by Dr. Franklin Kirksey
The World Court receives mention more and more in news stories like one on PBS (08/12/12) about the island of Palau related to the issue of “Global Warming.”
Dr. Paul Lee Tan shares, “The International Court of Justice or the World Court sits in the Palace of Peace in The Hague, Holland. Fifteen judges from different countries are there. The UN pays for the bill.
But in nearly 30 years of its life, the World Court has handled only 61 cases, rendered 26 judgments and given 15 advisory opinions. It has settled only 10 disputes, mostly ‘trivial conflicts of a technical nature.’
And then on Dec. 10, 1979, the World Court began hearings on an American request to find Iran guilty of international law.
To the Little Girl in the Yellow Dress
By Walker Moore
Not long ago, you and I sat on a plane together. You tried to show me how old you were, but you had trouble keeping all four fingers up at the same time. Like all children your age, you were wide-eyed and cute as a newborn kitten.
You were at the perfect age to share everything you knew with anyone who would listen. You told me your name, your dogs’ names and your doll’s name. You told me about your baby brother and how he cries a-l-l t-h-e t-i-m-e. And then you showed me how you cover your ears when he gets too loud.
I watched you squint your eyes and put your hands over your mouth as you giggled. You asked if I had any kids, and I told you I had two boys. You weren’t impressed. You asked if I had a dog, and I told you I used to, but she got old and died. You gave me a sad look and then started singing and brushing your doll’s hair. What a wonderful age you are!
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by Rick Patrick
I will never forget where I was when I first heard the term super spiritual separatism. It was a classroom discussion in one of my first doctoral seminars. I had openly shared my experience about some church members whose preferences were causing conflict in the fellowship. Hot dogs were out since they were a “man made” food instead of a “God made” food. Candy at church, particularly around Halloween, was problematic for their eight children. Even our annual Fall Festival Halloween alternative was offensive, as they preferred to recognize Martin Luther’s birthday, presumably by nailing pieces of paper on doors all day long. These people loved Jesus and possessed sweet attitudes in their conversation. It was not so much their behavior that offended everyone, but the unmistakable sense of spiritual superiority manifested in all of their rule following.
by Walker Moore
– founder and president of AweStar Ministries, a teen missions organization that has taken thousands of young people around the world for the sake of growing missions-minded hearts, the Gospel, and lost souls.
I remember watching a grainy black-and-white movie years ago on our tiny DuMont television. The cabinet, the size of a small refrigerator, held a screen that glowed like a Cyclops. Sitting on top was the rabbit-ears antenna, stretched out and trying its best to pull in a signal. All this modern technology astounded us.
I don’t remember much about the movie, but I know it featured a young man who was transported into the future. The changes he found there amazed and bewildered both him and his audience. Looking back, I have to laugh. His future and our present turned out to be nothing alike.
Mission Trip Reflections
by Rick Patrick
After investing our Spring Break on a mission trip to Aguascalientes, Mexico–a desert city of nearly one million people–our mission team of ten church members will never be the same. It is challenging to reduce to words the waves of emotion and brokenness one feels when immersed in a culture that celebrates death, deifies Mary and places faith in the practice of witchcraft. After briefly describing four days of activities, I will share a few general observations regarding this field and offer some personal reflections.