Yes, the Church is in Exile, So What Happens Next?

Steve McAlpine, of the Australian branch of The Gospel Coalition, has penned a piece on the reality of exile for the church in the Western world. It is full of astute cultural observation and, as a bonus, is a delightfully fun read. As a cultural commentary it is very perceptive, but it should be noted, in both the British Empire and United States, the decline did not happen overnight; there is a long history of cultural decline that dates back to the beginning of the last century. In the United Read more […]

John Whitehead: You Live in a Police State

John Whitehead is right, but to what extent is this situation the fault of the Christian Church? John Whitehead is a voice crying in the wilderness. I sure hope more people start listening: “In a Cop Culture, the Bill of Rights Doesn’t Amount to Much” Here is how he begins: “In a democratic society,” observed Oakland police chief Sean Whent, “people have a say in how they are policed.” Unfortunately, if you can be kicked, punched, tasered, shot, intimidated, harassed, stripped, Read more […]

Where is OUR Team? What if YOU are God’s plan?

How is it that a minority of Americans have seized control of the direction of this nation? How can a group of people who, according to our government comprise only about 3% of all Americans, be such a powerful force in this nation? How can they get multi-national corporations and government agencies to boldly and publicly run interference for their cause?  How can such a small minority convince a world-wide religious system to change what they believe about the teaching of their Holy Book in Read more […]

Are All Hate Crimes Equal?

Hate crimes, if they mean anything, have to be assigned in an equal manner. Will that happen for a case of arson against a church? A church experienced some vandalism and arson. According to WKMG channel 6, “Vandals set fire at Florida church, write ‘Allahu Akbar,’ draw swastika.” A possible hate crime is under investigation after a fire was set at a Central Florida church, where vandals also spray-painted “Allahu Akbar.” The incident happened around 3 a.m. Monday at the New Shiloh Read more […]

One Guaranteed Way to Kill the Church in America

Suppose you wanted to eradicate your opposition, to effectively kill the church, so to speak. However, you wanted to do so in a way that avoided any blowback, and lulled your opposition to sleep so that they wouldn’t know what hit them until it was too late. Rather than a full-frontal assault, you might try subtlety instead. Say, the introduction of a lie that became repeated so often by those with influence it was accepted as truth. Despite the fact all of the actual hard evidence says to the Read more […]

Chinese Government Destroys Church & Persecutes Christians

You may remember I wrote about the Chinese Christians who protected their church with a human shield and how they are an example to us all. Sadly, the government has pressed ahead with the destruction it planned. From the Telegraph: “China accused of anti-Christian campaign as church demolition begins.” Demolition teams began destroying parts of a Chinese church that has become a symbol of resistance to the Communist Party’s draconian clutch on religion, activists and witnesses said Read more […]

Chinese Christians Show Neighborly Way to Resist Tyrants

From the Telegraph: Thousands of Chinese Christians have mounted an extraordinary, round-the-clock defence of a church in a city known as the ‘Jerusalem of the East’ after Communist Party officials threatened to bulldoze their place of worship. In an episode that underlines the fierce and long-standing friction between China’s officially atheist Communist Party and its rapidly growing Christian congregation, Bible-carrying believers this week flocked to the Sanjiang church in Wenzhou hoping to Read more […]

Is Government Regulation of Gardens Next?

How many of you have flower or vegetable gardens at your home?  I know many people are growing their own herbs to use for cooking as well as indoor and outdoor vegetable gardens.  Others have flowers in pots, window boxes, hanging baskets, in flower beds and outdoor gardens. My wife and I have a number of vegetables and fruit growing outside which include apples (2 varieties), beans (purple and wax), broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupes, carrots, cherries, cucumbers (bush), grapes (5 varieties), Read more […]

You Can’t Do It Here

A public school teacher from New Jersey has apparently lost his job for giving a Bible to and discussing religion with one of his students. Walter Tutka, a substitute middle school teacher, was dismissed for “distributing religious literature” and “not remaining neutral when discussing religion.” In other words, Tutka was fired for doing the very thing teachers are paid for—teaching. When a student asked Tutka where a quotation was from that the student had heard him say, Tutka told Read more […]

On Marriage Equality, Part 4: An Agreement, a Contract, or a Covenant?

When two people make promises to one another, those promises can be enforced in three basic ways: by the people themselves, by an external institution with authority over those people, or by God. Marriage then, as such a binding promise, has three possible sources of enforcement. Libertarians want a private agreement that is enforced only by the people involved in the agreement. As we have seen, this solution allows for a great deal of abuse. For one, the more powerful of the two parties will Read more […]

What Obama Did At Church On Easter Sunday

While President Obama’s Organizing for Action, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were all sending out emails asking for money (with the email of the allegedly Catholic Pelosi not even mentioning Easter), President Obama and his family pretended to be Christian for a jaunt to a church in Washington, D.C. It must have been a strange visit for Obama. His thoughts were probably along the lines of, “Easter? What a strange word. E-e-a-a-stur-r-r. Read more […]

Mandatory Generosity

In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul makes a strong argument for cooperation among Christians. Referring to the Church of Jesus Christ, Paul makes the seemingly obvious point that our physical bodies are not simply one thing, meaning that what we call “the human body” is really made up of many individual parts. Much like a moving car, which is composed of tens of thousands of non-moving parts, the human body is composed of tens of thousands of non-human parts. When all of the “parts” are Read more […]