Thanks to Colin Cutler for alerting me to this Christian defense of Halloween, including its scary parts. The author is Roman Catholic, so I’m not sure I can untangle what she’s doing with the Reformation Day reference! But still, does she make a good point? Or not? [Read more…]
Back in the 1990s, I was asked to be on the council of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, an organization dedicated to applying the solas of the Reformation to contemporary Christianity. Organizations change, and I’m not a part of it anymore. But I was recently asked to contribute a post for the group’s website Place for Truth. The topic? Whether the Reformation is still relevant today. I said, “yes.” More specifically, I argued that the major issue in Christianity today is the same as it was in 1517, a notion that is currently under almost unprecedented attack, even by Protestants: Justification by faith alone.
See my essay after the jump. [Read more…]
Millions of Americans already have individual health insurance plans. They chose their plans based on the services and coverage they needed or didn’t need and what they could afford. But now most of those already-insured Americans–maybe as many as 75% of them–are getting cancellation notices. Their existing policies don’t have all of the mandates required by Obamacare. So the insurance companies aren’t allowed to offer them. And the new Obamacare policies are lots more expensive. [Read more…]
The Reformation can be summed up in six words, according to our pastor in his Reformation Day sermon last Sunday. Not the solas, not some version of “Here I stand,” but the words written down on a scrap of paper that Luther had in his pocket on his deathbed: “We are beggars; this is true.” After the jump, read what Pastor Douthwaite says about these words. [Read more…]
George Will has found something that President Obama and the Tea Party have in common: Both disdain Madisonian politics; that is, the checks and balances that require the different factions to compromise with each other, as built into the very structure of Constitutional governance. [Read more…]