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Imran Khan – An Ideology; A Hope
Imran khan; a former sportsman, philanthropist, an active politician and 3rd most influential leader of 2012 according to the Global Post is the only hope left for the people of an economically diminishing state as such as Pakistan . By so far, Imran Khan is considered as the most popular leader in the country’s history. In 1996 Khan formed his political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI). It was founded initially as socio-political movement which envisioned to embody anti-corruption policies and to put an end to the endless corruption in the country. However, the road towards success is never easy. His party...
On Sexism, Patriarchy And Strange Ways To Lose Body Parts
There is a remarkable statement in the Hebrew Bible about two men brawling: If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to the rescue of her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity. (Deuteronomy 25v11-12) The rule goes something like this: if two men are fighting, and the wife of one of them (who apparently is getting his butt kicked) comes over to rescue him from his attacker, and she reaches out and grabs him by his...
Why I’m Giving Up Politics for Lent
Okay, this is an easy one. I was getting tired of all the polling and endless speculating before the 2012 elections.  Two days after President Obama was re-elected, the Republicans were threatening to run us off the fiscal cliff and were still trying to find a cover-up in Benghazi.  It’s draining and, frankly, I’m bored with the same old arguments that bounce around the media echo-chamber by the same old talking heads.  I feel like I’m watching one long rerun.  So I’ve decided to give up politics for Lent.  (Just in case you think I’m getting off easy, I’m also...
restores
Fallen Pastors Can Be Restored: A Personal Tale, Part 2
While I was writing my book about fallen pastors, I ran into a few pastors who had found a way to restore their ministry. I was dumbfounded. They had, amazingly enough, found a way back into the pastorate. I’m about to share some feelings I’ve never shared before. Thanks to a counselor I’ve been seeing, I don’t think I would have been able to articulate what I felt or am feeling now. Please, fasten your seat belt. My first thought was jealousy. I thought, “How come those guys get to go back to the pastorate? What makes them so special?...
restores
Fallen Pastors Can Be Restored: A Personal Tale, Part 1
It was just four months after I had committed adultery and fallen from my pastorate. I was showing signs of “true repentance,” some thought. I was reaching out for help. What I was really doing was trying not to lose my mind. I didn’t have a friend in the world. Almost everyone had abandoned me, I was living in a tiny house miles away from my children and I hated myself. But part of me wanted to justify my actions. I wanted to defend myself. I wanted someone just to listen to me. I deserved to be listened to. I...
child labor
Abolishing Child Labor Leads to Slavery
Every time I see the words “CNN is Against Child Labour” or watch some celebrity on TV waving the physical or vocal “Abolish Child Labour” flag, I want to get up and smash something—probably the screen. And sometimes aloud I will ask the empty room, “And then what?” Has anybody thought further than that? What happens to the children then? What happens to the families then? Before we speak or take any action, we should consider the severe ramifications of abolishing a source of both income and labour that is not only prevalent, but has been part of the third...
Child-abuse
Child Abuse is an Epidemic: The Church Must Do More
Child abuse is a social problem of epidemic proportions. Even though it is difficult to understand the true scope of child abuse—studies have found that only one third of child abuse is reported, for example[1]—the reports that are available, however conservative in nature, paint a horrific picture.  In one 2008 study, researchers found that one in five children will experience child abuse—or 15 million in total.[2]  Another study found that 1 in every 3 girls and 1 in every 8 boys will experience sexual abuse; roughly half of which being incestuous.[3].  In 2009, 6 million children were reported to Child...
romeny and obama
Time for Christians to Make a Choice
I’m ready for this election to be over.   As with most hotly contested campaigns, it’s been full of half-truths and outright lies.   And, while I have my opinion on the source of the vast majority of deception, the casual observer simply sees partisan bickering and endless gamesmanship.   The result can be a cynical electorate who loses interest in the whole political process.   I’ve noticed many Christians who seem to fall into this category.  Already suspicious of politicians, they hear the hypocrisy espoused in the campaigns and no longer trust either party to be a viable part of the solution. In...
romney
How Mormonism Shaped Mitt
Say what you will about Mitt Romney; he is a devoted to his religion.   A mutigenerational Mormon, he has held high-ranking leadership positions and donated millions of dollars to the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS).   For many, religion goes to the core of their belief system, so what does it mean for Mitt to be a Mormon?    Of course, Mitt is not just any Mormon; he inherited the special status that comes with being the son of a wealthy Governor.   Looking into Mitt’s religious experience might provide some insight into his character and an explanation to some of the...
The Right To Bare Arms
I Didn’t Want To Write This Post. Gun Control.
Do you know where I grew up? Arkansas. Laugh it up. Har-dee-har. “You married to your sister, Ray?” No. My cousin. But thanks for asking. In Arkansas, just like the current state I live in (Kentucky), guns are a huge part of life. The majority of gun use is by hunters who love to shoot ol’ bambi between the ears every deer season. And duck hunting is huge. From what I understand, Duck Dynasty is a big show. I refuse to watch it. I live in it. Same reason I won’t watch most reality television. The Kentucky Turtle Man, housewives...
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