Four years ago this week, I forwarded this now-prescient speech by Ray Close:
It’s a long read, but remarkable in how accurately he anticipated the problems that would arise from this administration’s folly. Well worth reading a second time (or a first, if you’re relatively new to this list).
I called Mr. Close this morning, after re-reading his speech. I was curious about a section in it where he more or less restates the administration’s spin on Iraq’s … [more]
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Pretend for a moment the war is occurring in a vacuum and we’re not even considering the cost to Iraq and its neighbors. According to an article published today in New Statesman, the cost for the war and for caring for our wounded and for the tangential impacts, such as the cost of oil, will eventually cost the United States $2.5 trillion! That’s a lot of cheeseburgers. The article goes on to suggest that the numbers of wounded flowing through … [more]
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Interesting history. Thank you very much. I’m curious, because it wasn’t mentioned in the article and perhaps wasn’t germane, but how much Baptist work in Israel/Palestine is with Jewish (secular and confessing) persons and how much is with non-Jewish (i.e., Arab Christians and Muslims and non-Arab visiting pilgrims/tourists) persons? What are the ratios? Maybe I’ve been misinformed, but I thought evangelical outreach to Jews was verboten in Israel.
Actually, I was a bit surprised that the Jerusalem Post even published … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2007/03/10/baptists-in-levantium/
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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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]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2006/12/21/hallelujah/
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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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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