7,000 kilometers, months by land, weeks by sea, half a day by air, and now it’s only seconds away…
Bob Simon: Mr. Ambassador, I’ve been doing this a long time. And I’ve received lots of reactions from just about everyone I’ve done stories about. But I’ve never gotten a reaction before from a story that hasn’t been broadcast yet.
Michael Oren: Well, there’s a first time for everything, Bob.
Above is an excerpt of the conversation between the host of 60 Minutes and the Israeli ambassador to the United States, from the 22-Apr instalment about the dwindling local Christian community in Palestine/Israel.
Governments’ manipulation and influence of the press is nothing new, but why would the Israeli government, an administration considered a friend by many Christians, regarded this programme as a “potential strategic terrorist attack”, and went out of its way to interfere with a show which aimed to expose the difficulties faced by the local Christians?
The conference Christ at the Checkpoint 2012 was successfully held in Bethlehem last month. I was delighted that some Messianic Jews and their supporters accepted the sincere invitation by the Palestinian Christians, their brothers and sisters in Christ, to participate in the event. These two parties traditionally hold two very different views on the theology of the Holy Land. This is not to say that their differences had been settled but, for a minimum, a dialogue had been started.
Besides, and perhaps more importantly, more and more Christians realize that there are God’s children on both sides of the wall and, to say the least, the difficult situations and problems a mere theology can create. The Christian faith, while being spiritual, doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and we should always strive to bring a positive and practical effect on the people and environment around us, not the other way around.
One can only hope and pray that it’s only the beginning, and us who claim to be followers of Christ will continue to work diligently for the ministry of reconciliation.
When I was in Amman, Jordan, a Japanese student once asked me, “What do you think about the situation in Tibet?”
I was totally dumbfounded.
In the past week, there were two public memorial services for Tibet in Hong Kong. So I grabbed the opportunity to educate myself…
Thank you, Drupal.
While you are, in my opinions, a better designed and more proper CMS (Content Management System), taking care of you is perhaps taking a little bit too much time and effort for my ramblings. Moreover, since my favourite coat—box_cleanslate, doesn’t fit onto your latest body (D7), at last I decided to adopt WordPress instead.
I could have kept dating your last incarnation (D6) indefinitely, but sooner or later one will be forced to get with the times, as there will be no doctor to take care of you when you’re sick.
This blog entry and the discussion that follows sum up rather nicely the differences between you and WordPress, and the considerations one should take when deciding which to use.
By the way, to save the time and effort migrating the old content into the new system, I just used wget and turned the old domain into a static website.
2017-Apr-04: The old content is no longer hosted, though still available in the Wayback Machine.
Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened ox where there is hatred.
– Proverbs 15:17
Garbage City (17 photos)
They turn the needy from the pathway,
and the poor of the land hide themselves together.
Like wild donkeys in the desert
they go out to their labor,
seeking diligently for food;
the wasteland provides food for them
and for their children.
– Job 24:4-5
Scavengers (14 photos)