August 30, 2019

If homophobia is the disapproval and fear of homosexuality, we now also have what we could term heterophobia, the disapproval and fear of heterosexuality. Marcie Bianco, writing for NBC news, no less, has written an article on dancer Julianne Hough’s declaration that she is “not straight” and pop singer Miley Cyrus leaving her husband for another woman.  From this celebrity news, she generalizes about all women, further generalizing about all men, lumping them together with Jeffrey Epstein and the mass shooters. … Read more

August 29, 2019

Bernie Sanders says that the socialism he favors is the freedom-loving, pro-business, we’re-all-in-this-together welfare state of Scandinavia.  But lately he and other leftists working to seize power are showing their true stripes as hard-core Marxist haters of not only capitalism but capitalists. Bernie Sanders, sounding like an actual socialist, now says that he wants to nationalize the energy industry.  Not only that, he says that he will file criminal charges against oil executives. On what charge?  “Fossil fuel executives should be… Read more

August 28, 2019

David Gelertner–a mathematician, an important computer scientist, a full professor at Yale–has announced that he no longer accepts Darwinism. Gelertner, who was seriously injured by the Unabomber terrorist, said that he was influenced by three books:  Stephen Meyer’s Darwin’s Doubt (which he calls “one of the most important books in a generation”); David Klinghoffer’s Debating Darwin’s Doubt; and David Berlinski, The Deniable Darwin. Gelertner is not a Christian (he is Jewish), he does not accept the literal creation account in… Read more

August 28, 2019

When we were in Australia earlier this summer, I did a couple of interviews for Kairos, the video channel of Josh Pfeiffer, one of the pastors of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Adelaide. In one of them, I was uncharacteristically personal, telling about my spiritual journey from Mainline liberal Protestantism to “mere Christianity” to evangelicalism to a flirtation with Calvinism to confessional Lutheranism. I refer to these things only broadly in my writings, but the details are not generally known.  Though I… Read more

August 27, 2019

CNN’s John Blake has written a provocative piece arguing that Donald Trump has done more for the Progressive cause than Barack Obama.  But this is a back-handed compliment.  The left-leaning journalist praises Trump for discrediting conservatism and for creating a radical resistance. From John Blake, Trump is doing what Obama couldn’t: Some Democratic voters are looking for a candidate who can restore the optimism of the Obama era. But what if the progressive champion they’re looking for is already sitting in… Read more

August 27, 2019

Planned Parenthood has been making some $60 million a year from Title X, the federal program that gives “family planning” services–contraceptives, pregnancy tests, sexually-transmitted-disease testing–to low-income women.  But Planned Parenthood will no longer receive Title X money. The Trump administration had issued new rules requiring that organizations getting Title X money may not provide abortion referrals.  Organizations could still take part in the program if they separated their Title X activities from any subsidiaries that were involved with abortion. Planned… Read more

August 26, 2019

Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias offered a terrific answer to questions about sexual morality. He was asked in an interview about the hardest questions he is asked about the Christian faith.  Zacharias said that he used to be asked factual-type questions about whether or not God exists, creation vs. evolution, whether the Bible is true, etc.  [That would reflect the modernist preoccupation with rational truth.]  Today, though, he says, “the questions are more existential.” Why do I exist?  What’s the purpose… Read more

August 25, 2019

Crossway is holding a sale on the e-book of Family Vocation:  God’s Calling in Marriage, Parenting and Childhood, the book I wrote with my daughter, Mary Moerbe.  All this week, you can buy it for only $3.99. Today when we hear about “vocation” and even the “doctrine of vocation,” we think of the work that we do to make a living.  But when the Bible talks about it–as well as Martin Luther who brought this teaching back into importance–the major emphasis… Read more

August 23, 2019

Do you think President Trump will be re-elected?  I’m not asking right now if he should be re-elected or if you want him to be re-elected.  I’m asking what you think his prospects are. Most rank-and-file Democrats seem to be worried that he will be re-elected, so “electability”–anyone who can defeat Trump–is a big factor in which candidate they will support in the primary.  This is why Joe Biden currently has such a big lead, even though many Democrats would… Read more

August 22, 2019

Beliefs have become the new status symbol.  You don’t have to act on those beliefs in order to display your high social status.  You just have to signal your acceptance of those beliefs. So observes Rob Henderson in ‘Luxury beliefs’ are the latest status symbol for rich Americans. In the past, upper-class Americans used to display their social status with luxury goods. Today, they do it with luxury beliefs. People care a lot about social status. In fact, research indicates that… Read more

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