Ben Sasse is a “Lutero-Calvinist” 

Nebraska Senator and rising conservative star Ben Sasse describes himself as a “Lutero-Calvinist.”  Though he grew up and came to faith in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and says he is “in love with the Lutheran tradition,” he is now a member of a Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) congregation.  He talks about his faith and his Reformed theology with World Magazine, excerpted and linked after the jump.  I then raise some questions. [Read more…]

Judge sees “absolutely no value” in studying the Constitution

Richard Posner is a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and a professor at the University of Chicago Law School.  In an op-ed for Slate, he said that he sees “absolutely no value” in judges devoting even seconds to studying the Constitution.  Even the Bill of Rights does “not speak to us today.”

Here is a link to what he said.  Cal Thomas dissects it after the jump.  Then I jump in on the topic, how could the United States cease to exist? [Read more…]

To evacuate, or not to evacuate

Coastal areas in Florida and other Southeastern states evacuated their populations to escape Hurricane Matthew.  But when it hit, it sort of fizzled out.  While the hurricane took over 500 lives (maybe as many as a thousand), particularly in Haiti, it didn’t do that much to the United States.  So now lots of people who were evacuated are angry about having to leave.

Aren’t we supposed to err on the side of caution?  Aren’t we supposed to prepare for the worst and then be glad if it doesn’t happen?  Or was there something about this evacuation that made it especially annoying?  (I’d like to hear from any of you who were affected.)

UPDATE:  The hurricane’s force has abated but now comes the flooding.  North Carolina is especially affected, with more people evacuated as floodwaters are ravaging some counties.  So far 34 Americans have died from the Hurricane, half of them in North Carolina.

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Wayne Grudem takes back his endorsement of Trump

Wayne Grudem is a prominent and influential evangelical theologian.  As we blogged about, he surprised quite a few people when he endorsed Donald Trump.  But now, in light of that tape of Trump’s sex talk and of the things he said as a regular guest on the Howard Stern show (including sexual talk about his own daughter), Grudem has taken back his endorsement.

But read Grudem’s entire statement after the jump.  He said that Hillary Clinton is “no better” and says that he will definitely not vote for her.  He argues that Christians should not simply refuse to vote.  He says that he does not know what he will do come election day.

One issue he raises is the “witness” of Christians, if they support someone so blatantly lecherous.  That makes it look as if Christians care only for power.  He fears that Christians won’t be taken seriously if they gloss over gross moral failings in the candidates they support.

What do you think of what he says? [Read more…]

Planned Parenthood’s political army

Planned Parenthood has launched a massive political initiative designed to elect politicans who are pro-abortion, will support its abortion business, and will preserve its half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding.  Plans include a super PAC, 800 paid staffers (more than Hillary Clinton has), and 3,500 paid volunteers who will be knocking on doors.

Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins tells all about it, beginning after the jump. [Read more…]

Hezekiah’s toilet

Archaeologists have excavated a site identified with the rule of Hezekiah.  It includes a shrine with horned altars with the horns knocked off.  Also in the shrine:  a stone latrine.  Scientists have determined that it had never been used, so it was apparently put in just to desecrate the shrine.

This would seem to be evidence of Hezekiah’s crackdown on idolatrous worship.  In fact, there is a Biblical text about it:

“Then they demolished the pillar of Baal, and destroyed the temple of Baal, and made it a latrine to this day” (2 Kings 10:27).

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