The Biblical Foundation for Immigration

On this day when there is a definitive possibility of a “shutdown” of our federal government largely because of a lack of agreement about immigration policy, I was reminded from 1 Peter 1:1 that Christians are “elect exiles of the dispersion” (ESV). I thought this a good time to reflect on some Bible passages that should form a foundation for Christian’s thinking on immigration policy. The Bible says very little directly about most contemporary national policy issues. And while the… Continue Reading ››

Yes, there are Winners and Losers–but I’m a double loser!

But don’t smile, you are too.  Let’s get to the good losing first.  This time of year, there will be many hopeful losers, as membership at Jenny Craig and health clubs will be on the rise.  But that’s not the only way one can be a loser and be happy about it.  I’m a real loser because I got to eat some of the most amazing grapes ever last week.  These grapes had thin but firm skin, and they absolutely exploded… Continue Reading ››

Rural Democrats Want a Bigger Tent. Is that Possible?

Michael Kruse, of Politico, has written a fascinating piece on rural Democrats in the Midwest. He spoke at length with Terry Goodin, the only Democrat to represent a rural state legislative district in Indiana. Goodin is pro-life, an A+ legislator according to the National Rifle Association, and voted for an amendment to eliminate same-sex marriage in Indiana. Goodin, and many others like him, are profiled in a new national report authored by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), “Hope from the… Continue Reading ››

The Last Jedi: Mixed Bag of Missed Opportunities

***This Review is full of Spoilers. If you want a pristine experience, you should come back after you’ve seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Consider yourself warned.*** Perhaps I am old. Maybe I have moved finally and fully out of the hulking middle at which Hollywood takes aim. It is also possible I am just plain wrong. Of the three, I consider the last one the least likely. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (TLJ) was a pile of missed opportunities, punctuated… Continue Reading ››

Why should the process of justice be impartial? A response to Jonathan

Jonathan asked a good question in response to our VLOG this past week, and I think it merits a separate response to spell it out.  For those that did not watch the video, I basically argued that Christians should be concerned when the pursuit of justice is guided by politics, rather than justice being blind, i.e., impartial.  In the discussion, I suggested that the prosecution of both Mr. Manafort and Mr. Flynn were political in nature, and that others committing… Continue Reading ››

Candidate Character & Evangelical Political Influence

During the Bill Clinton imbroglio, Gloria Steinem famously defended the sitting president, who had engaged in a sexual relationship with an intern, by claiming it was understandable for men to behave certain ways as long as they were aware that “no means no.” Her tawdry defense of Clinton came to be known as the “one free grope” rule. Nancy Pelosi trotted out a similar rationalization last Sunday. John Conyers, who has now been accused by eight women of predatory behavior, is… Continue Reading ››