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Judges Have Lost Their Minds - But We Knew This

In March 2000, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned the death sentence in a murder case because an assistant district attorney urged jurors to follow certain biblical mandates related to the death penalty. "During closing arguments in the penalty phase of the trial, D. Brandon Hornsby, the assistant district attorney, cited passages from the books of Romans, Genesis, and Matthew, telling jurors 'all they who take the sword shall die by the sword.'

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Does God Care About Nations Today?

Question: The other day, in a discussion about God's covenant promises and their application to the United States, a guy told me that 2 Chronicles 7:14 had no application. This didn't sound right to me and I was wondering what your thoughts were.

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Was Jesus Buried for Three Days and Three Nights?

Twenty times the New Testament tells us that Jesus will be raised on "the third day," six times in Matthew's gospel alone (Matt. 16:21; 17:23; 20:19; 26:61; 27:40; 27:64). This is confirmed outside the gospels (Acts 10:40; 1 Cor. 15:4). Only once do we read the following: "For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matt. 12:40).

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Is Terri Schiavo Jeb Bush's Mary Jo Kopechne?

In case you've forgotten or you've never heard the story, Mary Jo Kopechne was a "friend" of Senator Ted Kennedy. Coming back from a cook-out for campaign workers on Chappaquiddick Island, Kennedy was accompanied by Mary Jo Kopechne who had worked for Robert Kennedy.

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The Power of Polls

Last week we discovered that 79% of those polled in a recent NYT/CBS poll believed that the government had the responsibility to provide a good retirement for them. Or did they? Is this what you actually read in last week's article? (If not see it here, it is required reading for this article.) Or thought you read? If so, you've just experienced firsthand the power of polls.

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"Socially Irrelevant, Even if Privately Engaging" - The Disengaged Christian Under the Microscope

The title for this article is taken from Os Guinness's underrated and underread book The Gravedigger File.[1] There are numerous Christians who believe that a personal, private faith is all the gospel requires. Guinness described this as "The Private-Zoo Factor."

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If I were King (Solomon) for a Day

I can remember when there were only three television networks: ABC, CBS, and NBC and their local affiliates. Reception was so bad in our area that we had a tough time pulling in the NBC signal at night. This meant that I never saw an episode of Bonanza or Star Trek until I went off to college.

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A Flexible Document in the Hands of Flexible Moralists

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, speaking at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on March 15, 2005, weighed in on the latest Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty. If you recall, a majority of the justices (5-4) ruled that the death penalty could not be applied to anyone under the age of 18.

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The Good Old Days Weren't

The libertarian humorist P. J. O'Rourke says, "When you think of the good old days, think 'dentistry.'" The greatest invention of the modern world is anesthetics. Prior to 1844, in preparation for an operation, you drank booze until you passed out-hopefully. Then the physician - "sawbones," he was called -got started hacking away.[1]

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The Government Owes Me One (or a Million)

The current hullabaloo over Social Security reform is a good opportunity to exemplify the power of faith. A recently conducted New York Times/CBS poll found that 79% of people polled believe that it is the government's responsibility to provide a decent standard of living for the elderly.

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Salman Rushdie's Deal with the Devil

Salman Rushdie, the embattled author of The Satanic Verses who was condemned to death by Ayatollah Khomeini on February 14, 1989 for its publication, believes that religion is the world's problem and the worldview of the Enlightenment is its savior.

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Good Riddance to the Easter Bunny

I don't know what's worse - Veggie Tales substituting for Bible characters or the whole Easter Bunny, soft marshmallow chicks, colored eggs, and jelly bean menagerie somehow representing the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Some communities in Florida are renaming the Easter Bunny the "Garden Bunny" and Easter egg hunts simply as "egg hunts."

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