Børre’s nightmare

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We left Beirut at 9 yesterday and were back 12 hours later. Drove to Sidon and checked in with the army to get permission to enter the occupation zone evacuated by the Israelis in 2000 and which is finally under Lebanese Army control. Then straight to Tyre, Jouwaya, Tibnine and Bint Jbeil. We saw things I never thought possible. Then on to Maroun el Ras and along the border to Marjayoun to visit family. Finally back through Nabatieh, Zahrani, … [more]

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What is trvth?

 Posted by Mike West, NewStatesman.com, 07 March 2007 11:01

When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, ‘What is truth?’, he put his finger on a big issue. Many of us have been brought up with the belief that a thing can only be true if it can be proved scientifically. Even though post-modern philosophers have questioned assertions of this kind and even scientists struggle with what we mean by scientific truth, it has remained doggedly part of the way that we … [more]

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Pray for the little ones

The concluding paragraph of Fisk’s end-of-year summary:

If Lebanon survives into next year, it will be the only “democracy” in the Arab world to have done so. Afghanistan is crumbling, Iraq is already a mass grave. The Palestinians face their own inter-factional catastrophe. But desperate for the help of Syria and Iran to ease his trapped legions from Iraq, Bush is now urged to deal with Israel’s Arab opponents. By year’s end, the UN’s tribunal investigator was no longer blaming … [more]

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Hallelujah!

Over the years, I’ve run into lots of people who passed through the artillery school at Ft. Sill.  One of the most memorable was Jim Byrnes, at a small blues bar in Vancouver, BC.

 By the way, I made a grevious mistake in an earlier post.  The official creed of the Church of Harmonic Convergence was “So, what’s your point?” rather than “What’s it to you?”  Upon retrospect, the two fit together quite well (another miracle of convergence) and … [more]

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All about me

Several of you have have acquiesced to Thom Moore’s recent request for more details re. their academic credentials.  I balked, because my first impression was that Thom’s initial angst (self-horror at the possibility of his own sense of elitism) reflected a basic reality:  that there is, unfortunately, a certain degree of gravitas (that’s a nice way of saying elitism) associated with where and how one received his/her foot in the proverbial door of advanced opportunities in the game of life.  … [more]

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Random thought

To my pastor: 

Here’s one more observation that I meant to include the other day, but it slipped away before I could write it down.  This is an example of eschatology in action.  Not mine, but I thought of you when I heard this…

A few days before the election, an angry American preacher was interviewed on one of the cable news channels.  Judging from his accent, the man was originally Pakistani or Indian.  He switched his political affiliation to … [more]

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To my pastor

It’s been a while since I’ve written you directly.  I’ve included you on a few other things that I thought you might be interested in, but I’ve fallen behind in rattling your cage.  Or mine.  It’s all a matter of perspective…

First, I enjoyed the sermon today.  Not often that you hear Darfur mentioned from a Baptist pulpit, or the heresies of prosperity and wellness theology reprimanded.  Speaking of Baptists, I read in yesterday’s newspaper that the Missouri SBC had … [more]

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