December 18, 2018

The alliance between the LGBT folks and feminists is on the verge of destroying an American institution:  the Boy Scouts.  The organization, founded in 1910, is considering filing for bankruptcy. The organization was pressured into allowing for gay scoutmasters.  Now it is facing so many sexual abuse lawsuits that it cannot pay for all of them. Yes, the abuse cases go back to the 1960s, so the recent change of policy is not to blame, as such.  But the number… Read more

December 17, 2018

Continuing our series that began with Advent, St. Nicholas, & the Deity of Christ, reflections on the Nicene Creed, that most Christmasy of creeds, one of whose authors was reportedly St. Nicholas (a.k.a., Santa Claus). . . . The Nicene Creed stresses that Jesus Christ is “very God, of very God.”  It also stresses that He is very man, of very man. I believe. . . in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father… Read more

December 14, 2018

The Bible has always worked well with new information technology, from the printing press–which took off with Gutenberg’s Bible, Luther’s German translation, and the host of vernacular translations he inspired–to cell phones and the internet. YouVersion, one of the first apps for the iPhone, was started by a techie pastor in Edmond, Oklahoma, and his congregation took it on as a mission project.  Ten years later, it has been downloaded 350 million times, from people all across the world.  The… Read more

December 13, 2018

After what pundits described as his worst week ever, President Trump’s popularity has gone up.  According to the Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll for December 11, the percentage of voters who approve of President Trump’s job performance is 49%.  The percentage that disapproves of his job performance is also 49%.  (OK, a new Fox News poll has him at 46%, with 52% disapproving.) The Mueller investigation should soon be over.  Supporters of the president who say that the probe has… Read more

December 12, 2018

We often look for parallels between the state of our civilization and the fall of the Roman Empire.  More important than that, I have argued, are lessons from the fall of the Roman Republic, when a centuries-old constitutional order of law and liberty was thrown away for the ideal of a divinized state and an all-powerful ruler.  Also important to contemplate is the fall of the civilization of ancient Greece. That was essentially what happened with the Peloponnesian War.  The… Read more

December 11, 2018

The “Abstinence Movement or the “evangelical purity culture,” call it what you will, is getting a lot of criticism lately.  Not that its goal of saving sex for marriage isn’t commendable.  But that so many single evangelicals–as many as 80%–including many who have taken that pledge, are failing to live up to those good intentions. Lutheran writer Matthew Cochrane points out that the purity movement, which is often accompanied by formal vows, ceremonies, and even rings, bears a great deal… Read more

December 10, 2018

    Pictured above is my favorite meme of the season (HT:  Mary Moerbe).  The point is that the “real St. Nicholas” was said to be at the Council of Nicaea, where a major theme of the debate was whether Christ was “homoousios”–meaning “one substance”–with the Father, or “homoioousios”–of similar substance with the Father.  In other words, is Christ truly God, as St. Nicholas and the other orthodox bishops believed, or is He just similar to God, a very special… Read more

December 7, 2018

When Americans have a “tax revolt,” they mostly complain and express their opinion by voting.  In France, tax protesters are rioting, burning cars, smashing shops, and vandalizing the Arc de Triomphe.  But what is happening in France with the “Yellow Vest” uprising is symptomatic of larger political problems, not only in Europe but in the United States. It started back in November when French president Emmanuel Macron announced the imposition of a carbon tax on fuel designed to combat global… Read more

December 6, 2018

It’s one thing to be in a movie. But it’s even better to be of such significance that someone plays you in a movie! That has happened to a friend of mine and of my family:  the Lutheran journalist Mollie Ziegler Hemingway. She’s the one who broke the story of Kermit Gosnell, the homicidal abortionist (but I repeat myself) who murdered not only infants in the womb but infants after they were born and their mothers. The case has been… Read more

December 5, 2018

The estimable Hans Fiene, the pastor behind Lutheran Satire, puts a name to a particular and time-honored technique for violating religious liberty.  He calls it the “Babylonian trick.” In a piece published in The Federalist, entitled Twitter’s New Trans Speech Rules Emanate From Religious Extremism, Rev. Fiene discusses a new Twitter policy that would ban users who use pronouns for transgendered individuals that they do not prefer.  (That is, calling a man who identifies as a woman “he,” as opposed to “she.”)  Or… Read more

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