2014 Best Year Yet? But Not Best Ever!

The Telegraph reports that 2014 our best year in some ways. I am impressed that Drudge made this story his top headline. He was right to do so. Fraser Nelson writes in the Telegraph: “Good-bye to One of the Best Years in History.” Judging the world through headlines is like judging a city by spending a night in A&E – you only see the worst problems. This may have felt like the year of Ebola and Isil but in fact, objectively, 2014 has probably been the best year in history. Take Read more […]

The Future of Christmas

We hear about the war against Christmas, but who will win that war for the future? What does Jesus expect to happen in world history?  What does the Christmas story mean for the future of the universe? We know what he told his disciples to make happen: And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and disciple all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe Read more […]

“Blessings of Liberty?” Will I Despair or Will I Declare?

Recently while driving and listening to talk radio, a gentleman who called in to make a comment really touched my heart.  I didn’t catch his name but from his remarks he seemed to be a very bright man who deeply cared for his country, his country’s history, and the prospects for his country’s future. He expressed his love for his family and for his children’s children – for his descendants that he will never personally know. As I listened to him, it seemed clear to me that Read more […]

America in 2039: What if Revival Doesn’t Happen?

Worry seems to be at an all-time high in America. According to recent polls about 80 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, 59 percent think the American dream is “unachievable” for their children, and 60 percent believe the United States is a nation in decline. Last week, best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg spoke at my home church. He laid out the moral and fiscal case for why America is headed for an implosion unless there is a Third Great Awakening, which would Read more […]

God’s REAL “Hope & Change” = Jesus Resurrected

If you go to the stores these days you’re in for sticker shock as the price of everything heads to the ceiling, but there is one item that is going down in price.  In fact, it’s so cheap that quite often it’s simply free for the taking. It is so abundantly available that the supply far outstrips any level of demand. What is that item? It is available every time you open the mailbox, a newspaper, turn on the radio, TV, or read on the internet. What is that item? Discouragement. I know Read more […]

Religion, Politics, and Dinner Parties

It is often said that polite dinner conversations should not include religion or politics. Perhaps it is because dinner hosts prefer peace to hostility, or because both topics are prone to individual monologuing. Either way it is a surefire way to raise the collective blood pressure of your dinner guests. I would suggest that in addition to maintaining peace and limiting long-winded diatribes, another reason to not talk about religion or politics at the table is because they are so closely related. Read more […]