Bill Haines
Bill Haines is an avid reader, blogger and writer who lives in Edmonton, Alberta. Premise: If God had not intervened there would be no nation of Israel, or 10 commandments or Handel's Messiah. We are privileged to watch Israel, help Israel and learn from God. (OK, it's just a premise folks, requiring more evidence, I don't have any direct line to God.)

Entries by Bill Haines

You Know, about the Middle East, "In Harper's Words..."

(7) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 7:08 PM

It is great, at least on this one issue, to be able to echo the words of the Prime Minister of your country, and not have to "reinvent the wheel" because some politicians won't talk straight about Middle East violence.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was invited to speak to the...

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Coke and the Finland Baby Gift Box

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 8:49 PM

Last year I blogged about the Child Benefit Payment. It is a proposed program, that I like very much, that would see the government give every pregnant woman a cheque for $10,000 to help offset the non-medical expenses of giving birth, such as food, shelter and clothing.


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One Can of Regular Pop Contains More Than 150% of the Recommended Daily Intake of Added Sugar for Women. Why Aren't We Told?

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 12:29 PM

The American Heart Association recommends that the maximum daily intake of added sugar should be no more than 25 grams for women and 37.5 grams for men.

One average (355 ml) can of regular pop contains 42 grams of sugar.

Therefore, just one can of regular pop is...

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Bob Dylan and Forever Young

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 12:39 AM

Happy New Year and we may as well start it off with one of the most beautiful poems ever written; Bob Dylan's "Forever Young."

Dylan was in the news recently for being charged with "hate speech" by Croatians in France, which probably says more about the hypersensitivity of...

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Safe House and Prostitution

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 5:24 PM

Last week the Supreme Court of Canada, unanimously struck down all the laws dealing with prostitution in Canada, giving Parliament one year to come up with replacement laws, that, as reported by Sean Fine, of the Globe and Mail, are not "laws that heighten the dangers to vulnerable...

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The Hunger Games and Church

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 11:39 PM

With the popularity of the "Hunger Games" book and movie series, by Suzanne Collins, and the recent release of the second movie in the trilogy, "Catching Fire", we can all live in this imaginary world for a time, and enjoy the adventures and the "take away" or lessons,...

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Christmas Lights

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2013 | 1:14 PM

Everyone enjoys Christmas lights and Christmas carols. But what would be a nice message to people who do not know much about the Bible or believe it?

I think it would be to say to all the shoppers in the malls, that they are, themselves, "Christmas lights," lights against the...

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Gay Straight Alliance and Marriage

(8) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 2:25 PM

Keeping all children safe and happy is our first priority. Let's teach the kids in public school to always show great love and respect to all people, no matter race, creed, colour or sexual orientation. An emphasis on this teaching, of showing love and respect to all people, should make...

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The Big History Project

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2013 | 2:39 PM

Can we encourage students to be more enthusiastic about learning history? I think so, and so does Bill Gates of Microsoft fame. Gates has sponsored The Big History Project. -A free on line course for high school students, where Mr. Gates appears in the opening syllabus video, endorsing...

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#SWOP2013 - Helping the Third World and Ourselves

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 11:20 AM

#SWOP2013 stands for State of the World Population, a UN report that focuses on the mistreatment of young girls in the Third World as forced child brides. And somehow MP #nikiashton and the #ndp are turning this into a demand for Canada to fund abortion clinics in the Third World....

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Global Warming: Can we Solve This and Move on?

(8) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 6:12 PM

Here is a link to a recent opinion piece by Bob Sandford in the Globe and Mail called "Five climate reports, five similar conclusions. It's time to listen."

Sandford writes: "Even when known deniers and cranks challenge any aspect of the growing body of climate science, researchers are...

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Whose Moral Compass To Follow When It Comes To Sex-Ed?

(5) Comments | Posted October 6, 2013 | 10:14 PM

There was a lot of fun discussion in the media last week about former Prime Minister Kim Campbell and author Margaret Atwood's call to change the national anthem from, "in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command." And I suspect that a lot of the "groans" from...

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"Science Is Not Your Ememy", Steven Pinker

(23) Comments | Posted September 22, 2013 | 7:38 PM

Here is a link to Harvard University Psychology Professor Steven Pinker's now "infamous" essay in the New Republic titled "Science Is Not Your Enemy."

"Geeze, who in their right mind would think that science is their enemy?" Memo to self, "Write an essay some day called 'The Christian...

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The Alpha Course - Christianity's Biggest Success

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2013 | 12:46 AM

"British Christianity's biggest success story" is what reporter Matthew Bell calls Anglican Minister Nicky Gumbel's Alpha Course, which has been attended by millions of people world wide.

The Alpha course is a remarkable phenomena, for a lot of reasons. Here is a link to his must read news...

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Syrian Refugees, Invite Them to Canada

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 9:56 AM

As the debate rages over the R2P (Responsibility to Protect) and the possibility of US military intervention in Syria to punish the Assad regime and his Iranian supported Hezbollah fighters for the use of chemical weapons, against ethnic minorities, there exists one thing we can do today to really help.

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Balance Reading Reza Aslan's 'Zealot' With C.S. Lewis' 'Mere Christianity'

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 9:33 PM

There are a lot of blog posts and "millions of video hits" on author Reza Aslan's interview with Fox News's Lauren Green on the controversy of Green asking Aslan why a Muslim would write about Jesus. Here is a link to intrepid reporter Lorna Dueck's blog where she...

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Putin's Anti-Gay Agenda is Scary

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 7:56 AM

In Canada, the vast majority of religious people and secular people support the principle that we should show great love and respect to all people, no matter race, creed, colour or sexual orientation. This is as much a part of our Canadian way of life as "Everyone has the right...

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Apple iTunes Doesn't Sell Porn, And Neither Should Shaw

(11) Comments | Posted July 27, 2013 | 6:27 PM

Corporate responsibility can go a long way to making our communities a better place to live. I understand it was Steve Jobs himself who made the corporate decision for Apple iTunes not to sell porn. He made the right decision for our communities and Apple should be praised. And it...

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An Idea Could be the New Darwin

(9) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 2:01 PM

An Idea Could Be the New Darwin

The idea is a gene in biology is similar in function to a code object in computer programming.

Even though this is not quite the idea of the seminal new book by distinguished atheist professor Dr. Thomas Nagel titled "Mind and...

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A New Holiday For Alberta

(5) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 8:05 AM

Here is a link to the recent report in the Edmonton Journal by Ian Gray "How Tweet it is to be followed by you - Alberta politicians see Twitter as latest battlefield of ideas" where it is first revealed (I never knew this) that an ex-Tory staffer used...

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