Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis Book Review

Mission at Nuremberg is a powerful look at a largely unknown story of the Nuremberg Trials , the story of U.S. Army Chaplain Henry Gerecke (pronounced Cherokee).  The Missouri Synod Lutheran minister at age 50 enlisted as an Army chaplain during World War II. Born in Missouri in a rural community to German-American parents, Henry Gerecke left the farm to attend college in Kansas and the Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis.

At the end of the war two chaplains, Henry Gerecke and Catholic Sixtus O’Conner, are asked to minister to the Nazi leaders awaiting trail at Nuremberg. those who plotted the extermination of 6 million Jews and brought to the world a global war. It raises questions on faith, guilt, salvation, and how much did the chaplains believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that they preached. That Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost, and that he died for sinners.

Based on scrupulous research and first-hand accounts, the fascinating story of Chaplain Henry Gerecke is told by Tim Townsend, the  senior writer and editor for the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project in Washington, D.C.

Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis
available at Amazon.

Meriam Ibrahim Gives Birth in Sudan Prison

4329074615_5c69563794_q_sudanImprisoned Sudanese Christian Meriam  Ibrahim  gave birth early this morning to a baby girl in a Khartoum prison hospital wing.  The 27-year-old mother sentenced to death for apostasy named her baby girl Maya, her lawyers told The Telegraph.

 

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag married a Christian man and was sentenced to hang for apostasy earlier this month after refusing to renounce Christianity.

She is allowed to nurse her baby girl for two years before the sentence is carried out.

Ms Ibrahim was also convicted of adultery on the grounds that her marriage to a Christian man from South Sudan was void under Sudan’s version of Islamic law, which says Muslim women cannot marry non-Muslims.

For this the judge sentenced her to 100 lashes, which will reportedly be carried out when she has recovered from giving birth.

Ms Ibrahim was raised as an Orthodox Christian, her mother’s religion, because her father, a Muslim, was reportedly absent during her childhood.

Online:  BBC: Sudanese woman facing death for apostasy gives birth

Breathtaking Views of Earth from Space

From 2002 to 2012 the European Space Agency Envistat satellite, the largest Earth observation satellite, circled the Earth collecting information on our environment. Contact with Envistat ended in 2012 but a wealth of information and images were collected.  In 2014, the European Space Agency launched multi-satellite projects providing more amazing images.

Every week, the European Space Agency releases a new satellite image taken by Earth-observation satellites showing incredible places on Earth.

Online:  ESA:  Earth Observation Image of the Week

Palestinians Merge Images of Jesus In Classical Art with Pictures of Palestinians

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas

For Pope Francis’ visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the PA commissioned an art exhibit that merged classical works of art portraying biblical scenes with photos of Palestinians, a flagrant misrepresentation of Jesus.

Raphael's The Deposition, (1507), which shows the dead Jesus being carried to his tomb. In the Palestinian version, Jesus' legs have been replaced by a photo of the wounded legs of a Palestinian, being carried away by a man as an Israeli soldier looks on.
Raphael’s The Deposition, (1507), which shows the dead Jesus being carried to his tomb. In the Palestinian version, Jesus’ legs have been replaced by a photo of the wounded legs of a Palestinian, being carried away by a man as an Israeli soldier looks on. PMW 

 

“These images were requested specifically for the Pope’s visit,” Itamar Marcus, founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), told FoxNews.com.

“The paintings clearly depict Jesus blending in with Palestinians. This is an ongoing and important part of Palestinian ideology as demonstrated on December 23 last year when, in his annual message to Christians, [PA president] Mahmoud Abbas referred to the birth of Jesus Christ as a Palestinian messenger of peace, attempting to give them [the Palestinians] a history they don’t have. The same message has been repeated throughout the Palestinian establishment, including by the Grand Mufti, and others.”

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (1602), by Caravaggio, the doubting Thomas inspects the wounds of Jesus to verify his resurrection. In this modified version of the artwork, the wounded part of Jesus' body has been replaced with a photo of a Palestinian's identity card, clearly identifying Jesus as a Palestinian. Thomas, presumably representing an Israeli soldier, inspects the card.
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (1602), by Caravaggio, the doubting Thomas inspects the wounds of Jesus to verify his resurrection. In this modified version of the artwork, the wounded part of Jesus’ body has been replaced with a photo of a Palestinian’s identity card, clearly identifying Jesus as a Palestinian. Thomas, presumably representing an Israeli soldier inspects the card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online:  FoxNews:  Palestinians present doctored Christian paintings to Pope Francis
PMW: PA art exhibit for Pope presents Palestinians as Jesus

 

Brussels museum shooter may have filmed terror attack

The shooter who killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels may have videotaped his attack with a GoPro camera mounted on his chest.  As was the case in a previous anti-Jewish attack in 2012 in Toulouse the shooter filmed the killing of four Jews.

The four people killed in Saturday’s terror attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels were an Israeli couple, a French national and a Belgium citizen. haaetz

The Brussels judicial authorities on Monday transferred the inquiry of the Brussels Museum shooting to the federal public prosecutor’s office which is authorized to handle terrorist cases.

Online:  Belgium probes terrorist link in Jewish Museum killings

Ronald Reagan Quote

Ronald Reagan photoThe United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves. -Ronald Reagan

Updated: Gunman kills three at Jewish museum in Brussels

Saturday two men and a woman were killed and one person seriously injured in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

A Brussels fire brigade spokesperson said the shooter drove up to the museum, went inside and fired shots. One suspect has been arrested and a second suspect is still being sought in connection with the attack.

Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting

Belgium’s interior minister said anti-Semitic motives could be behind the attack. RTE

Netanyahu: Anti-Israel ‘slander and lies’ caused Brussels attack

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Lost In Poverty

povertyusA detrimental effect of the destruction of the family unit is poverty.  In the United States in 2009, the poverty rate for children in married families was 11%. By contrast, the poverty rate for children in female-headed families was 44%. The changes in family composition between these two poverty rates is striking.

The number of single-parent families has increased. Higher and higher numbers of children live in single-parent families in which they are four times as likely to live in poverty and all that goes with it.  Dr. Sara McLanahan, in Psychology Today, research has lead to disturbing conclusions  for children in single-parent families. “Children from single-parent families school drop-out rate is twice as high as rate for children in two-parent families. Children in one-parent families have lower grade point averages and poorer school attendance records. As adults, they are less likely to graduate from college and more likely to become single parents themselves.”

Escape from poverty?

Thomas Sowell, an econmist at Stanford University, addresses the issue of escaping poverty in his article Poor Too Often Led The Wrong Way To Escape Poverty

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U.K. To Legalize Three-Parent IVF Babies

baby family photoThree-Parent in virto fertilization (IVF) is two women and one man contributing DNA to the creation of a human fetus with a reduced risk of developing mitochondrial diseases.  The United Kingdom opened a three-month public consultation, which closed on the 22nd of May, on draft legislation that would legalize an IVF method that involves transferring  the nucleus of an egg from one woman who carries the disease to the egg of another woman with healthy mitochondria.

Human Genetics Alert, a UK campaign watchdog, is against the legalization of mitochondrial replacement.  A main concern is the deliberate changes it introduces to the germline of children born using this method. They also see it as opening the door to “enhanced designer babies.”  {the germline in humans is the line (sequence) of germ cells that have genetic material that may be passed to a child. Germ cells are specialized cells which are involved in reproduction, such as sperm and eggs.}

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Recycled Cartons Create Desks That Double As Backpacks For Needy Children In India

India Student Help DeskAarambh is a non-profit charity organization in India that helps the most marginalized families living in urban slums and rural
communites. Aarambh video says that students sitting on the floor all day lead to “bad posture, poor eyesight, and bad handwriting.”

It created the “Help Desk” which is a backpack that can fold out to become a desk. The “Help Desk” is made from discarded carton boxes. The discarded cartons are stenciled to create a desk that can be folded up into a backpack, for less than 20 cents a piece.

Aarambh distributed the Help Desks in schools in rural Maharashtra, in western India, and students were able to study more “comfortably and cheerfully.”

An amazing helpful idea.