God’s honor was even more important than Job’s happiness. The most important thing to the apostle Peter was ...

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Dan Quayle is no Jack Kennedy

Dan Quayle is no Jack Kennedy

(A Profile in Moral Courage)

Then Senator Dan Quayle was 41 when he ran for Vice President in 1988. So, it was legitimate to question his readiness to hold high office and it was legitimate for Quayle (in the 1988 VP debate) to confidently and correctly point out that he and Jack Kennedy (JFK) had spent the same amount of time serving in congress prior to running for high office.

Benson responded; “Senator, I served with Jack ...

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Celebrating Whateverhood?

Celebrating Whateverhood?

Motherhood and apple pie have long represented the quintessential components of Americana that no one would dare diminish or disparage. That was yesterday. Today, we still love apple pie.

Tolerating Motherhood / Fatherhood

America is currently in the process of diminishing both motherhood and fatherhood and gradually replacing them with whateverhood. Advocating for same-sex marriage undermines the value we assign to motherhood and fatherhood as uniquely beneficial to children. Two or three men cannot compensate for ...

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Holiness Awareness Month?

Holiness Awareness Month?

What is it about October? So far, I have heard that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month and “Infant/Pregnancy Loss and SIDS Awareness Month!” The ribbons are out in force.

GOOD! I respect our freedom to advocate and promote causes of conviction. I say, give the people their voice and more power to them! Just keep it kind and honest, whether you agree or not.

I saw a list of commemorative ...

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