Churchill’s Forlorn Hope — No Peace in Our Time

I composed most of this blog post on Friday, before the terrible atrocities in Paris.  It seems even more, as our hearts are again torn by tragedy, that now is the time to post it, to understand why peace always fails.

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Remembrance Sunday and the Christian View of War

Every November, you can find those who claim Christians shouldn’t observe Remembrance Sunday.  They claim it glorifies war, and that Christians should always oppose war, and anything to do with war.  The Scriptures, though, teach a different perspective.

I covered some of these verses on Sunday in my sermon, but not all of them.  I won’t write in great detail about any of them, but rather mostly just provide many Scriptures that relate to war.

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“In Memory of the Great Titanic”

In my last post, I cited the poem, “Only”, by Jessie Gordon.  I said that I couldn’t find out anything about her, but I had a “wild-eyed theory.”  Today, you get to read about it, and also another thought-provoking poem.

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“Only a Seed….”

I was looking for something on my desk.  This is a major undertaking.  I am a firm believer in the saying, “An uncluttered desk is a sign of an empty mind.”

Well, that wasn’t true.  I don’t believe it at all, but I drag out that excuse every time I need it.  The real excuse is that when juggling many responsibilities, papers and stuff arrive on my desk at times when I just can’t deal with them, and I’ve never arrived at a good mechanism for keeping the piles down to minimal size.  So every once in a while, I slash through a pile, but my desk is a sad story.  Today, though, it disgorged something worthwhile.

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Wiio’s Laws and the Word of the Lord

Osmo Antero Wiio was an economist and member of the Finnish Parliament, but he is best known for “Wiio’s Laws of Communication.”  In these, he laid down a rather humourous set of seven principles or laws (with some additional sub-points) that actually illustrate an important and serious truth — communication can be difficult.  The message you are intending to send might not be the message which is received.

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The Causes of War

It is well always to talk about peace and to strive and suffer for peace; but it is better at the same time to understand the causes which lead to wars.
– Winston Churchill, The World Crisis, volume four, “The Aftermath” (1929 AD)


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Grandparent Axiom #2

He’s cute when his parents hold him.  He’s cute when friends or aunties hold him.  But he’s REALLY cute when his Nana holds him, and he’s cutest of all when Papa (that’s ME!!!) holds him.


a premise so evident as to be indisputable / above controversy.

Grandparent Axiom #1

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