View from the Hill
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 22 December 2009 19:42What’s the best way to approach a stranger and how do you greet him or her? As you walk toward the stranger, are you worried that you may be robbed, abused or worse?
This is the final week of the Christmas season. At first glance, these questions seem to be a bit out of place when discussing the meaning of Christmas. Then again, as I focus on the story of the Nativity and on the baby in the manger as if I had seen him for the first time, the logic is clear.
If I were the Son of God, and I were preparing to come to earth, in my flawed, human way of thinking, I would have seriously questioned the logic of this plan to introduce the Savior of the world to all of mankind.
Think about it. A baby born to a poor Jewish couple—a virgin...
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 24 November 2009 13:38The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts… nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. —H.W. Westermayer
As a student of history, my late father explored the connection between past and current events. In my father’s history and Bible classes, on more than one occasion Dad emphasized the old saying, “Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.”
Wisdom rarely comes to us without exacting a price in return for its benefits. The pilgrims made the connection between past events and their present circumstances. Instead of only losing many lives, all might have perished. Without the assistance of Native Americans and the pilgrims’ faith in a Higher Power, instead of celebration and giving...
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 03 November 2009 13:38The cold and flu bug hit home with a vengeance in recent days. Not that it’s a surprise to anyone, as everybody seems to be battling the same thing. I had been hoping the virus would stay away this year. Alas, t’was not to be.
The usual list of symptoms indicating the presence of a cold or flu bug is evident: stuffy head, nose and ears, not to mention the sore, scratchy throat, slight fever and that dizzy feeling one has when getting up. Or when the floor appears to be rising to meet the face or seems to be moving around in circles, it’s not a good sign.
The good news is it could have been much worse. While in high school, I spent an entire, unforgettable week in bed and in that other, unmentionable room. The only good thing to...
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 22 September 2009 13:42The rush is on to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. As I write this column, the Environmental Protection Agency is proceeding with its intention to establish regulations controlling carbon emissions.
As I’ve noted here previously, the only viable option is to seek a legislative fix to counter the 2007 Supreme Court ruling (Massachusetts vs. EPA), which affirmed the EPA has authority to regulate carbon emissions from automobiles and other pollution sources.
If citizens believe they’ve defeated all attempts by Congress by halting or impeding proposed climate change legislation, they are dead wrong. The focus has merely changed from Congress to the EPA. They are moving forward with implementing a cap on carbon emissions, even...
Written by Paul Penner Tuesday, 25 August 2009 13:33“…whoever has the world’s goods and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” ( John 3:17)
I begin this discussion about health-care reform by making an appeal to those who believe in the Word of God and in the Lord Jesus Christ.
As believers, we recognize that without God’s merciful, compassionate love for humankind and having made a provision to escape the punishment for sinful behavior, we have committed our lives to be God’s people of love, compassion, mercy and to extend this same act of love and grace to others as well.
In a similar manner, I appeal to secular humanists, that though they may not share in my belief in God, they, too, may have a desire...
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