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Waynedale Opinion Articles

Our local writers give you insight of their original opinions on the latest Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana news and entertainment topics. Movie, restaurant, show and event reviews are in this section.

HOW FAR IS HEAVEN?

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Jesus never described the gospel as an escape hatch, whereby we can exchange his current world for a spiritual retreat far away. Never. Rather, his gospel was: "God's kingdom is here! It is now! Heaven has come to earth!" So when Jesus invited his first disciples to "Follow me," he was inviting them to get in on the world-redeeming, evil-conquering, status-reversing, life-transforming movement of God that had invaded planet Earth.

Jesus was inviting his followers to live out (not just pray)...

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AT THE MOVIES WITH KASEY BUTCHER: "A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD"

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I have to admit that there was something brilliant about releasing A Good Day to Die Hard on Valentine's Day. Up against the latest Nicholas Sparks movie, Die Hard offered an ironic alternative as well as a new installment in an iconic franchise. Unfortunately, the best part of A Good Day to Die Hard was the scheduling.

In the movie, John McClane (Bruce Willis) travels to Russia where his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), is in prison. Jack has been working with the CIA to break political...

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SCHINDLER SEZ: DEAR GOD & ROAD APPLES

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If the violence and fights were outlawed from hockey...there wouldn't be near as many hockey puckers around.

Dear God,
Why do you allow so much violence in our schools?
~A concerned student
Dear Student,
I'm no longer allowed in the schools.
~God

Road Apples
Recently I read an article in the paper, written by a man complaining about the road apples (aka horse droppings) on the back roads of Monroe, Indiana. He wanted some sort of a regulation, which would require the Amish to outfit their horses...

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MINDING OUR BUSINESS

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In these days when it seems everything has become angry polarization, it's not uncommon to hear someone in the heat of an argument invoke the familiar words of Jesus: "Judge not, so that you are not judged." These words are probably misapplied as much as anything Jesus ever said.

Jesus' prohibition against judging has less to do with our academic arguments than it does with how we treat people. The better translation of his words is, "Do not condemn others." This changes the whole equation, as...

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AT THE MOVIES WITH KASEY BUTCHER: "SIDE EFFECTS"

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Side Effects, the new film from director Steven Soderbergh promises a cocktail of romance, thrills, and deception as it puts a literal twist on the psychological thriller and presents a story in which everyone's motives are unclear. In the film, Emily (Rooney Mara) and Martin Taylor (Channing Tatum) were happily married and part of New York's elite before Martin was sent to jail for insider trading. Four years later, Emily struggles to make ends meet after the man who swept her off her feet...

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PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER

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English scholar N.T. Wright uses a powerful example of how our lives fit into the big picture of what God is doing in the world: It is that of a stonemason working on a great cathedral. When these architectural wonders were built during medieval times, the construction process lasted for decades, even centuries.

It would begin when an architect drew up schematics and then passed his instructions to a team of masons. One mason shapes stones for a particular tower; another carves gargoyles or...

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