October 30, 2018

Josh Harris launched the “courtship movement” with his book I Kissed Dating Goodbye.  Instead of the drama and sexual temptations of dating, Harris recommended that Christian young adults find someone to marry in  a different way, including by getting the families involved. Harris’s advice has influenced a whole generation of Christian young people, many of whom got married following his advice.  But now Harris has formally recanted his book, which will soon be withdrawn from publication. Here is an excerpt… Read more

October 29, 2018

Over the last few days, someone sends pipe bombs to virtually every prominent Democrat and Trump critic.  A gunman in Pittsburgh walks into a synagogue during a Sabbath service, yelled “All Jews must die!” and kills 11 worshippers.  A man in suburban Louisville on Wednesday tried to get into a black church but found it locked, so he went to a nearby grocery store and killed a man and a woman because of their race. When news of the 14 pipe… Read more

October 26, 2018

When I was in Houston last week, my brother and I also visited the Rothko Chapel. We found it very emblematic of contemporary spirituality. Mark Rothko (1903-1970) was an abstract artist who was commissioned by Houston art collectors John and Dominique de Menil to create a “meditative space” employing his paintings.  The Rothko Chapel was completed in 1971, a year after the artist committed suicide. Described by its website as “a sacred space” open to all, for all faiths and all religions, the chapel… Read more

October 25, 2018

Last week I was in Houston.  While my wife was on an accreditation visit for the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Eduction, I visited my brother .  We continued my BBQ pilgrimage (new favorite:  Corkscrew, with brisket so tender you could eat it with a spoon).  We also went to the Bob Dylan concert at Sugarland. This was about the fifth or sixth time I’ve heard the Nobel Prize winner.  He was in remarkably good voice for a 77-year-old.  He sounded more like his… Read more

October 24, 2018

In 2015, the mayor of Atlanta fired the city’s much-decorated fire chief Kelvin Cochran.  Why?  Because the African-American firefighter had written a Bible Study in which he said that homosexuality is sinful. Chief Cochran sued the city for wrongful termination.  The case has dragged on for years, but now the city has offered a settlement, including a payment to the 30-year-veteran of $1.2 million. Even at the time, investigators agreed that the Chief had never discriminated against anyone.  They were punishing… Read more

October 23, 2018

When I was teaching, I longed to find a good anthology of classic Christian poetry.  One now exists:  The Soul in Paraphrase:  A Treasure of Classic Devotional Poems. The collection was put together by the dean of Christianity and literature scholars, Dr. Leland Ryken, who also offers the right amount of help to open up these masterpieces for contemporary readers.  Here is what I said about the anthology when I was asked to write a blurb for the project: “Some of… Read more

October 22, 2018

Imagine my surprise to see the name of Chuck Hoskin, an old family friend and fellow alumnus of Vinita High School in northeast Oklahoma, plastered all over the national media.  Actually, I learned that it was his son, Chuck Hoskin Jr., who is the Secretary of State of the Cherokee Nation and who wrote the blistering response to presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass) claim to being a Cherokee based on a D.N.A. test. Here is the official statement from… Read more

October 19, 2018

Planned Parenthood is making plans to promote abortion despite the likelihood of a pro-life Supreme Court. From Lauretta Brown, Planned Parenthood Launches New Campaign to Expand Abortion Access in Light of ‘Hostile’ Supreme Court: Planned Parenthood explained that the campaign will be a three-pronged approach. The organization will focus on expanding “services in states where abortion is likely to remain legal and accessible, and invest in technology and other resources to help people living in hostile states access abortion.” They… Read more

October 18, 2018

Great Britain has its own Christian bakers who refused to bake a cake in support of the LGBT cause.  And has happened in the American case, the Supreme Court of the land ruled in favor of the baker’s religious liberty.  But the British case is somewhat different. The Christian owners of Ashers Baking Company [see Genesis 49:20] in Belfast, Northern Ireland, refused to bake a cake featuring Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie for the International Day Against Homophobia.  On… Read more

October 17, 2018

We have blogged about how still-communist China is seeking to co-opt and control the Christian churches that, despite persecution, are growing like wildfire.  The plan is to cultivate and require a distinctly “Chinese” form of Christianity.  We now have details about what that will look like. According to the Chinese Christian dissident Rev. Bob Fu, the 5-year plan will include new editions and translations of the Bible that will incorporate Buddhist and Confucian teachings; a requirement that crosses be accompanied… Read more

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