Stuck in Iraq: Just Be Glad Someone Will Do It

John Kerry's shot that those who don't study will end up in Iraq betrays one of the central problems we have in this country: those from its upper reaches don't end up in the military any more.When we had Selective Service, people from all walks of life ended up in the military and in combat. …

The End of Employment at Will for Ministers

We were rather displeased to stumble on a decision by the UK's Employment Appeal Tribunal that basically allows ministers to fight dismissal because they are employees of the church.  This decision is especially disconcerting when it takes place in one's own church. Putting ministers into this category--especially in Europe--will insure that it is impossible to …

Judge Not, Harold Ford

We have ringside seats to what is without a doubt the ugliest race this election cycle: the race between Harold Ford and Bob Corker for the U.S. Senate seat from Tennessee. It doesn't surprise us that Harold Ford has tried to play to religious voters. In Tennessee, it's almost a necessity; there aren't enough secularists …

Virtue Online Features LifeBuilders Essentials

In a recent digest, Virtue Online says the following about LifeBuilders Essentials: LIFEBUILDERS ESSENTIALS. A discipleship course for men, co-authored with Patrick Morley, author of The Man in the Mirror. Wrote Don C. Warrington: "We use the 39 Articles as part of our instruction on the church and on its doctrine. The relationship between Anglican …

Pakistan: It Is Hard to Have it Both Ways

While most Americans are focused on Iraq, the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan is just as critical and, in some ways, more important. Little known to many is the fact that Pakistani President Pevez Musharraf has been playing both ends against the middle since 11 September 2001, and that he may be about to get …

Your Fiction Can Come Back to Haunt You

The whole flap over the revelations that Virgina Democrat Senate Candidate Jim Webb's fiction contains some things that don't sit well in a political campaign may seem at first glance bizzare, but they are not. This is something that I, although certainly not comparable on a circulation level, took into consideration when writing The Island …

Election 2006: Going from Bad to Werts

When people think of "traditional" Palm Beach restaurants, they usually refer to places such as Testa's (my grandparents' favourite hangout) or the Petite Marmite. But for those of us who lived there in the late 1960's, a place not to be left off of the list was Wert's, on South Ocean Boulevard not far from …

Where Does George Bush get his Inspiration From?

There seems to be a divergence of opinion outside the U.S. on where George Bush gets his inspiration from. On the one hand, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder found it disturbing that George Bush made so much of his relationship with God and apparently claimed so much inspiration therefrom. Now we have Mahmud Ahmadinejad claiming …

Learning It the Hard Way

I recently had the privilege of addressing the Minister's Meeting of the Church of God in Ontario, under the leadership of its Administrative Bishop, the Rt. Rev. George Peart (that's right, Anglicans, Rt. Rev.) It was a really wonderful gathering, and I was able to address the ministers about lay and men's ministries. We have …

The Best Way to Get the Vote Out

Note: this is the third in our series on Election 2006. The first two, The Democrats and National Security: Dzerzhinskii’s Dilemma and Electing the Unelected, were presented earlier. One of the long-running whines about American politics is the low level of voter participation in elections. About this time every election cycle we are regaled with …

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