September 20, 2023

    What if I were to say, “The wealth we (generic plural again) in the West have attained is largely immoral (unbiblical) and is closely tied to the work of the Beast!?” NB: Before I proceed, I want to acknowledge that I too am guilty of being in bed with the Beast. What I intend to write in this and upcoming posts includes my journey of realizing my own complicity in allying with the Beast. In my last post,... Read more

September 18, 2023

Not sure about you, but I am always curious as to how the letters of Paul were received by the people to whom they were written. Consider Paul’s letter to the Galatians. He calls them out, “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you” (Gal 3:1). I wonder what did they do with this? I suspect that many may have had a visceral reaction. After all, isn’t it human nature to react defensively when someone comes on this strong against us?... Read more

September 11, 2023

In a previous post, I briefly commented on the banking industry’s practices of charging excessive interest rates. I suspect that very few of you were overly irritated by what I noted. However, I wish that you were infuriated. The story of Robin Hood exposes the abusive practices of those in power and how their wealth is at the expense of the poor. Unfortunately, our society today does exactly the same thing. So much for the notion that we have evolved... Read more

September 4, 2023

In a previous post, I asked if Robin Hood was a hero or a criminal. The fact is that we all believe he is a hero—even if we don’t approve of his methods. At the same time, I do not doubt that some Christians might argue that Robin Hood was a criminal. After all, he was a thief. Therefore, one may argue that Robin Hood and Jesus (he worked on the Sabbath) were lawbreakers. It is my conviction, however, that... Read more

August 28, 2023

The Gospel of John ends with the statement, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25). The statement is an admission there were many more things that Jesus did but John doesn’t have the space or time to tell us about them. This raises the question as to why John included the stories... Read more

August 21, 2023

I got an offer from a credit card company the other day. For some reason I looked at it—I usually tear them in half and round file them—and what I noticed was appalling: once the initial offer of 0% interest expires the annual APR was 29%. WHAT? That is criminal! Not only that but, this ridiculously excessive interest rate flagrantly violates the biblical injunction against charging interest: “If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, you... Read more

August 14, 2023

Was Robin Hood a good guy or a criminal? Why is it that we cheer for Robin Hood and his band of merry men and against the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham? After all, was not Robin Hood a thief? Did he not break the commandment—“Thou shall not steal”? Les Miserable: Was Jean Valjean and the priest’s actions worthy of criminal prosecution? You likely know the story of Jean Valjean in the acclaimed Les Miserable. He was a crook—well he stole... Read more

August 7, 2023

Florida has been making the news once again as its board of education approved a curriculum for middle school students that affirms that slaves benefitted from their enslavement: after all, the new curriculum suggests, they gained many useful skills such as carpentry and the like. In Israel, the Israeli Education Ministry has barred the Parents’ Circle Family Forum from giving presentations in Israeli schools. The Parents’ Circle Families Forum (PCFF) website describes the group as, “a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization of... Read more

July 31, 2023

I grew up in the US public school system where we said the Pledge of Allegiance every day. I now wonder if we really meant it. I noted in my last post that I did a Google search on, “Why Christians should not practice social justice” and I was deeply grieved. One of the hits this search produced was of a post that had a long list of allegedly “unanswerable” questions, which the author was posing for those who advocate... Read more

July 24, 2023

So, I did a Google search on “Why Christians should not do social justice” and, yes, I was grieved at the results. Folks, what do you think the 10 Commandments are about? I’ll tell you: They are about creating a just society. Heaven and Earth Let me begin by starting at ground zero: the resurrection of Christ is one of the cardinal doctrines of the Church (1 Cor 15:3-8). In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul notes that Jesus’ resurrection is “the... Read more

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