June 11, 2021

In his sermon, “Learning in War-Time,” C. S. Lewis stated: “Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.” For Christians seeking to influence our secular culture, this often entails utilizing secular arguments for spiritual ends. For example, consider the growing movement to legalize prostitution. Oregon’s House Judiciary Committee is currently considering a bill that would decriminalize so-called “sex work.” The ACLU has come out in support of this movement. When Vice President… Read more

June 10, 2021

Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper was eighteen years old when she took vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. She spent the next fifty-nine years of her life dedicated to the Roman Catholic Church. In 1990, she became principal of St. James Catholic School, continuing in this role for twenty-eight years. When she retired in 2018, the archdiocese conducted a financial review of the school for the new principal. It discovered that the nun had embezzled at least $835,339 over the course… Read more

June 9, 2021

“I love all of my students, but I will never lie to them, regardless of the consequences. I’m a teacher, but I serve God first, and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa, because it’s against my religion.” Byron “Tanner” Cross spoke these words at a Loudoun County, Virginia, school board hearing on May 25. He was discussing two proposed transgender policies. Cross is a Christian and a physical education teacher at… Read more

June 8, 2021

It is a sign of our times that what was once shocking is becoming less so every day. For example, a Scottish teachers union is promoting a play depicting Jesus Christ as transgender in celebration of Pride Month. The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven has evoked protests wherever it has been performed, but supporters insist on going forward. We have come to expect assaults on our faith from our fallen culture. But when the attacks come from within,… Read more

June 7, 2021

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced yesterday that their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor had been born on Friday. She is Queen Elizabeth’s eleventh great-grandchild. Bringing a child into our fallen world has always been an act of faith. Today is no exception. In Pakistan, dozens of passengers were killed this morning when two trains collided. Officials are working to rescue at least seventeen people who remain trapped. People were leaving a graduation party in southern Florida yesterday when one… Read more

June 4, 2021

Like many Americans, I grew up eating Kellogg’s cereals. Apple Jacks, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, Raisin Bran, and Special K were regular parts of breakfast in my home. When our sons were children, they became as familiar with them as I was. Their children, however, are growing up in a very different world. Kellogg’s recently made this announcement: “Kellogg Company’s Latest Collaboration with GLAAD Unwraps Why ‘Boxes Are for Cereal, Not for People.’” Their statement includes the assertion: “No matter… Read more

June 3, 2021

Benjamin Netanyahu has been prime minister of Israel since 2009. He previously served three terms as prime minister in the 1990s. Now it appears that his time in office may be over. In what is being called “a seismic event in Israeli politics,” Mr. Netanyahu’s rivals announced yesterday the creation of a coalition government that would replace him. Yair Lapid, who leads the centrist Yesh Atid party, and Naftali Bennett, who heads the right-wing Yamina party, will team up with… Read more

June 2, 2021

Mother Violet Fletcher was seven years old when the Tulsa Race Massacre began. At a recent event, she described what happened to her. “I still remember all the shooting and running,” she said. “People being killed. Crawling and seeing smoke. Seeing airplanes flying and a messenger going through the neighborhood telling all the Black people to leave town.” Then she stopped speaking. Even after one hundred years, the memories of that horrible day can still overwhelm her. As another sign… Read more

June 1, 2021

On May 30, 1921, a young Black man entered an elevator in downtown Tulsa. At one point he was alone with its white female operator. It’s unclear what happened next, but the operator screamed and the man fled the scene. He was arrested the next day. Rumors spread through Tulsa’s white community. A story published in the Tulsa Tribune on May 31 claimed that the man had attempted to rape the woman. An angry white mob gathered in front of… Read more

May 31, 2021

B. J. Thomas died Saturday of complications from lung cancer. He became famous with country and pop crossover hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.” However, he fell into a spiral of substance abuse that nearly ended his marriage. On January 28, 1976, he gave his life to Jesus, less than a month after his wife came to faith. He and his wife reconciled, and he was sober to… Read more

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