Are Cannabis Laws Paternalistic?

Are Cannabis Laws Paternalistic?

For several years Peter Hitchens has made a sustained argument against the legalization of cannabis. One feature of his argument is to point out the correlation between cannabis use, mental illness, and violent crime. He links mental illness with both legal and...
The Perils of President Pence?

The Perils of President Pence?

Vice President Mike Pence is one heartbeat, or resignation, away from the top job. But with Trump’s robust health and seeming immunity to the effects of scandals that would have sunk a normal presidency, Pence’s accession is unlikely–certainly not unless the...
Gun Laws and Heroism after Las Vegas

Gun Laws and Heroism after Las Vegas

Like a sniper in a war zone, Stephen Paddock found a defensible position 400 yards from his target, and set to waging his little war on the Route 91 Harvest music fest in the early morning hours of October 1. From the killing fields of the darkened concert ground it...
Idol Matching 3

Idol Matching 3

Recap In this series, we’ve been dealing with some of the idols in the world that need to be torn down and the fact that Christians keep their own version of these idols in their hearts. Same-sex mirage out there is akin in some ways to fornication and sexual...
Reformation Grace in “East of Eden”

Reformation Grace in “East of Eden”

This autumn marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s pinning of the ninety-five theses. Whether you’re Lutheran or not, Luther and the Reformers’ impact on the world is undeniable, unforgettable. Of all Luther’s works, the De Servo...
Most People Don’t Look

Most People Don’t Look

Most of the people who walked by us looked indifferent; they probably didn’t even notice our signs. But of those who actually looked at us, most of them smiled or gave thumbs up. Many stopped by and said thank you for volunteering. One woman stopped by to talk about...
Idol Matching 2

Idol Matching 2

Round Two Same-sex mirage and divorce. Same-sex mirage and fornication. In a previous post, I argued that far too often, the idolatry we enshrine in our own hearts matches the idolatry present in same-sex mirage. As Christians, when we countenance any sort of abuse of...
Christian Scientists

Christian Scientists

Several years ago, a lot of press was given to the new Common Core standards that were implemented nationwide.  At the request of several state school boards, the Common Core standards are English and Math requirements handed down by the federal department of...
Making Welfare Less Important

Making Welfare Less Important

We must move toward serious welfare reform not by simply pressuring people to work, but rather by supporting the pursuit of higher-wage employment. The ultimate goal would be to get rid of welfare entirely, or at least reduce it to being a last safety net for those...
The Left’s Sense of Divine Justice

The Left’s Sense of Divine Justice

If you’ve made a handful of trips around the sun, you might be old enough to remember the likes of Pat Robertson declaring every natural disaster a judgement from God upon our nation for sodomy, abortion, feminism, and whatever else deemed contrary to God’s Word. The...
Review: CrossPolitic Live

Review: CrossPolitic Live

I’ve always wanted to watch an extended political interview where the host stubbornly refuses to allow the politician to retreat to pat answers and stump speech talking points, where he interrupts evasive techniques and forces arguments to their logical ends. Sure,...
A Just War and Just War

A Just War and Just War

There’s a world of difference between a just war and just war. There is war for a just reason, and there is war just to be able to say you did something while in office. Wars can serve to boost patriotism, nationalism. and For the GOP, it often bolsters the “rah, rah,...
Fading Back to Black and White

Fading Back to Black and White

After the Charlottesville riots, America was thrown into a fit of iconoclasticism. Tearing down statues of Confederate leaders, demanding the renaming of streets named after “white supremacists.” When did American history become so binary? I always thought that there...
How Do Millennials Thrive in the Church?

How Do Millennials Thrive in the Church?

A Church for the Next Generation, Part Three In the past two posts, we’ve looked at whether young people are going to church less, and why some young people leave the church. Now I want to answer another why question: if the church is as stuffy and old-fashioned as...
White Supremacy: Not our baby

White Supremacy: Not our baby

One of the central plays the Left is running is to paint Christians and conservatives with the same dirty brush as they do the alt-right white supremacists. They have been calling conservatives Nazis for years, a standard retort to such offenses as budgetary math and...
When Fools Clash

When Fools Clash

As long as Trump is in office, he will be the center of media attention. But something different is happening now: the media is beginning to fixate on an issue that is actually important. This time Trump isn’t just tweeting about a talk show host, or calling Rosie...
Idol Matching

Idol Matching

Here There Be Idols Our hearts are idol factories (quote cred: Calvin, somewhere). We can make anything and everything an idol that we put in the place of God. We all agree that our culture has erected many idols around us. And they demand our worship. In order to...
The Problems with “Optimistic Nihilism”

The Problems with “Optimistic Nihilism”

The world was made for us. It’s a comforting idea, isn’t it? And for many thousands of years, humans believed it was true. Our ancestors looked up at the sky and saw a bright yellow ball which lit our days and warmed our skin. There were plants and animals for us to...
Six Reasons Millennials Leave the Church

Six Reasons Millennials Leave the Church

Part two in the series “A Church for the Next Generation” In my last post, I took a quick look at church attendance among young people and concluded that the fear-mongering about young people leaving the church was wrong and misplaced. For example, I showed that the...
Dystopillusion

Dystopillusion

Stories are a DNA test for a culture. They show a culture’s its ideals, its perceptions of the world, its hopes for the future. Our stories reveal the marrow of our faith. That being the case, our increasing godlessness has resulted in stories of dystopia. Our...
Trump’s Thick-Headed Transgender Tweets

Trump’s Thick-Headed Transgender Tweets

In a series of three Tweets on Wednesday July 26th, President Trump announced that “transgender individuals” would no longer be allowed to serve “in any capacity” in the military. This ruling is clearly intended to garner support from much of his base, which voted for...
Are Young People Leaving the Church? Probably Not

Are Young People Leaving the Church? Probably Not

Post One in the series “A Church for the Next Generation” The church, we are told, is graying rapidly. Churches in rural areas are shrinking as Americans migrate to the cities, while churches in urban areas are not the bastions of ethnic and religious solidarity they...
The Big “E” on the Eye Chart

The Big “E” on the Eye Chart

Resisting Evolutionary Theory is becoming more and more unpopular in evangelical circles.  It isn’t considered respectable, or in any way intelligent, to maintain Creationism at all costs.  Fighting the culture wars has been exhausting, and why shouldn’t we put our...
A Sentence Made of Fabric

A Sentence Made of Fabric

When the Bloggers Go Forth to Battle As the summer months are upon us the Christian blogosphere has taken upon itself the task of rallying to their respective “modesty” camps. Some advocate for liberty of conscience for women to dress as they please, chiding anyone...
A Manifesto on Art and the Church

A Manifesto on Art and the Church

The Christian Church is in exile. Not that we are living in tents (though many church buildings may qualify as temporary). Instead, there is a deeper exile. The soul of the American Church is in the plot point of the epic poem in which the protagonist becomes a...
Is the Racial Wage Gap Actually Racial?

Is the Racial Wage Gap Actually Racial?

In 2015, 28% of Americans said that they were concerned about race relations. One of the biggest points of contention within race relations is the wage gap between races. The common narrative is that racial factors can lower wages and job prospects for...
Build the Wall?

Build the Wall?

What should Christians think of building “The Wall”? Conservative think-tank PragerU has produced a video giving some very practical reasons for building a border wall between America and Mexico. But, as Christians, we should not be...
A Prayer on the Fourth of July

A Prayer on the Fourth of July

Our Heavenly Father, On this July Fourth we give thanks that in your good providence you established us as a nation. Down through the centuries you have poured out blessings on us—blessings that we did not deserve, but for which we are profoundly grateful. Among these...
When the State Decides Who Lives and Dies

When the State Decides Who Lives and Dies

News broke on Tuesday that a young boy in Britain would be denied access to further healthcare in the United States. Charlie Gard, a ten-month-old boy from London, was born last August with an incredibly rare genetic condition called infantile onset encephalomyopathy...
A Black Man Dead, A Cop Acquitted. The NRA? Silent.

A Black Man Dead, A Cop Acquitted. The NRA? Silent.

“Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me.” These were almost the last words of Philando Castile’s life. Castile was driving with his girlfriend and their daughter on the night of 6 July, 2016, when two officers stopped him in a Minnesota suburb due to a...
Educating for Ignorance

Educating for Ignorance

Schools of all types desire an interdisciplinary education.  Secular education strives for it, and liberal arts assumes to be the master of it (Newell, 2007; Edutopia Team, 2008).  In order to be truly interdisciplinary, subjects must be united around a central theme...
The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

  Well, it’s summer.  It’s time for the beach towels, sunblock, the nearest pool, and, yes, good movies.  Who doesn’t love a late night movie with some great friends?  Good movies, though, are harder to find than the nearest swimming hole.  What do I mean by a good...
Why Justice Should Be Blind

Why Justice Should Be Blind

“Believe in equal pay for equal work? Put your money where your mouth is.” So reads the website of the most comically unfair product I’ve ever seen. I first ran across the EquiTable app about six months ago. At first, I thought that their advertisement video was a...
The Burden of Proof

The Burden of Proof

In our culture we are constantly required to give in to the claims of Science. The phrase “Science has proven” is the Q.E.D. of modern debate. Moderns scoff at the idea of God being on their side, yet easily swallow the notion that Science is on their side. This year...
Religion Reassignment Surgery

Religion Reassignment Surgery

The Church of England has been cowed. We’ve known this for years, but it is rapidly capitulating and scrambling to “origami” itself into something that will appease the sensibilities of the culture. Rev. Chris Newlands is proposing a motion to the General Synod next...
What Americans Can Learn from Canada

What Americans Can Learn from Canada

Stephen Harper served as Prime Minister of Canada for nine years. While few would say that Trump and Harper are similar leaders, there are some things that we can learn from the genesis of the former Canadian Prime Minister that tell us about the current American...
Every State Wants to Get Stoned

Every State Wants to Get Stoned

If you haven’t noticed, a new form of Refer Madness is sweeping the nation. Starting with full legalization of recreational marijuana use in Washington and Colorado in 2012, numerous other states have loosened regulations in subsequent years. At the time of writing...
Bernie Sanders and the Battle of the Gods

Bernie Sanders and the Battle of the Gods

Last week Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders transformed a rather mundane confirmation hearing for the deputy director for the Office of Management and Budget into high political theater, pronouncing the nominee unfit for office due to his religious beliefs. Sanders...
Rolling With a New America

Rolling With a New America

We all know America is changing… Over Christmas break I took my W.A.S.P (white anglo-saxon protestant) blond children to the local outlet mall in the east bay area of northern California.  Besides my children, I think we counted about three blond heads in a room of...
The Anatomy of Peace

The Anatomy of Peace

Pictured in a group counselling session of parents with problem children, The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict proposes that many people seeking to deal with conflict increase it. It creates a window into the lives of several couples—Lou and Carol at...
Made in Our Own Image

Made in Our Own Image

A profound shift in scientific philosophy has occurred in the last 100 years.  Significant scientific breakthroughs are manipulated into a grasp for control.  The theory of evolution fundamentally changed the character of the Christian pursuit of science, casting...
Let’s Just All Stop Breathing

Let’s Just All Stop Breathing

Climate Change Catechism If you want a peek into what sort of moral value system the public schools of America have catechized our children with look up the #ParisAccords. There, especially amongst the young folk, you will see ample apologies to the world for our...
Is Islam Really Violent?

Is Islam Really Violent?

I first heard of the Manchester bombing on Facebook. Before the identity of the bomber was released, the comment sections of articles were reduced to fights between those who assumed the bomber was a Muslim and those berating them for being Islamophobic. Of course,...
What’s Behind the Uber Ban?

What’s Behind the Uber Ban?

About three years ago while on a business trip, a colleague and I arrived late into Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. It was one of those days where tens of hundreds of flights were delayed, re-scheduled or cancelled due to inclement weather, resulting in...
What the French Election Means for Europe

What the French Election Means for Europe

Who is Emmanuel Macron? Three years ago, most French citizens would not be able to tell you. Macron’s rise has been described as terrifying by some and salvific by others. For a country wavering between isolationist populism and globalism, this election was historic....
Will the Russia Thing Bring Trump Down?

Will the Russia Thing Bring Trump Down?

Remember when Trump was supposed to be “our boy?” He won a plurality of the vote among American evangelicals. Our portion of American society clearly thought he was worth casting a vote for. But now, with a new Trump scandal every five minutes, it’s worth revisiting...
Why We Live in a Theocracy Now

Why We Live in a Theocracy Now

Recently, my alma mater New Saint Andrew’s college announced that it would be purchasing a property in downtown Moscow, ID. It is affectionately known as the “CJ’s” building (meaning Cadillac Jack’s) and for many years has been a bar and dance hall. NSA...
Amazon and the Church of Secularism

Amazon and the Church of Secularism

As Millennials reject organized religion and leave the church to never return, many bluster about the implications of such trends. Some secularists take this as a signal of their victory over religion; while many Christians wring their hands and furrow their brows as...
Does the Church Fail the Uneducated?

Does the Church Fail the Uneducated?

Of the many myths about church attendance in the United States, one of the most enduring is that “educated people are too smart to go to church.” Our system of education, which has been so effectively secularized, is not expected to create committed Christians, and...