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Gary Scott Smith

    Thu, November 16, 2017

    Celebrating Universal Children's Day

    The celebration of United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day on November 20 should prompt us to consider the plight of the world’s children and commit ourselves to working to give them a better ...

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    Mon, September 18, 2017

    A Story of Redemption and Hope

    I recently had the privilege of sharing two meals with Marlon “Big Dog” Brown and hearing him tell his life story and describe his work in Memphis, Tennessee. At 6 feet 4 inches and 275 pounds, ...

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    Mon, July 03, 2017

    The Founders and the Presidents

    It’s time to watch fireworks displays, sing patriotic songs, and ruminate about our country’s rich heritage and history. It’s time to celebrate America’s national birthday. As we do so, we ...

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    Tue, June 20, 2017

    The Faith of George H.W. Bush

    George H. W. Bush recently celebrated his 93rd birthday. In four and half months, he is on course to surpass Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford as the former president who lived the longest. His son ...

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    Mon, March 20, 2017

    Suffer the Children

    Editor's note: The following is a Q&A with Professor Gary S. Smith and his wife, Jane Smith, about their new book, "Suffer the Children: How We Can Help Improve the Lives of the World's ...

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    Fri, March 10, 2017

    Panhandling and the Pope

    Have you ever struggled with what to do when you encounter a person on the sidewalk of a major city or standing at a busy traffic intersection with a cup in hand? Have you given such individuals ...

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    Tue, February 07, 2017

    Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up?

    Last week President Donald Trump spoke to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., as his predecessors have consistently done since 1953. Called the Presidential Prayer Breakfast until ...

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    Thu, January 26, 2017

    Where's Our Outrage?

    After Katie Rich, a "Saturday Night Live" writer, tweeted last week that 10-year-old Barron Trump "will be this country's first homeschool shooter," she was widely lambasted on ...

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    Fri, July 01, 2016

    Alexander Hamilton and American Independence

    As we celebrate the 4th of July, Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "Hamilton" is lionizing the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton. "Hamilton" won 11 Tony Awards, including best ...

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    Tue, March 15, 2016

    The Mystique of Donald Trump

    How can we explain the surprising electoral success of Donald Trump, especially in light of his lack of political experience, limited knowledge of and specificity about policy issues, and crude and ...

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    Mon, February 15, 2016

    Why Does Anyone Want to Be President?

    As we celebrate Presidents' Day in the midst of the 2016 campaign for the White House, it is fitting that we pause to ask why in the world anyone wants to be president of the United States. Arguably ...

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    Wed, January 27, 2016

    The Faith of Marco Rubio

    Marco Rubio is relying in part on his Christian faith in his quest to win the Republican nomination for president. The Florida senator recently hired a director of faith outreach, assembled a ...

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    Wed, January 13, 2016

    Trump and Evangelicals

    Donald Trump, who has been leading the national polls for the Republican nomination since this past summer, has strong support among evangelicals. Given Trump's beliefs, lifestyle, crude language, ...

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    Tue, November 24, 2015

    Presidents and Thanksgiving

    Responding to a request from Congress, President George Washington issued our nation's first Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789. Only in the midst of the crucible of civil war, however, did ...

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    Tue, July 07, 2015

    Barack Obama and the Grace of God

    President Barack Obama's remarkable eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, one of the nine victims of the recent tragic shooting ...

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    Thu, July 02, 2015

    John Adams and American Independence

    As we celebrate our independence and astounding development from a fledging nation to the world's superpower, we should applaud the extraordinary contributions of numerous founders. One of them whose ...

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    Thu, March 05, 2015

    Does Faith of Presidents Matter?

    Last month we celebrated the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two presidents whose deep but somewhat unconventional faith has evoked great debate. Does the faith of presidents ...

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    Fri, February 13, 2015

    President's Day Reflections

    Presidents Day reflections typically commemorate the exploits of two of our larger than life chief executives whose birthdays we celebrate in February–George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. ...

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    Mon, February 09, 2015

    Obama Prayer Breakfast: Let's Have a Different Conversation

    At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, 52 of the 2,878 words spoken by President Barack Obama set off a firestorm in the world of journalism and social media. Many conservative Christians were ...

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    Thu, May 22, 2014

    America's Civil Religion

    Throughout American history presidents have often used religious rhetoric for various reasons: to provide comfort and consolation, argue that God providentially directs our nation, celebrate our ...

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    Fri, April 25, 2014

    Is Heaven for Real?

    The movie "Heaven Is for Real," based on The New York Times bestseller of the same name, made an impressive debut last week. The film recounts the near-death experience (NDE) of then ...

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    Wed, April 02, 2014

    Recent Presidents ~Religious Liberty

    American presidents have played a major role in fostering religious liberty at home and abroad. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison strongly supported the separation of church and ...

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    Tue, March 11, 2014

    My Brother's Keeper Initiative

    Recently, President Obama announced the creation of a new program to help Latino and African-American males. Not surprisingly, he called this initiative "My Brother's Keeper." During his ...

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    Mon, January 06, 2014

    Barack Obama's Church Attendance

    Editor's note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, Dr. Paul Kengor, the executive director of the Center for ...

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    Wed, November 20, 2013

    Remembering John Kennedy

    Few events in American history have brought more sorrow, grief and confusion than the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Astounded by the intensity of Americans' reactions, a ...

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    Fri, November 08, 2013

    Theodore Roosevelt and Veterans Day

    As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, it is instructive to consider the contributions of our presidents to our nation's defense and military. Of America's 43 presidents, 31 have served in the ...

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    Tue, March 19, 2013

    The Hope of Heaven

    In response to recently being diagnosed with a rare and terminal type of brain cancer, sitcom star Valerie Harper declared, "we are all terminal." In a cover story for "People" ...

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    Mon, February 18, 2013

    Abe Lincoln and Slavery

    Stephen Spielberg's masterful movie on Lincoln and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation have recently brought even greater attention than usual to Abraham Lincoln. Holidays like ...

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    Mon, February 04, 2013

    Finding the City on a Hill

    One of the most widely employed metaphors in today's American political discourse is that the United States is a "city on a hill." Especially popularized by Ronald Reagan, this phrase ...

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    Thu, January 17, 2013

    Second Inaugural of Barack Obama

    Attn: Editors – The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College (Grove City, PA) is pleased to provide the following submission to your media outlet as a free service. To publish this ...

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    Wed, October 24, 2012

    Proof of Heaven

    "Heaven is Real," a Newsweek cover proclaimed last week. Renowned neurosurgeon Eben Alexander's scientific worldview had previously led him to view near-death experiences as having ...

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    Wed, September 12, 2012

    Religion and the 2012 Election

    Religious issues have played a significant role in numerous presidential elections, as they are in 2012. In 1800, his opponents accused Thomas Jefferson of atheism and trying to undermine the ...

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    Tue, September 04, 2012

    Is There an Afterlife?

    Throughout human history people have pondered whether death ends their existence or is the gateway to an afterlife. In recent decades millions around the world have reported near-death or out-of-body ...

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    Tue, May 15, 2012

    The Controversial Faith of Barack Obama

    President Obama's recent statement on gay marriage has again thrust his religious views onto the front pages. In defending his position, Obama stressed that he and his wife were "practicing ...

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    Fri, January 20, 2012

    Patrick Henry: Patriot

    Among America's amazing pantheon of founders, Patrick Henry stands out for his stirring speeches and fervent commitment to liberty, virtue, and small government. The Virginia planter, lawyer, and ...

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    Tue, September 06, 2011

    When Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

    For more than a century baseball has been called America's national pastime, and Major League Baseball is flourishing today. However, in recent decades, football–college and ...

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    Wed, August 31, 2011

    Race, Segregation ~Heaven

    The new movie, "The Help," based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling book by the same name, continues to lead ticket sales at the box office. Both dramatize the extent and tragedy of ...

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    Wed, July 06, 2011

    Controversy Over Heaven

    The Red Hook section of Brooklyn recently renamed a street "Seven in Heaven Way" to honor seven firefighters who died trying to rescue victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World ...

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    Thu, May 12, 2011

    Heaven and Hell

    Heaven and hell are in the news and on Americans' minds a lot lately. "Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" is currently number one on ...

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    Fri, September 24, 2010

    Obama and Washington: A double Standard?

    Recent reports that nearly 20 percent of Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim have been widely discussed and analyzed. Moreover, according to surveys, only a third of Americans believe he is a ...

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    Fri, September 17, 2010

    Could an Atheist Be Elected President?

    Last month Julia Gillard was elected prime minister of Australia. Gillard is Australia's first female and first unmarried prime minister. Even more remarkably, she won Australia's highest office ...

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    Fri, September 03, 2010

    50th Anniversary of Historic Speech

    This September 12 marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's historic speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in which he countered religious objections to his candidacy and ...

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    Fri, July 02, 2010

    John Hancock: A neglected American Hero

    As we celebrate the Fourth of July this year, our attention will once again turn to such luminaries as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Samuel Adams. However, ...

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    Mon, April 05, 2010

    How to Help the Poor

    Most Christians today acknowledge that caring for the poor is a biblical requisite. The primary debate among them is over how we can best fulfill this mandate, which more than 2,000 verses of ...

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    Fri, March 26, 2010

    How Christian Were the Founders?

    The Case of Madison and Jefferson

    Editor's note: Dr. Gary Scott Smith will be a participant in an April 15-16 conference hosted by The Center for Vision ~Values at ...

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    Mon, March 15, 2010

    The Church and the Social Gospel

    By Dr. Gary Scott Smith ~Dr. J.D. Wyneken

    Should churches and individual Christians seek to help people with material problems and social needs, remedy social ills, and improve social ...

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    Mon, February 22, 2010

    The Character of George Washington

    What made George Washington the most remarkable man of an extraordinary generation? He was not an intellectual giant like Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, or James Madison. Compared ...

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    Thu, February 18, 2010

    The Founders: How Christian Were They?

    One of today's most contentious culture wars is over the religious commitments of our nation's founders. Were most of them orthodox Christians, deists, or agnostics?

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    Wed, September 16, 2009

    A plea to the President to Attend Church

    Dear Mr. President,

    Remember all the analysis immediately after your election this past November regarding where you and your family would attend church?

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    Thu, September 10, 2009

    Coping with Losing:

    Confessions of a Frustrated Fan

    During the turmoil of the 1970s, Pittsburgh became known as the city of champions. Led by two very charismatic and colorful players–Roberto Clemente in 1971 and Willie Stargell in ...

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    Mon, May 18, 2009

    Barack Obama and Religion

    Americans have long been fascinated with and sometimes disturbed by the faith of their presidents, and Barack Obama's faith is no exception. U.S. News and World Report recently claimed that ...

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    Thu, February 26, 2009

    Slumdogs and Slavery

    By Jane Marie Smith Dr. Gary Scott Smith

    On the Monday morning following the Oscars, U.S. news websites splashed the
    announcement that the "little film that could," ...

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    Tue, February 10, 2009

    The Legacy of Abraham Lincoln

    On Feb. 12 we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The relatively short history of our nation makes this a particularly momentous milestone. Of all of our leaders after the ...

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    Tue, December 02, 2008

    Barack Obama and the Church

    The question of where Barack Obama and his family will go to church after he takes office is attracting a lot of media attention. As the author of "Faith and the Presidency: From George ...

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