Duck Dynasty: If the Robertsons Were to Ask for My Advice

In my happy, happy, happy little world, what if the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty, overwhelmed by the tsunami of popularity and fame, picked up the phone to ask for my advice on how to avoid making a mess of it all?Think Miley Cyrus and you'll see how the best laid plans can go wrong in a hurry. The last thing we need is Willie Robertson on stage wearing latex in any form.In fact, latex and Duck Dynasty probably shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence, unless it involves Si and -- but I … [Read more...]

Why Christian Culture Is Unthinkable in the Western World

This is a guest post from my friend, Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin, President of the Center for Cultural Leadership. This post is an excerpt from his brief but transformational new book Christian Culture: An Introduction. It is essential reading to understand "what Christian culture was, how we lost it, the high price we've paid for losing it,  and what we can do to create a new Christian culture." Follow his blog here. Today we live in a radically secular culture.Secularization does not mean that … [Read more...]

Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration — But Not for the Gang of 8 Bill (S. 744)

This open letter to Congress comes from Kelly Monroe Kullberg, founder of The Veritas Forum, editor and co-author of the award-winning book, Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians and A Faith and Culture Devotional.  She is co-founder and acting president of Christians for A Sustainable Economy (case4America.org) and Senior Fellow at the Acton Institute. To sign this letter or pick up this conversation visit on Facebook and the web: Evangelicals for Biblical Immigr … [Read more...]

The Purpose of Memorial Day: Remember the Fallen from Both Sides

The original purpose of Memorial Day was to remember the fallen from both sides of our own US Civil War or the War Between the States, depending on which side you favored. It was an attempt by a war-torn nation to acknowledge that good people, people made in God's image who loved their country and their families more than life itself, gave their all on both sides.It's a good thing to do today. To remember those who never came home.But it's all too easy to only remember those who … [Read more...]

Manhood Restored: A Review of Eric Mason’s New Book

It sounds like the beginning of a politically incorrect joke.A Black Nationalist, a psychologist, and a preacher walk into a bar.... In this case, however, they are all the same person. His name is Eric Mason. And he has written a book, Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole, drawn from that eclectic background that delivers a much-needed message to men in Christ's church today: Rise up, men. The world is waiting.Eric Mason is a former Black Nationalist and holds a degree in … [Read more...]

More or Less: How Much is Enough?

When was the last time you heard someone say that they wanted less?I'm guessing that if you live in the US, or anywhere greatly influenced by the consumerism of modern Western culture, it's been awhile. Hence the need for Jeff Shinabarger's challenging tome More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity.The founder of such efforts as Plywood People and GiftCardGiver.com, co-founder of the Q event, and creative director for Catalyst, Jeff has a history of thinking outside of th … [Read more...]

What I Think Happened with Benghazi: The Vast Conspiracy

What I think happened with Benghazi is not some vast conspiracy to undermine the US by President Obama or some CIA op to sell guns to terrorists or whatever other theories are out there. I do think there was a conspiracy. But it is a conspiracy that affects us all and began in Eden so long ago.It is the natural tendency of each of us as fallen human beings to deflect, conceal, and cover when confronted with our failures. It's what Adam and Eve did. It's what I tend to do. Every person I have … [Read more...]

A Psalm for Kermit Gosnell

I've steered clear of commenting on the horrific trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. I've known about the story for some time, but just couldn't bring myself to focus on the horrors in which he was engaged.Much has been made of the lack of media coverage. My friends here at Patheos Evangelical have done much to change that. Rightly so.For those not familiar with the case, I point you here, somewhat reluctantly, because the crimes he allegedly committed against helpless infants is r … [Read more...]