February 15, 2019

We are now in a state of national emergency in order to build President Trump’s wall. Congress refused to appropriate money to build President Trump’s promised wall on the border between the United States and Mexico even when both houses of the legislature were under Republican control.  Now that the House of Representatives is in the hand of the Democrats there seemed to be little chance of getting a wall approved.  A standoff on the issue led to a government… Read more

February 15, 2019

Again, Rev. A. Trevor Sutton, the co-author with me of Authentic Christianity:  How Lutheran Theology Speaks to a Postmodern World,  is studying the relationship between technology and theology.  He has written an article published in the Winter 2019 issue of the Concordia Journal on the topic of social media and justification. People used to anguish over the question of their righteousness and their standing before God.  Though many still do, since this is the crucial question of our existence, people today tend to… Read more

February 14, 2019

  Rev. A. Trevor Sutton, the co-writer with me of Authentic Christianity:  How Lutheran Theology Speaks to a Postmodern World,  is working on a doctorate in which he is studying the relationship between technology and theology.  He has written some interesting articles lately that I wanted to pass along. In Mr. Zuckerberg, Meet Martin Luther, he applies the doctrine of vocation to Silicon Valley.  Like the “Robber Barons” of the Gilded Age, the tycoons of Silicon Valley have been both lauded for… Read more

February 14, 2019

The Roman Catholic Church has been shaken by revelations of rampant sexual abuse among its clergy.  Now the Southern Baptist Church is being shaken by a similar scandal. The Houston Chronicle has uncovered 380 church workers–pastors, but also youth ministers, Sunday School teachers, and other volunteers–who have been charged with sexual misconduct over the last 20 years.  That list includes 250 who were charged with sex crimes, including rape, sexual assault, and child molestation. The investigation found some 700 victims. … Read more

February 13, 2019

The Democratic primary is being conducted in a new climate, that of identity politics, intersectionality, and the necessity to be “woke” (that is, to be sensitive to every nuance of privilege and oppression). Thus we are already seeing from nearly every candidate a ritual of apology and self-abnegation.  Despite her status as progressive icon, Elizabeth Warren is in trouble for falsely presenting herself as a Native American and thereby appropriating someone else’s culture.  Tulsi Gabbard is having to repent for… Read more

February 12, 2019

  At the Pope’s recent visit to Abu Dhabi, he and the Muslim Grand Imam of al-Azhar signed a document entitled “A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.”  Among other things, it said this: The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. . . This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the… Read more

February 11, 2019

Concordia Publishing House has a good blog going, with sections titled worship, read, study, teach, and serve. I came across a post by Mason Vieth (no relation!), who quoted Luther’s commentary on the Christmas text in Luke.  He considers this verse:  “And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12).  How are the manger and the swaddling clothes “a sign”?  What do they signify?  And Luther brings it around… Read more

February 11, 2019

As virtually every declared Democratic candidate for president has pledged fealty to the Green New Deal, questions have arisen as to what it actually calls for. When conservative TV host Tucker Carlson interviewed an advisor to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) about the proposal’s provision to given a guaranteed income to those “unwilling to work,” the advisor denied that it was in there.  He claimed that Carlson was referencing a false version of the document.  Some Democrats said that the parts… Read more

February 8, 2019

Sam Anderson is a writer for the New York Times Magazine who came to Oklahoma City to write about the curious story of the town’s NBA team, the OKC Thunder–how an unlikely place like Oklahoma City managed to score an NBA team; how to account for its extraordinarily rapid success; the dynamic of the team’s contrasting stars; etc.  But then Anderson got pulled into the vortex of Oklahoma City as a whole, finding that the whole city now and throughout… Read more

February 7, 2019

Medicare for all!  Free college for all!  A guaranteed job for all!  Such proposals are firing up progressive Democrats.  Such promises appeal to lots of voters, maybe enough to win the White House and the government as a whole.  Maybe the progressive agenda could become a reality! But there is the matter of how much it would cost and how to pay for it. David Weinberger at the Federalist brings up a little-noticed article on the subject from last August in Vox,… Read more

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