Nosocomial Infections

“Look at that!”  I said. “Look at what?”  My wife asked, as we sped along the rural road. “You missed it,” I said.  “But someone ran into the fence around that body shop back there.  He knocked down part of the fence and really crumpled up his hood.” “Oh,” Elaine said, not particularly interested. “I guess the good news is that they won’t have to tow him very far to get his…

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Is Capitalism “The” Christian Economy?

There has been much written about threats to the United States.  When I was a boy, the Soviet Union and the communist threat there was thought to be the biggest danger to life as we know it.  Now, some are more worried about China, but from an economic standpoint, it seems that many believe that there are horrible things waiting for the United States as it hurries down a path leading to…

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The Temptation of Power

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  --Lord ActonYes, sooner or later – later, if he is strong or well meaning to begin with – but neither strength nor good purpose will last – sooner or later the Dark Power will devour him.”  -- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring The history of the world is rife with stories of men who made power their aim.  Looking back to…

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Ministering to the Depressed: Lessons from Ruth and Naomi

"Dad!"  Victoria said.  "I do not want you to pour syrup on my pancake!" "Why not?"  I asked. "Because I want Mom to," she said. "Mom is getting ready for church," I said.  "It will be a little while before she'll be downstairs to pour your syrup." Anna arrived on the scene.  "I will let Anna spread peanut butter on my pancake and pour syrup on it,"  Victoria said, like a queen…

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