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...]

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

Concern Grows about the Timing of Petraeus Affair RevelationA 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 WhenThe 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 be r … [Read more...]


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