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Charlton Heston: Complex Icon


Although we haven't addressed the passing of screen icons in this space before, when the man who represents the iconic Biblical character to many dies, it seems fitting to pay attention. Over at the Belief Net blog, Gareth Higgins has some interesting thoughts about this complex man and screen legend. Here are some excerpts:

God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question – Why We Suffer.

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Bart D. Ehrman's latest book is basically an account of two engaging parallel studies. One involves a methodical discussion of the various biblical solutions offered for the perennial question of how an all powerful God can allow evil and suffering to continue

Helping Refugees Find their Feet in Yemen


Sarah Porter, with a career in international development ahead of her, recently accepted a job with ADRA in Yemen. A few weeks in, Spectrum asked her what the country is like and what her job is teaching her.

Q: How would you describe Yemen from your experience so far? How is it the same, or different, than you imagined? What are the Yemeni people like?

As It Is In Heaven


The loss of passion for something we love is a deeply disturbing journey to travel. Unfortunately, we often become burned out doing the things that are most meaningful to us so that we just can’t seem to continue any longer. As It Is in Heaven takes us on one man’s journey to recover his lost joy.

The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary

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Yea, though the 23rd Psalm walks through the valley of a new translation, it shall fear no evil...but it might get carried away in a flash flood of commentary.

Biblical scholar, professor, and author Robert Alter, well known for such works as his translation of the Five Books of Moses and books on the Bible as literature, has delivered another work as both scholar and poet: The Book of Psalms.

Beating a Retreat to the Country


On a remote and beautiful peninsula in the Dominican Republic, forested and mountainous, small wooden cabins are being built as part of a quiet retreat.

There is no easy way to get to the mostly virgin land of the Samana Peninsula from the sprawling capital of Santo Domingo.

I Forgive You, But . . .


Don’t pick up I Forgive You, But . . . if all you want is a theological discussion of the concept of forgiveness. Don’t pick I Forgive You, But . . . if you’re just looking for an intellectual treatise with definitions of forgiveness and what the latest theorists say on the topic. Don’t pick up I Forgive You, But . . . if you’re wanting to remain at a distance from the challenges of forgiveness Lourdes Morales-Gudmundsson presents in her slim 162-page book.

Adventists Through Academic Eyes

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In 2005, Palgrave Macmillan published The Road to Clarity: Seventh-day Adventism in Madagascar. This social anthropological study, written after two years of fieldwork by Eva Keller, has been acclaimed by academics and read with interest by Adventists.

The study, which began as a PhD thesis for the London School of Economics in 2002, examines the intellectual life of Malagasy Adventists, and the reasons they remain members of the church.

Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy


On October 2, 2006, at 10:30 am, Charles Carl Roberts entered a small one-room Amish school house in rural Pennsylvania, intending to rape the ten young girls in attendance. He dismissed the boys and the adults present and began tying up the girls. Alerted by a 911 call, the state police arrived on the scene within minutes. Roberts, realizing the he would be unable to complete his initial plan, lined up the girls on the floor and gunned them down in rapid succession. Hearing shots the state troopers broke through the windows and witnessed Roberts turning the gun on himself.

A Young Conductor Makes Waves

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Last year, Shi-Yeon Sung became the first woman to be named assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Working under the renowned James Levine, the 32-year-old South Korean is making the most of her two-year opportunity to work with some of the world’s best musicians and conductors.

In 2006, Sung won the prestigious Sir Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition in Frankfurt, Germany – the first woman to ever take home the top prize. She was given €15,000 in prize money and concerts with the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.

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