Musings on 1.7 billion dollars, spirited debates, and Toto

Founding Fathers

I have two reflections on 2012 election season as I’m pacing back and forth like a caged panther waiting for results to come in:Musing #1: Far too much money was spent campaigning by both parties. There must be at least 1.7 billion ways to better spend $1.7 billion dollars. Think of how helpful those dollars would have been to Sandy’s victims, or to those researching pediatric brain cancer, or to organizations such as International Justice Mission or Compassion International. I’m telling you, … [Read more...]

“Your Pension Is Bigger Than Mine”

debate

“I don't look at my pension...it's not as big as yours.” – President ObamaI enjoy debates, but that comment last night irks me on many levels. We are in big trouble as a nation when we attach significance, worth, and sense of superiority to being either rich or poor.The Prosperity Gospel (God wants you to give you more wealth than others have) is venom spit from the mouth of the snake. But so is Liberation Theology (God wants us to redistribute wealth so that everyone has an equal amoun … [Read more...]

Does Big Government Make Neighbors Superfluous?

Food stamps verses neighbors

I’d rather have a homemade loaf of bread from my neighbor than a loaf of whole grain Wonder bread from the Government. One type of care has a federal stamp on it. The other has a heart beating within it.We talk about whether we want “big government” or “small government” as if we’re talking about what carpet to put in our living room. But the issue could not be more personal. I realize that government controlled social programs are complex, nuanced issues, but I think we need to look at what … [Read more...]

Biola, 1st Amendment, and the Affordable Care Act

Focus on Liberty

Sdrawkcab. Oops, I mean, backwards. That’s how our government is interpreting and handling the First Amendment with the Affordable Care Act. To be specific, the mandate that “most new and renewed health plans” are now required to cover without cost sharing “all FDA-approved forms of contraception” has forced many religious organizations into an impossible situation—ironically, a situation that the First Amendment was designed to protect them from.The First Amendment of the Constitution was de … [Read more...]

Hmmmm…A Sportsman Vice President

Sportsman VP

In three months we might have a sportsman for our vice president, and that thought thrills me.But I’m aware that it confuses many. Those who don’t hunt and fish tend to struggle with those who do. A man asked me two weeks ago, “Doesn’t it bother you that your favorite sports involve taking lives?"That’s a fair question, and because a sportsman has now been thrust into the political spotlight, I’d like to present a few thoughts about this odd activity that many of us enjoy. … [Read more...]


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