We celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of Calvin Church today with a special sermon related to the occasion and then a scrumptious display of goodies in the assembly room afterward. I saw Bert and Sally De Vries standing off to the side and stepped over to express my disappointment that I couldn’t attend a lecture on the Middle East that Bert was giving at Raybrook Manor. It should be no surprise that our conversation turned to the situation in the Middle East. Bert pointed me to an article he wrote and could be accessed on Calvins web site. You might want to read it here.



  1. RubeRad said,

    October 23, 2006 at 4:04 pm

    If you were truly able to judge it as scrumptious, then I guess it wasn’t just a display…

  2. setty said,

    October 23, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    Did u notice that I got ur instruction working? “here”!!!

  3. RubeRad said,

    October 24, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    Nice. Anyone reading would judge by your technical savvy that you can’t be any older than 50!

  4. setty said,

    October 26, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    Not too many reading!

  5. john said,

    October 27, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    Barb at Writing on Reading passed on this link. It’s nice to see a real and critical debate about “Middle Eastern politics” taking place in this country.

    I don’t know if we’ll ever really understand why that (stupid, wasteful, pointless, deadly) war happened last summer. Here’s some political and historical context: http://www.merip.org/mero/mero072506.html

    But I think we can take two lessons from the war:

    1. America’s role as a neutral arbiter in the region, established during the Eisenhower administration, is now completely gone.

    2. Unfortunately, Hizbullah has cemented its status as the exact opposite of a terrorist organization, since it targeted mainly Israeli military installations and personnel, and its leader Hassan Nasrallah has become something of a superstar in the Arab world. Meanwhile, Hizbullah has developed a dual identity: In America and Israel, it’s seen as a terrorist militia, even though it could more accurately considered a resistance, political, and social movement. Further explanation: http://www.merip.org/mero/mero073106.html

  6. john said,

    October 27, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    To illustrate that second point, go here to see an example of what a Hizbullah supporter might look like today: http://swedenburg.blogspot.com/2006/10/haifa-hizbullah-supporter.html

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