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About the warm and fuzzy Bush video: Bush Center Slams Trump: We Want More Migration More

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Previous: Born Again 9: Jesus Without Religion Sharon’s most recent message begins abruptly, with a somewhat obscure Scripture text: More

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome encouraging news about coronavirus testing, vaccines, and treatments that has Wall Street feeling bullish and suggesting that the Chinese communists were wrong again. They also hammer New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for breaking up the well-attended funeral of a rabbi in Brooklyn and warning that if it happens again there will be summons or arrests. And they dig into a new poll suggesting a majority of Americans would be inclined to suspend the November elections if coronavirus is still a major concern.

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Most of us realize that moral maturity is largely about prioritizing what needs to be done and what one can give to others ahead of one’s own comforts and pleasures. We are pleased when children take their first steps and exhibit intelligence. But we are first proud when they begin to give and to take […]

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Previous: Born Again 6: The Harsh Truth that Gets in Your Guts Sharon’s notes are beginning to reflect a growing and palpable hunger for God’s Word. One thing I’ve always found energizing about emerging believers is their sense of wonder and discovery at those things we stagnant mature Christians take for granted: More

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I once heard that a parent can only be as happy as one’s least happy child. It’s good and natural that we focus on those most in need. Though as a society we have long been so fortunate in many ways compared to civilizations of history, still we worry about the poor, the sick, the lonely, and the abused.

Today, the first Sunday after Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday for Roman Catholics; so declared by Pope John Paul II. As suggested by visions of Jesus to Sister Faustina of Poland, on this day we pay special attention to the Lord’s immeasurable mercy. From the image of blood and water poured from Christ’s heart, symbolizing the terrible Passion and the beautiful Resurrection, we remember the gifts we have received without merit.

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Join Jim and Greg for three crazy martinis that could easily be all bad. First, they comment on oil prices plummeting faster than we can keep up with them and discuss why our economy suffers if prices are too low for too long. They also recoil as one vaccine expert says the public should brace for the possibility that it may be very difficult or impossible to develop a coronavirus vaccine – although he is from the WHO. And they hammer New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for urging New Yorkers to rat on their neighbors for not properly social distancing.

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“I cannot say exactly how nature exerts its calming and organizing effects on our brains, but I have seen in my patients the restorative and healing powers of nature and gardens, even for those who are deeply disabled neurologically. In many cases, gardens and nature are more powerful than any medication.”

“I have a number of patients with very advanced dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, who may have very little sense of orientation to their surroundings. They have forgotten, or cannot access, how to tie their shoes or handle cooking implements. But put them in front of a flower bed with some seedlings, and they will know exactly what to do—I have never seen such a patient plant something upside down.”

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Previous:  Born Again 5: I’m Constantly Battling with Him Sharon has provided me every possible clue that she’s ready to hear the unvarnished gospel truth. She’s not holding back. Meanwhile, I’ve recently been spending time reading through Hebrews, a New Testament book full of both grave warnings and wonderful encouragements. This can’t be a coincidence. […]

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Previous: Born Again 4: He Rewards Those Who Earnestly Seek Him Three hundred lives of men I have walked this earth and now I have no time. — Gandalf the Grey More

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Jim starts this edition by blasting the World Health Organization for suggesting that alcohol consumption makes the coronavirus worse. Then he and Greg applaud Dr. Birx for calling out the WHO and China for a deadly lack of transparency that cost the rest of the world valuable time in preparing for the virus. They also lament the 22 million lost in the past four weeks and the lack of urgency in Congress to replenish funds for the Paycheck Protection Program – and discuss how to reopen the economy most responsibly. And they unload on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy for admitting he never considered the Bill of Rights in having 15 people arrested for gathering at a synagogue in his state and Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer for saying her severe restrictions are fine because it snowed in Michigan this week.

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Hello, everyone! This will be a short post – almost more of a “group email,” really. I just thought it would be fun to see what everyone’s favorite Bible translation is! More

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Previous: Born Again 3: I’m Just an Emotional Wreck! Sharon’s last emotional letter came at the end of a long day at work. She has a way of opening up so many doors at once that I feel overwhelmed. How on earth can I compose a response in the few minutes I have to spare? Yet […]

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Why would a loving God permit something like COVID-19 to afflict people He ostensibly loves? It’s the sort of question people have wrestled with for thousands of years. Our own Dave Carter sits down with Father Ben Bradshaw, Pastor of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Memphis, TN, to discuss this question and a great many others in a wide ranging conversation that touches on the metaphysical insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Socrates and Aristotle, the physical challenges of ministering in a world of social distancing, and even the world of faith and food (Father Bradshaw is also a classically trained chef).

Ricochet Member Seawriter also joins Dave in a discussion of a his latest book, “Vanished Houston Landmarks.” (He’s also authored 31 other books on a huge variety of interesting historical topics.)

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If you have the yearning to read ANYTHING but COVID-19 stuff, this may be for you. The following is not an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints This is the story about the unlikely conversion of three of my favorite people; my mother, my father and my Uncle Tony. First, […]

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Previous: Born Again 2: Assurance and the Quest for Inner Peace I mentioned at the beginning of my last post that I was nervous about how Sharon would reply to my previous e-mail, but perhaps not as much as might have been. In truth, I’ve hedged my bets a little. Frankly, I don’t know exactly where to […]

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Hello my new Ricochet friends, This is my first post and my full nut-jobby and often misunderstood way of looking at thing is on display, yet at this point I don’t have anything to lose. This is also a test to see if I can really converse with the people in this group without freaking […]

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Aquinas Anticipated EVERYTHING More

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Previous: Born Again 1: A Letter from Sharon I feel simultaneously blessed and burdened by Sharon’s opening move. Of all people she has turned to me. Someone she has now seen exactly once in 25 years. Someone who had previously best resembled an evangelistic bull lumbering through her emotional china shop. Her present vulnerability daunts […]

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