A new book called The Dictator Pope is making a splash. I’m reminded of a handmade sign my mom had in the kitchen that just said, “Kwitcherbellakin” The Dictator Pope? I have to give full marks for a sensational headline. Dan Hitchens’ and editor at London’s Catholic Herald gives the book some airtime here. Apparently the book rehearses all the same grumbles we have heard already: the Pope fires people with no discussion, there is a climate of fear in… Read more

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“I just finished reading Fr Longenecker’s book and I must say I am extremely impressed. He puts forward a very good case not only in support of his position that the Magi are to be regarded as historical figures but also as to where they might actually have been from and who they might have been (hint: not the Christmas card kings coming in on a flying visit from Persia!). He covers the complex archaeological, historical, and scriptural evidence thoroughly… Read more

Here’s a puzzle for you. It seems that this year’s Christmas shocker is the gay nativity scene. Two Josephs and a baby Jesus. I guess it is the gay activist’s idea of a joke. Its a pretty lame joke if you ask me, and not just because I’m an outraged, old white Christian guy, but because, well, its just not a very good joke. It the sort of nudge, nudge, giggle, giggle sort of joke seventh grade boys make on… Read more

NBC broadcaster Matt Lauer is the latest celebrity to come unstuck by the New Puritanism. His downfall should make everyone ask a few more probing questions. One of the is on the nature of consensual sexual relations. The generally accepted idea is that as long as two adults consent anything goes. But one of the victims of Matt Lauer said her sexual hookup with Lauer was consensual, but because he was in such a powerful position she felt obliged to… Read more

This article by Kristin Romey at National Geographic summarizes the amazing archeological discoveries over recent years that confirm the general historical background of the gospels. It highlights the discovery of Nazareth, Peter’s House in Capernaum, the “Jesus Boat” found in the mud at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, the excavations at the Galilean village of Magdala and other important finds. You can go into more detail by reading my friend Robert Hutchinson’s book Searching for Jesus. In connects… Read more

The big news this week is the engagement of Prince Harry to Megan Markle. Nobody likes to rain on the parade, but one or two people have had the temerity to point out that the bride to be has already been (ahem) a bride. The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster (the leader of Catholics in England and Wales) has tweeted his official congratulations to the royal couple, sidestepping the matter that the bride is a divorcee, but like Pope Francis—who is… Read more

Scenes of hungry angry shoppers fighting over big screen TVs are likely to show up today as Black Friday hits us once again. Its easy to see the greed and blame our materialistic culture without seeing the deeper threat. Every argument is a theological argument, and the vulgarity and futility of Black Friday reveals a philosophical-theological crisis at the heart of our culture. Its called “Materialism”. Its easy enough to see the consumerism of Black Friday and say this is… Read more

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I find it odd that all the people who are talking endlessly about mercy are oddly silent at the death of  Charles Manson. This is the problem with the sentimental approach to mercy–an approach that promotes mercy at the expense of justice and tenderness at the expense of truth. Charles Manson and other serial killers exhibit the very worst of humanity’s fallen condition, but it is these monsters of humanity that the tender hearted mercy merchants quietly ignore. What I… Read more

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