Category Archives: Culture

Gay Marriage in Australia, Socialism, and the hubris of our day

One thing about modern man, he (and she) want to be modern and pursuing the latest and greatest fashion.  This is, of course, nothing very modern at all.  Luke recorded the same phenomenon almost 2000 years ago, in his discussion of the Apostle Paul at Mars Hill, where he editorialized: (Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.) Some of my friends have to have the… Continue Reading ››

The Gaping Maw of Politics

Nothing is beyond the gaping maw that is politics. Not fast food. Not movies. Not church. Not sports. Not the family. Not the backyard barbecue pit. There is no respite, no place to exhale, and no shade for cover from the sun. Gone Fishing? PETA will have something to say about that. Take in a round of golf? Don’t you know only the racist patriarchy willingly dons plaid pants? NASCAR? They are so fiercely anti-anti-Trump they’ve colored their helmets a… Continue Reading ››

Celebrating Martin Luther and lessons for today’s Christian Political Economy

Whatever your brand of protestant faith, I think that in this coming month of October–in a very important sense–we are all Lutherans: here we stand.  The monk from Wittenberg was the spark that roared to an unquenchable fire, hitting the dry wood of people yearning for the true word of God.  As Michael Reeves says, The Reformation was not principally a negative movement about moving away from Rome and its corruption; it was a positive movement, about moving toward the… Continue Reading ››

Compassion in Houston: Altruism or Selfishness?

On a Fox News group show this morning (Saturday, Sept 2 on “Bulls and Bears”) I heard one person say that businesses in Houston had opened their buildings for individuals and even were giving merchandise away to those in need.  The pundit then added that the owners of these businesses probably acted as they did for self-interested reasons, believing that it would be good for sales in the future.  I’m sure he wasn’t trying to be cynical, but his comment… Continue Reading ››

“Legal Censorship:” A Growing Issue

I have a message for Google, Facebook and other online platforms that have recently begun to engage in “private censorship.”  While what they do is legal, since the First Amendment does not apply to private entities, if they continue their reliance on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of “hate groups” to decide who may or may not gain access or monetize their sites, they may well face an unhappy Congress and Federal government that might just decide to regulate… Continue Reading ››

What to do about JP Morgan’s funding of the Southern Poverty Law Center?

The broader Christian community continues to struggle with how to engage the culture in the ongoing sexual revolution–how do we hate the sin and love the sinner?  There seems to be a consensus that what was done in the past was at a minimum strategically ineffective, and that a new path forward must be forged.  But what that specifically looks like is difficult to identify at the social level. Yes, as individuals we are more likely to be able to… Continue Reading ››

Racism, Confederate Statues, and History

Racism: The gathering of white supremacists and KKK members in Charlottesville last weekend was reprehensible.  The racism that was clearly being expressed should not be tolerated. The violence that ensued, particularly the person who drove his car into a crowd of protesters, is not an acceptable form of expression in our society.  As Americans, we find ourselves in a difficult situation.  While we as a society have determined that racism is evil, and governing documents and law prevent racist actions,… Continue Reading ››

The Christian and Cultural Engagement

Cultural engagement.  What is it and how should Christians be “doing” it, assuming they should?  And perhaps I shouldn’t even assume that.  At any rate, I would like to explore the Christian in relation to his or her potential or real involvement in the political or cultural realms physically outside the church and apart from what the church “does” as its primary calling by the Word of God. First let’s look at what the “anti-engagement” side says.  Now basically these… Continue Reading ››

Conservatism and Religion: The Inseparable Tie Broken?

I read a very intriguing article yesterday in the National Review Online by Eliott Kaufman, with the title of “Are Conservatives Really Just Liberals?”  By the title you might think the author is about to criticize conservatives in Congress or in the Federal bureaucracy who aren’t acting like conservatives.  However the article actually poses a serious question about definition, and even further, about how conservatives and liberals (of a certain kind) ought to define themselves. But the article also draws… Continue Reading ››

Weeping for Charlottesville

One of the practical applications of the Christian walk is found in Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.”  Today there is a family weeping for the loss of their daughter, a victim of the manifestation of one person’s hatred toward others.  It is, of course, easy to simply condemn the white supremacists who organized the protest, and indeed we should.  Thinking that one race is elevated, or that another is below other races… Continue Reading ››