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Pacers and Pistons Fight the Fans

On November 19th we witnessed perhaps the lowest point in professional sports take place during a NBA game. If you are unaware of what took place, let me give you a quick run down. Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons was fouled in the process of shooting a layup by Ron Artest of the Indiana Pacers. There was nothing unusual about this foul with Artest simply not wanting to give away an easy basket to the opposition. Ben Wallace turned…

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Born to Run

The following is from an article printed in The Los Angeles Times dated 11.19.04. "Humanity was born to run. More than by brain size or tool making ability, the human species was set apart from its ancestors by the ability to jog mile after lung stabbing mile with greater endurance than any other primate, according to research published in the journal Nature. Indeed, human beings evolved as the cross country stars of a primordial runners world 2 million years before…

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To You, Our Readers and Guests – From the Editors

The editors want you to know what to expect out of our new work called the Christian Monthly Standard. In keeping with our title, it is our intention to producing a monthly journal with mentally stimulating articles addressing a variety of issues affecting our society. We plan to have a number of new articles posted for your consideration at the first of each month. In our infancy we will only have a handful of articles, but as we progress we…

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Goodbye, Scott Peterson

There has been quite a bit of discussion in the news surrounding the verdict of Scott Peterson. Mr. Peterson was charged with first-degree murder for the death of Laci Peterson and second-degree murder for the death of the unborn child Connor whom Laci was pregnant with at her death. I imagine that most of America had a similar reaction at the news of Scott Petersons conviction: joy in justice. I was happy to hear that the jury had found him…

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Wonder Bread and Miracle Whip

Read this article: EBay Cancels Bids for Virgin Mary SandwichImage MIAMI - The Internet auction house eBay Inc. canceled bids for half of a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that its owner said bore the image of the Virgin Mary. Diana Duyser, of Hollywood, put the sandwich up for sale last week, drawing bids as high as $22,000 before eBay pulled the item Sunday night. The page was viewed almost 100,000 times before being taken down. An e-mail Duyser received from…

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Using God To Our Own Devices

It is becoming rather common to use the name of God in an effort to promote one's own agenda. The theory goes that if God is backing our particular moral, political, or social program, then we know what direction we ought to go. However, it seems that both sides of any debate make a claim to God being on their side. For example, in an Associated Press article written on November 8, 2004 entitled "Liberals Dismayed By 'Moral' Values Claim,"…

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Finding Contentment

Contentment, or all-sufficiency, toward possessions is repeatedly instructed to us in the scriptures. From the very beginning, God's law demanded contentment. Along with not committing murder, not committing adultery, and not stealing, God also commanded in the ten commandments to not be covetous (Exodus 20:13-17). Jesus said, "No one can serve of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and of money"…

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