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April 21, 2009

The nature of the choice

Trig Palin I wondered when something like this was coming. Didn't take long.

I respect Palin's decision not to "make it all go away." She describes her doubts about whether she had the fortitude and patience to cope with a child with Down syndrome, and, with the force of a mother's fierce love, the special blessing that Trig has brought to her life. She speaks as someone who is confident that she made the correct choice.

For her. In fact, the overwhelming majority of couples choose to terminate pregnancies when prenatal testing shows severe abnormalities. In cases of Down syndrome, the abortion rate is as high as 90 percent. 

For the crowd listening to her at last week's dinner, Palin's disclosure served the comfortable role of moral reinforcement: She wavered in her faith, was tempted to sin, regained her strength and emerged better for it. 

As for those us less certain that we know, or are equipped to instruct others, when life begins and when it is permissible to terminate a pregnancy, Palin's speech offered a different lesson: Abortion is a personal issue and a personal choice. The government has no business taking that difficult decision away from those who must live with the consequences.

Alas for Ruth Marcus, the Post unwittingly undermined her argument by running the picture above with her article. When the choice is between a living, breathing, beautiful baby and, well, a pile of bloody little body parts, it becomes more difficult to view both choices as morally equivalent.

Continue reading "The nature of the choice" »

What Social Conditions Promote Reconciliation?

As We Forgive 2 Jordan Ballor over at Acton's Power Blog turns his attention to As We Forgive in week two of my fourteen-week blog tour. (Aren't familiar with a blog tour? It's the poor man's--er woman's book tour.) I'm hoping to use these 100 days to raise awareness and support for reconciliation in Rwanda. As the week unfolds, look for a review of the book on Acton's site, some personal reflections, and some Acton Institute folks weighing in on a recent trip to Rwanda.

Ballor introduces the Power Blog's question of the week: What social conditions promote reconciliation? I'd be interested in hearing our Point readers weigh in on that one as well.

By the way, I just heard that As We Forgive has already gone into its second printing!

The Point Radio: Save Ethics for Later?

Is doing what's right important right now?...


Click play above to listen.

Poll: Most Teens Think They Can Make Ethical Business Decisions, Yet Many Also Believe it is Okay to Lie and Cheat,” PR Newswire, 11 February 2009.

April 20, 2009

Daily roundup

Religious beliefs have no politics!

When a beauty pageant director becomes incoherent with anger, it ain't pretty.

What he’s spending his prize money on

Merga Deriba Merga, who just won the 113th Boston Marathon, plans, according to those covering the run, to spend the $150,000 prize money (plus additional money from various product endorsements) on supporting his extended family back in Ethiopia. Race commentators say that back home, $150 a month supports a family of four quite well. This means Merga has just become the Bill Gates of his hometown.

I was rooting for the American runners (male and female) to win until I heard this. While I'm sure the money would have been nice for American winners, it's probably lifesaving for those who run out of desperation, so they can feed their children and give them a better life.

I watched the race live this morning--my husband was participating, and finished with a good time.  

(Yes, Dave, I'll have that BreakPoint script ready on time....)

(Image © AFP)

Day of Truth

Today is the “Day of Truth.” According to ex-gay and Exodus International President Alan Chambers, this day was formed “…to affirm every students' constitutional right to free speech and to provide an opportunity to have an honest conversation about sexuality… to promote biblical truth, honest dialogue, and authentic tolerance where opinions can be expressed, individuals are respected, and opposing viewpoints can harmoniously coexist.”

Don't you think it’s about time we have this kind of conversation with honesty and civility? The day is not about taking freedom away from those who struggle with, or choose to embrace, homosexuality; it's simply to educate students and young people alike to deal with their same-sex attraction responsibly and according to God’s best plan for sexuality without pressure to conform to any lifestyle. Click here to find out how to get involved.

In the end, every day should be a day of truth when discussing homosexuality and other controversial social issues. Seeking truth based on Biblical principles -- as we try to do here at The Point and in other venues like Twitter and BreakPoint WorldView -- is the best way to engage in conversation about them.

There’s a Thing Called Grace

09speaker_joe After spending many years living a sordid lifestyle and promoting the same through his art, by the grace of God, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas had a change of heart. 

On April 25th, Biola University is hosting a conference about faith and the entertainment industry at which Eszterhas is the keynote speaker. 

If you can't make the conference, you might consider purchasing Eszterhas's book, Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith.

(Image courtesy of Biola University)

Beverage of revolutionaries

Tea party1 Congratulations to the Audacity of Tea Society for raising $1,125 for the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center at its inaugural event!

As Mark Steyn puts it this morning, referring to another recent tea party, ". . . In America, tea is not a soothing beverage to be served with McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits. It’s a raging stimulant. It’s rabies in an Earl Grey bag."

Update: Anne just informed me that, thanks to a couple of last-minute donations and an anonymous donor who offered to double what was raised, the actual total was $2,500!

(Image © Gina Dalfonzo)

The Point Radio: Just Chill

Take a deep breath and try to relax....


Click play above to listen.

Police: Woman Drugs Boss’s Coffee So He’ll ‘Chill’,” Associated Press, 13 March 2009.

April 17, 2009

Daily roundup

A prodigal returns

Wilson The very last thing I ever imagined myself saying to A. N. Wilson was "Welcome home, brother." God is good!

(Image © Sutton-Hibbert/Rex USA)

A Reflection on Mel Gibson’s Divorce

Mel_gibson4 This week it was revealed that Mel Gibson’s wife, Robyn, has filed for divorce after 28 years of marriage.

Although any divorce is a tragedy, this divorce is especially disheartening. When a strong Christian family erodes to the point of breaking a vow with God, it is clear that the circumstances must be extraordinary. Gibson is not the poster-child for the Christian husband, and I’m sure his wife has been very tolerant of Gibson’s behavior. And yet he's been a light in the Hollywood darkness. Given that the typical Hollywood marriage lasts about as long as a good church service, we should pay a bit of tribute to Mr. Gibson for his successes.

Gibson’s career has been exemplary. He has acted in or directed some of the most impressive films in American history, including, of course, The Passion of the Christ. The latter he privately funded because he couldn’t get anyone to sign on. Much of his current wealth can be attributed to his courage to persevere and fund a movie about Christ, which he felt could change the world.

Gibson has flown in the face of this culture. Regardless of what people thought, especially the anti-Christians in Hollywood, he has been outspoken about his views against abortion, homosexuality, and taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research. He has even posed questions about the Marxist intent of the Rhodes Scholarship.  Most surprisingly for a film superstar today, he has proclaimed the primacy of Christianity.

Now for the saddening part of Gibson’s life. He has a drinking problem and bipolar disorder. In 2006 he was pulled over by police officers for drunk driving and spouted a barrage of foul and anti-Semitic language.  Since that time, he and his wife have been separated.  

Continue reading "A Reflection on Mel Gibson’s Divorce" »

Twitter Friday

Here are some tweets from @BreakPointPFM followers this week:

@MarcWright: "End of a Spear" Very sobering—Jesus so loves peoples of Earth—He may allow death of some of His sons to express it!
@sstutts: Just glad to see the curriculum (Rewired) is getting out there.
@Guy_Peters: Who knew? For sure, gonna keep buying my Starbucks #VIA! RT @BreakPointPFM: Caffeine is good for your spiritual life
@jthouse: Gotta say I'm a Susan Boyle fan RT ttp://bit.ly/64n6o
@SteveBeren: thanks for directing me to www.breakpoint.org
@johnprew: Thanks for the link discussing Bonheoffer's book and his life!
@jtsnyder: reading a Chuck Colson tome
@KathyLohmer: Reflecting on last nights great fundraiser banquet for Minnesota Family Council and Chuck Colson's awesome message!
@lakeweeds: Back from dinner w/ Gov Tim Pawlenty, Senator Michelle Bachmann, Chuck Colson & of course my wife(& hundreds of others) http://www.mfc.org/
@millervince: Just got my picture with Chuck Colson
@sintplanet: "Be joyful. Love beyond what is reasonable. Be bold. And endure. Have hope. You live on the other side of the Resurrection." (Chuck Colson)
@PaulBuss: Just saw Chuck Colson at PCPC...great ministry he has.
@russneglia: I agree. How Now Shall We Live is a great book.
@Letters4theLord: a great Easter movie...THE CROSS: the Arhtur Blessitt story of his almost 40 yr journey carrying the cross to every nation
@LauraGrempel: Have you read any of Chuck Colson's books? I'm just finishing up The Faith. It's a really great read. Getting God and Government next.

Follow BreakPoint at http://twitter.com/BreakPointPFM.

I reject your accusation, Mr. President

I was stunned speechless when our president recently stood before European leaders and called us folks back home arrogant, dismissive and derisive -- thereby adding to Europe's already considerable contempt for America. That's why I appreciate this writer's reaction. My question is why more Americans aren't upset by our president's condemnatory remarks.

Facebook is EVIL!

. . . Or is it? Frankly, I think Richard Clark makes some excellent and often overlooked points about the much maligned hobby.

. . . Facebook destroys my tendency to focus on myself exclusively and forces me to focus outwardly. While those who claim Facebook is too narcissistic write lengthy theological and ethical tomes for their blogs which happen to be named after themselves, I find myself genuinely interested in people I am “friends” with on Facebook. While I recognize that reading status messages, writing on walls and sharing quiz results does not equal a relationship, I do believe that they can aid one. Recently a status message on Facebook indicated that a friend of mine was having a hard time, which tipped me off that maybe I should call him. We had a really good talk and the friendship is better for it.  

(H/T David Wayne on, yes, Facebook!)

Gift idea

Elementscover For those of you who like to do your Christmas shopping early (what is wrong with you?), here's one you can add to your list for Gina, Catherine, Lori, me and all the other book nerds of your acquaintance.

The Elements of Style, the definitive writing guide by E.B. White and William Strunk Jr., turns 50 on Thursday. To mark the anniversary, its publisher has released an elegantly bound, gold-embossed hardcover edition containing notes about the book's history.

This would be a much better gift than the one suggested by the Dorothy Parker quote at the end of the NPR piece:

"If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they're happy."

(Image © Longman)

Journalists Suffer Too

Journalists Soldiers, 9/11 victims, Katrina survivors are no stranger to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but what about the tellers of their tales, the unseen participants in any tragic story?

Breaking News, Breaking Down is a documentary on the silent sufferers behind every story: journalists. In the film, veteran news anchor Mike Walter explores the trauma he experienced after covering 9/11 and the similar anguish faced by other on-the-ground journalists.

The film premieres this Saturday at Filmfest DC.

(Image courtesy of the Washington Times)

Walking the walk

Occasionally, people ask me just why I like Sarah Palin.

This, in a nutshell, is why.



(Excerpt from speech at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life banquet, Evansville, Indiana, April 16, 2009)

The Point Radio: Job Hopping

Another week, another job....


Click play above to listen.

50 Jobs, 50 States in a Year? 1 Man Gives it a Try,” Associated Press, 25 February 2009.

April 16, 2009

Daily roundup

If CNN had been at the Boston Tea Party

Inspired by the following video:

Reporter: Hi, I'm with Colonial News Network. Why are you here tonight, sir?

Colonist: Because I hear the king say that we colonists must pay taxes even without Parliamentary representation. We believe in the right to liberty.

Reporter: Sir, what does liberty have to do with taxes? Do you realize that the king wants to make sure that all his people get the very best tea available?

Colonist: Let me finish. We believe that we should be taxed only by our own representatives and that a government on the other side of the world should not take our money.

Reporter: Wait. Did you know that Massachusetts gets a greater amount of tea than any other colony?

Colonist: I --

Reporter: Well, Prudence, I think you get the general tenor of this. It's anti-royalty, anti-Colonial News Network (since this is highly promoted by the pro-liberty Thomas Paine Network), and clearly intended to mock the Indians as well. As this blatant tea-tossing is not really family viewing, back to you, Prudence.

What does Obama have against Jesus?

Georgetown stage According to this blogger, Obama asked Georgetown University to cover up the name of Jesus on a pediment before he arrived to speak this week--along with all other "signs and symbols there" behind the stage where Obama spoke. What does The Messiah have against Jesus? Oh--right. Competition... 

The White House claimed its request was "consistent with what they've done for other policy speeches." They just wanted a backdrop of a few discreet American flags. Perhaps they've forgotten the speech Obama made with THIS logo behind him--the symbol of International Baby Killers plastered everywhere you look.

(Image courtesy of CNSNews and A Catholic View)

’Jesus is an Elephant’

Colbert Ehrman The traditional view of the divinity of Christ and the crucifixion narrative gets a defense from an unlikely source.

(Image © Comedy Central)

God is apparently not saving ’Kings’

Kings3 I guess we can't use the excuse that we were all at Sunday night services and forgot to set the DVR:

The thing about working in Hollywood is that at some point you really get tired of hearing how godless you are, and how if you and the rest of the heathens in Tinseltown would put more God-centric shows on TV, people wouldn't be abandoning prime time in favor of their Bible study classes.

If that's true, then why isn't NBC's Kings the biggest show in the history of humanity?

Good question. I'll admit I'm not one of the measly 4 million viewers this show nets. Are you watching? Tell me what I'm missing. If, like me, you're not watching, why not? (I'm watching The Amazing Race, for the record.)

(Image © NBC)

Caffeine is good for your spiritual life

Coffee At last, I have proof!

The god who makes you happy

Michael Gerson, writing of a new book on neuroscience's exploration of religion:

"How God Changes Your Brain" has many revelations -- and a few limitations. In a practical, how-to tone, it predicts "an epiphany that can improve the inner quality of your life. For most Americans, that is what spirituality is about." But if this is what spirituality is all about, it isn't about very much. Mature faith sometimes involves self-sacrifice, not self-actualization; anguish, not comfort. If the primary goal of religion is escape or contentment, there are other, even more practical methods to consider. "I didn't go to religion to make me happy," said C.S. Lewis, "I always knew a bottle of port would do that."

The Point Radio: Deeply Bonded

Do you feel deeply loved?...


Click play above to listen.

Sue Johnson, “Hold Me Tight,” Psychology Today, February 2009.

April 15, 2009

Daily roundup

Teatime

Tea party Thousands attended the nationwide "tea parties" protesting government spending today, according to Fox News. If you went to one, let us know how it went in the comment section below.

And don't forget, all ladies in the D.C. area are invited to another tea party this coming weekend!

(Image © Fox News)

New poll: Summer movies

Movie screen cropped Thanks to those of you who participated in the previous poll. Here are the ways you told us that you observe Lent.

Total Votes: 203

32.0% -- 65
Giving up something

21.2% -- 43
Attending extra services

15.3% -- 31
Acts of charity and alms-giving

42.4% -- 86
Taking time for personal repentance

41.4% -- 84
I don't observe Lent

Our new poll is at the right. I had to go with Wolverine, myself; although Up looks adorable, my fear of heights is so bad that I can't even watch a flying house in a cartoon without a meltdown! How about you? Which summer blockbuster (or other option) gets your vote?

(Special thanks to Travis for his help with these polls!)

(Image © BestMovieDeal)

The beauty that matters

Boyle Diane, thank you for posting that video of Susan Boyle. I simply loved the way she wiped the smirks off all those faces!

I came across an excellent article by The Herald's Colette Douglas Home that sums up just why that performance was such a triumph -- and what we should learn from the woman who gave it.

Susan Boyle's story is a parable of our age. She is a singer of enormous talent, who cared for her widowed mother until she died two years ago. Susan's is a combination of ability and virtue that deserves congratulation.

So how come she was treated as a laughing stock when she walked on stage for the opening heat of Britain's Got Talent 2009 on Saturday night? . . . 

The answer is that only the pretty are expected to achieve. Not only do you have to be physically appealing to deserve fame; it seems you now have to be good-looking to merit everyday common respect. If, like Susan (and like millions more), you are plump, middle-aged and too poor or too unworldly to follow fashion or have a good hairdresser, you are a non-person. . . .

Susan is a reminder that it's time we all looked a little deeper. She has lived an obscure but important life. She has been a companionable and caring daughter. It's people like her who are the unseen glue in society; the ones who day in and day out put themselves last. They make this country civilised and they deserve acknowledgement and respect.

(Image © TimesOnline)

Great Deal, No Takers: Ex-Cons for Hire in Philly

Philadelphia had an innovative way for businesses to deduct $10,000 from their taxes: hire an ex-con for at least six months. But there were no takers!

But the problem is not what it may seem. Read on to discover that, actually, many businesses were interested. However, one of the requirements was that their taking on an ex-con be made publicly known.

Now this is odd. It's hard to remember another situation, short of employing sex offenders in certain roles, where the hiring of an ex-con must be made public. Moreover, this particular plan seems friendly to the ex-con who needs work, so this requirement doesn't appear to be a public safety notice.

Perhaps it was meant to be a double play for public policy towards ex-cons: First, some get hired, but then the public gets more acclimated to seeing more ex-cons gaining employment. Well, if that's the case, how about forgetting about the public notice requirement and letting some former prisoners get a job? Then they can go out later, having made their way back into the world successfully, and tell others about this otherwise inspired program by the City of Philadelphia.

Our Own Easter Day

With Easter just past, it's a good time to reflect on these hope-filled words that C.S. Lewis wrote for his wife's memorial plaque: 

Here the whole world (stars, water, air,
And field, and forest, as they were
Reflected in a single mind)
Like cast off clothes was left behind
In ashes, yet with hope that she,
Re-born from holy poverty,
In Lenten lands, hereafter may
Resume them on her Easter Day.

(And don't miss the sobering but inspiring reflections at the link I provided above.)

How else am I going to live?

Art.marlee.matlin.cnn Actress Marlee Matlin appeared on Larry King Live Monday night and talked with Joy Behar (who was sitting in for King) about her new book and a long-ago abusive relationship with actor William Hurt, her co-star in Children of a Lesser God.

Behar: You're very nice to him in the book. You have an acknowledgment in the book for William Hurt.

Matlin: Look, he is a very good actor. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the work we had together. I was a fan of his before I met him.

Behar: But if he hasn't apologized and you still feel that he was very wrong in the way he behaved, why do you acknowledge ... ?

Matlin: If he apologized, I would forgive him, but I won't forget.

Behar: You won't forget, no. But you've forgiven him in this book, it seems to me.

Matlin: How else am I going to live? How else am I going to live? You have to try to find the heart to forgive.

That last line by Matlin reminded me of Catherine's book As We Forgive. Many of the survivors of Rwanda's genocide discovered that same truth. Catherine began writing her book on Rwanda as I was finishing up my book on children of divorce. That theme of forgiveness ran through both our manuscripts, and we had several discussions about why we forgive and how we forgive and what God requires and doesn't require of us in this whole process. There were no easy answers. 

One thing stands out to me. Whether it's an actress forgiving an abusive boyfriend, a genocide survivor forgiving the man who killed her family, or a young adult forgiving a parent for abandoning the family, seen from the outside forgiveness is one of those things that does not make sense, especially when the perpetrator has not asked forgiveness. And yet, for the person living with the deadness that accompanies pain, forgiving is often the only way back to real life.

(Image © CNN)

Beautiful!

Bravo to Susan Boyle, another surprising contestant in the Britain's Got Talent competition. I hope she wins. 

The Point Radio: Luxury Fashion - Out of Style

In fashion, frivolity may be going out of style....


Click play above to listen.

Stephanie Rosenbloom, “For Spring Clothes, A Lost Season?New York Times, 12 March 2009.

April 14, 2009

Daily roundup

Survivor’s guilt

25korea.1_600x379 As we approach North Korea Freedom Week, the Washington Post offers a moving portrait of the struggles of those who escape the oppressive regime.

At the Hangyoreh school, none of the defectors arrives with a clear idea of what career to pursue, according to Gwak [Jong-moon], the principal.

He said they come to school, instead, with fears that often overwhelm their ability to concentrate: They are afraid that someone will harm them, that someone will punish their family in North Korea, that they will fail in South Korea.

"These things really weigh them down," Gwak said. "When they start to make progress, they feel guilty. One hundred percent of the time, when you throw a birthday party for these young people, they cry for the family they left behind."

Their long-term ambitions, he said, are easy to explain: "They want to eat warm rice with their families again."

Image © Seokyong Lee for the New York Times

John Steinbeck, prophet?

Joads_grapeswrath Today is the 70th anniversary of the publication of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. As this article states (backed up by another article that we posted here recently), the author had some prescient words for our own generation: 

"If I wanted to destroy a nation," he wrote in 1966, "I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick."

(Image courtesy of Getty Images)

Youthful perspective

AIG

Maybe we should send Congress back to fourth grade.

(Image courtesy of AIG)

’As We Forgive’: Glimpsing the face of Jesus

Speaking of As We Forgive, Mary DeMuth has the sixth and last part of her interview with Catherine up at the My Family Secrets blog.

Resurrection Hope in the Valley of Dry Bones

Ezekiel Speaks to the Dry Bone

The hand of the Lord was upon me and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley, it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

I said, "O, Sovereign Lord, you alone know." (Ezekiel 37:1-3)

I had an email yesterday morning from one of the Rwandans I interviewed in my book, As We Forgive. As you may or may not know, this is an especially hard time in Rwanda, as this April marks the 15th anniversary of the genocide. My friend was particularly asking for prayer amidst this season of remembrance, and shared with me that they've just unearthed some more bones and will be able to finally bury his fiancée's father.

In Rwanda, so many bodies were dumped into mass graves. When I read a passage like Ezekiel 37, I can't help but think of these piles of bones bleached by the African sun in open graves. Here's the thing that gets me: The hope of the resurrection amidst a picture like this. 

Continue reading "Resurrection Hope in the Valley of Dry Bones" »

The Point Radio: Recession Gardens

Something good is growing....


Click play above to listen.

"Recession Gardens’ Sprouting Up," Associated Press, 12 March 2009.

Bruce Horovitz, “Recession Grows Interest in Seeds, Vegetable Gardening,” USA Today, 20 February 2009.

April 13, 2009

Daily roundup

The gift of perspective

Perry Kenny Perry, the golfer who was poised to become the oldest Masters winner ever, nearly broke my heart with his loss in the playoff yesterday. Or so I thought at the time. It took some wise words from the man himself to help me get my perspective back:

"I'll look back the rest of my life saying what could have been. But I'm not going to go there. Because if this is the worst thing that happens in my life, my life's pretty good," said Perry, who was down to his last penny 24 years ago when his church lent him $5,000 to keep chasing his golf dream. Since then, improving at a brutally slow rate, but always trending upward, he has won 13 PGA Tour events, $28 million and built a scholarship fund for that generous tiny-town church that now sits at $1.4 million.

"I got my mom struggling with cancer. My dad [85 years old] is struggling. I got a lot of people who are hurting now. And here I am playing golf for a living and having the time of my life," said Perry, who was adored by the crowd all weekend.

Of course, after reading that, I wished more than ever that he could have won. But with an attitude like that, even if he never wins a major for the rest of his life, both Perry and his fans will have reason to be proud and satisfied.

Relics of faith

Shroud If you're not sure the Resurrection all those Christians celebrated this past weekend really took place, then how about a little proof--the genuine burial cloth that wrapped the body of Christ and still bears His image. Or perhaps not.

The Shroud of Turin is perhaps the most famous "relic" purporting to have a direct link to the events surrounding the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And its fame has as much to do with the questions of its authenticity.

The Wall Street Journal has an article online about the shroud--its history, its relevance, and the upcoming public exhibition. The author, Peter Manseau, writes of the controversy:

But maybe so much focus on explanation misses the point. Belief -- any belief, whether in God, the Resurrection, even the Force -- requires a partial abandonment of the rational. This does not mean that faith is irrational, only that it involves a recognition that there are some things that can be explained only through acknowledgment that proof is not always the highest good.

Or, as the writer of Hebrews put it, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

(Image © AP)

People who need Peeple

Peeps If you're having as much trouble easing into the post-Easter work week as I am, take a break and enjoy some Peep art. I hope that somewhere, Captain Sullenberger is enjoying all the marshmallowy tributes.

(Image © James M. Thresher for the Washington Post)

Thought for the day

A Russian priest, Father Anthony, told me, "To say to anyone 'I love you' is tantamount to saying 'You shall live forever.'"

I am slowly beginning to learn something about immortality.

Our children are hungry for words like Father Anthony's. They have a passionate need for the dimension of transcendence, mysticism, way-outness. We're not offering it to them legitimately. The tendency of the churches to be relevant and more-secular-than-thou does not answer our need for the transcendent. As George Tyrrell wrote about a hundred years ago, "If [man's] craving for the mysterious, the wonderful, the supernatural, be not fed on true religion, it will feed itself on the garbage of any superstition that is offered to it."

Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet, pp. 110-11

Good News about Ex-Muslims

According to this Joel Rosenberg article, millions of ex-Muslims all over the Muslim world celebrated Easter this year. Read and rejoice that the Light is penetrating the darkness!!