I have heard from people twice my age that this is the most politically divided the United States has ever been in their lifetime. I believe it. There are probably lots of reasons for this outside of actual issues. Media outlets like CNN and Fox and social media push the envelope in an unprecedented way. Whatever the reason, this nation is divided. Yet division is one thing. In a free nation, division, or I should say difference is welcome and necessary. Intense animosity for the opponent, is altogether another. The beauty of this country is that you are free to disagree with any one of … Continue reading Tax Collectors, Zealots, and Jesus
I have been looking for a way to express this for some time now. Thanks, again, to John Piper, for his articulate, weighty, passionate, biblical explanation. The quote below comes from a sermon in 2004 called “Discerning the Will of God Concerning Homosexuality and Marriage.” Piper’s words are targeted at the conservative Evangelical movement. He is calling Christians to be radical and stand out and apart from that movement. As a Christian, with Christ-centered, biblical values, I find myself in tension here in America. As I grow older and more mature (in my faith and in life in general) I … Continue reading The Cockiness of Conservatives
Mark Joseph at the Huffington Post writes a post in defense of Brit Hume’s call for Tiger Woods to turn from Buddhism to Christianity. Here’s another video of Hume, this time on the O’Reilly Factor. In this video, Hume says, “I don’t mean for this to be a pun, but when you speak the name of Jesus Christ, all hell breaks loose.” Continue reading Blessed Are the Persecuted
I’m not a scientist. My science classes in college were geology, meteorology, and food science. The best I did in high school was a B in honors physics at a public school. And even that grade should be investigated. So allow my non-scientific mind to think through something with you. Often in debates about evolution and creation, I hear people argue for evolution (that is, the origin of the universe via big-bang) by saying, “Science proves it. Science is not faith, it’s fact.” They do this by talking about carbon dating, fossils, and the fact that Noah couldn’t really have … Continue reading You Can’t Make Science to Mean Something it Doesn’t Mean
In a World Magazine blog from last Friday, Marcia Segelstein comments about Episcopal church Reverend Katherine Ragsdale’s remarks on abortion from a speech a few years back. Ragsdale said: When a woman wants a child but can’t afford one, because she hasn’t the education necessary for a sustainable job, or access to health care, or day care, or adequate food, it is the abysmal priorities of our nation, the lack of social supports, the absence of justice that are the tragedies; the abortion is a blessing. And when a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every … Continue reading Abortion…a Blessing?
Obama’s speech on education, which he will give today, has caused quite a stir among Christians, most notably on the Desiring God blog. There, John Piper expressed his excitment over what the President said. Basically, Obama challenges students to work hard, be responsible, and have a positive attitude with school. He said that students need to turn off the TV and get off the Xbox. I couldn’t agree more. Some Christians try to find a devil behind everything Obama says. Some Christians will not give “honor to whom honor is owed” (Rom. 13:7). I think that’s wrong. I don’t agree … Continue reading How Should Christians Respond to Obama’s Education Speech?