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The Rational Ayatollah Hypothesis

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

By BRET STEPHENS

Whether the Ayatollah Khamenei gets to act on his wishes, as Eichmann did, is another question. Mr. Obama thinks he won’t, because the ayatollah only pursues his Jew-hating hobby “at the margins,” as he told Mr. Goldberg, where it isn’t at the expense of his “self-interest.” Does it occur to Mr. Obama that Mr. Khamenei might operate according to a different set of principles than political or economic self-interest? What if Mr. Khamenei believes that some things in life are, in fact, worth fighting for, the elimination of Zionism above all?

Dangerously blind–and I’m not talking about the ayatollah.

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Spending

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Memo to Illinois Democrats: It’s not a budget if spending is $3 billion higher than expected revenues.

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Blink

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

If you blinked, you missed the Ray McDonald era in Chicago.

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The Trigger-Happy Generation

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

By PEGGY NOONAN

If reading great literature traumatizes you, wait until you get a taste of adult life.

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Off the Shelf: Blind Spots

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church

By Collin Hansen

The world needs bold, united followers of Jesus. It needs you and me to understand and appreciate the contributions of our brothers and sisters in faith. However, too often, our blind spots lead to divisions and disagreements, preventing God’s people from testifying to his grace with one voice.

In this provocative book, Collin Hansen helps us view our differences as opportunities to more effectively engage a needy world with the love of Christ. Highlighting the diversity of thought, experience, and personality that God has given to his people, Blind Spots lays the foundation for a new generation of Christians eager to cultivate a courageous, compassionate, and commissioned church.

Collin Hansen is one of those guys about whom you say, “I knew him when….” Collin, a former colleague at CT, matches a sharp intellect with a warm, Christlike character. I can’t wait to read his new book, and I’ll give you a report when I do.

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Factoids

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Two factoids–which is more disturbing? (1) ISIS conquers Ramadi, which U.S. soldiers had won with blood sweat, and tears, and our president preaches a fiery sermon about the global threat posed by … climate change. (2) American voters elected this man … twice.

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Fighting

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Fighting your father is a no-win situation. If you lose the fight, you’ve just been beaten up. If you win, you’ve just beaten up your father.

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Another five-star Amazon review!

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

“Could be a good Bible introduction for anyone seeking to read the Bible through in a year or two. It could also serve as the starting point for a sermon series moving a congregation through the entire Bible.”

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Setback

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

According to the Obama administration, the fall of Ramadi, a city of 500,000 people, to ISIS is just a “setback.” If such chaos represents a setback, I shudder to think what a defeat looks like. Unfortunately, given our feckless leadership, I expect we’re going to find out soon.

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On the Radio: Lessons Learned in the Midst of Trial

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

John Blok interviews me about my latest BreakPoint column, Lessons Learned in the Midst of Trial. The column is available here.

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