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McCain Suffers as POW

MSNBC.com reports on John McCain’s recent return to where he was imprisoned as a POW in Vietnam:

During his captivity, McCain twice tried to hang himself, ...

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Torment of Sin

I have been dying since October, wake up at night so afraid, so terrified, that I couldn't be that afraid while awake. It has taken its toll. I have come ...


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Hopeless Death of Carl Sagan

Jerry Adler writes in Newsweek:

[Carl] Sagan was fascinated by the phenomenon that educated adults, with the wonders of science manifest all around them, ...

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Young at Heart

For years in the summer, our children and grandchildren enjoyed a week at a Christian camp. Now my husband and I were attending one for the first time, ...


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Death Is the Only Certainty

Joseph Bayly, delightful personal friend now in heaven, was flying from Chicago to the city of Los Angeles. He engaged the woman sitting next to him in ...


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Healing Requires Openness

Self-devastated people are often initially quiet; it hurts too much to air the sordid details. But healing cannot come without it.


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The Despair of William Cowper

William Cowper (1731-1800)

Despite recurring mental illness, he wrote hymns on God's providence.

William Cowper's poetic achievements are remarkable in ...


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The Suicidal Hymnist

William Cowper, who wrote a classic hymn on God's providence--"God Moves in a Mysterious Way His Wonders to Perform"--tried a number of times to commit ...


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When Meditation Isn't the Answer

If I feel the least bit depressed, I don't dare sit and meditate. That's as ridiculous as Joseph trying to meditate his way out of the bedroom of Potiphar's ...


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Eeyores in the Congregation

Many of us think fondly of that dismal, old grey donkey Eeyore in the Winnie-the-Pooh children's books by A.A. Milne. While lovable and secretly goodhearted, ...


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