Why So Many Lawyers?

by Pastor Dan Miller

Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from Dan Miller’s book Spiritual Reflections.
GavelRecent estimates indicate that our nation is home to seventy percent of the world’s lawyers. That figure may decline as other nations scramble to keep up with us, but perhaps not. In any event, we may conclude along purely statistical lines that lawyers play a sizable and even disproportionate role in our society.

This state of affairs is relatively new. Older citizens will recall a time when attorneys were few and their services rarely required. Today, lawyers are ubiquitous. They dot the social landscape and factor into our daily lives in ever increasing ways.

This burgeoning litigation industry has dramatically changed our society. Gone are the days when business deals were sealed with a handshake. The fear of being sued can render us skittish to perform what used to be second nature acts of decency and neighborliness. You have to fairly throw caution to the wind to help an injured motorist or to warn a potential employer of an applicant’s lack of character. Gone also are carefree smiles when a skateboarder turns a sharp pivot on your driveway apron.
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Book Review: Truman

Note: This article is reprinted with permission from As I See It, a monthly electronic magazine compiled and edited by Doug Kutilek. AISI is sent free to all who request it by writing to the editor at dkutilek@juno.com.

McCullough, David. Truman. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992. 1,117 pp., hardback.
TrumanRoman orator Cicero stated, “Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child” (De Oratore II; quoted in A New Dictionary of Quotations, selected and edited by H. L. Mencken. New York: Knopf, 1942; p. 536). Hence, the pressing and continuing need to study history in general and for me this book in particular. I was born while three months and three days remained in the presidency of Harry S. Truman (he served April 1945 to January 1953), but I naturally enough remember not a thing about it personally. In fact, I don’t have any recollections of Truman at all until I was eight or ten. My father was wont always to refer to him as “Horrible Harry.”
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Calvinism on the “N” Train

TrainAs I sat on the train this morning, I looked into the face of a Chinese man. He looked old, tired, and alone. I wondered, If Calvinism is true, is this man one of the ones God loved enough to send His Son to die, or is this man excluded from any possibility of grace? Does God care about this man, or is he one who is not the object of God’s love? What a troubling thought!

I continued to look at this lonely man across the aisle and thought about the apparent contradiction between Calvinism and encountering real people on the “N” train from Brooklyn to Queens. I asked myself, Is God most glorified by the expression of His great love for all or by the expression of His sovereign power in electing and predestining a few? Why is that grace must be irresistible for a chosen few? Is the love, goodness, and grace of God in the message of cross not persuasive and compelling enough in itself that God must save men against their willingness?
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Giant Light from the 'Black Dwarf'

by Pastor Dan Miller

Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from Dan Miller’s book Spiritual Reflections.
AthanasiusHis detractors, who were as vicious as they were many and formidable, called him the “black dwarf.” He was really a giant. Although his contemporaries mocked his physical appearance, he stands tall on the pages of Church history and serves to this day as a beacon of brilliant light to those who follow his Lord. Those who invest time and energy in advancing the cause of Christ do well to consider the legacy of Athanasius of Alexandria (296-373 A. D.).

Born of humble circumstances, Athanasius grew up in anonymity somewhere along the Nile River in Egypt. Acquainted throughout his formative years with ascetic hermits (reclusive, religious desert-dwellers who did not eat much) he learned early on to eschew the empty promises of material wealth. A humble, simple man, he took seriously the call to deny self and to serve Christ alone (Matthew 9:23-25).
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Book Review: To the Jew First

Bock, Darrell L. and Mitch Glaser, eds. To the Jew First: The Case for Jewish Evangelism in Scripture and History. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic, 2008. 347 pp. Softcover. $16.99.

(Review copy courtesy of Kregel Publications.)

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ISBNs: 0825436583 / 9780825436581

Contributors: Richard A. Averbeck, Craig A. Blaising, Darrell L. Bock, J. Lanier Burns, Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, Mitch Glaser, Arthur F. Glasser, Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Kai Kjaer-Hansen, Barry R. Leventhal, Richard L. Pratt Jr., Michael Rydelnik, Mark A. Seifrid, and David L. Turner Read more about Book Review: To the Jew First

Toward a Forum Philosophy for SI, Part 6

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.
GrowingThe last article in this series compared running a forum to bowling and likened the two gutters to two common extremes in forum management: the extreme of too much or overly censorious control and the extreme of anything goes. With that as an analogy, I raised the question: if we were doomed to fall into one gutter or the other, which would be better? I asserted that we are not actually doomed to fall into one or the other but that how we answer the “Which is better?” question shapes our thinking in important ways as we develop forum policy and procedures.

I argued that we’re better off erring in the direction of control and based my view on three factors: the fact that our conversations are published, the fact that the fundamentalist movement is not in need of more rancor or emotional rants, and the fact that Scripture strongly urges us to pursue peace and generally avoid strife and contention (especially among ourselves).
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