“Give us a king to lead us!” And they got Trump.

Max Ehrenfreund, the editor of the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, recently wrote an article entitled “A strange but accurate predictor of whether someone supports Donald Trump.” What is that predictor?Those who favor authoritarian leadership are more likely to vote for Trump.That was the finding of research done by Matthew MacWilliams, a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.Amanda Taub dug beyond MacWilliams’ research and found other sources that corroborated th … [Read more...]

On Kim Davis: Is This the Best We Can Do?

The first rule of parenting is don’t get into power struggles with your kids. The second rule of parenting is that if you do happen to get into a power struggle, you must win. This pretty much sums up my view on the religious freedom case of Kim Davis. I wish she hadn’t been coerced into this particular fight, but now that she has, I hope she wins. Christians, Work, and Conscience When I first heard of the Kentucky clerk who refused to give marriage licenses to anyone in order to avoid putting … [Read more...]

Models of a Civilization

We are at a moment in our nation where various ideologies as to how society should be structured are at odds. Which one should we embrace? Below are FIVE Models from which to choose. Which one do you think is best? Why?   The Constantinian Christian ModelThe Secularist ModelThe Libertarian ModelThe Christian Separatist ModelThe Christian "Sphere Sovereignty" Model    So which one of these do you prefer? What modifications would … [Read more...]

Creation Is a Manifesto

We Christians sometimes try to be holier than God, especially when it comes to creation. We act as if the world is under the sway of the evil one. And we get our escape pods ready, practically eager to abandon creation, convinced that God doesn’t really care about it either.But that’s hardly God’s take on creation. Indeed, in the Incarnation, the Word made flesh, the Creator of the universe moves into our neighborhood. The infinite, transcendent God becomes embodied like us. And did you notic … [Read more...]

Serving the City, Shaping the Political Community – David Kim

Our friends at the Center for Public Justice introduced the Kuyper Lecture in 1995 to promote public consideration of three important dynamics at work in today's world:Religion as a driving force - the deep, driving influence of competing religions in human society.Christ, the Light of the world - the comprehensive and inescapable claim of Jesus Christ on the world.An international Christian community - the strength and influence of international bonds of Christian … [Read more...]

Legitimate Questions Arising from the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case

My Responses to David GusheeSebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores … Some are hailing it as a victory for religious freedom; others are decrying it as a trespass on women’s health rights. There are many other concerns that have been raised by the case such as to the limits (if any) of corporations being given human rights and the limits (if any) of institutions from claiming religious freedom from providing other important services to their employees. And on and on it goes. This is not a simple issue, … [Read more...]

Leadership Influence: Beyond the Stereotype

What is a leader?Is a leader someone who has all the answers? Is it someone with authority? Or, is it someone who makes the sacrifices necessary to empower and encourage others to engage and to work together toward common goals and solutions?Some of us have experienced people who think of themselves as leaders, who have an arrogant swagger, a desire for power, a smug know-it-all attitude. And we naturally find such an image unseemly.This is not the image of Jesus, the most influential … [Read more...]

Human Trafficking & Reintegrating Faith with Business

"It ought to concern every person, because it’s a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at the social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name—modern slavery." - President Barack Obama, September 25, 201 … [Read more...]

Playing It Safe Will Never Change the World

The dust swirled in the hot humid air as I trudged home from school. I slipped the report card next to Mom’s purse, hoping she would just sign it and give it back with cool indifference.No such luck.In our home, earning a mediocre grade was a major event, close to dental surgery or transmission work. Mom saw the “C” in social studies, and for the next hour, I was on the receiving end of a one-sided conversation about what that word meant. There would be no average in our family. We came f … [Read more...]