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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Log in the Road

Dr. Gary Roberts
Robertson School of Government

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Genesis 50:20 (KJV)

What is the purpose of pain and suffering in our lives?

This existential question is a foundational element of a religious worldview. Christianity posits that in God’s economy, none of our life experiences are “wasted.” There are no mindless or meaningless moments, even in the midst of the most profoundly troubling life events.

Just Enough Cable to Hang Yourself

Dr. Mary Manjikian
Robertson School of Government

In 1946, George F. Kennan, a senior foreign service officer at the American Embassy in Moscow sent the so-called “Long Telegram” back to Washington. In the five cables which comprised the telegram, he speculated about how the United States should proceed in crafting its foreign policy toward the Soviet Union in the post-World War II era. These cables became the basis of the US foreign policy of containing the Soviet Union for, arguably, the next forty years.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Dignity of Work

Dr. Gary Roberts
Robertson School of Government

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat (2 Thes. 3:10).
Work is central to God’s plan and purpose for humanity. From the beginning, man was given dominion over the earth with the responsibility of tending the Garden of Eden. After the fall, the scope and breadth of work expanded given God’s command that humanity must toil to produce food from the ground and craft goods to provide our basic necessities. Work assumed a redemptive