October 8, 2018

Democrats surely realized that they would be held to the same standards they applied to Brett Kavanaugh.  But the question arises, were the politicians who opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation really interested in the cause of the #MeToo movement or were they just using sexual assault accusations for their political purposes? Democrats have a rather large non-GOP elephant in their room.  Do they #BelieveAllWomen when it comes to Bill Clinton’s accusers, who bring with them far more evidence than Kavanaugh’s accusers did? … Read more

October 5, 2018

The Lutheran Church of Australia at its triennial convention voted “no” on women’s ordination. This was the fourth time the issue was brought up (also in 2000, 2006 and 2015).  Last time, the measure failed by only 13 votes.  This time the margin was much larger. An earlier pastors’ conference voted it down, but the general convention makes the decision.  It is dominated by laypeople–I believe with 2/3 lay delegates and 1/3 pastors  (someone correct me if I have that wrong)–and… Read more

October 5, 2018

  UPDATE:  Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate and has been sworn in as a Justice in the Supreme Court.  Democrats vowed to impeach him if they take over Congress and the Senate in the November elections. The Brett Kavanaugh hearings exemplify post-modern politics at its worst.  Two opposing sides were presented, both with a sense of emotional authenticity.  But which one spoke the truth, and how can we tell?  Christine Ford presented no evidence for her accusation, and… Read more

October 4, 2018

How did America get to be so polarized?  Why are Americans so disunified and our politics so vicious?  Why are we so angry with each other?   One word:  ABORTION. So says Michael Barone, with input from Ross Douthat.  “If Roe v. Wade had never been decided,” Barone writes, “if the Supreme Court had just declined to hear cases challenging the constitutionality of abortion bans, levels of partisan polarization would not be anything like what we see around us.” Far from… Read more

October 3, 2018

Researchers have been combining human DNA with that of mice.  The goal of generating these “chimeras” was to give the mice a human immune system.  Doing this required the use of fetal tissue that comes from aborted children.  This project was funded by tax dollars.  Not as a grant to some mad scientist but as a project of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which contracted with a company that trafficks in this grisly trade.  But now that pro-life groups… Read more

October 2, 2018

In the course of our excellent Bible study of Job–I never realized how evangelical, how focused on justification, that book is–we went down a side road on Bible translation.  Pastor Moerbe had us look at John 3:3, in which Jesus tells Nicodemus that no one can see the kingdom of God without being “born again.”  The word in Greek is ánōthen (ἄνωθεν.) The word derives from ánō (ἄνω), meaning “above.”  It literally and most usually means “from above,” as in describing the… Read more

October 2, 2018

President Trump has accomplished his goal of replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new trade pact between the United States, Mexico, and Canada.  It will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA).  The deal not only provides for freer and fairer trade, while preserving the huge North American market, but it also includes significant labor and environmental provisions. For example, it requires a bit percentage of autoworkers to make at least $16 per hour.  That’s three times… Read more

October 1, 2018

“By any means necessary.”  This phrase, originating with Jean-Paul Sartre and made famous by Malcolm X, has become a slogan for the hard left.  It now has wider currency.  I heard it last weekend from a sportscaster.  It even has an acronymn, BAMN, that you’ll see on lots of protest signs.  “By any means necessary” means that the end justifies the means, that the goal–racial justice, women’s liberation, gay rights, the revolution, etc.–is of such importance and all-commanding moral significance… Read more

September 28, 2018

Martin Luther invented universal education–for boys and girls of all social classes–and he started institutions to provide it.  Ever since, Protestantism has promoted education–among the urban poor of the 19th century, on the mission fields, and in Christian schools today.  Now a British researcher has found that this Protestant emphasis on education is a cultural influence that persists to this day, even in seemingly secularized societies.  He found that countries with a Protestant background continue to have higher education rates… Read more

September 27, 2018

The Atlantic has an article about the growing use of yoga in the curriculum of public schools, even though some people are against it.  The implication is that doing yoga for gym class is “progressive” and that the opposition consists mostly of Christians who are worried that the Hindu practice conflicts with their religious beliefs.  But if schools are prohibited from including Christian practices why aren’t they prohibited from including practices from other religions? From Alia Wong, Why Schools Are Banning… Read more

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