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    What is Truth?

    This was Pilate’s question to Jesus just before he dismissed Him. So, the question of what truth is has been debated for centuries, even before Pilate. My Webster’s Dictionary defines truth as “the state of being the case”, and “the body of real things, events, and facts”, and “the property of being in accord with fact or reality” (emphasis mine). But how do we determine exactly what the truth is? How do we exclude human subjectivity from finding the truth? I’m going to try answering that question this morning. A number of decades ago federal truth in advertising laws were passed because advertising was, for the most part, devoid of…

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    The Pursuit f Happiness v. the Imputation of Joy

    Almost everyone wants to be happy, and rightly so. There is nothing wrong with that. I like to be happy. Mr. Webster defines happiness as wellbeing and contentment, pleasurable satisfaction. Those are good states of being. We are happy when everything is going our way as the old song says. A beautiful day can make us happy. Receiving a promotion at work can make us happy. Just last month I submitted three photographs to a black and white photography show to be held in November. All three were accepted, which gives me pleasurable satisfaction, or happiness. The show receives over 400 applications and it has room for only 250 photos.…

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    Climate Change and Christian Stewardship.

    Our existence on earth is in pearl. We are in a self-imposed predicament because we have not taken care of the third rock from the sun. Last Friday, September 29, was the International Student Strike Against Climate Change. Students from Albuquerque, New Mexico, held a rally in Robinson Park between downtown and Old Town. There were numerous groups represented at the rally, but I didn’t see even one Christian slogan or group. I should have seen a lot of Christian banners. Climate change will soon get out of hand if we don’t reverse the process immediately. Fossil fuels are blocking the sun, aerosols are depleting the ozone layer, which allows…

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    Dealing with Bullies

    Bullys are a problem not only in schools, but in the workplace and almost everywhere else. Parents bully their children, husbands bully wives, and wives their husbands. Parents bully their parents and grandparents sometimes bully their children and grandchildren. Bullying can have unforeseen consequences. The two boys who did the Columbine, Colorado, school shooting had been bullied and mistreated by their peers. Just last week, a girl who had been bullied when she was attending high school planned to return and kill 400 people. Also, a large percentage of juvenile suicides are attributed to the victim being bullied either in person or online. “Going postal” is a term that refers…

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    Making the World Work

    A man who was apprehended recently before he could commit a mass shooting made the statement that the world doesn’t work. In the context that he said that he was right, society doesn’t work. Politicians act on expediency rather than on what’s best for the country. Famous people who many others look up to cheat on getting their children into preferred universities and racial hatred abounds. The shooter in Texas was targeting Mexicans and he repeated President Trump’s discriminatory rhetoric. Bullying of others on the Internet and in-person is common, and it has caused numerous suicides. Women rally for the right to kill their own children by aborting them. Some…

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    Stopping Mass Violence, Part Two: Community and individual actions

    Last week’s blog dealt with what the government can do to help stop mass violence. From a religious perspective it can do little because of the prohibition of the First Amendment in the United States Constitution. However, the governments, local, state and federal can utilize the underlying principles found in the Christian approach to managing violence. Also, steps are being taken to identify potential mass shooters and bombers before they have a chance to act on their plans. The understanding of mass violence in the form of school and mall shootings and public bombings like in Boston is hindered by the fact that most shooters die in carrying out the…

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    Stopping Mass Violence Part Two: The Government

    This week’s blog is on what the government needs to do to stop mass violence. If you haven’t read the blog on Psalm 23 from two weeks ago, I recommend going back and reading that blog first. It lays the foundation for government action, not only in regards to mass violence, but in all aspects of governing. This blog is being written the morning after another mass shooting, this one in Odessa, Texas. Clearly, these incidents have to stop. But that won’t happen over night. It will take at least one generation to make the most impact on this violence. But there is a lot that can be done right…

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    Combatting Mass Violence

    Ninety-one percent of men and 84 percent of women “have had at least one vivid and often detailed fantasy about committiing murder”, says psychologist David M. Buss, and most murders are committed by seemingly normal persons (“The Murder Next Door”, Penguin Press, 2005, P.8). Fortunately, most people don’t act on their fantasy. Buss wrote that we must recognize, appreciate, and be alert to our “deeply ingrained capacity for murder that lurks inside us all, even those we love and who love us” (p.3). This capacity leads to our facination with murder in the media, spawning TV programs like Perry Mason, Matlock, Diagnosis Murder, Murder She Wrote and Columbo. Authors like…

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    Living in the Valley of the Shadow of Death

    David, in Psalm 23:4, describes not only the human condition as being death, as the separation from God, but also as the secular world we live in, which is also separated from God. Psalm 23 is probably the most well known and popular psalm in the Bible, and with good reason. In just six verses it sets forth both mankind’s and society’s human condition, and shows the hope we have in God’s promises to us. A study of Job would be appropriate to help clarify this psalm, as it shows in detail what David explains in brief. Psalm 23 is also the foundation of next week’s blog. It is therefore…

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    Becoming Christian, Part Three: More on Relationship

    The common misconception about God, and Christ Jesus, is that He is somewhere out there in heaven. We pray to Him something like spiritual long distance hoping He hears us and will answer our prayers. Nothing could be farther from the truth for true Christians. I’ve written a lot about what constitutes a true Christian, but for the sake of those readers who are reading this blog for the first time, a Christian is someone who is totally committed to Christ as his or her personal Savior, who loves God with all his heart, mind, soul and strength, and does the will of the Father in heaven (Matthew 12:49,50; Mark…