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Freedom’s Ferment: Protests against oppression and corruption spread in Arab world. Echoes of Bush’s Second Inaugural Address

The genesis and success of the Jasmine revolution in Tunisia can be found in an ancient and dreadful form of protest—self immolation, and in the relatively secure means of modern protest—Facebook. These very different means of expression led to the … Continue reading

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JFK inaugural was 50 years ago today: “Ask not what your country. . .”

John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address 50 years ago today, a speech   many analysts believe is one of the top political speeches in our nation’s history. The most famous line:  “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country … Continue reading

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Great speeches that provided comfort, pointed to higher things

There seems to be a consensus that President Obama’s speech in Arizona accomplished its purpose: to mourn loss, to memorialize the lost, and to point the nation toward a higher plane. What other well-known speeches throughout history provided comfort in … Continue reading

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Writings from a prison cell: on MLK Day–Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Some of the most enduring and powerful words have been penned in prison. One contemporary example: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. An excerpt: Was not Jesus an extremist for love: “Love your enemies, bless them that … Continue reading

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Obama”s appropriate Arizona mourning: “Make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

President Obama’s speech at the Arizona memorial service struck the right tone, honored the victims beautifully, and avoided political shots.  Here’s the entire text. The strongest section: When a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to … Continue reading

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The Weekend Reading: Will SF ban circumcision?, too much tube time damaging kids’ brains, Gettysburg address, Christmas meaning

Group Calls on San Francisco to ban circumcision: I thought this was a joke. It’s true (but it’s still a joke) (CNN) — In the California city that banned Happy Meal toys,outlawed sitting on sidewalks during daylight hours and fined … Continue reading

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Chief Seattle’s iconic environmental speech that was actually Southern Baptist film script

A must read post by Rusty Pritchard about a speech by Native American Chief Seattle, cherished and quoted by the environmental movement, that was actually created as a film script by a Southern Baptist.  It’s amazing how something contrived or imagined … Continue reading

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Ten Great Little-Known Speeches

 1.      Alexander the Great Hydaspes River, India. 326 B.C.  Background: In 335 B.C., Alexander the Great began his campaign to recapture former Greek cities and to expand his empire. After ten years of undefeated battles, Alexander controlled an empire that … Continue reading

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50 leaders of the evangelical generation: Michael Gerson. The Scribe

[I am working on a project that may become a book on the most influential evangelicals leaders of our generation, since 1976, and the impact they’ve had on the church and their times. I will introduce them briefly on this … Continue reading

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More Inspiring Short Speeches

I love great speeches, and the best are speeches that deliver an eloquent punch quickly. We offered a selection of inspiring short speeches almost six years ago. Here are more; some you’ll recognize. I’m sure others will be new to … Continue reading

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