November 8, 2007

So TV-preacherPat Robertson endorses Giuliani, pro-death and pro-gay though he be. And fundamentalist spokesman Bob Jones endorses Mitt Romney, though a Mormon. It appears that at least some leaders of the Christian social conservative political movement do not much care about the “Christian” part or the “social conservative” part. Or is going for pure power a sign of political and theological maturity for Christian activists? Read more

November 8, 2007

For those of you who consider yourself too cool for polka, I offer here a battle rap smackdown between Martin Luther and Pope Leo X. Yo. (This is by students from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. Caution: some bad language and irreverence in church.) “> Read more

November 7, 2007

The first Baby Boomer filed for social security last month, the beginning of a generational coup summed up by satirist P. J. O’Rourke as “Give us all your money.” Fellow Baby Boomer O’Rourke is gleefully talking about my ge-generation and how it will commit youthanasia. A sample from the article, which deserves to be read completely: [After gloating about how young taxpayers will be paying the bill for all of our white water rafting excursions, world travel, and medical bills…. Read more

November 7, 2007

Thanks to Bob Waters at Watersblogged! for putting me on to this. I’d like to learn more about the creators of this little work of art: Read more

November 7, 2007

The presidential candidate with the most solidly conservative credentials and positions has to be Duncan Hunter. Why aren’t conservatives rallying around him? Should they? Does anyone have any insights about this particular candidate? Read more

November 6, 2007

I am taking no position on the writers’ strike that is sending late-night comedy shows into re-runs and halting some Hollywood productions. I will just draw your attention to a group that usually receives no attention, though they are the creative source of what makes money for the famous people. Jay Leno is not funny of himself. He does not make up his jokes. He delivers them well, which is to his credit, but his jokes are made-up by writers…. Read more

November 6, 2007

The candidate who is arguably injecting the most Christianity into his campaign–trumpeting his religiosity in every speech, asking what would Jesus do as a basis for public policy, and mixing the spiritual and the temporal kingdoms–is John Eaves, running for governor in Mississippi. He is a Democrat. Mr. Eaves says, “I am a Democrat because I am a Christian.” He is pro-life, anti-gay marriage, and conservative on other social issues. But what makes him a Democrat is his stance against… Read more

November 6, 2007

There are many permutations of where a person can stand politically. Texas congressman Ron Paul, who has just raised a boatload of money, is running for the GOP presidential nomination as a socially-conservative, pro-life libertarian. He is anti-Iraq war and anti-illegal immigration. He is a champion of civil liberties and of limited government. He believes that the government should do nothing that is not specified in the constitution. And he is an active, conservative Christian, raised as an ELCA Lutheran… Read more

November 5, 2007

Well, evil won over good in the Patriot’s victory over the Colts, so Western civilization is doomed, but we already knew that. Meanwhile, the Packers have the same record as the Colts, with Brett Favre enjoying a remarkable second wind in his stellar career. As an Oklahoma Sooner, I am proud of how team-alumnus Adrian Peterson broke the NFL single-gamerushing record by pouring on 296 yards for the Vikings, and this as a mere rookie! Another ex-Sooner distinguishing himself is… Read more

November 5, 2007

I observed, as an outsider and a guest, a congregational voters’ meeting that was trying to decide whether to call as their school’s principal a pastor or a teacher. Strangely missing from the discussion was the doctrine of vocation. A member asked me to blog about this, so as to solicit my readers’ famous insights. An earlier version of this post gave my views, but I decided to cut them out for now. What do you think? In light of… Read more

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