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Paga: The intercessor claims territory for God

A look at the different meanings of the Hebrew word 'Paga' which is translated intercessor.

English judge fines man for citing the wrong chapter in the Bible

Main square in Tauton, Sommerset, England. Photo: Wikipedia/Arpingstore

Main square in Taunton, Somerset, England. Photo: Wikipedia/Arpingstore

An English judge has penalized Michael Overd $2,100 for citing certain portions of the Bible in public. This included a $300 fine and paying $1,800 in compensation for causing “emotional pain.”

Last summer, Overd, a former British paratrooper, was street preaching in Taunton in the county of Somerset, England with a loudspeaker when spoke of Leviticus 20. The chapter speaks of the death penalty for homosexuality (verse 13). Though he referenced the chapter, Overd, who has been a street preacher for five years, claims he never spoke about the death penalty. (more…)

Who has the most worthwhile job? Believe it or not, survey says stay-at-home moms

Moms are important, despite what society thinks.

Moms are important, despite what society thinks.

[by Dean Smith] Years ago, I attended a political meeting, when a young stay-at-home mom nervously approached a mike in an open session to address the several politicians, including the party leader, sitting at the front.

She expressed her desire to be at home looking after her young children. She believed it was an important job, but government policies including higher taxation rates were making it increasingly difficult for her family to do this.

It seemed everyone, in this largely conservative gathering, applauded her statement. Well, everyone I guess, except one. (more…)

The long-term effects of divorce on children

The hidden cost of divorce is paid for by the children. Photo: zyphichore/Foter/CC BY-NC

The hidden costs of divorce are paid for by children. Photo: zyphichore/Foter/CC BY-NC

[by Dean Smith] A 25-year study by sociologist Judith Wallerstein from the University of Berkley discovered the problems children encounter when their parents’ divorce often don’t show up until later — when the children are between 20 and 30 years of age.

In her study entitled, The unexpected legacy of divorce: A 25 year landmark study, Wallerstein followed 100 children over a 25-years period commencing in 1971 when California liberalized its divorce legislation.

Wallerstein stated the results surprised her. It was clear the delayed, negative impact of divorce on children was more far-reaching than first anticipated. (more…)

U.N. condemns only one country for human rights violations against women — Israel

Iranian police warning women about improper dress Photo: Amir Farshad Ebrahimi/Foter/CC BY-SA

Iranian police warning women about improper dress Photo: Amir Farshad Ebrahimi/Foter/CC BY-SA

This past week, the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held its annual meeting in New York and of the 193 U.N. member countries, the commission only condemned one nation for violating the rights of women — Israel.

During its meeting, the CSW issued 9 reports, 8 of which were procedural, and one which condemned Israel as the world’s only abuser of women because of its conflict with Palestine. This despite reports, the honor killing of women happens regularly in Palestine and Hamas used civilians as human shields in the war it provoked against Israel. (more…)

Christian Heroes I — Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale receiving the wounded at Scutari (Crimean War( by Jerry Barrett (1824-1906)

Florence Nightingale receiving the wounded at Scutari (Crimean War( by Jerry Barrett (1824-1906)

[by Earl Blacklock] Something that has always astounded me is how completely the `world-changing influence of Christian men and women is ignored even as their legacy is celebrated. Ask the average person to give a summary of the impact of Christians on history, and you are more likely to hear their 10th hand rendition of real and imagined offenses during the Crusades and the Inquisition rather than how our modern society is indebted to the groundbreaking work of these Christians.

One of the most influential of these Christian pioneers was a young woman, born to privilege, who created a profession that touches every life. Nurses around the world universally credit Florence Nightingale as the woman who made their profession one of honour. She  introduced virtually all of the protocols and standards that are now understood by even a first year student nurse. (more…)

A Biblical approach to welfare?

Grapes of welfare Photo: Roberto Vertzo/Foter/CC BY

Grapes of welfare? Photo: Roberto Vertzo/Foter/CC BY

[by Dean Smith] TOMS Shoes as its name suggests is a shoe manufacturer with a unique approach to business. I have probably only bought two pairs of shoes in the last 25 years. It’s sad, but my wife doesn’t trust me to buy my own clothes.

Some who knew me as a bachelor would say for good reason.

As soon as I mentioned the brand name, my daughter’s interest was instantly piqued.

“I love TOMS,” she said.

Whenever TOMS sells a pair of shoes through a retail outlet, it provides a free pair of shoes to a child in a developing country. It does the same with its high-end sun glasses, but provides corrective glasses for children with seeing impairments, instead of the much cooler shades. (more…)

Is the March 20, 2015 solar eclipse connected to an ominous solar eclipse of 1492?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lighting Hanuka candles with his wife and sons/Flickr/Government Press Office

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) lighting Hanuka candles with his wife and sons/Flickr/Government Press Office

[by Dean Smith] I didn’t realize this, but solar eclipses are connected with other historical eclipses. NASA refers to these groups as a Saros cycle. Blood moons run in similar cycles as well.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. A Saros cycle refers to groups of eclipses where the moon has the same geometry, the same distance from the earth and occurs at the same time of the year as earlier eclipses. These cycles occur at intervals of 18 years, 11 days and 8 hours.

Essentially the solar eclipse occurring on March 20, 2015 is repeating an eclipse that occurred 18 years, 11 days prior and that one is connected to an eclipse that happened 18 years 11 days before it. (more…)

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