A National Day of Prayer is Not Enough

May 8th, 2009 | by Gary DeMar

Organizers of the National Day of Prayer were upset that President Obama did not officially participate in the observation. He [&hellip

Seven Deadly Sins of Modern Banking

May 8th, 2009 | by Dr. Joel McDurmon

Trading and finance blogger Thomas Tan has well summarized[1] many of the criticisms I have had of the unjust practices of the big banks and their bail-out sugar-daddy, big government. Tan compiles seven specific ways in which these cesspools of toxic financial waste have presented themselves as healthy and robust institutions. The question is, "How do all these big banks, tottering on the edge of bankruptcy just a few months ago, suddenly show billions in profits?" Despite all the positive news about recovery and passing of "stress tests" (double-speak for "buying time" while big government pretends it has the problem under control), banks have hidden a monster of details in the deep dark abyss of unreported news, all in the name of increased transparency. The details carry ominous portents

There’s Power in the Song

May 7th, 2009 | by American Vision

By now, most people have at least heard of Susan Boyle, the unlikely vocal sensation who stole the show on the April 11th broadcast of Britain's Got Talent. If you haven't seen the YouTube clip of Susan's performance, you need to click here and watch it. Take note of the almost immediate change in the attitude of the audience once Susan begins to sing. This clip in on pace to be the most-watched video clip EVER on the internet. There is something purely magical about the whole scenario that clearly illustrates the power of music. Susan's song in the auditorium that night transcended everything else that might have been on people's minds. A thousand mockers and skeptics were instantly transformed into fans, and it made no difference that the majority of those people probably weren't even familiar with the song or the play from which it came. Susan Boyle became an instant celebrity and a roomful of strangers became a community because of one simple song

Are You a Doughnut-Hole Gazer?

May 6th, 2009 | by Gary DeMar

American Vision receives a number of books for review purposes from numerous publishers each week. Some of the books are unsolicited with no note or letter telling us who the author is or why we might be interested in the topic. Some books are so poorly written and designed that we wonder what the author was thinking. Self-publishing and print-on-demand companies make it easy for anyone to get a book published today. If you have written something, there's someone out there who will take your money and publish your book. The risk is all yours. I tell people that it's relatively easy to write and publish a book. The hard Part 1s marketing and selling it. Some self-published books defy conventional selling methods and make it big. The Shack is a good example. American Vision has been in the self-publishing business since 1982 when the first volume of my God and Government series was published. Books are never a sure thing, no matter how important we think the topic is. Some books need to be written and published because they challenge the status quo of ideas that often dominate and paralyze innovation and cultural movement forward. Old battles are often fought with outdated weapons to hold onto a world that needs to pass away because so much of it is built on pretense. There is a scene in the film The Late George Apley (1947) that caught my attention and perfectly describes how belief systems take root without any clear thought of the origin of the plant (worldview) or the effect it might have on the environment (society and culture) (Kudzu, "the vine that ate the South," is a current example.) A Boston blueblood, played wonderfully by Ronald Colman, is an unbending traditionalist who tries to force his self-conceived conventions on his two children in the year 1912. For Mr. Apley, Boston is "the Hub of the universe" and Emerson is the prism through which life must be viewed. It takes Julian Dole, the father of the young lady from Worcester, with whom Apley's son John has fallen in love and wishes to marry, to make him think about his unyielding ways. Dole states that there are two kinds of people in the world, "stand patters" and "go getters." Apley is a "stand patter." He lives in the past with his old ideas and inherited money. Dole reminds Apley that his grandfather had traded rum for slaves, who were then traded for molasses, which made its way back to Boston to make more rum so cycle of ill-gotten gain would begin again. Apley's current social station was built on a sordid history that he would rather keep hidden

Stimulus 101: Obama Vs. Reagan

May 5th, 2009 | by admin

President Barack Obama says the economy is the worst since the Great Depression. Actually, it is the worst since the Reagan recession of 1982-83. Further, the 2009 market crash is not the worst since 1929, but since 1987 - also on Ronald Reagan's watch

Great Expectations

May 5th, 2009 | by admin

Mother's Day will be celebrated this weekend. Several women emulated good mothering skills to me before I became a mother myself. One of them was my own mother who is 86 years old and still dispensing advice; albeit in a different way from when we children living at home. My mother says that mothering never stops no matter how old one's children are! This past Friday evening, there was a grand celebration at the Atlanta History Museum for a couple whose work has had an amazing impact on generations of children, including my own two sons, who attended The Heiskell School in Atlanta. Mr. and Mrs. Heiskell are now ninety years old and have had to withdraw from the day-to-day activity of overseeing the Christian school they began 60 years ago in their home. These two individuals taught me, along with many others, how to be a good parent. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Heiskell for your many years devoted to training up future generations and, in the process, training parents as well

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