Verse of the Month

Philippians 4:6-7:

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

ISIS victim

Closing the Cycle of Violence: Beyond Emotions and Fears

Fear, violence and the fear of violence darkens every newscast these days.

Back in 2006 a Christian counselor from Ireland, Evelyne O'Callaghan-Burkhard, a veteran of helping troubled Rwanda, gave a talk that really helped our church.

We reprint it here much as it was without too many updates (Ed.).



Christians Undercover is a series of interviews and reflections written by various authors.

The Happy Warrior

In a recent "Daily Bread" article, writer Andrew Klavan told how the late Gary Carter, catching stalwart for the Expos and Mets, influenced his life beyond reportorial commentary. Often in his career across 1974 to 1972 the ever-dependable Carter was playing while injured.

Klavan had recalled the low point of his life when he heard devoted Christian Carter declare "Sometimes you just have to play in pain." This comment not only pulled Klavan out of near-suicidal urges but later led to his conversion as a Christian.

Carter, who died of brain cancer in 2012, would have loved to hear how far and wide was his infuence as a "happy warrior" in a stress-filled game. We never know who is watching.

Charlton Heston in Ben Hur

The Scandal of the Cross

The movie Ben Hur came out in 1959 and was the blockbuster of the post-war years. MGM’s Ben Hur won 11 Academy Awards, the record for the time.

Charlton Heston played the young falsely accused Judah Ben Hur who was sent to the slave galleys. On the way, being herded through Nazareth, Judah is (fictitiously) given a drink of water and a blessing by young Jesus of Nazareth.

The novel weaves Jesus’ life in with that of Ben Hur and while slow going in places it compels attention with its description of the arrest, execution and grisly crucifixion of the Christ.



Yeas and Nays

Return to Persia

Prince of Persia

Neil Earle offers a timely probe of some of the biblical roots of ancient Persia (modern Iran).

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