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Word Matters

Brandon Smith and Trevin Wax

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Word Matters is a podcast dedicated to helping Christians understand some of the most confusing passages of the Bible. Hosts Brandon Smith and Trevin Wax, along with special guests, help the audience both understand why the passage is difficult and how to teach it to others. Word Matters is sponsored by the Christian Standard Bible. Find out more at CSBible.com.
 
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Photo: Detail from Labor, Charles Sprague Pearce (1896). Labour is not charismatic; & what is to be done? Adrian Wooldridge @TheEconomist https://www.economist.com/britain/sir-keir-starmer-is-sailing-the-labour-party-in-the-right-direction/21805116?frsc=dg%7Ce The Economist | A blustery week https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1510768610/ref=dbs_a_de…
 
Photo: Massacre of the Innocents Sir David Amess: The mystery of the murder of an honorable man. Adrian Wooldridge @TheEconomist https://www.economist.com/news/the-tories-are-deadly-serious-about-levelling-up/21805357?frsc=dg%7Ce The Economist | Toiling towards the sunlit uplands https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1510768610/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_v…
 
Photo: Fur trading at Fort Nez Percés in 1841. #NewWorldReport: What about a continental economy built on new supply chains? Professor Evan Ellis @revanellis, Latin American Research. U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2021/10/16/latin-americas-economies-have-an-opportunity-to-grow…
 
Photo: Major square of Quito. Painting of 18th century. Quito Painting Colonial School. #NewWorldReport: Ecuador emerges from failed socialism. Professor Evan Ellis @revanellis, Latin American Research. U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2021/10/14/guillermo-lassos-battle-against-populism-in-ec…
 
Photo: Southcom with multinational forces in amphibious landing during UNITAS LXII #NewWorldReport: SOUTHCOM along the watchtowers. Professor Evan Ellis @revanellis, Latin American Research U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Stories/Article/Article/2718065/southcom-commander-nominee-us-must-remain-p…
 
Photo: Bogota, residence of Bolivar, 1893 #NewWorldReport: Reckoning for Colombia 21 years later. Professor Evan Ellis @revanellis, Latin American Research, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/oct/19/jineth-bedoya-colombian-state-responsible-kidnap-torture-journalist…
 
Photo: Dalverzin Tepe, Head. "Termez Dalvarzin Tepe 1st-3rd century CE Head of a Prince, Archaeological Museum Termez" Journey to a newly-threatened Uzbekistan. Gregory Copley @Gregory_Copley,, Defense & Foreign Affairs https://thediplomat.com/2021/10/quiet-presidential-campaign-nearly-over-in-uzbekistan/…
 
Photo: Remembering the life and times of General and Secretary of State Colin Powell. Jeff McCausland @mccauslJ @CBSNews @dickinsoncol https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-has-no-idea-who-colin-powell-really-was-ncna1281846By John Batchelor
 
Photo: India talks Abraham Accords with Israel, UAE and the US. @CleoPaskal, @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill HFN https://www.deccanherald.com/national/india-moves-to-take-advantage-of-abraham-accords-joins-israel-uae-us-in-new-quad-1041900.html Cleo Paskal @CleoPaskal, associate Fellow at Chatham House; Adjunct Faculty in the Departmen…
 
Photo: Canada's Navy stands up to the PRC bullying of Taiwan. Charles Burton @cburton001. @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill HFN https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/us-canadian-warships-sailed-through-taiwan-strait-last-week-2021-10-17/ Charles Burton, senior Fellow at the Centre for Advancing Canada's Interests Abroad at the Macdo…
 
Photo: The leading Korean presidential candidate appears decidedly anti-US and pro-China. @DrTaraO. @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill https://www.economist.com/asia/2021/10/16/south-koreas-ruling-party-bets-on-an-anti-establishment-figure Tara O, adjunct Fellow, Pacific Forum CSIS, and Fellow at the Institute for Corean-American Studies.…
 
Photo: The call to postpone and move the 2022 Winter games from Beijing. Nury Turkel @nuryturkel . @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek, The Hill https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/us-olympians-voice-concern-over-human-rights-ahead-beijing-2022-2021-10-20/ Nury Turkel, commissioner at the United States Commission on International Religious Free…
 
The LightBasin “activity cluster” has been active indeed against telecom infrastructure in what looks like an espionage campaign. The Magnitude exploit kit adds capabilities for hitting Chromium browsers. An exploit broker is interested in cloud-based VPNs. Victims continue to pay in ransomware attacks. A hacker gets seven years for conspiracy to d…
 
Photo: A tropical plant community on Diego Garcia #LondonCalling: The Green Royals. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-green-are-the-royals-from-prince-williams-global-prize-to-harry-and-meghans-rescue-chickens-76vbdtqlt .. How green are the royals? From Prince William’s global prize to Harry and Meghan’s rescue chi…
 
Photo: #LondonCalling: Boris Johnson goes green for decarbonising housing and discard boilers. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/10/19/politics-latest-news-boris-johnson-news-gas-boilers-heat-pumps/ .. Type Ln2 steam tractor with steam boiler. (Although this looks like a Portable engine, the absence of any engin…
 
Photo: The Union Jack was lowered in honor of the murdered MP. #LondonCalling: The unknowns of the Sir David Amess tragedy. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mi5-should-have-more-control-over-prevent-qk66k95xg Sir David Amess: Conservative MP stabbed to deathBy John Batchelor
 
Photo: Aerial photograph of Heathrow Airport—the Heathrow Star—in 1955. #LondonCalling: Heathrow inflates its price a lot. @JosephSternberg @WSJOpinion https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/heathrow-airport-to-raise-passenger-charges-by-up-to-56-per-cent-gtqx9fv7rBy John Batchelor
 
Photo: Polish Economic Guide (Poradnik Gospodarski) "You guys are stuck in here with me!" Matt Steinglass @mattsteinglass, @TheEconomist, Europe Correspondent https://www.economist.com/europe/2021/10/14/poland-is-a-problem-for-the-eu-precisely-because-it-will-not-leave?frsc=dg%7CeBy John Batchelor
 
Photo: The glorious old Beaux-Arts Penn. RR Station from Gimbel's N.Y. (Gimbels no longer exists.) The demolition of that magnificent structure by barbarians began in October 1963, to the outrage of architects, aesthetes, and the citizenry in general. Today, the impressively inefficient, dirty and vagrant-infested current Penn Station is being repl…
 
Photo: Here, a Geological time spiral Non-real growth: Inflationary bottlenecks? No, it’s a wage-price spiral. Elizabeth Peek, Fiscal Times and Fox News. @lizpeek https://www.ft.com/content/0118f98c-7361-4ea2-b643-93ee9a3389bfBy John Batchelor
 
Photo: The official logo of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), 2021. The Glasgow COP26 Conference. Elizabeth Peek, Fiscal Times and Fox News. @lizpeek https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/17/cop26-corporate-sponsors-condemn-climate-summit-as-mismanagedBy John Batchelor
 
Photo: Liberty, accompanied by Fortitude, reaches out to Peace and Concord. In the background the Temple of Reason. In the foreground is the Human Love, pointing to a tablet on which 'the Rights of the Man'. Two angels in the sky. \ What is Plan B? Richard Goldberg, @rich_goldberg, @FDD ; and Orde F. Kittrie @ordefk https://thehill.com/opinion/inte…
 
Photo: The Israelites mourn the death of Moses. In the background the burial of Moses on a hilltop by two angels (Deut. 34:8). The print has a Hebrew, Latin, French, English, German and Dutch caption. Can SecState Blinken reform the anti-Israel UNHRC? Richard Goldberg, @rich_goldberg, @FDD ; and Orde F. Kittrie @ordefk https://thehill.com/opinion/i…
 
Photo: The People's Liberation Army Air Force's Surface to Air Missile coverage over the Taiwan Strait back in 2006. #StateThinking: Ceaseless PRC aggression; and what is to be done? @MaryKissel Former Senior Adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Executive VP Stephens Inc. @Stephens_Inc https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/18/china-condemns-us-canada-…
 
Photo: Aerial-view map of Taiwan #StateThinking: The Defense of Taiwan; and what is to be done? @MaryKissel Former Senior Adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Executive VP Stephens Inc. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-sets-sights-on-taiwan-with-new-hypersonic-missile-test/ar-AAPFuSGBy John Batchelor
 
Photo: Lucy Launches on Atlas V to Hunt Trojan Asteroids. NASA. Apparently, the mission was named after Lucy, AL 288-1, a collection of several hundred pieces of fossilized bone representing 40 percent of a female of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis. In Ethiopia, the assembly is also known as Dinkinesh, which means "you are marvelous"…
 
A look at TA505, familiar yet adaptable. A US joint cybersecurity advisory outlines the BlackMatter threat to critical infrastructure. CISA asks industry for technical information on endpoint detection and response capabilities. Is REvil trying to run on reputation? The Sinclair Broadcasting ransomware incident seems to provide a case study in rapi…
 
Photo: Surrendered Islamic State fighters after the Battle of Darzab. #AfterAfghanistan: ISIS attacks the Taliban East, North, South, Central. @BillRoggio @ThomasJoscelyn @LongWarJournal https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/15/casualties-explosion-hits-shia-mosque-afghanistanBy John Batchelor
 
Photo: Application form from the Khalid bin Walid training camp #AfterAfghanistan: Al Qaeda always in the picture. @BillRoggio @ThomasJoscelyn @LongWarJournal https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/10/ex-guantanamo-detainee-praises-talibans-victory-threatens-america-in-new-aqap-video.phpBy John Batchelor
 
Photo: A comic strip about the traits of reliable sources. (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Comics_About_Reliable_Sources_English_1.png) "In order for a negotiating side's leverage to work in their favor, the threats or promises they put forth must be perceived as credible by the opposing group. . . . A non-credible threat is a term used in…
 
Photo: Hypersonic weapon, demonstrating its non-parabolic trajectory (denoted in red), has a distinctive signature which is being tracked by one of the layers of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA) beginning in 2021. Tranche 0 is to begin deployment in 2022. The satellites of the NDSA, in gray, are to be deployed in constellations orbiti…
 
Photo: Illustration of a light-water small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) Small Modular Reactors for Tomorrow. Mike Hewitt CEO IP3 Security https://www.ft.com/content/e504b98e-51f2-4c68-9660-c368499b0473?accessToken=zwAAAXyT333wkdPlBLmOUfJMaNOWYMNoSZsEcw.MEYCIQCw9Kz1CXFqi8dUzSxOhdxomnDcHKCx6GVBvMDDq7itVwIhAN-x8hOYRHNRJTJ4dzulGGVxHn-i3dt4FqV-gr0NnJFT…
 
Photo: Haddam Neck Nuclear Power Plant, Primary Auxiliary Building, 362 Injun Hollow Road, Haddam, Middlesex County, CT Nuclear power is green, ready now, and doesn’t need sunshine or windy skies. Mike Hewitt CEO IP3 Security https://on.ft.com/3mZPSb1 https://www.rolls-royce.com/~/media/Files/R/Rolls-Royce/documents/customers/nuclear/smr-brochure-j…
 
Photo: The night bivouac of Napoleon's army during the retreat from Russia in 1812; by Vasily Vereshchagin. The unusual new partnership of Russia and the EU. Katrina vanden Heuvel @TheNation https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2021/10/18/ftse-100-index-markets-live-news-energy-tax-rates/By John Batchelor
 
Photo: Tsai Ing-wen, President of the Republic of China Target Taiwan. Gerrit van der Wees @GerritWees, and @GordonGChang, Gatestone, Newsweek https://thediplomat.com/2021/10/what-do-taiwanese-think-of-chinas-record-setting-incursions-into-taiwans-adiz/ Gerrit van der Wees, adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of Forei…
 
Photo: A falchion (Old French: fauchon; Latin: falx, "sickle") is a one-handed, single-edged sword of European origin. Falchions are found in different forms from around the 13th century up to and including the 16th century. In some versions the falchion looks rather like the seax and later the sabre, and in other versions more like a machete with …
 
Photo: A hudna (from the Arabic هدنة meaning "calm" or "quiet") is a truce or armistice. A famous early hudna was the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah between Muhammad and the Quraysh tribe, where the Prophet agreed to a truce and then waited till he was strong enough to win, after which he abrogated the truce. Here: Hendrick de Clerck - Allegory of the Twelv…
 
Photo: Loading sisal in Haiti #NewWorldReport: What can Southcom do for abandoned Haiti? Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal (on leave); Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org https://www.southcom.mil/News/PressReleases/Article/2811605/southcom-to-host-change-of-command-ceremony-oct-29/…
 
Photo: Camino Real guayaquil: Royal Road in Guayaquil #NewWorldReport: Ecuador turns to market solutions. Senadora Maria Fernanda Cabal. @MariaFdaCabal (on leave); Joseph Humire @JMHumire @SecureFreeSoc https://www.securefreesociety.org https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2021/10/16/latin-americas-economies-have-an-opportunity-to-grow…
 
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