Sandra Fluke, Obama Voters, and the Pink Police State

Someday we’re going to look back and realize that Sandra Fluke being praised for arguing that her right to free contraceptives trumped religious freedom was a defining moment in our history. When that day come my friend James Poulos will be hailed as a prophet of the pre-Flukian era. His vision of the emerging Pink [Read More…]

The Perpetual Campaign and Other Depressing Thoughts

1. Yesterday Michael Brendan Dougherty wrote a post on “How to Explain Romney’s Loss to Shocked Conservatives.” Finally: you didn’t like Romney that much either. So are you really surprised? The entire Republican primary was a search for a “Not-Romney” candidate. In fact, you probably once contemplated voting for Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, or Rick [Read More…]

College Cramming: A Refresher Course on the Electoral College

Whether the Republicans cry “fraud” or the Democrats scream “disenfranchised” we can be certain of one thing after the polls close: the President of the United States won’t be elected today. Even if there are no hanging chads or last minute court appeals, the election of the President won’t be made until December 13. That [Read More…]

Social Justice and the Christian Voter

“History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.” — James Froude When it comes to historical hindsight, modern Christians have a tendency to believe that we would always have sided [Read More…]

35 Things a Man Should Never Do

Men need advice. We need to be told, preferably early in life, what we should do, what we shouldn’t do, and how to tell the difference. If we don’t receive such advice we live our lives by trial-and-error—a much less effective strategy. The reason emergency rooms, warning labels, and scar tissue exist is because some man [Read More…]

When Smart Theologians Endorse Dumb Hermeneutics

If you’ve been anywhere near the evangelical blogosphere lately you’ve probably heard that Rachel Held Evans finally published A Year of Biblical Womanhood, her lame Christianized knock-off of a silly stunt-book produced five years ago. I’ve read enough of Evans’ blog to know she has a low view of scripture, so I’m not much interested [Read More…]

Thirty Three Things – Halloween/Reformation Day Edition

[Note: Today you’re likely to encounter creatures that are strange, shocking, and slightly scary (goblins, vampires, Lutherans, etc.). October 31 is both Halloween and Reformation Day, and since both sit uncomfortably side-by-side on the calendar, it seemed fitting to put them together—uncomfortably side-by-side—on this special edition of 33 Things.] 1. Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther [Read More…]

Why Being Pro-Family Means Opposing Illegal Immigration

Unlike in 2008, immigration hasn’t been much of an issue this election season. In fact, my friend Mark Shea has one of the few blog posts I’ve seen on the subject. In “The Reason I’m Not in a Huge Sweat about Immigrants,” Mark says, That they [the 12 millions illegal immigrants] failed to fill out [Read More…]

An Old, ‘Young Liberal Evangelical’ on the New ‘Young Liberal Evangelical’ Myth

I wanted to cry when I heard that Michael Dukakis had lost the election. But crying was frowned upon at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego so I stoically stifled my tears and sat in stunned silence as the cheers rang out. The sun had just risen on the rifle range when they announced over [Read More…]

Trick or Tract: Satan, Jack Chick, and Other Halloween Horrors

[Note: This is my annual Halloween rant.] Every autumn Christians throughout North America engage in hand-wringing disputes over what to do about Halloween. The discussions tend to reflect in microcosm how we interact with overtly secular aspects on a larger scale. Should we separate and stand apart, becoming a witness by our disengagement or do [Read More…]