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Some More Essentials and Non-essentials

"For Moses truly said to the fathers, "The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people." (Acts 3: 22 , 23) "Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven…

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Some Things Said… (Sept 05) (2)

The continuing saga of "one nation under God" On Wednesday of this week U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in government schools constitutes a "coercive requirement to affirm God." That, of course, is factually inaccurate (AKA "a lie"). Students may refrain, on their own or at their parents' discretion, from repeating any or all words in the Pledge. Karlton said he was bound by precedent of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, though…

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Some Things Said… (Sept 05)

California Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill The California Senate voted Thursday to allow gay couples to wed, becoming the first legislative body in the nation to approve same-sex marriage without a court order. The bill would recast the state's legal definition of marriage as a union between two people rather than one between a man and a woman. Yet it faces an uncertain future: The California Assembly narrowly rejected similar legislation in June, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has given…

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Some Things Said… (Aug 05) (3)

Alec Baldwin to Be Given PETA Award Alec Baldwin will receive the Linda McCartney Memorial Award at PETA's 25th anniversary gala in Hollywood , Calif. , on Sept. 10. Two years ago, Baldwin narrated a short documentary, "Meet Your Meat," for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that helped lead to policy changes at Burger King, PETA said. The animal rights group said the video helped persuade Burger King to sever its ties to slaughterhouses that fail unannounced…

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Some Things Said… (Aug 05) (2)

Debate Brews Over Use of Koran in Court Traditionally, witnesses taking the stand in court are sworn in by placing their hand on the Bible. But when Muslims in Guilford County, NC, tried to donate copies of the Koran for courtroom use, judges turned them down. Chief District Court Judge Joseph Turner says taking an oath on the Koran is not allowed by North Carolina state law, which specifies that witnesses shall place their hands on the "holy scriptures," which…

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What is a church? (9): The Corinthian church (1)

The first letter Paul wrote to the Corinthian church is divisible into two distinct parts. In the first, the apostle addresses some divisive issues which were having an effect on unity there. He also addressed particular questions that were put forth in some way to him for his judgment. In the second part of the letter (beginning in chapter 11 and verse 2) he addresses the purpose of worship, the demeanor Christians should maintain during the assemblies on the Lords…

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Some Things Said… (Aug 05)

The definition of the word cult (From Merriam Webster online at www.m-w.com) Function: noun, Usage: often attributive, Etymology: French & Latin; French culte, from Latin cultus care, adoration, from colere to cultivate. 1: formal religious veneration: worship, 2: a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also: its body of adherents, 3: a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also: its body of adherents. This last week Brent Kercheville located a website for "recovering" former members of the churches of Christ.…

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Some Things Said… (July 05) (3)

Line of Cards Makes Light of Adultery Put this one in your "You've got to be kidding" file. Cathy Gallagher, after working in advertising and marketing for 20 years, has launched a new line of greeting cards aimed at expressing the heartfelt feelings of adulterers, reported the Los Angeles Times. Gallagher said she noticed that many people she knew had been in affairs and no card company had taken advantage of this untapped fragment of human emotion. "I'm not making…

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Some Things Said… (July 05) (2)

Jihad is Knocking The slaughter in London is another grisly wake-up call that likely will go as unheeded as earlier ones. Already the standard narrative is being trotted out: evildoers created by what the New York Times predictably called the "root causes of terrorism": autocracy, or economic stagnation, or Palestinian suffering, or globalization's dislocations, or Western historical sins, or the war in Iraq (the cause will depend on the political prejudices of the pundit) have "hijacked" Islam and distorted its…

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What is a church? (8)

I had taken a hiatus from this series for some period of time as other issues were pressing. Also, as this had become an exhaustive survey it was then clear that soon it would require additional work. The most interesting and comprehensive studies on what constitutes a church are just now before us as we begin to look into the first letter to the church at Corinth. So now being some better prepared, well look briefly at the concluding remarks…

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