Norma McCorvey Is Dead

Norma McCorvey died Saturday. She was 69 years old. She lived in Katy, Texas, a suburb of Houston. It is located thirty miles from where I lived for over twenty-five years, in Friendswood, Texas.Norma McCorvey was the woman who, in 1971, the year I moved to Friendswood, challenged the constitutional legality of her State of Texas to legislate against abortion. She won her lawsuit in 1973 in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision known infamously as Roe v. Wade. McCorvey had used the … [Read more...]

Donald Trump Acknowledges God

New U.S. President Donald Trump often acknowledges God these days. During his Inauguration Day last Friday, he had several Evangelical leaders speak as well as a Roman Catholic, a rabbi, and others. But the affair had multiple Evangelicals that included Billy Graham's son, Franklin Graham.Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I not only didn't vote for Mr. Trump, I posted many times about my objection to him becoming our president. However, he is now our president, and I wish him … [Read more...]

The New Era: Post-Truth

Read this excellent Patheos post by Ben Witherington, New Testament professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, "Do We Live in a World of Post-Truth?" … [Read more...]

Be a Loser for Jesus

Trump thumps losers. A Twitter archivist says U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has tweeted on his Twitter account 117 times calling various people derogatorily a "loser."After Jesus died on the cross, Jews said he was a loser because he got killed. And to make matters worse, the state executed him by the dreadfully-tortuous and shameful method of crucifixion. Jews said their Messiah will be a big winner. They said the real Messiah will come in glory, deliver them from their enemies, and … [Read more...]

Did Paul Teach Unconditional Obedience to Civil Rulers?

The Apostle Paul wrote in his magisterial, theologically in-depth, and lengthy letter to "all God's beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints" (Romans 1.7 NRSV), that they should do as follows:13.1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. 2Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3For rulers are not a … [Read more...]

Why Does Paul Tell Women to Cover their Hair “Because of the Angels”?

(Scripture quotations are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted.)The Apostle Paul provides more instruction in his extensive First Epistle to the Corinthians about how Christians should conduct their church meetings than anywhere else to be found in the New Testament. His marker that designates church gatherings in this epistle is the expression, “when you come together (as a church).” This phrase appears five times in one chapter alone (1 Cor 11.17-18, 20, 33-34; also 14.26).In fact, Fir … [Read more...]

Does the Bible Teach Christians To Be Pacifists?

During the early years of my theological education, for eleven years I attended regularly what I would call a somewhat militant church. The pastor had been a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force during WWII. At our church, he taught the Bible with a military style. He often said President Harry Truman should not have prevented General Doulas McArthur from pursuing war with China following WWII, as he wanted to do. As I look back on it now, I think my pastor there at that church bordered on … [Read more...]

Did Jesus’ Teach Indiscriminantly Non-Violence?

"Theology in the Raw" is a Patheos blog here on the Evangelical Channel. It has an article just posted today that was written by former U.S. Marine Sergeant Dean Meadows and entitled "The Few. The Proud. The Plowshares." Meadows says that he is a Christian and that he later came to a position of "non-violence." I think the article is unclear largely because it does not go far enough. That is, Dean does not distinguish personal non-violence from state and civil defense in the form of military and … [Read more...]