Some of the Bereans are joined by a special guest, Dr. Glen Duerr, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, at Cedarville University.
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In The Fellowship Of The Ring, Frodo “wished the ring had never come to me,” to which Gandalf responded, “So do I, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” So it is with many of us who approach conflicts. We wish they weren’t there, or they would stop. In the words of Rodney King,… Continue Reading ››
On October 18 Andrew T. Walker, Director of Policy Studies at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention will speak in Cedarville University’s Chapel. I have just finished reading Andrew’s new book God and the Transgender Debate: What Does the Bible Actually Say About Gender Identity?. The book helped me understand the issue more clearly and the gracious and compassionate spirit was welcome. I have also found a lecture from The Gospel Coalition’s 2017 National Conference in Indianapolis: Is This the End… Continue Reading ››
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 ››
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 ››
We haven’t really touched on the economy in a while, so I’ll briefly hit some of the latest news and invite your discussion in the comments. First up is the state of the markets. Many Berean readers know that I’m suspicious of the markets, and have been for years, since valuations by most conventional measures are on the very high side. I have attributed this primarily to the low interest rate policies of the global central banks (not just the… Continue Reading ››
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gard family tonight, as they mourn the loss of their baby boy. We sorrow alongside of them. The Gard family’s grief compels us to ask a difficult question that lies at the heart of recent debates over healthcare in America. Who should determine and provide healthcare needs for the most vulnerable in our society (the poor, the sick, children, the elderly)? Responding to Charlie Gard’s publicized healthcare debacle, which included a court preventing… Continue Reading ››
Along with Utah Senator Mike Lee, the Republican Senator from Kansas, Jerry Moran, said Monday he would be unable to support the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is the Senate’s attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. As I write this post there are reports that Republicans do not have sufficient votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacement – the Republican’s fall back plan with the failure of The Better Care Reconciliation Act.… Continue Reading ››
I just returned from a visit with my mother in my (and her) home city, Huntington, West Virginia. We drove by way of Portsmouth, Ohio. Both cities are in “flyover country” and both have suffered from the heavy (and likely irreversible) loss of manufacturing jobs. To give you an idea of the losses, Huntington has dwindled from about 90,000 residents in 1960 to about 45,000 today. Even accounting for suburban flight, that is a big loss–and the suburbs haven’t grown… Continue Reading ››