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My Flower 'የኔ አበባ'

My Flower    'የኔአበባ'   By Solomon Belete Haile
I heard the birds singing, Robin, chickadee and starling, In the fresh air of spring, It was my flower's time too, To flourish and blossom, Under the blue, bright sky's bosom, Beneath a cheerful moon, A canopy of bright stars, Swelling surf and new grass.
Alas, my flower, She'd been through rough weather, The wind, the chill, the stormy winter, Leave her alone, come on gardener, It is spring, let her prosper.
The gardener planted a flower, Atop Ethiopia's highland 'Wollo meder', Adorned her with beauty and glamour, Nurtured her with aroma and savor.
She was gentle, yet strong, Swayed in the wind but never broke, Blossomed for a spell but not for long.
Her tall stemmed stature, Flamingo akin splendor, Transplanted up yonder, By the swift action of the gardener.
Oh benevolent, caring gardener, What have you done with my flower? If you wonder why I am despondent, Withdrawn from life, Lacked interest, Here is my answer: I missed my flower.
It se…


By Solomon Belete
A Response To Greg Koulkl’s Christmas Promoting Article

I read an article written by Greg Koukl promoting Christmas. This article was posted on brother Tesfaye Robele's Facebook page. Tesfaye Robele's prologue to the article and Greg Koukl's apologetics for this Catholic tradition prompted my reaction to write a response. Therefore, you'll find Robele's prologue, Koukl's article and my response as follows in that order.

Tesfaye Robele's prologue to the article reads:

"Jehovah's witnesses do claim that celebrating Christmas (and everything associated with it) is a pagan origin! It is a logical fallacy to judge the truth or falsehood of a proposition on the basis of its source of what motivates someone to believe it (its genesis). In other words, the legitimacy (reliability) of sources or motives does not make a proposition true or false. Thus it is a fallacy to assume or conclude that religious beliefs or practices…


By Solomon Belete Haile
February 6, 2015

A friend sent me a text message. About a story aired on the Voice of America Radio, Amharic Service program on February 2nd, 2015. It’s about a sexual assault allegation. A prominent Ethiopian Pastor and gospel music singer was accused of sexually assaulting a married woman. "If the allegations were substantiated," I texted back to my friend, "it’s very sad". Now that I listened to the broadcast, the following is my opinion and I’d like to share it with you.

You can feel from the outset, that the host of the program, Mr. Addisu Abebe appears to be enjoying the murky story. I felt sad when I listened to the back and forth, between him and the accusers. Mr. Abebe found the poor moral behavior exhibited by these Christians to be potentially news worthy. He then milked the story as much as he could and prepared a “special report”. After all, these married couple were presenting a vulgar accusation against one of their own. A fa…

Is Christmas Biblical?

A personal letter that I shared with family and friends in 2012

"And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams." (1 Samuel 15:22 ESV)

"teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 ESV)

Dear family and friends, as a Bible believing Christian, I'm always troubled in Celebrating holidays like "Christmas" for reasons I'll explain later.

But regrettably, I used to find myself doing things contrary to my convictions, rather than practicing the perceived truth of the Bible. It's sad but, I've to admit that I'm guilty as charged by the Scripture. Guilty, for being so oblivious to my convictions and the Scripture itself and telling most of you "Merry Christmas" in the past (even with good intention,) and t…

Surprised by His Love

In a Sunday Bible study session of a small Church in the center of Addis Ababa, an Ethiopian Bible teacher was vehemently expounding the preeminence of Love. It has been quite a while; about fifteen years ago, but I still remember his teachings quite vividly. He was teaching from the 13th chapter of Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians. I remember him drawing zeros for every attribute the apostle Paul described between verses one and three beginning with the words "IF". That is,

"If I speak in the tongues of men (0) and of angels (0), but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers (0), and understand all mysteries (0) and all knowledge (0), and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains (0), but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have (0), and if I deliver up my body to be burned (0), but have not love, I gain nothing."

I remember him adding zeros after zeros on the blackbord in front of the Sund…