Fun With Gunpowder

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Yesterday afternoon, I got a phone call from my good friend and occasional co-defendant Stacy McCain. He invited me out to an undisclosed location for a fireworks display that he was putting together. It turned out to be an impressive show, in large part because of Stacy’s expertise in the use of timed fusing to program the fireworks.Here are a few photos from the display—

A good time was had by all, and no Tovex was used in any of the fireworks.

UPDATE—Be sure to scroll down through the comment section of the video.

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Fun With Gunpowder

What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Church Like That?

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Icon of Christ from St. Catherine’s on Mt. Sinai, one of the oldest existing icons of Christ. The division in the face represents the Christ will not only be our judge but He also loves us.

I was raised in a variety of denominations: Brethren in Christ, Nazarene, Wesleyan Methodist, Brethren. For our education, my siblings and I attended a number of Christian schools, including a conservative Mennonite school. Later, I worked at a Mennonite restaurant for about three years. Oh, and my maternal grandparents left the Amish church to become Pentecostal. I am a Christian mutt.

For many years, our family attended every possible service–Sunday morning, Sunday evening, Wednesday prayer service, and any revival that was happening nearby. We read Scripture at home, went to Bible classes at school, and were generally a very pious, devout family.

When I was eight or nine, the Brethren in Christ church closed…

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I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

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The College Fix reports that the History Department at George Washington University is changing the requirements for graduation.

The department eliminated requirements in U.S., North American and European history, as well as the foreign language requirement. Thus, it is possible that a student can major in history at GWU without taking a survey course on United States history.

BTW, a bacelor’s degree from GWU will cost you something north of a quarter-of-a-million bucks.

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International Religious Freedom Act Heads to the President

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — The U.S. House of Representatives passed and sent to the President’s desk the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 1150) yesterday. 

The bipartisan bill, authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and co-sponsored by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), will give the Administration and the State Department new tools, resources and training to help counter extremism and the growing persecution of religious minorities globally.

The act seems to give the U.S. government ways to take worldwide religious freedom seriously…or not, depending on the way the winds blow:

  • Creates a “Designated Persons List” for individuals who commit egregious violations of religious freedom
     
  • Creates a comprehensive religious prisoners list—persons who are detained, imprisoned, tortured and subject to forced remission of faith.
     
  • Integrates religious freedom into every aspect of U.S. foreign policy
     
  • Strengthens the Special Advisor for religious freedom at the National Security Council
     
  • Requires international religious freedom training for all Foreign Service Officers
     
  • Requires that the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom report directly to the Secretary of State

There’s more.

When ISIS stops walking people out to be butchered, when churches in the middle east stop blowing up, and when carrying a Bible in Saudi Arabia is okay, then I’ll be encouraged.

UPDATE:

 12/14/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Andrew Brunson, a Christian leader of a Protestant church in Izmir, Turkey, was imprisoned by Turkish officials on Friday after 63 days of detention. While details remain scarce, ICC sources say that Andrew has now been transferred from the Harmandali Detention Center to the Sakran 3 Nolu T Tipi Prison near Izmir, despite quiet efforts by the US State Department and Members of Congress to negotiate his release over the past several weeks.

 
International Religious Freedom Act Heads to the President