A narrowed religious liberty vs. erotic liberty

Religious liberty, Al Mohler observes, is being restricted to private, unexpressed inner feelings and to what happens within the walls of a church.  Whereas traditionally, religions liberty extended to convictions that apply to external behavior and views about society.  But today religious views about how a person lives his or her life in the world are  increasingly are being outlawed and punished.  Dr. Mohler also gives a name to the specific conflict we are seeing today:  religious liberty vs. erotic liberty. [Read more…]

Supreme Court will settle gay marriage

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that will, in effect, decide if the Constitution requires all states to have gay marriage. [Read more…]

When offensive speech deserves defending

Columnist Ross Douthat, a conservative Catholic, has an interesting and nuanced take on the Charlie Hebdo attacks, how purposefully offensive speech is wrong–and yet, if someone threatens to murder a person over it, that speech becomes something good, something that deserves defending. [Read more…]

Claiming religious exemption without the religion

The National Labor Relations Board has said that colleges, in general, must allow professors to join a union.  To objections by church-related institutions, the board said that religious institutions may be exempt only if its professors actively promote and carry out a distinctly religious mission.  If the professors in a church-related institution do NOT carry out that mission–as many church-related but only nominally Christian institutions make a point of saying–then they can not claim a religious exemption.   This poses a problem for the host of church schools that have gone secular, but it strengthens the position of theologically conservative schools.  Mark Bauerlein explains. . . [Read more…]

Sea of Blue

Nationwide, “hands up” and “I can’t breathe” protesters have been demonstrating against police brutality.  But now police are staging demonstrations of their own. protesting the politicians and the citizens who do not appreciate the danger police officers face and who make it worse with their anti-police rhetoric.  Cities nationwide are seeing “sea of blue” demonstrations, featuring thousands of police officers in their blue uniforms. [Read more…]

What about New Year’s Resolutions?

A time-honored custom is to make New Year’s resolutions, decisions to use the new beginning offered by the new year to improve one’s life in some way.  Reportedly, 50% of people make such resolutions, but 89% fail to keep them.

This can be seen as evidence for the theological teaching about the bondage of the will.  But though moral self-improvement is largely fruitless, apart from the Gospel, are there are other kinds of resolutions (exercise, eat better, or keep a tidier desk [my goal year after futile year] that are worth making and might be realized?  (Though such non-moral resolutions fail too:  I’m told that new gym memberships soar at the first of the year, but that attendance plummets after just a few weeks.)

Have any of you actually kept a New Year’s resolution for the whole year or longer?  How did you manage that?  After the jump, some advice for doing so. [Read more…]