Monthly Archives: August 2008

Reflections on the 2008 DNC

I was so excited about Palin yesterday that I didn’t comment on the Democratic National Convention. Here are some points: 1. It had some really moving videos. I liked the one about Michelle Obama, in which her mom said that … Continue reading

Posted in Candidates, Current Events, Lost, Politics, Television

Palin on the Environment

While I’m on my Palin-kick, there are a few more things that I want to note. This post is about the environment. Those who were sitting on the edges of their seats waiting for my next Maccabees post, relax! I … Continue reading

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Palin and the Bridge to Nowhere

I may have spoken a little hastily about Sarah Palin killing the Bridge to Nowhere. That’s technically true, but liberals and others are pointing out that there’s more nuance to the situation. Palin said in her speech today: “And I … Continue reading

Posted in Current Events, Politics, Sarah Palin

Why I Love Sarah Palin

I have Sean Hannity on right now, and Newt Gingrich commented on McCain’s choice for VP, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. I also read more about her in AP articles. I love this woman! Actually, in my last post, I … Continue reading

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McCain’s Running Mate

The AP has reported that John McCain has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. She is a solid conservative–pro-life, pro-marriage amendment, pro-fiscal restraint, and pro-drilling. Yet, she is balanced. She has crusaded against corruption, recognizes the dignity … Continue reading

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II Maccabees 12, Purgatory, Catholicism, Idolatry

II Maccabees 12 is a big Roman Catholic proof-text for purgatory. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as follows: “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Daily Quiet Time, II Maccabees, Religion

Maccabees and the Gentiles

The Catholic Study Bible treats I Maccabees as a foil for the New Testament, especially in its treatment of the Gentiles. It states: “I Maccabees has importance also for the New Testament. Salvation is paralleled with Jewish national aspirations (1 … Continue reading

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Theodicy and Maccabees

This post will be an example of James’ Thoughts and Ramblings, but it will have some good stuff. I promise. In II Kings 23:29, the righteous king Josiah is killed by Pharaoh Neco of Egypt. The Chronicler had a problem … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Daily Quiet Time, I Maccabees, II Maccabees, Religion, Theodicy

The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention starts tonight in Denver. I said in my post, It’s My Blog’s Birthday!, that the Democratic conventions don’t thrill me as much as the Republican ones. I’m sure this puzzles a lot of people, including yours … Continue reading

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Maccabees and Suicide

I’m doing my Maccabees quiet time in a rather ad hoc fashion. When I was reading the books from the Jewish-Protestant canon, I’d read a chapter or a section and then pray about it for an hour (or at least … Continue reading

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