The U.S. on Saturday announced the release of the last two Americans in North Korean custody after a secret trip to the reclusive communist country by President Barack Obama's national intelligence director.
Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California, and Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Washington state, were accompanying James Clapper, the intelligence chief, back to the United States.
Miller was serving a six-year jail term on charges of espionage after he allegedly ripped his tourist visa at Pyongyang's airport in April and demanded asylum. North Korea said Miller had wanted to experience prison life so that he could secretly investigate North Korea's human rights situation....
Penny, my pastor never discouraged people from voting, and has often pointed out that was their decision, as are some other topics in grey areas, [URL=http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=92906103536]]]Guidelines for Using Our Liberties[/URL]. Go out and bang on the doors for you favorite political candidate, I'm not going to discourage you on that, again though,
[URL=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_right]]]The Christian Right Movement[/URL] is a disaster for the mission of Christians! ' "The Reconstructionist movement and its allies and offshoots, by substituting political and cultural action for the proclamation of the Gospel, by substituting eschatology for soteriology, and by mangling the Gospel itself, have become tools of Romanist political action" (3/02, The Trinity Review).' excerpt from, [URL=http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/cor/notes_on.htm]]]Notes on Reconstructionism[/URL]. Conservative Christians are overlooking [URL=http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=118121637304]]]The Inadequacy of Moralism[/URL] and of political action. [URL=http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/cor/dominion.htm]]]Dominion Theology/Kingdom Now/Reconstructionism[/URL] is an anti-Biblical curse.
I remember watching a clip from someone who snuck in to NK. shows a woman in communist suit speaking on the tv, telling the passerbys about the most recent supposed incursion and what they should think of it. constantly stoked with fear and inaccurate information they keep these people the most isolated on earth.
a free press and a people who feel a responsibility to be involved and have transparency is essential to a civilized society that doesn't cannibalize itself as they are doing.
yet our churches have taught a generation that complacency (they call it more grandiose terms) is the Christian's mandate. I do not see us as too far off.
One wonders if the health of the "Glorious Leader," is so bad that North Korea just has too much happening at the top level for them to want to bother with American prisoners. It would be great if this would signal a more moderate North Korea, q.v., [URL=http://video.pbs.org/video/2365155890/]]]Secret State of North Korea (video) [/URL], but I have my doubts.