More Biblical illiteracy from the media

A study of DNA from modern Lebanon found that its population is descended from the ancient Canaanites.  Which is proof that the Canaanites survived Joshua’s invasion–as the Bible said they did. But, somehow, the news media had the impression that the Bible taught that the Canaanites were wiped out!  So headlines crowed that the Bible had been proven wrong! Never mind Joshua 1:27-36. Interestingly, the study focused on the inhabitants of the Lebanese city of Sidon, a place where the Bible… Read more

The Democrats’ war against the working class

Donald Trump would seem to be very vulnerable politically, to say the least.  But Democrats have gotten little traction. Part of their problem is that President Trump and the Republican Party still have the support of the white working class, the traditional base of the Democratic party. Democrats shouldn’t blame the Christian right, as they are doing.  The working class is the least churched demographic in the country, with the lowest marriage rates.  Evangelicals are a significant part of Trump’s base,… Read more

Vatican Condemns U.S. Catholic Conservatives

An official Vatican publication has condemned Catholic conservatives in America for participating with evangelicals in an “ecumenism of hate.” Read more

Loneliness is greater threat to health than obesity

  A study has found that social isolation is a greater threat to public health than obesity. A meta-analysis of 148 studies found that loneliness, social isolation, and living alone showed a strong correlation with premature death, one equal to or exceeding the commonly-accepted risk factors such as obesity. Conversely, according to a report on the research, improving “a greater social connection” cuts a person’s risk of early death by 50%. Currently, over a quarter of the American population live alone.  Half… Read more

Murder by text, update

The young woman we blogged about who was charged with manslaughter for writing texts that urged her boyfriend to commit suicide was convicted. She was sentenced to 15 months in prison.  But her punishment was stayed, pending appeal. Her attorneys persuaded the judge that the conviction may not stand, due to the free speech issues raised by the case.  So the judge is punting the free speech question to the appeals court. What do you think about the free speech… Read more

The new “prophets” and “apostles”

There is a new movement in contemporary Christianity, known as the “New Apostolic Reformation” or the “Independent Network Charismatics” (INC) or “Network Christianity.” It combines “signs and wonders” Pentecostalism, the prosperity gospel, and megachurch techniques.  But the new elements are an emphasis on leaders who are considered authoritative “apostles” from God and a this-worldly post-millennialism.  Most Pentecostals up to now have been pre-millennialists, holding that Jesus will return before God establishes an earthly utopian rule.  This new group holds that God… Read more

Mueller has impaneled a grand jury

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in conjunction with his investigation of the Trump administration’s alleged connections to Russia during the campaign. That sounds like he has found evidence and is preparing indictments.  But the Washington Post article on the subject, linked after the jump. says that’s not necessarily so.  In a federal case, according to the explanation, a grand jury does not mean indictments are forthcoming.  Rather, it is a tool to force witnesses to testify… Read more

JFK assassination files are unsealed–and reveal doubts about the Warren Commission

In 1992, a law was passed requiring the release in 25 years of all government documents pertaining to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Twenty-five years after 1992 is 2017.  Last week, hundreds of boxes of previously secret files with thousands of documents were made public. They reveal that the CIA had doubts about the findings of the Warren Commission that studied the crime and concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating JFK. So far, the documents don’t… Read more

Free Lutheran resources

My daughter, Deaconness Mary Moerbe, has collected links to a vast array of free Lutheran resources.  This includes Bible studies, devotions, music, catechism helps, homeschool material, and arts & crafts (including coloring projects and worksheets for kids).  She also includes links to online shops and artists.  She is on the lookout for more, so she welcomes your additions. She also collects Lutheran authors, including the growing number of writers who are self-publishing online.  Check those out.  And, again, if you know… Read more

A classical alternative to the SAT & ACT

High school graduates who want to go to college nearly always have to take the SAT or the ACT, the college entrance exams that universities use to assess prospective students for admission and scholarships. These tests do not measure knowledge, as such, as implied when teachers warn against “teaching to the test.”  Rather, they measure aptitude, a student’s academic skills.  Thus, much of the tests consist of having students read passages of various difficulties and answer questions about them designed to… Read more

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