Carl Henry Rediscovered (For the World and Cedarville University): A Book Review

I just finished another book I would commend to our readers.  Gregory Alan Thornbury has published Recovering Classic Evangelicalism:  Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. Henry.  Crossway, 2013.  As the title indicates, the author, current president of King’s College in New York City, and erstwhile “geek” (more below), the book represents both a summary of Carl Henry’s ideas and a recommendation to evangelical Christians that the work of Henry be resurrected and newly appreciated and appropriated.  Thornbury… Continue Reading ››

Kasich and Conservatism: A Supplement to Mark Smith’s Blog

My Berean colleague Mark Smith wrote a very astute piece for this blog on the recent announcement by Ohio Governor Jon Kasich as a candidate for the presidency in 2016.  He received an interesting and stimulating comment, to which I wish to reply as a separate blog.  If you want the entire comment, go to Dr. Smith’s blog on  Kasich of July 23, 2015. The commenter begins by posing an inconsistency among conservatives (meaning modern American Conservative ideological beliefs).  He… Continue Reading ››

Kasich’s Kandidacy: The ‘City on a Hill’ Illuminates Strengths, Weaknesses

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) made it official. He is running for the Republican presidential nomination. Throwing his hat into an ever-expanding ring on Tuesday, Kasich, like everyone else, is a jumble of strengths and weaknesses, though for him the two have a happy confluence. Kasich brings a unique résumé to the race. He was a significant figure during the Republican Revolution in… Continue Reading ››

Quote of the Day (and Comment)

The relationship between virtue and institutions has been debated for many years, even centuries, by political thinkers, not to mention even clergy.  For Christians this is a particularly important issue.  To what extent can we rely on the arrangement of political and legal institutions to “check ambition” and prevent mischievous abuse of power?  Do we need virtue no matter what kind of institutions we have?  Or can we rely on our institutions (for example checks and balances, separation of powers,… Continue Reading ››

Identity Politics Collides with Identity Dignity

Until recently, Rachel Dolezal served as the head of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Recent information has revealed that Dolezal is not African-American as the public had assumed.  Her parents, both Caucasian, note that she is not African-American and produced a picture of her as a child with blond hair and fair skin.  Her step-brother, who is biracial, confirms the story of his adoptive parents.  Rachel Dolezal is the biological daughter… Continue Reading ››

Wayne Grudem advocating politics from the pulpit?

Yepper…well worth a watch, from his presentation at the Family Research Council last week.  As the world tells us to be quiet, Mr. Grudem calls pastors to speak towards issues that Christians should be a positive influence on.   I think it strikes a nice balance.  What do you think?  Add your comments below.

Why did he do it? The media say we may never know why Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez killed four marines

And its true; we may never know.  But this is not hard, and we can be reasonably confident what the motive was–at least what the most likely motive was.  It’s the same motive that drives many people, on many different issues.  This includes most young people that currently support same-sex marriage, as well as Christian youth at CU:  we all want to be part of a cause that is bigger than ourselves. This can be a tremendously healthy thing; young… Continue Reading ››

Some Questions to Ponder: Just Asking

I have a few questions for thought today.  I am not answering them, though the reader may well have some idea where I am on them.  So just read and ponder.  Please feel free to comment too. I have not read the Iran nuclear deal yet, but I understand it will aid Iran in developing “safe” nuclear power.  Question:  Why is the US helping Iran develop nuclear power when the administration has shown no interest at all in developing it… Continue Reading ››

Cedarville University in The Atlantic

Cedarville University has not starved for attention in recent years. That trend continued yesterday when The Atlantic published David R. Wheeler’s “Gay Marriage and the Future of Evangelical Colleges.” Though Wheeler references a variety of colleges, Cedarville was the  most prominently featured. As I noted in a recent post on the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, the near-term future for religious institutions (that are not churches) will be contentious. As Wheeler’s article makes clear, a many private, religious colleges and universities… Continue Reading ››

Continuing cultural confusion amidst the claimed certainty of Progressives: Transgender push in the Military and Oregon

As many conservative observers have noted, the same-sex marriage decision by the Supreme Court is not the end of the culture wars, but only the next step in an increase in the progressive push to transform our nation.  This was always the lie believed by many in our culture, both Christian and non-Christian, the “can’t we all just get along” idea that there is the possibility of a truce.  In the case of same-sex marriage, many Americans subscribe to the… 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