How to be a successful failure

The prophet Ezekiel in by Michelangelo (1475-1564) Sistine Chapel: Wikipedia

The prophet Ezekiel by Michelangelo (1475-1564) — Sistine Chapel: Wikipedia

From man’s perspective, the prophet Ezekiel was an absolute failure. God sent the prophet to call Israel to repentance.

But everybody hated him.

Nobody listened to him.

Nobody repented.

In chapter 2, we read God’s commissioning of Ezekiel. The Lord told Ezekiel, He was sending him to a rebellious people (v 3).  And if Ezekiel had any expectation the people would respond, God told his prophet: (more…)

Expert says Ebola being spread in Africa because of such traditions as kissing corpses

The Ebola virus. Photo: Center for Disease Control/Wikipedia

The deadly Ebola virus. Photo: Center for Disease Control/Wikipedia

The Center for Disease control has just confirmed the first case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas. The critically ill person, who is in isolation at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, came to the US eight days ago. This is the fist instance of Ebola arriving naturally and not through a person purposefully brought to the US for treatment.

The Ebola virus kills between 50% and 90% of the people who contract the disease. It symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhea and a rash. It affects the liver and kidneys and causes internal and external bleeding.

Peter Piot works for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 1976, he helped discover the first case of Ebola in the Congo. He is very concerned about the spread of the disease in Africa and says part of the problem is due to cultural practices.

He says: (more…)

Could the next American President be a Christian from Calgary, Alberta, Canada?

Ted Cruz says Jesus changed his family's life. Photo: Gage Skidmore / Foter/ CC by-Sa

Ted Cruz tells how as a three year old boy, Jesus rescued his family. Photo: Gage Skidmore / Foter/ CC by-Sa

I was reading a post on about Senator Ted Cruz from Texas. According to reports, there is a 90% chance he will seek the Republican nomination for President. Of course, this doesn’t mean he will win the Republican nomination and if he does that he will win the American presidency in elections scheduled for 2016.

But he is definitely a Christian and the NBC article focused on some statements Cruz recently made at a Value Voters Summit in Washington D.C. Throughout his career, Cruz has been forthright about his Christian faith.

In a rare move, Cruz spoke about his troubled life because of the alcoholic lifestyle of both his parents. In his speech, Ted said that faith in Christ rescued his family.

When he was three years old, his father abandoned the family. Cruz said: (more…)

It’s turtles all the way down

Photo: Amdreas / Foter/ CC by-SA

So what does your world view sit on?  Photo: Amdreas / Foter/ CC by-SA

According to a 2006 national poll, 42% of Americans have faith – genuine, and heartfelt faith – in the theory that the truth about the 9/11 terrorist attacks has not been told. A large number of these believe the attacks were somehow orchestrated by George Bush, or at least by shadowy elements in the U.S. government.

The “9/11 truth” movement has all of the elements of a cult-like belief system. It employs the reverse scientific method whereby one starts with the theory, and then cherry-picks the evidence to fit that theory. Members of the cult drink from the same well, and limit their exposure to mainstream thought.

I won’t go into a lengthy description of all of the shortcomings of the argument. Others, particularly Popular Mechanics in its Debunking the 9/11 Myths: A Special Report, have already done so ably and well. (more…)

Why is the Christian population exploding in Iran?

Iranian woman being warned about her inappropriate clothing Photo: Farshad Ebrahimi | Foter | cc-by-saImage:

Iranian woman being warned about her inappropriate clothing Photo: Farshad Ebrahimi | Foter | cc-by-saImage:

Iran is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a Christian, so why does the country have one of the fastest growing Christian populations in the world.

Elam Ministries recently announced the release of a new Bible translated into modern Persian, the language of Iran. In its news release, the organization stated that in 1979, there were an estimated 500 Christians in Iran. Today, Christians number in the hundreds of thousands in that country.

Speaking on behalf of Elam, David Yeghnazar said:

“A very conservative estimate puts the number of Christians in Iran at 100,000.  The generally-accepted estimate is 370,000. Some believe there are 700,000, some over a million.”


Survey reveals growing concern about religion’s declining influence in America

Are Americans increasing concerned about the changes happening Photo: Chicago Andrew Horne/Flickr/Wikipedia

Are Americans becoming increasing concerned about the changes taking place in their country? Photo: Chicago Andrew Horne/Flickr/Wikipedia

A recent survey by Pew Research Center shows that most Americans believe religion is losing its influence on the public stage including politics and that they are concerned because of this.

Pew has asked this question since 2001. That year, 51% of Americans believed religious influence was on the decline. In 2014, this number had jumped by nearly 25%. Today, 72% of Americans believe religious influence on public life is on the decline.

However, while they watch this decline of religious influence, a very different culture is forming and most Americans don’t like what they are seeing.

Increasingly, Americans are of the opinion the church should play a bigger role in politics and social issues. Pew said in its release, there is a “growing appetite for religion in politics.” (more…)

There is no good divorce, for children

Divorces are messy. Image: Quinn Anya/Foter/CC by SA

Divorces are messy. Image: Quinn Anya/Foter/CC by SA

A study led by Indiana University’s Dr. Jonathon Beckmeyer has concluded there is no such thing as a good divorce when looking at its impact on children.

The study disagrees with a widely held view that divorces where the parents have a friendly relationship are less damaging on children than those where the parents are in conflict. Studies have shown that divorce can have a negative impact on children leading to increased rates of drug use, behavioral problems at home and school and increased problems with depression and anxiety.

The study published in Family Relations, an academic journal, looked at the impact of divorce/separation on the children of 270 parents who divorced or separated between 1998 and 2004. Of the families studied, 31% classified the relationship with their ex as “co-operative,” 24% described it as “conflictual” and the rest (45%) described it as somewhere in the middle. (more…)

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