One Thing Some Republicans and Modern Church Leaders Share

Please, Like Me!

As I pondered a couple of seemingly unrelated things -- Establishment Republicans and Seeker-friendly Church Leaders -- I stumbled onto a similarity between the two -- a lack of moral courage. And a reason why.Establishment Republicans try to be liked by those they deem to be in the middle. They crave the acceptance of supposed Independents who they think are seeking likable, lovable politicians who just want to get along with everyone.They think that these Independent voters want … [Read more...]

For the 21 Christians Murdered by ISIS : A Moving Tribute [Video]


My friend Dr. Brian Mattson of Dead Reckoning TV along with Jay Friesen has delivered one of the most moving tributes to the Jewish and Christian victims of ISIS entitled "We Will Not Be Lost:"  We are deeply disturbed by our political leadership's inability to name this enemy, but we are even more disturbed by its inability to name its victims. The Jewish dead in Paris were called by our President "a bunch of folks in a deli." The twenty-one Christian martyrs were called by our President " … [Read more...]

Georgia Education Reform: 3 Thoughts on Fixing Failing Schools


When children are trapped in failing schools, it is a moral issue that all Christians should be concerned about. Even those of us who are not big fans of government-sponsored education see the value of reforms to help failing schools.In my home state of Georgia, Governor Nathan Deal is proposing an education reform approach to create Opportunity School Districts that would bring failing schools under the direct, temporary control of the state in order to turn them around.According to … [Read more...]

Atlanta Fire Chief Suspended for Expressing Christian Views


Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended for publishing a book without permission in which he expresses traditional, orthodox Christian views about sexual behavior outside of marriage.A report from Atlanta's WSB-TV: [Cochran was] suspended for one month without pay and will be required to complete sensitivity training. In the book based on Christian values, Cochran identifies himself as Atlanta's fire chief and says his first priority as chief is to run the department "to cu … [Read more...]

Obama’s Executive Immigration Action: Why I Oppose It


Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned the poetic words: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” I find myself asking something similar about Obama’s executive immigration action: “How do I oppose thee? Sheesh, this could take a while!”Perhaps an entire book would be a more fitting venue for expressing why Obama’s executive immigration action is bad for immigrants, bad for America, opposed to Scripture -- but good for his own interests. So I’ll start tackling it in bits and pieces. … [Read more...]

The Great Atlanta Snow Storm: Who Is to Blame?

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Sometimes stuff happens. Circumstances collide unexpectedly. Snow falls further north than the computer models predicted. Events reminds us that we are not in control. And we don't like it. Not one bit.The great Atlanta snow storm of 2014 reminds us that some things are outside of our control.As a recent transplant to Atlanta area from the snow belt of Cleveland, Ohio, I'm used to getting around in snow, unlike most of the people in Atlanta. Snow only arrives like this every few … [Read more...]

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy in South Africa: A Unique Perspective


Privileged to feature a unique perspective on the legacy of Nelson Mandela in South Africa from Christina Quist. Christina and her family relocated there by faith  from the US Midwest just two years ago. You can learn more about their journey as FaithWalkers here. I thought her perspective as a transplanted Westerner might shed some new light behind the media coverage on the impact of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. The red, blue and green fishing boats in the harbor clang their bells and bob … [Read more...]

With U.S. Government Shut Down, Churches Step Up

Jesus Loves Jersey helps during the government shutdown

NOTE: I came across this inspiring report of churches stepping up to serve the community in light of the US government shutdown and thought I'd share about it directly from the press release. Feel free to share, link, pass along -- whatever works to inspire others to do the same. Let's get this service party started! With up to 31,000 employees being furloughed and over 190,000 small businesses affected directly by the government shutdown, New Jersey residents and businesses are far from … [Read more...]