A children’s book on vocation

My daughter, Deaconness Mary Moerbe, has just published a children’s book on vocation!  Luther was insistent that being a child is a vocation, that even very young children have callings from God.  This book shows kids how God serves them through other people (especially their parents) and how God also serves other people through them.  What an important and yet strangely neglected topic!

Mary’s book is entitled How Can I Help? God’s Calling For Kids.  It is written beautifully, has wonderful illustrations, and is published by Concordia Publishing House.  I wrote an introduction.  At the Amazon site, linked above, you can sample it with the “look inside” feature.  After the jump, an overview and ordering links. [Read more…]

Speedfaithing

You know about speed dating.  A man and a woman sit down together for 3-8 minutes (depending on how it’s set up) to see if they hit it off, then move to a new table for 3-8 minutes with someone else.  Now there is speedfaithing, in which people go to different tables to hear from advocates of different religions, who have 10 minutes to make their case.

After the jump, a news story about speedfaithing in Irvine, California, along with a challenge for you commenters. I’m struck more, though, about the last sentence of the story and what it reveals about what people, including this atheist, think religion is all about.  ” ‘I’m a good person,'” says the atheist representative, “‘ and I don’t necessarily need religion to show I’m a good person.’ ”  OK.  Then there are the Christian tables for all of us bad persons; that is, sinners. [Read more…]

More on the Obamacare trainwreck

Columnist Dana Milbank is a liberal supporter of Obamacare.  But he gives more details about the current roll-out debacle.  He goes so far as to make comparisons between Obama’s handling of his health care program and his predecessor’s handling of the Iraq war. [Read more…]

Election Day post-mortem

Virginians elected Democratic operative Terry McAuliffe, even though he had never held elective office, supports gun control, champions same-sex marriage, and is militantly pro-abortion.  The once-reliably Republican state picked him over the socially-conservative attorney general Ken Cuccinelli.  My prediction:  Terry McAuliffe, whose career has been defined by his friendship with Bill Clinton, will eventually run for president (but won’t against Hillary Clinton).

Meanwhile, fiery Republican moderate Chris Christie was overwhelmingly re-elected governor in New Jersey, which usually votes Democratic.  My prediction:  This positions him as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.

In other election results, New Yorkers elected avowed leftist Bill Blasio to be their mayor, the first non-Republican in 20 years.  Colorado, having legalized recreational marijuana use, now decided to tax the heck out of it, levying a 25% tax.  Washington state rejected a measure that would require genetically-modified food to be labeled.  Houston rejected a plan to fix up the Astrodome, meaning the first domed baseball stadium will face demolition.  And Takoma Park, Maryland, became the first city to give the right to vote to 16-year-olds.

What does all of this mean?  Some observers are saying that this election marks the end of the Tea Party movement as an effective political force.  Are they right?  Any interesting or significant election results from where you are? [Read more…]

What’s really demonic

William Peter Blatty is the author of The Exorcist, a novel about demonic possession.  He also wrote the screenplay for the movie version, which is considered one of the scariest films of all time.  It turns out the former Hollywood comedy writer penned the novel as an expression of faith.

After the jump I link to an interview with him that is worth reading in its entirety.  I excerpt the final words in the interview, in which Mr. Blatty cites something far more demonic than what he portrayed in The Exorcist. [Read more…]

Is America in decline or on the rise?

American foreign policy is in the toilet, with our adversaries not respecting us and our allies not trusting us.  Pundits here and abroad have been proclaiming the end of America’s global dominance.  And yet, if you factor out our government’s ineptitude, the United States has quite a bit going for it globally.  See what two think tankers have to say about this. [Read more…]