The FaithWalkers Daily — Nov. 21: Stacked Deck for Israel, Charlie Brown, Santa Monica Nativities

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. Deck Stacked against Israel's SurvivalThe Basics -- As Israel pushes back with military force against Hamas-led Palestinians firing rockets into their country, many from the UN to the Egyptian mediators seem eager to oppose Israel's right to defend itself. Dig Deeper:Via The New York Times, a senior Egyptian official (the Eg … [Read more...]

I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For: 101 and Counting…

Sometime it's the simple stuff that means the most. As we prep for Thanksgiving Day celebrations, I'm tempted to focus on everything I could complain about. All the stuff that hasn't gone my way. There's no shortage of them, that's for sure.But I choose to take a page from Bing -- Bing Crosby, that is -- and recall this song from Holiday Inn. I've got plenty to be thankful for / I haven't got A great big yachtTo sail from shore to shore / Still I've got plenty to be thankful forI've got p … [Read more...]

The FaithWalkers Daily — Nov. 20: Thanksgiving Shopping Protests, Benghazi Smoke-Screen, Creationism Surprises

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. Retailers Opening on Thanksgiving Triggering ProtestsThe Basics -- More retailers, including many WalMart stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day to try to capture the Black Friday shopping spree. The holiday extra hours are triggering complaints and protests from employees. Dig Deeper:This Fox News story notes that unions are tr … [Read more...]

How I Can Be Pro-Life — and Support the Death Penalty

I am pro-life -- and yet I support the death penalty for those who intentionally murder another person.Some find my position incongruous and untenable. Quite a few commented as much on my recent post "5 Things I Don't Understand about Christians Who Voted for Obama." The charge goes something like this: how can you claim to be so concerned about the life of the unborn if you support death in any way? Many thought I was, at the least, inconsistent.I disagree. In fact, I think the opposite is … [Read more...]

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 FranceThe 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 qu … [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 he … [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 wi … [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...]


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