The FaithWalkers Daily — Nov. 19: French Marriage Battles, SanFran Cover-Up, Israel Defends Itself

The FaithWalker’s Daily is a quick review of key news stories of the day from the perspective of a conservative Christ-follower living in, but not of, the world. Traditional Marriage Battle Heats Up in France The Basics -- A day after 100,000 gathered in support of homosexual marriage and adoption in France, another 100,000 took to the streets to protest the law to be considered that would redefine marriage and expand same-sex adoption. Dig Deeper: Full story here from France 24.com. Key … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for a Crisis: Ministry Lessons from the Chardon Shooting

We are all told to expect the unexpected. Those of us in ministry certainly know one thing: we never know what's coming next. Hurricane Sandy or other natural disasters, unexpected plant closings that leave thousands unemployed, or the tragic shooting right here in my own hometown of Chardon earlier this year -- a crisis like any of these can blindside us, leaving ministry leaders wondering how to best prepare their ministry for a crisis they can't see coming. We certainly saw this happen … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Spielberg’s “Lincoln” Portrays Politics Behind 13th Amendment

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I try not to know too much about movies before I review them. With Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's latest entry into historical drama released across the US Nov. 16, 2012, I confess I had two biases at work. The first came from the headline of an early review that proclaimed Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of Lincoln to be "wooden." My second bias was that I already knew a good deal about Lincoln as a student of history. Although I respected much of his leadership, I didn't always agree … [Read more...]

Election 2012: Let’s Not Be Too Hasty

This a guest post from Dr. Brian Mattson, Senior Scholar of Public Theology for the Center For Cultural Leadership. Follow him on Twitter (@BrianGMattson) and bookmark his website. His newest book is Politics & Evangelical Theology: A Guide For Concerned Christians and Political Progressives. Stinging electoral defeats always produce huge amounts of angst, second-guessing, and hand-wringing, and the one that took place for Republicans on November 7th is no exception. Is it immigration … [Read more...]

The FaithWalkers Daily — Nov. 14: Petraeus Confusion, Economic Woes, Opossum Liberties….

Concern Grows about the Timing of Petraeus Affair Revelation A growing number of pundits and commentators are questioning whether the recent revelations of Petraeus' exra-marital affair were politically motivated and potentially connected with Petraeus' scheduled testimony on the President's handling of the attacks in Benghazi. Dig Deeper: Petraeus personally investigated the Benghazi attacks as described here and was reportedly eager to testify. The White House insists it didn't know about … [Read more...]

Why Your Faith Does Determine Your Politics

One of many thoughtful responses to my recent post 5 Things I Don't Understand about Christians Who Voted for Obama caught my attention. It expressed a thought that I saw reflected in other responses, though not with such clarity.  It was this: "My theology does not determine my politics." I couldn't disagree more. Tell that to the 9/11 hijackers. Tell that to William Wilberforce. Or to Martin Luther King, Jr. Or to Jesus, Paul, David, or countless other Biblical figures. Let's say what we … [Read more...]

The FaithWalkers Daily — Nov. 13: Petraeus Fallout Widens, Calls for Secession, Boy Scouts Denied Funding

The FaithWalker's Daily is a quick review of key news stories of the day from the perspective of a conservative Christ-follower living in, but not of, the world. Petraeus Scandal Worsens as Questions Arise about Who Knew and When The FBI investigation into the David Petraeus affair and possible security violations widens to include more military figures as questions rise about why FBI stayed silent for four days until after the election. Dig Deeper: Conspiracy theorists (and they may … [Read more...]

Election 2012: Do Government Programs Produce Government-Friendly Voters?

I am pro-government. There. I just shocked some of you into spewing coffee all over your keyboard. After you clean that up, allow me explain. God made it clear through countless inspired writers of Scripture that He ordained government. In fact, he added a pretty sobering warning that whoever resists the authority of government, resists God. He also added that, should the two collide, we are to obey God rather than government. Unfortunately, because government is comprised of sinful human … [Read more...]

The FaithWalkers Daily — Nov. 12: Petraeus Affair, Fiscal Cliffs, Fewer TV Viewers

General David Petraeus Resigns from CIA over Extra-Marital Affair Respected General David Petraeus resigned as Director of the CIA last Thursday, citing an extra-marital affair with a woman later identified as his biographer. Dig Deeper: How the FBI uncovered the affair and why via The Hill. Questions as to why the delay in informing Congress and others until after the election via Controversy as to whether or not Petraeus will testify about Benghazi via The Washington Times A Few … [Read more...]

Skyfall: See Why James Bond Just Got Even Better

WhenI first stepped into the theater to see Skyfall, the latest James Bond extravaganza that released in the US on Friday, November 9, 2012, I got worried. A quick glance revealed I was surrounded by senior citizens. If my math was right, many of them likely watched Dr. No when it first hit the big screen in 1962. Maybe that's because I went to the matinee. I'm guessing so because some critics have called Skyfall one of the top five Bond movies ever. As a Bond afficianado, I must … [Read more...]