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When Greg Mortenson failed in his attempt to climb the second-highest mountain in the world, he had no way of knowing that his failure would lead to a new world for the girls of war-torn Pakistan and Afghanistan.
There are basically two stances a Christian can take with respect to war. A pacifist states that war is never an acceptable alternative. A proponent of “just war” thinking acknowledges that war is always a tragedy and a profound moral failure, but even so sometimes wars are unavoidable (and even then they must be conducted according to stringent standards of conduct).
The distance from Aphek to Ziklag was on the order of fifty miles, and David’s men traveled on foot, so it was on the third day of their march that they discovered the smoking ruins of Ziklag.
War is the armed conflict between larger social units. War is known from the earliest periods of civilization, and even prehistoric remains include material evidence of warfare. The oldest known town of Syria-Palestine is prepottery Neolithic Jericho, already a town covering ten acres in the eighth millennium B.C.E.
In her October 4 blog, Rachel Olsen tells of the time when a friend confided her plans to Rachel and a few other people. Although all of them felt the plans were unwise, nobody said anything–except Rachel.
I once heard a story–I think it originated with Martin Marty, but it has been a while–about a distraught woman who went to see her pastor for counseling. Her husband had left her, her life was falling apart, and she was an emotional wreck.
The Puzzle of Growing Old, 12:1-8 Readers may pause to question the appropriateness of Qoheleth’s sudden jump to one’s “creator,” bore’eka, when in preceding verses he has admonished youths to banish anxiety.
[The people of the Bible] believed that their God could meet them anywhere and at any time; all of space and all of history were God’s domain. This is why the Bible has a sense of purpose and progression, a goal, a process, a destiny.