My Perspective on the Culture Wars

On October 16 my esteemed colleague at Bereans at the Gate, Mark Caleb Smith (a.k.a. Doc Bow-tie) posted on his battle against culture wars. He doesn’t want to engage in culture wars as much as “fight against those who wish to fight them”. I am in substantial agreement with Dr. Smith’s comments on this issue. I would like to spend a few moments discussing not so much “cultural wars” themselves as the use of military metaphors by the church today. I… Continue Reading ››

Bereans on the Road!

As if our mere presence on-line were not ridiculous enough, we are taking our act on the road. Last week, a contingent of Bereans invaded the friendly spaces of Brantwood Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio. We were warmly welcomed by Pastor James Risner and his flock. We enjoyed a good time of discussion. Topics ranged from poverty to gay marriage to Dr. Clauson’s shocking neckwear–a tie was spotted. (For those not in the know, outside Dr. Clauson’s office is a… Continue Reading ››

Ebola or CDC: Which is the Worse Problem?

Ebola, CDC and bureaucracy By now we all know about the Ebola virus and about the Americans who have contracted it.  What has until recently not been well-known is the behind-the-scenes role of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  And the bigger story of the CDC is its representative role of large bureaucratic agencies in general and their pathologies. First, the CDC has downplayed the Ebola situation from the start, arguing that it does not pose a significant threat, that… Continue Reading ››

Martha Nussbaum and Creating Capabilities: The Wrong Road

I listened yesterday to an EconTalk episode on my computer in which the host Russ Roberts interviewed Martha Nussbaum on the program.  But if you haven’t listened to EconTalk interviews, you are missing a treat.  And if you haven’t heard of Martha Nussbaum, you are forgiven.  Her name is not a household word, thought her husband, Cass Sunstein, is better known.  Even though you might not know the name you should know about her relatively new ethical and philosophical theory… Continue Reading ››

The Fed giveth, and the Fed taketh away? Is a bursting stock market bubble going to be the October Surprise?

The stock market swung wildly this past week, with the final result  the S&P 500 down 3.1%, and the Nasdaq 100 down 3.9%.  Everybody knows a major reason why:  The Federal Reserve is winding down its aggressive monetary stimulus, and now the question is will they increase interest rates, and if so, how soon?  QE3 is ending, and the unprecedented monetary stimulus (~$1.6T added to the Fed’s balance sheet, with half in mortgage backed securities and the other half in treasuries)… Continue Reading ››

Remarks on Religious Freedom

I was asked to speak at the Religious Freedom Summit that is still going on at Cedarville University. What follows is a copy of my remarks. They were lightly edited and altered when delivered since I did not read the text. *** Our tendency, when we think of religious freedom or anything else, is to focus on our problems or shortcomings. We have an enormous amount of religious liberty in America. We are free to worship any god or no… Continue Reading ››

Keynes and the Thought Life

The Bible frequently reminds us of the importance of our thought life. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. (Romans 12:12) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8) For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to… Continue Reading ››

Mr. Obama’s star is fading…soon to be gone forever?

There is an old saying which I think is largely true:  He who lives by the crystal ball eats lots of broken glass.  Certainly predicting the future is difficult for those without the divine revelatory skills of Joseph or Daniel in the Bible.  Yet, there is another saying which also has a lot of truth embedded in it:  History doesn’t repeat itself, it rhymes.  Or as it says in Ecclesiastes, there is nothing new under the sun. So, here is… Continue Reading ››

Here a free lunch, there a free lunch, everywhere a free lunch. So says Mr. Obama’s former Treasury Secretary.

Bastiat is rolling over in his grave, and shredding whatever remains of his attire on the shards of all the broken windows, because Mr. Obama’s former Treasury Secretary and the former President of Harvard, Larry Summers, says there is a free lunch with intelligent spending in infrastructure by the government.  He cites the recent report by the IMF and concludes: What is crucial everywhere is the recognition that in a time of economic shortfall and inadequate public investment, there is… Continue Reading ››

Ebola: The President Needs to Act

Maybe I watch too many movies. How often does a wheezy man with a runny nose sneeze in an airplane? Then, naturally, we see a world map where the contagion, whatever it might be, spreads across the globe thanks to patient zero. This is soon followed by an apocalypse that involves siphoning gas and killing over canned goods. Yes, I probably watch too many movies. But, when I hear “Ebola” and “Dallas” in the same sentence, the mind tends to… Continue Reading ››