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Islam’s Long History of Targeting Europe

Jul 18, 2016

Europe has always been a major target of Islam throughout its 1400-year history. What we see taking place today with jihadist attack in major European cities, Islamic no-go zones in many European locales, and creeping sharia, etc, demonstrates the ongoing

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Wartime, Hollywood and the Gospel

Apr 4, 2016

We have had a lot of wars, and we have had a lot of war films. Often great gospel truths can be found in times of great upheaval and suffering, and wartime certainly brings this out. One of the primary

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Women in Combat Part 2

Feb 19, 2016

The issue of women in the military, and specifically, women in combat, arose again in the US Republican debates. While contenders Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie (who has since dropped out), all supported women in the military, including

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Moral and Political Clarity in an Age of IS

Dec 5, 2015

We live in an age which is so reduced to mere emoting, to clichés, to celebrity opinions, and to 30-second soundbites, that properly dealing with vital issues can be quite difficult indeed. We are so dumbed down, so historically illiterate,

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On Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Aug 10, 2015

Seventy years ago the war with Japan ended because of the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and Nagasaki on August 9. Although around 200,000 lives were lost in the two cities, far more lives were saved as Japan

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On War Footing

Mar 2, 2015

The fact that military and warfare imagery is found throughout the Bible tells us a few things. One, it may tell us that ideological pacifism is a position not fully squared with the biblical record, but we will save that

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Unemployment Jihad

Feb 18, 2015

The devout Islamic group IS is on a roll, and there is good reason for this: much of the West is either asleep, or is at least indirectly siding with IS. We have so many complete stooges in high office,

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Auschwitz, War and Justice

Jan 30, 2015

Right now we are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The network of concentration camps set up by the Nazis in occupied Poland saw the death of over one million prisoners – most of them Jewish –

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Remembering Churchill

Jan 23, 2015

Fifty years ago Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill died. He was born on November 30, 1874, and died on January 24, 1965. He was without doubt one of the greatest leaders of last century, and his legacy will forever be with us.

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On the Crusades

Jan 20, 2015

If there is a constant and major objection raised to Christianity, it is the topic of the Crusades. Critics claim that this was a terrible blight on Christianity, and demonstrates that this is an evil and bloody religion, just as

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Tolkien, Hobbits, Warfare and Realism

Dec 30, 2014

And so it ends. The adventure is over. At least the adventure that started four books ago and/or six films ago. Presumably this is all we will see from Peter Jackson concerning the film adaptation of the works of Tolkien.

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Appeasement Kills

Nov 28, 2014

History was meant to be the vehicle by which we learn some hard lessons. But regrettably we mostly ignore the lessons of history, and therefore keep repeating the same old mistakes. And one of the great lessons of history is

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