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“Narnia Invaded” by Steven D. Boyer

By idaflo | December 1st, 2010 | No Comments » 

Narnia InvadedI appreciate the insights Steven Boyer shares in his article.  Again we see that  sometimes the medium does not serve the message.
Like so many families, we loved reading The Chronicles of Narnia, both together and as individuals, thus the movies were eagerly anticipated. The boys hoped they would be as good as the films of Tolkien’s books had been.
But both Narnia movies left all three of our sons frustrated, even angry. I texted them recently and asked for more details as to why… “was it because they sacrificed the story for the sake of special effects?” Read More »

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Obama and the Evil Squatters

By idaflo | October 13th, 2010 | No Comments » 

American Thinker logoBy Robin of Berkeley (at American Thinker)

“God is dead,” according to the existentialist Nietzsche. He might as well have been talking about Berkeley, California.

Think I’m exaggerating? Take a trip out west and spend a few days on Telegraph Avenue. Then wander over to the downtown area, Shattuck and University. If you’re really the daredevil, do so after dark, when the mean streets look positively Kafkaesque.

When I say God is dead in Berkeley, I don’t mean just that parts of the city look like a hellhole. I’m referring to the militant anti-God vibe. While Berkeley has always had its atheists, a shift has….(continue here)

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Victoria’s secret… NO more

By idaflo | June 11th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Like most Christian Conservatives, I hate to offend people.  Yet the truth will do that, even when it’s delivered with great care – something Victoria Jackson knows well.

I like Victoria.  She used to be creative and funny on Saturday Night Live, but now  in real life, she is allowing her once secret Christian faith and conservative political views, to become highly visible.  Her gifts enable her to find more work in comedy,  but more importantly, she uses her fame as a vehicle to boldly deliver an essential  message.

Victoria serves as a role model to encourage the more timid to stand  for what is good, true, and right, even when doing so is misunderstood, understood too well, or otherwise unpopular.

I’m Mad at Christians

Victoria Jacksonby Victoria Jackson

I was sitting in Church-Lady Helen’s living room. Someone commented on the illegal immigration problem. I said, “For some strange reason our government doesn’t know that illegal immigration is illegal.” Pious Helen stuck her nose in the air and proudly declared, “I never discuss politics.”

I felt like I’d just been punched in the face. Read More »

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Concerning God and Parents…quote from J. Budziszewski

By idaflo | May 20th, 2010 | 3 Comments » 

We have a friend who deliberately declined to give his children any religious instruction in their upbringing.  This quote from Budziszewski drives home some vital points that are useful should such a discussion come up.

And even when it doesn’t.

Baby in window play pen

“A good many parents decline to give their children any religious instruction, saying that they think it is better to ‘let them make up their own minds,’

But declining to teach is itself a way of teaching, a very effective one, and it teaches children a very definite creed with eight articles:

(1) It is not important for children to know anything  about God.

(2) The questions which children naturally ask about Him require no answers.

(3) Parents know nothing about Him worth passing on. Read More »

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