Don’t give them the Gospel? 

We often assume that if we could only find the right way to reach those who are opposed to Christianity that we could win them over to the Gospel.  S. M. Hutchens, writing in the Touchstone blog, says that many of these folks don’t lack knowledge of Christ.  They are simply rejecting Him.

Good point.  But then he says that such overt enemies of God should not be given the Gospel, that they cannot be evangelized.

I would say that we are all by nature enemies of God.  And that, by the power of the Word, the Holy Spirit can bring even the worst enemy of God to salvation.  (I am thinking of St. Paul, who called himself “the worst of sinners” and was an overt persecutor of the Church and of Christ.)  Certainly, a person can’t be open to the Gospel without first being broken by the Law, which can happen in various ways.  But that is part of the process of evangelism, and everyone needs to be evangelized.  (We Lutherans believe in the universal atonement, that Christ died for everyone, so we cannot assume that any given person is one of the non-elect “reprobates.”)

But is there something in what Hutchens says?  Even if those who are purposefully rejecting God should still be evangelized, do we need to approach them and the trouble they give Christians differently than if they were merely ignorant?  Read his argument, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]

Keeping our promises

First Things editor Alexi Sargeant says that “Trump’s policies, such as they are, usually come down to America breaking its promises.”  Read the argument after the jump and say what you think of it.
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Family Vocation, revisted

It’s very gratifying for a writer to hear from a reader who “gets” what the writer was trying to say.  So I would like to humbly commend to you Heather Judd’s review of Family Vocation, excerpted and linked after the jump.

Which reminds me that you have through Friday to sign up to win a free copy of that book from GoodReads.  Just click on the widget after the jump. [Read more…]

Death of a vocation warrior

I’ve been in Texas quite a bit this summer and was introduced to the HEB grocery stores.  They aren’t just supermarkets; they are megamarkets–but they are also clean, spacious, well-laid out, and they carry everything you could possibly need.

Now I know where the stores got their name (pronounced “H,” “E,” “B”):  They were started by a man named Howard E. Butt.  His son, Howard E. Butt, Jr., who took over the company, just died at the age of 89.

He ran the company after his father died, but after awhile he turned the management over to other members of his family and used his wealth for Christian philanthropy, from supporting Billy Graham’s ministry to funding church camps.  But his biggest cause was living out the Christian faith in the workplace.

For years, he did a 60-second spot on Christian radio entitled “The High Calling of Our Daily Work.”

I have never heard any of these spots.  (Have you?  If so, please report.)  I’m not sure of his specific theology of vocation (he was a Baptist), but he deserves credit for reminding Christians of this crucial teaching. [Read more…]

Pro-abortion Catholics

Pro-abortion Catholics–members of “Catholics for Choice”–are running ads promoting their position, calling abortion a “social justice issue” and urging the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer money from being to kill babies in the womb.  (This, by the way, is Hillary Clinton’s goal.)

A piece by Mary Hallan Fiorito critiques this group.  She also writes about the history of legalized abortion, citing the role of Richard Nixon’s “Rockefeller Report” on ways to prevent “overpopulation.”  Its recommendations included legalizing abortion. [Read more…]

Debate post-mortem

Well, what did you think of the first presidential debate?  Who won, and in what sense?  How did the two candidates come across?  Did it change your mind about anything?