Semper Fi. J.J. Hanson was a Marine maestro with a wife and two immature sons when he found out in 2014 he had depot cancer. Doctors told him he had only 3 months to live. But it was when he faced death that he became a ardent disciple for life, using what little time he had left to fight assisted suicide. “I was depressed. we was going by problem at that point. we indispensable counseling, we indispensable care, not assisted self-murder pills,” he told The Daily Signal. Hanson became active with a organisation called the Patients Rights Action Fund, which opposes assisted suicide. Alas, on Dec 30, Hanson succumbed to cancer, but—as the observant goes—“once a Marine, always a Marine.” Hanson was “ever faithful,” the Marine motto, and fought to the end. To see a brief video about Hanson’s fight for life, click here.
Liberia Elects New President. Liberia is one of the lowest countries on earth. In new years the West African republic of 4.5 million has faced a polite war—which finished in 2003—as good as a harmful conflict of Ebola in 2014 and 2015. But things may be looking up. Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in bureau given 2006, has finished much to stabilise the country and base out corruption. Last week, Liberia saw its first free and approved send of energy in some-more than 70 years, when Sirleaf gave way to George Weah. However, this could be a “good news, bad news” situation. Weah, a former general soccer star, was lifted Christian, converted to Islam, and converted back to Christianity, but apparently of the wealth gospel accumulation unconditional Africa. He degraded the country’s vice-president, Joseph Boakai, an devout Christian who had betrothed to continue Sirleaf’s reforms. Still, general observers contend the election was satisfactory and free, and it could be an critical step brazen in a partial of the universe that needs approved reform.
Coptic Christians Attacked … Again. In what has turn a distressingly informed story, Coptic Christians in Egypt have again been targeted by the Islamic State. The many new attack, on Dec 29, concerned a sole gunman who killed at slightest eight people. The assailant first targeted a store owned by a Christian before moving fast to a church. Police confronted him there, and one police officer and the gunman also died. According to WORLD, “Coptic Christians applaud Christmas on Jan. 7, and Egyptian confidence forces have stepped up patrols around churches in expectation of likely attacks.” Last April, self-murder bombings at two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday killed at slightest 71 people.
Milestones. One of the good poets of the 20th century, T.S. Eliot, died this week (January 4) in 1965. His poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” strenuously prisoner modernist yawn at the commencement of the 20th century. But Eliot’s later, longer works—including “The Waste Land” and “Four Quartets”—are his durability legacy, indicating modernists toward Christianity…. The late John Denver was innate on Dec 31, 1943. To review about the singer-songwriter’s flirtations with Christianity, review my appreciation of him created for the 70th anniversary of his birth.
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