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May 23, 2016

Late one Saturday afternoon, I was snoozing on the sofa when the doorbell awakened me. Craning my neck, I noticed two well-dressed young women at the screen door.

“What can I do for you?” I called out, thinking they were Avon ladies and not wanting to be disturbed.

“We’re Witnesses of Jehovah, and we’d like to share some Scripture truths with you.”

I was up in a flash. My wife was about to put an early supper on the table. “Go ahead without me,” I told her. “I have work...

May 20, 2016

July 2002. I remember hearing the terrible news. An explosion had ripped through a coal mine in Pennsylvania and nine miners were trapped 240 feet underground in a dark, partially flooded mineshaft.

An astonishing rescue effort was launched. Engineers examined the situation and made recommendations, environmental scientists ran tests on the ground water, massive drilling equipment and men who operated it were brought in. Even the U.S. Navy supplied underwater experts and nine...

May 18, 2016

If I had been the Holy Spirit’s editor when he was inspiring the Bible, I would have recommended that he not include that New Testament verse where Jesus says, “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matt. 7:1). Better still, I would have recommended keeping the verse but adding a clarifying commentary so that it could not be misused by American moral liberals of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. I would have had Jesus speak a few more words, beginning with, “Please, don’t...

May 13, 2016
An ancient fresco depicting Phoebe, the deaconess mentioned in Romans 16:1

Pope Francis has agreed to create a commission to study the possibility of women deacons. Here are 12 things to know and share.

1. What happened?

On Thursday, May 12, Pope Francis met with a group of women religious who asked him about the possibility of creating a commission to study the possibility of women deacons, or deaconesses.

Edward Pentin...