Human Flourishing, the Bible and Books

I just finished reading a very helpful book for Christians interested in how they should think about capitalism, wealth, and the Bible.  The author is John R. Schneider and the title is The Good of Affluence: Seeking God in a Culture of Wealth (Eerdmans, 2002).  It is 13 years old and I thought I would have seen it by now, but I didn’t know about it until last year at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics.  At any rate… Continue Reading ››

Morality, the Elite and Culture: What Has Happened?

Today’s  blog takes direct aim at our “cultural elites,” including both self-styled elites and governmental elites.  The catalyst for this was a statistic I heard coming from the Barna Group.  The polling organization was doing surveys on homosexual marriage, freedom of religion, etc.  One poll found that about 20% of all adults surveyed believed that religious institutions should be required to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.  Likewise 20% believed that clergy members should be required to perform same-sex weddings.  That was… Continue Reading ››

At Least One Right Supreme Court Decision: And It Concerned the EPA

The latest session of the United States Supreme Court is finished.  It was both busy and momentous (not always in a positive way).  A few decisions were good.  many were not. But the Supreme Court did get one important case right this term.  That was the last case it handed down, the case of Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency.  Interestingly, to me at least, is that I was walking past the Supreme Court building (wishing I could get in) when… Continue Reading ››

The Rainbow’s Unfortunate Use last Week

You know, it might seem like a small thing, but the lighting of the White House the evening of the homosexual marriage decision with the colors of the LGBT movement told me something about the people running it—and to a large extent, running our country.  Throughout history when military victories were won, the victor was magnanimous.  Generally (there are exceptions) the victor, especially in modern times, gave grace to the vanquished, praise to their brave soldiers, and in most cases,… Continue Reading ››

Why I Cannot be a Democrat (But Have to Plug My Nose to Vote Republican)

Today’s Democratic Party is apostate – not that the Republican Party is the epitome of virtue, mind you (far from it).  But as a Christian voter primarily faced with these two “evils,” I find the political options to be hypothetically similar to having to choose between voting for Lot or casting a vote for the ringleader of the Sodom/Gomorrah rape gang trying the break down his door; though I would not be thrilled with either candidate, it would certainly not… Continue Reading ››

“This is not politics, this is math.” The debt crisis continues around the world

Financial markets are on edge with Greece this a.m., as Greece banks are closed and there will be a referendum to get public permission from Mr. Tsipras to break his electoral promise and impose austerity conditions to get more aid from the Europeans.  As a Euro skeptic from the beginning, I wonder when the charade of a common currency will end.  The Eurocrats dream was that a common currency would drive a common Europe and make them a common people.… Continue Reading ››

Justice Kennedy and the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: Disappointed But Not Despairing

As many (most?) had expected the Supreme Court held today that homosexual marriage is some sort of fundamental right under the Due Process and  Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection Clauses.  The case was decided by a narrow 5-4 majority, with—of course—Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the opinion and the other justices lining up predictably on either side.  Without having read the entire opinion, as I was on the road to Washington, DC, I cannot say too much yet, though I did hear… Continue Reading ››

Charleston, the Flag, and History

The Confederate Flag has become, somewhat surprisingly, the focal point of the Charleston, SC shooting tragedy. Though I agree the flag should be removed from public buildings and from any representation on state flags, I am concerned by how it has happened. History is a weapon in the culture war and things will only progress from here. Russell Moore, executive director of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, argues, based on Christian beliefs, that the Confederate Flag should be removed from… Continue Reading ››

Part Two: Pope Francis Encyclical on Climate Change

This is Part Two of my long blog concerning Pope Francis’s global climate change (and generally environmental and poverty focused) encyclical Laudato Si, issued last Thursday.  I am a little to sorry to say this part will be at least as long as the first, but look at this way:  You could read the full encyclical.  The document runs to 183 pages and as I read it, I found it to be somewhat rambling.  Beyond that, I am afraid the… Continue Reading ››

Greek Exit from Euro = Grexit = Chaos? or, = bumpy road to reality?

The Greek drama may finally be ending as soon as Monday, as end it must at some point.  Greece will exit the Euro, and the question is what will happen?  I don’t claim any special insight into what that will be, but there are a few points about this we should consider. First, Greece’s problem is very simple:  they have spent far more, and more importantly, promised far more, than they can pay back.  Their debt to GDP ratio is… Continue Reading ››

Quote of the Week!

“The Church certainly does have a vital stake in legislation; involvement in the social arena it neglects both to its own detriment and to the detriment of society.”–Carl F.H. Henry