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

October 16, 2018

Some churches teach that gay marriage, abortion, and other violations of traditional morality are not wrong at all.  One might wonder, how can they do that?  Certainly, non-Christians and churches that are so liberal that they don’t believe in the authority of the Bible at all don’t have a problem with making up their own morality.  Most churches, though, want to keep at least some connection to the Bible and to historical Christianity.  So how do they rationalize their departures… Read more

October 15, 2018

The doctrine of vocation has been catching on.  There is now something called the “Faith and Work movement,” with think tanks, publications, and programs designed to show Christians the connection between the two. (The founder of at least one of these think tanks told me that my book on vocation, God at Work, was the catalyst for his interest in the subject, which I appreciated.)  But this movement may have drifted away from the specific insights that the great theologian… Read more

October 12, 2018

Depression is enormously common.  So are other mental travails.  Christians who are going through the valley of the shadow of death, as it were, should not think that these tribulations mean that there is something wrong with their faith or that God has cast them away.  In fact, some of the greatest saints have gone through these dark nights of the soul; for example, Mother Teresa (a.k.a., St. Teresa of Calcutta), Martin Luther, C. F. W. Walther. Lutheran Witness issue… Read more

October 11, 2018

  A Trump official is being raked over the coals for what he did in the third grade when he was 8 years old. Remember our discussion Are Adults Still Responsible for What They Did as Minors?  That was occasioned by Brett Kavanaugh being accused for things he did as a high school student.  I asked how far back we should go in unearthing bad behavior that adults should still be held responsible for.  I raised some hypothetical cases, including… Read more

October 11, 2018

Just a few days ago, Michael was just a tropical storm out in the gulf.  With great speed, it turned into a monster and headed right to the mainland.  Lord, have mercy!  (Storms always remind me of the wrath of God.) I hope those of you in its path have evacuated in time and that your property will be intact when you can go back. The winds reached 155 m.p.h., making Hurricane Michael one of the biggest to hit our… Read more

October 10, 2018

Netflix has announced  an exclusive deal with the C. S. Lewis estate to film the Chronicles of Narnia.  The plans include both series and feature films. From the Netflix announcement: Netflix will develop new series and film projects based on C.S. Lewis’ beloved The Chronicles of Narnia series. Under the terms of a multi-year deal between Netflix and The C.S. Lewis Company, Netflix will develop classic stories from across the Narnia universe into series and films for its members worldwide. All series… Read more

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