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July 2007 Archives

Below you will find a link to a brief video made by a Jewish young man named Mr. Max Blumenthal. He decided to visit the recent CUFI (Christians United for Israel) meeting led by Rev. Hagee and his friends. There […]

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THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM MY FORTHCOMING COMMENTARY ON PHILEMON, COLOSSIANS, AND EPHESIANS, DUE OUT FROM EERDMANS IN NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER. BW3 One of the more obviously relevant texts for the discussion of modern Christian worship is Ephesians 5.18-21, […]

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On a day when we have reached the eschaton of Harry Potter novels, it is appropriate to talk about summer reading, and what might be profitable. J.K. Rowling is certainly a good writer in the English spirit and style, but […]

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The heyday of musicals has long since come and gone. In fact they peaked in the late 50s and early 60s (think ‘Music Man’, ‘Oklahoma’, or the real blockbuster that basically killed off the genre for a generation– ‘The Sound […]

From here I can see tomorrow, From here I can see the shore, From here I can see the future, But I ask myself, what for? Somewhere between curse and blessing Between help and hindrance Is knowing what’s coming Preparing […]

A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. “House” for instance, is feminine: “la casa.” “Pencil,” however, is masculine: “el lapiz.” A student asked, “What gender is […]

O.k., so the picture is sideways. That’s about how I got across the finish line in the Boston Marathon– crawling sideways. Turn your computer sideways and look. Actually if you right click on the picture, I gather you can make […]

VOICE ONE—THE CONSCIENCE You don’t get there sooner Running faster in that direction, It only ruins your temper Your color and complexion. VOICE TWO—THE EMOTIONS If you can’t remember Whether you’ve been here before I fear you’ll never find The […]

Oh for the good old days of riding one’s broom and playing quidditch. Harry has moved on from those mostly care-free days and now is presented to us as a troubled youth. The trouble with Harry is that he is […]

My friend Dr. Ross Bailey from Toronto kindly sent me this story further to our earlier debate about health care. It speaks for itself, and it makes some of the points I was stressing. The nurses of Canada know perfectly […]