“Your Thirst for My Salvation”

In our midweek Advent service, my son-in-law the pastor–who is doing a series on the Catechism–worked in a discussion of an advent hymn we also sung that night.  It is by the incomparable hymn writer Paul Gerhardt, whom we’ve blogged about recently.  It is entitled “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You.” We often think of God as an abstract idea, as an impersonal force, or as a passive being far, far away whom we must ascend to reach.  But God in… Read more

News Media’s “Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages” 

In their zeal to bring down President Trump, journalists have been making mistake after mistake.  On Friday, television news reporters made what investigative journalism site The Intercept called the news media’s “Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages.” You should read Intercept editor Glenn Greenwald, a respected investigative journalist, who gives a fascinating and perceptive account of the debacle in his article  The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened. Briefly, this is what happened:  On… Read more

Political Ideology as Our New Religions

Nancy Pelosi describes sexual abuser John Conyers as an “icon.”  Environmentalists prophecy an apocalyptic last judgment and the end of the world.  Progressives look forward to the kingdom of heaven on earth but find saints, martyrs, and taboos in identity politics.  Conservatives demand adherence to orthodox doctrines and condemn backsliders.  John Hart notes the religious language being used by secular politicians and concludes that religion is being replaced by political ideology. In his article Is Ideology Becoming America’s Official Religion? (in Forbes,… Read more

Is This Still Christianity?

At what point does a religious expression cease to be Christian altogether? Read more

The Case of the Gay Wedding Cake

  The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  Christian baker Jack Phillips refused to create one of his “masterpiece” wedding cakes for a same-sex marriage ceremony.  The exercise of his religious beliefs was found to be in violation of Colorado’s anti-discrimination statutes, whereupon, he lost his business. In the hearing, Phillips’ attorneys argued on two grounds:  religious liberty and freedom of speech, which court precedents have extended to apply to works of… Read more

Because God Is Merciful

Before we retired a couple of years ago and moved to Oklahoma, we attended St. Athanasius Lutheran Church in Vienna, Virginia.  Longtime readers of this blog may remember how I would often post about sermons from our pastor, Rev. James Douthwaite.  Well, we still get the newsletter, which this month includes  a column from Pastor Douthwaite that deserves wider circulation:  “Because God Is Merciful.”  I reprint it here with his permission. As background, the congregation has been struggling with some maddening problems…. Read more

President Trump’s Legal Problems

The Russia issue will not go away for President Trump, and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller seems to be hot on the President’s trail.  But the question remains, what is the legal status of the elected head of the Executive branch of the government?  Can a president be indicted, should it come to that?  Is impeachment the only legal remedy against lawbreaking by a president?  And are investigations into a president’s legal problems inevitably tainted by politics? Here are the latest developments: … Read more

God Acts for Those Who Wait for Him

Why doesn’t God do something about all the evil in the world? The Bible says that He has. And He will. Read more

Peace Through Oil & Natural Gas

One reason Vladimir Putin has had so much clout in Europe–especially in the Eastern European nations that were once under Communist rule–is that Russia has supplied much of the region’s oil and natural gas.  Now many of those nations are buying from the United States instead. Putin sometimes threatens to cut off energy shipments to countries that cross him, and sometimes he has carried out that threat. Up until recently, Russia was the world’s largest natural gas producer.  But thanks to… Read more

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