Israel’s threat from within

Fareed Zakaria

By Fareed Zakaria
Thursday, March 19, 2015

In an appearance on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” soon before he was reelected as Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was asked if he was offended that the White House tweeted one of my columns, pointing out that for 25 years, Bibi had been wrong in his predictions about Iran’s nuclear program. “If I had to choose,” Netanyahu responded, “I would retweet . . . the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s recent tweet in which he cites nine ways and reasons that Israel should be destroyed.” Netanyahu is right to draw attention to that threat, but for somewhat different reasons than he implies.

Let me be clear. Iran’s supreme leader is a radical, anti-Western ideologue whose Twitter feed is filled with hate and hostility — and he means Israel only harm. But he is also a canny politician who has survived and thrived in Iran’s complex political system. What is the…

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A Letter To Christians In Indiana, From Jesus

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Dear Christians In Indiana (and those elsewhere, who might read this),

I’ve seen what’s been going on there lately. Actually, I’ve been watching you all along and I really need to let you know something, just in case you misunderstand:

This isn’t what I had planned.

This wasn’t the Church I set the table for.

It wasn’t the dream I had for you, when I spoke in those parables about the Kingdom; about my Kingdom.

It was all supposed to be so very different.

It was supposed to be a pervasive, beautiful, relentless “yeast in the dough” that permeated the planet; an unstoppable virus of compassion and mercy spread person-to-person, not needing government or law or force.

It was supposed to be that smallest, seemingly most insignificant of seeds, exploding steadily and gloriously with the realized potential of my sacred presence, becoming a place of safety and shelter for all people.

It was supposed to be…

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Telling the story well: “God made the world to be his home”

Ben Irwin

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About this series: As I shared in the introductory post, I believe “getting the gospel right” means telling the story well. This is what inspired me to write my book for kids, The Story of King Jesus. Over the next few posts, I want to share a few aspects of this story that I believe are key to telling it well. 

It all began with God.

God made everything you can see.
(And even things you can’t see!)

God made the world to be his home.

                                    – from The Story of King Jesus

Growing up, I thought this world was doomed.

Like many Christians, I thought it was destined for the furnace. I looked forward to the day when I would be evacuated from this world, along with my fellow believers, and ushered into an…

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Prayer is Being in Communion with Others

Silence Teaches Us Who We Are.

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In my last post I discussed that prayer is listening to God.  Here is a link to it. As a reminder, I mentioned that I think of prayer in four manners.  Prayer is speaking to God.  Prayer is listening to God.  Prayer is being in communion with others.  Prayer is resting in God.  In this piece I will comment on how prayer is being in communion with others.
 

Prayer is being in communion with others.  We are not meant to live in this world alone.

 
I am an introvert.  I treasure my time in solitude.  I love reading.  I enjoy the time that I spend in solitude thinking and then placing these thoughts on paper.  However, I also need to be with people.  I need to listen to a friend tell me a joke.  I need to listen to my children tell me their story…

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Queer By Association: When Supposedly Loving People Look For Loopholes

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“John, are you a homosexual? A simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ will suffice?”

– Ralph, (a Christian blog reader)

I’m not so sure a yes or no answer will suffice.

I’m actually quite sure that it won’t.

This is such sad and unfortunate response, though I wish I could say that it was a rare one.

I will often get a (sometimes quite colorful) variation on this theme, from professed religious folk on my blog comments, especially when an impasse is reached and they find that I will not likely be moved from my position: “Dude, you must be a fag!” (You know—sweet, loving, Jesus kind of stuff, like that).

Apparently to some Christians, the only logical explanation for a person of faith speaking on behalf of the “homosexual” community, is that they themselves must also be so: a sort of, covert queer self-preservation.

It never occurs to those people that we don’t…

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