Monthly Archives: March 2005

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The Five Functions of Civil Government

Here’s one more article from Mark Beliles, culled from an old publication, and probably expanded upon in his book Liberating the Nations: Civil government is one of the five main areas of jurisdiction to whom God gives certain responsibilities and very definite limits. This article

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Conservative v. Liberal Views of Rule of Law

Sorry to be a contrarian, but… I found the aforementioned article on the Rule of Law (ROL) to be a little overly simplistic, painting both conservative and liberal positions in an incomplete light. Also, it failed in presenting a nice picture of a Christian view

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The Five Spheres of Government

The following essay on government is from an out of print Christian newspaper, but I believe it has been updated and documented in Liberating the Nations by Mark Beliles, et al. I want to post this short section of the essay, since it is a

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The Emerging (Goth, Punk, Rave) Church

As a product of the Charismatic movement, a mostly American revival of pentecostal Christianity in the late 60’s which began in California and spread around the world, I am always intrested in the latest trends in the non-traditional (cutting-edge) church. Tim at e-church.com has a

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Christianity Today Weighs In on Schiavo

CT has a nice collection of essays on the issues around this case, including: While I Was Sleeping – Why my husband finally refused to end my life during my two-month coma. Life with Dignity – Let’s not be too eager to pull the plug

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The 10 Issues of the Schiavo Case

There are so many issues that the Schiavo case has unearthed, I wanted to summarize them the best I could, and rant a little too. Enjoy 1. Individual Right to Refuse Treatment Does an individual have the right to refuse treatment? We all agree on

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Finding Meaning – Objective and Subjective Approaches

Meaning, like truth, has both objective and subjective components. Over the centuries, wise men, spiritualists, and philosophers have observed the human condition and concluded that certain principles and practices lead to relative ruin and unhappiness, while others lead to meaning and satisfaction. This is why

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Atheists Attempt to Kill Easter Bunny

David Silverman, communications director of American Atheists recently mentioned in a Hannity & Colmes interview that he objects to the Easter bunny, since Easter is a religious holiday. Now, as we all know, Easter comes from the pagan celebration of Ishtar, which I suppose has

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Rumor: Jonny Lang a Christian?

For those unfamiliar with Jonny Lang, he is a phenomenal young blues guiatarist and vocalist. We went to see him this past week, and surprisingly, he sang some very Christian songs. First, he sang Stevie Wonder’s "Have a Talk With God." Someone from the crowd

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Citizens for Reasonable Abortion Limits (CRAL)

For about a year now, I have been troubled by the argument that embryonic stem cell research has been deemed morally unacceptable by my fellow conservatives. It stems (pun intended) from their logic in the abortion debate. Their logic goes like this (I hope I

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Are American Universities Liberal?

One of my liberal coworkers and I had a heated discussion about this – amazingly, he thinks that universties are NOT overly liberal, that it’s just a bunch of conservatives complaining about not always getting their way. I guess he missed the recent Univ. of

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GUIDE: Where Should Christians Get Their News?

For Christians to be intelligent contributors to our society, we should be looking in the following places: 1. Mainstream News, Domestic and Foreign If we are to be involved in our mainstream culture in order to influence it and cogently discuss it, we need to

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Even More Reflections on Worship

Well Daddypundit, as a worship leader myself, I thought I’d answer the same questions. Can’t resist ;) 1. How did you get into worship ministry? How long have you been a part of the worship ministry? a. Getting Started I never knew I had any