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public prayer & public school

Monday the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments about prayer in school. Joe Kennedy, a Marine Corps veteran, was dismissed from coaching Junior Varsity football at a local high school due to his habit of public prayer.

"With all the bad things I’ve done in my life, it still surprises me that I was fired for praying.

"I was a terrible kid. My adoptive parents did their best, but I was always getting in trouble. The Marine Corps became my ticket out of the fights, group homes and foster care. Twenty years after enlisting, I moved back home to Bremerton, Wash.
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resurrection inconsistencies

Critics of Jesus’ resurrection focus on the inconsistencies in the New Testament accounts.

Believers equate those differences to the perspective of different witnesses. Imagine an auto collision in an intersection with witnesses located on each of the four corners of that intersection. Each witness would see the collision somewhat differently.

Christianity focuses upon the striking similarities of the four New Testament accounts: the open and empty tomb, women witnesses, the presence and message of angels, disbelieving male disciples, and most importantly unexpected and sporadic appearances of Jesus.

While the four Gospels agree that women discovered the empty tomb, they record different accounts of what they experienced. However, most perceived inconsistencies fade when readers remember three facts:
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our culture of conformity

Towards the end of the 20th century films, documentaries and books assured us that the 1950s were years of conformity. An astute observer of present-day America might conclude that our own decade is more drenched with the spirit of conformism than were the 1950s.

Corporate managers and military leaders parrot nostrums about diversity, inclusion and sustainability that few of them believe. Museums and orchestras studiously avoid programming that might offend ideologues. Reporters and editors seize on stories—or ignore them—solely because that’s what everybody else is reporting.

~ adapted from an interview published in the Wall Street Journal ~ Read More…