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...]

Benghazi: New Revelations and Questions from the Congressional Hearing

I survived more than four hours of watching and listening to a Congressional hearing on Benghazi on C-Span3 todayTalk about living by faith!I sensed the hearing could be pivotal in our getting answers to the many questions about what happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, when Ambassador Stephens and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack on our consulate.So I watched and listened. And tweeted. You can explore my live-tweeting journey here. Who testi … [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...]

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 de … [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 m … [Read more...]

Election 2012: It’s the End of America As We Know It

"It's a tragedy."  So said Dennis Prager upon first hearing the news that Ohio had gone to Obama, thus deciding the Election 2012 outcome in these United States, November 6, 2012. I would add my own thought as a lifelong Buckeye: It is embarrassing.By reelecting Barack Obama, we have made a choice as a nation that is so egregiously bad that I feel I must distance myself from the decision or risk being associated with the disastrous consequences of it. Even though I'm not sure that such se … [Read more...]

Presidential Failure, My Kingdom Journey to Serve in Guam

When I answered the call to train leaders in Guam this coming week, I didn't notice the proximity to the election. I've been occupied the last few days preparing to serve ministry leaders in Guam. I'm flying there tomorrow so posting will likely be thin leading up to the election.Some will applaud my absence, no doubt, as evidence continues to surface that the President is likely the one who refused to send in help to our heroic Americans on the ground. The 3 AM phone call came. Obama voted "p … [Read more...]

Don’t Expect Much from Third Presidential Debate Unless…

Even though I suggest you watch the third Presidential Debate -- hopefully the sit-down format won't revive the incessant smiling and interrupting of the last such format -- I really don't expect much to emerge that will change anything at this point in the race.Romney knows foreign policy much better than most give him credit for. Having followed him closely for the last six years and read his book No Apology -- which he wrote himself -- I am confident he'll be able to easily convince the … [Read more...]


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