Christmas Shopping: How Much Is Too Much ?

The recent rush of Christmas shopping has left me wondering how much is too much? It also reminded me of a story from Tolstoy that I read as a young boy. Yes, I was the nerdy kid reading War and Peace at the video arcade. But that's not the point. Tolstoy told the tragic tale of Pahom in the short story "How Much Land Does a Man Need." Pahom discovered a place where he could have all the land he wanted -- if only he could walk around it all in one day. "As much as you can go round on your … [Read more...]

Is Washington’s Original Thanksgiving Day Proclamation a Warning for All?

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of … [Read more...]

Review: See “Rise of the Guardians” for Enchanted Family Fun

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If you're looking for a fun family film this Thanksgiving holiday, you found it. No, it's not Red Dawn, dads. Sorry. Rise of the Guardians, new from DreamWorks and in theaters November 21, 2012, is the ticket for 90 minutes of enchanted animated family fun. Like Red Dawn, Rise of the Guardians has unexpected invasions, courageous resistance against impossible odds, and an inspiring call to dig deep to discover who you really are -- come to think of it, it's likely not much … [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 … [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...]

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...]

Election 2012: 5 Things I Don’t Understand about Christians Who Voted for Obama

"God is in control." Well, duh. I've heard this refrain reminding of God's sovereignty countless times now since Election 2012 as a mantra to console evangelical Christians and religious conservatives bemoaning the recent win by Barack Obama. Contrary to what some seem to have concluded from my posts "It's the End of America as We Know It"  or "We Are All Victims Now, Mr. President," I have never doubted for a moment that God was, is, and will always be in control. But Scripture also … [Read more...]

Election 2012: We Are All Victims Now, Mr. President

C.S. Lewis said in his famous sermon "The Weight of Glory" that if he were to ask twenty Christian leaders in his day what was the chief virtue, nineteen of them would answer Selflessness. Lewis argued that previous centuries of Christians would have answered instead with Love as the noblest of virtues. He was right in assessing his generation. But the 2012 Presidential election this week leads me to think that most Americans today would answer that question differently yet again. I suspect … [Read more...]


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