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Arnie, Maria & the Maid: Lessons from the Sex Scandal of the Year

It is a story that has kept the tabloids churning and tongues wagging. Former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger 63 and his wife Maria Shriver 55 have separated ‘amicably and with prayer’ after 25 years of marriage. The reason for the split is because Schwarzenegger fathered a child, now 13 years old, from their long-time maid Mildred Patricia Baena, 50. Apparently, Baena gave birth to Schwarzenegger’s son five days after Shriver gave birth to Arnie’s other son, Christopher. Imagine becoming father to two biological sons in one week! According to the story in the Singapore Straits Sunday TImes June 5, 2011, it was the maid who was the aggressor, slipping into Schwarzenegger’s bed while Maria was away. Despite the entertainment factor, this story is an immense tragedy: for Schwarzenegger, Shriver, their children, the young son of Schwarzenegger, and the cause of marriage and family in general. It is a cause for reflection, prayer, and more.  What are some of the lesson we can lea…

400 Years Young: A Tribute to the King James Bible

It inspired the writings of Jefferson and the speeches of Lincoln. The voice of the great narrator Alexander Scourby became synonymous with it. Without this single document, there would have been no Handel’s Messiah, Paradise Lost, or Gettysburg Address. The literary foundation of the English language is based on it, even more than Shakespeare or the Oxford English Dictionary. As the British Empire expanded and, by extension, the English language, it also laid the foundation for great missionary outreach and the spread of the gospel to the ends of the earth.

The ‘it’ referred to above is nothing less than the Authorized King James Version of the Bible, otherwise known as KJV. This amazing Bible, ‘authorized’ to be read in churches, had its 400th anniversary in May 2011. The King James Bible Trust, with Prince Charles as the patron, spearheaded the celebrations. The Queen also has been involved in the commemoration and it was the first thing she mentioned in her Christmas Speech of 2010…