The Christian case for Trump?

Wayne Grudem is a conservative evangelical theologian who has written an article entitled Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice.  I excerpt it after the jump, along with some attempts to answer the article.

Read both sides.  What do you think about the arguments?  Can you provide further “answers” to either position? [Read more…]

He is the priest, He is the Samaritan, He is the robber

A few weeks ago, our pastor (and son-in-law) was preaching about the parable of the Good Samaritan.  He developed the idea that this parable gives us a picture of love, which is what the Law looks like in practice.  And because Jesus fulfills the law, all acts of righteousness–that is, all acts of love–look like Him.

He then applied this back to the parable in a startling way. [Read more…]

“A Christian and a Feminist Almost Agree on Stuff”

From Hans Fiene of Lutheran Satire.  (HT:  Kerner):

The plight of religious traditionalists

Rachel Lu has written an important essay for National Review on the plight of religious traditionalists.  Donald Trump, she observes, has no interest in religious liberty issues or “fake culture war” causes that traditionalists care about.  And Republicans planning a post-Trump party are going the way of “fiscally conservative but socially liberal.”  And progressives, of course, can’t stand conservative religion.  So both political parties want to disassociate themselves from religious traditionalists.

And yet, she says, despite the efforts to marginalize religious conservatives, they have some cards to play. [Read more…]

Traditional sexual ethics vs. Christian morality

I happened upon a book by a former student of mine, Matthew Rueger, now a pastor in Iowa with a Ph.D.  The book, just out from CPH, is Sexual Morality in a Christless World.   Matt (if I can still call him that) tells about being put in the position of defending Christian morality in an Iowa State college classroom, whose professor was teaching pretty much the opposite.  He became a regular guest lecturer, up against great opposition, but his input grew to be respected, if not appreciated.  Those experiences became the basis of this book.

The Rev. Dr. Rueger includes a fascinating treatment of sexual morality in the Greco-Roman world.  The wide practice of homosexuality in that classical culture–specifically, pederasty, the sexual use of young boys–is particularly illuminating.  He also treats sexual morality in the ancient Hebrew world, which was not without problems of its own (such as easy divorce).   The Christian perspective on sexual morality, he shows, has always been counter-cultural.  It took its shape from consideration of our identity in Christ.   [Read more…]

Terrorists attack a church

Two Islamic terrorists burst into a church during Mass in Normandy, France.  They beheaded the 84-year-old priest, critically-wounded a nun, and took four hostages.  The terrorists were killed by police snipers.  ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack.

Churches would be natural targets for terrorists.  This particular congregation was said to be on one of those hit list of targets circulated by ISIS, so as to encourage “lone wolf” attacks.  See this for a report on an  American list, which is said to include churches.  The FBI is said to be contacting those listed, but I’m curious what authorities are doing for their security.

Does your church have a security protocol in place?  Should it?  Or should churches not resist evildoers and instead embrace martyrdom if it comes?

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