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‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ will keep you on the edge of your seat

In addition to going Clear, Tom Cruise has also gone clean — as in clean out of his mind. His oft-repeated death-defying stunts in “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” are clearly the actions of a crazy person. Has he no sense of self-preservation? Apparently not, because the world’s most famous Scientologist (and rare achiever of the religion’s goal of getting “Clear”) is willing to do just about anything to entertain the pants off of you. And he succeeds at every turn, whether it’s clinging to the fuselage of an ascending airplane in Minsk or racing motorcycles at 100 mph along a narrow, snaking road in Morocco. He even holds his breath for more than three minutes under water — in a whirlpool! Which is only right since we have to hold ours for two whole hours, as “Rogue Nation” delivers thrill after thrill to the point where your nerves can’t take it anymore.

Sequel intriguing, but no ‘Mockingbird’

Some published novels should never see the light of day. Ernest Hemingway’s reputation has suffered from the posthumous release of such wretched drafts as “True at First Light.” Papa Hemingway didn’t release them in his lifetime, and we can tell there was a good reason.

Love not condemn

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18.

McKellen is at the top of his game in ‘Mr. Holmes’

Sherlock Holmes without his sharp mind and elephantine capacity for deduction would be a lot like Popeye without his spinach, or Thor without his hammer. He’d be useless, much like he is in director Bill Condon’s poignant “Mr. Holmes.” It’s Sherlock like you’ve never seen him, full of guilt, regret and self doubt, as aging proves to be the one case he cannot crack. And he couldn’t be more compelling, especially when the portrayal of the beloved sleuth has been entrusted to an actor as sainted as Ian McKellen.

Surgical treatment available for osteoporotic spinal fractures

Osteoporosis is a common cause of spinal compression fracture in our society. The treatment should address both the associated pain and the underlying process of osteoporosis to prevent further fractures. Treatments have improved dramatically in the last decade. The majority of fractures heal with pain medication, reduction in activity, medications to stabilize bone density, and a good stiff close-fitting back brace. Most people can return to their everyday activities. Some people however, may need further treatment, such as surgery.

What is salvation?

Salvation is a rescue operation. When God made humans, he made them “in his own image,” which includes intelligence, creativity and power over creation.

Your voice matters

Pine Bluff is approximately 76 percent African American, but we own no banks, car dealerships, hotels, major grocery stores, etc. The silent majority in Pine Bluff, both black and white, clergy, educators, lawyers, doctors, business professionals and others, must pull together to save and build up this city.

Choices

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19-31.

God’s love and wisdom re-routes our lives

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,” declares the Lord, “and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14.)

Address the broken death penalty system

When our state legislators convene for the 90th General Assembly they have a number of important issues to address. Chief among them should be Arkansas’ death penalty, which former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel rightly observed is “completely broken.” In lawyer-speak, this means the thing is indefensible in its present form.

Why does God allow evil?

Each week is a week of tragedy. There are wars, violence or natural disasters. There is hatred, jealousy and sorrow. But some weeks it strikes closer to home. A disaster seems more real when people in our own nation are involved.

Why were you born?

God created each of us for a reason. Many people live and die, searching for some kind of purpose to their lives —where they fit, whether they really matter in the grand scheme of things.

A day of gratitude

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the Weekly Republican Address, U.S. Sen.-elect Tom Cotton of Arkansas delivers a Thanksgiving message that recognizes the many blessings bestowed upon America and its citizens while offering special thanks and gratitude to our troops and their families during the holiday season. A full transcript of the address follows: