Drug money

Colorado has legalized the sale and possession of marijuana, with Washington state soon to follow suit.  But it’s still illegal under federal law.  Which means that banks are not allowing companies that sell marijuana to open accounts, lest they violate federal laws and regulations.  This means that the legalized marijuana industry is accumulating mountains of cash and storing it in warehouses.  (A special dispensation allows for bank accounts to be opened for the sole purpose of paying taxes, so the government has that covered, at least.) [Read more...]

Pope says 1 in 50 priests is a pedophile

In another controversial interview, Pope Francis said that Vatican research has found that 2% of priests–including bishops and cardinals–are pedophiles.  That comes to 1 in 50 of the 414,000 priests.  He also said that he planned to find a “solution” for priestly celibacy, noting as Protestants have always said, that the requirement was not instituted for the first 900 years of Christendom. [Read more...]

Lessons from Bastille Day?

Today is Bastille Day, marking the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789.  There were some major differences between that and the American Revolution, but there were some major similarities too.  What can we learn from them both?  We celebrated our country on July 4, but maybe this could be a time for some healthy self-criticism. [Read more...]

How do we bless God?

We know that God blesses us.  But the Bible also speaks of us blessing God.  How does that work?  How can mere human beings “bless the LORD”? What can we do to benefit Him, the One who needs nothing?

I learned in Bible class recently that there is a blessing from greater to lesser, when God gives gifts to mortals, but also when kings bestow gifts to their subjects, etc.  But there is also a blessing from lesser to greater.  This kind of blessing–when the subject blesses the king or the mortal blesses God–consists mainly of thanksgiving. [Read more...]

Politics shifting on immigration?

Immigration used to be seen as a winning issue for Democrats, with Republicans opposed to illegal immigration holding an increasingly unpopular position, coming across as heartless and demographically clueless.  But now the crisis on the border as thousands of unaccompanied young children come pouring into the country with the administration seemingly bungling the problem at every level is apparently changing the political calculus.  So says an analysis published  in the liberal Washington Post. [Read more...]

The catholicity of Lutherans

Many evangelicals are trying to come to grips with the catholicity of the Church and are looking for ways to fit themselves into the historical universal Church.  Some are searching for ways to integrate the Protestant with the Catholic traditions.  Some are saying we should downplay denominational differences as a way to be more “catholic,” as the ecumenical movement did.

But the estimable Mathew Block, communications director for the Lutheran Church Canada, has written a thoughtful essay on this subject, focusing on the catholicity of Lutherans and how Lutherans already embody the kind of Evangelical Catholicism that many people are looking for.  The essay, which you should read completely,  is linked after the jump, but I give his conclusion. [Read more...]


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