Joy

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Photgraphic Impact, Some good news

Joy

It’s a new year again. Among all the gifts given and received this Christmastide, the one thing that most people want, at least according to the National Institute of Health – is happiness, joy. And why not? The first gift of the nativity given by the heavenly hosts to the shepherds was the “good news of great joy” because “a savior has been born for you, who is Messiah and Lord.” That is good news, and yet during the Christmastide so many of us fall into depression,...

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You will be a blessing to others

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Blog, Featured, Global Jihad, Middle East

You will be a blessing to others

  This past November 8th, 2016, we Americans were blessed. After almost two years of argument and tension, we stepped into the voting booth and changed, without violence or terror, the president and political party that will govern our country. This is no small accomplishment. I say this not to celebrate the victory of one candidate over another, but rather to take stock of the great blessing that is our orderly and peaceful transfer of power. That we as Americans are...

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Back from oblivion

Posted by on Oct 22, 2016 in Featured

Back from oblivion

Monday, October 17th, 2016, should be remembered as the day that the comfortable, the well-fed, forty-eight inch waistbands who run Iraq decided to do something about the Islamic State’s two year long deathgrip on that country. The battle for Mosul has begun. Two years ago I was in Iraq around September/August of 2014, and watched as thousands of people poured out of the West escaping the ISIS invasion – a driving, walking and stumbling wave of humanity desperate to...

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Stretch out your hand

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Blog, Christians in the Media, Featured, Middle East, Some good news

Stretch out your hand

Again he entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand.They watched him closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, he...

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Just one look

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Featured, Middle East, Photgraphic Impact

Just one look

I can remember the first time that I walked into the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and saw this portrait of Vincent van Gough. (Left: Vincent van Gough, self-portrait, 1889. Copyright, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France) He painted it in 1889, and it is believed to be his last self-portrait before his suicide in 1890. Having visited his grave as well as the wheatfield where he shot himself, those piercing blue eye had a profound effect on me. I do not know if you’ve...

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“Never put a scorpion in your pocket.”

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Blog, Featured, Global Jihad, Iraqi Men, Terror's Handiwork

“Never put a scorpion in your pocket.”

Back in 2014 I was in Amman, Jordan. While there I met an extraordinary man, a retired Assyrian boxer named Azor. Azor told me that he had once boxed on the Iraqi national team and, despite his advancing age, still loved the sport. To make this point he produced two sets of boxing gloves and insisted that I go a couple of mock rounds with him in the livingroom of the small apartment where he and his family stayed. Fortunately, he never allowed himself to lay a glove on me....

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