“Why I Don’t Sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner.'”

That is the title of an article by Mark Schlonger, the Pastor of a Mennonite Church (CNN Blogs).  He also explained why the Mennonite’s college, Goshen (Indiana), does not play the national athem at its athletic events. “That’s because we recognize only one Christian Nation, the church, the holy nation that is bound togather by…
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Fear Of Fire

There are many phobias.  Flying in airplanes is a common one.  Height is another. The disease, cancer, strikes fear in many.  A universial phobia is death in fire. When I was the local Mayor, I learned about the fire phobia.  I had read about cities where the police officers and fire fighters were cross trained into one public safety department.  When…
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Hell Is Really Funny

In one sense, from my field of economics, hell makes sense.   If a segement of the population in some ancient time did not behave, those in power could have killed them.  This would have been a high-cost solution because the labor of the misbehavors was needed to survive.   They could have, and often did, enslave them.  But, slaves use up some labor because…
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Gay Marriage:Entanglement Of Church, Politics & Business

I was fortunate to have been a young adult during the civil rights and women’s equality periods.  It was exciting to read about them and experience first hand some aspects of those changes. Though I’m not gay, the gay rights experience has been even more exciting to me personally. The issue has so many intersections with religion and politics, and to…
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There Are Never Enough Books About Hell

Some readers may be interested in reading a lengthy interview with author, Edward Fudge, at  ChristianPost.com. With my limited interest in hell, I find it incredible someone like Fudge could have spent his life studying it. Apparently, there are numerous other people who have spent their careers studying it as well. That someone like Fudge would make to…
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