Category Archives: Violence

A life trapped in violence

Much of my childhood was spent crying, and I was often fearful that my mother would kill me. My mother once told me that she wished she had gotten rid of my siblings and me when she had the chance. My heart would break every time she said something like that. Continue reading

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The Jury has returned with a verdict…

Have you ever approached God as if he were a defendant in need of making His case to you? Continue reading

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3 Questions about war

Is it possible for a government to carry out a just war? Continue reading

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When is war necessary?

We should not allow our weariness with overseas wars result in a delusional isolationism. There is always a danger in reaction resulting in opposite extremes. So perhaps this is a good time to review our beliefs about war. Is it possible to have a just war? Could a decision to go to war ever be the best and most loving choice? Continue reading

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When faith causes doubts

Some struggle with doubt but faith has often caused me to struggle. Continue reading

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Our only hope and those who receive it

Watching and reading the daily news gives the feeling that things are not getting better on the planet we call home.  Current conditions make me want to offer a simple prayer, “Dear God, things are not so good down here. I … Continue reading

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Wisdom on suffering

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8). Dick Keyes “The Bible does not give us a quick and easy answer to why God allows evil to continue … Continue reading

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Is religion the primary source of violence?

Contrary to the myth that religion is the primary source of war and violence …. Continue reading

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Myth about the First Amendment

Our Sunday News recently asked me to be a voice to balance the weekly columns of the assistant editor. He generates the most reader response for the paper but writes from more of a left-side, liberal perspective (labels I am a … Continue reading

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Teach the true virtue of tolerance

  The current political atmosphere in the USA is an embarrassing example of a failure to promote the virtue of tolerance. For more than two decades, public education and mainstream media have emphasized and promoted a value identified as tolerance. … Continue reading

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