The Birth–or Death–of a Nation?

Catalonia is on the verge of declaring independence from Spain, which is refusing to let it go.  Would this mean the birth of a nation or the dissolution of Spain?  Would Catalan independence be a catalyst for other ethnic independence movements, ripping apart other European nations, as well as the European Union? Catalonia, one of the 17 semi-autonomous regions that constitute Spain, is the northeast corner of Spain, a triangle tucked between the Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.  Though it has an area of… Read more

Appreciating Your Pastor

October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and this Sunday, October 8, is Pastor Appreciation Day.  I have no idea who came up with those observances and they have not made it onto the liturgical calendar.  Still, appreciating your pastor is important, and we need the reminder.  And go beyond appreciating him in the privacy of your mind by letting him know how much you appreciate him. The Barna Research Group, in conjunction with Pepperdine University, has been studying pastors as they work to fulfill… Read more

Switch from the NFL to the Baseball Playoffs

The baseball playoffs are underway, and seldom have they featured such outstanding teams.  The rare achievement of winning 100 games is the sign of a truly dominant team.  This year in the playoffs there are three teams that have won more than 100 games.  The other five have wins in the 90s.  If you are sick of the NFL, this is the time to give baseball–whose players almost never protest the National Anthem–another chance. In the American League, we start off with the Cleveland… Read more

Thoughts and Prayers

What do you say to a person afflicted by a tragedy? Read more

House Passes Bill Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks

The House of  Representatives passed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.  That is the point after which, according to scientists, the unborn child can feel pain, including the pain of being aborted. The House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on a mostly-party-line vote of 237 to 189.  The House had passed similar bills in 2013 and 2015, but they failed to make it through the Senate and faced a certain veto from President Obama. This time, though,… Read more

Technology as Godhead

There’s a movement to start a new religion based on technology and artificial intelligence. Read more

A “Momentous” Supreme Court Term Begins

The Supreme Court opened its new session this week.  With the arrival of Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court is now at full strength with nine members.  It will be taking up some important cases dealing with such issues as religious liberty, technological snooping, gerrymandering, labor law, and immigration. In the last session, with only eight members, roughly balanced between liberal and conservative justices, the court tended to avoid controversial cases.  But this time, such cases will be on the docket, with… Read more

“Religion Is More Like Sex Than School”

Research is showing that religion is not just a learned behavior or intellectual assent to certain propositions. Read more

Conservatives on Hugh Hefner, pro and con

The New York Times token conservative Ross Douthat gives what I consider to be the definitive summary judgment about Hugh Hefner (the earthly judgment, that is).  And yet, another conservative, Ben Domenich, while he expresses disapproval, goes on to praise Hefner for his entrepreneurial spirit, for appreciating the “finer things” (such as jazz, fine dining, gentlemanly manners, etc.), and for championing heterosexual masculinity, something now under attack. I agree with Douthat that this conservative defense of Hefner is “a lot of garbage.” … Read more

Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History!

Fifty people were killed and more than 400 were wounded in Las Vegas in what is being described as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Stephen Paddock, 64 years old, shot down from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel into the crowd attending a country music festival. Paddock was not a known member of any terrorist or militant group. I’ll try to update this post when we know more.  In the meantime, here is a… Read more

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