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America, the Beautiful

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

The Pledge of Allegiance and Standing for the National Anthem are necessary and wholesome public rituals. We celebrate the house that shelters us, even as we strive to repair and restore it.

Gold_rush2016(113of121)I live in a very beautiful place, with a fair amount of history attached to it, so when I had (more…)


Why Men and Women Shouldn’t Lecture Each Other About Sex

..with free advice to women on the subject of being irresistible

At age 56, having raised six kids, having been married happily to the same woman for 28 years, having endured the 1980s dating scene, (and even a toxic gauntlet of man-killing feminist Stanford coeds),  having come back to Christ, having studied God’s word, I’ve come to this startling conclusion about men and (more…)

Christianity and the Election of 2016

People wonder why I attend a house church.  Isn’t it obvious?

dt3Blogger Matt Walsh is upset with Christians in South Carolina, for voting Donald Trump in big numbers, but we should all ask ourselves the question:  why would we expect anything else?  Why would we expect self-identified Christians to be sophisticated policy thinkers? Why (more…)

Global Conversion

Most of us have a belief system, and most of wish the whole world shared our particular version of reality, but brute force can’t be the way we convert.  Islam has to answer for itself–or face the consequences.

I don’t think I know an evangelical Christian who doesn’t have big plans for world missions.  Christians hope for an entire world able to hear (more…)

Sharing My Failures

failedWe’re enduring, in America, another populist love affair with socialism, or “democratic Socialism,” as Bernie Sanders defines it, where the old fella seems to admit the government may not be able to manufacture working dishwashers, but it can, somehow, guarantee the lifestyle of the middle class.  Hillary Clinton joined in the chorus and (more…)

Killing Us Nicely

When Baptist Academics Look Like Perfume Ladies..

I have high standards for Christians.  I expect them to be able to think their way through the consequences of their actions, employing a Biblical world view.  I expect a Christian college to be a kind of “city on a hill,” and that means, that when repugnant ideas are discussed, they are thoroughly trashed.  If Bernie (more…)

More Failure, Please..

I’m not sure why, but I’m conscious of failure lately: the big ministry dude you’ve been quoting for years as a kind of model, flies off to Jamaica with the church secretary; another pastor makes a judgment call you just can’t defend and when you express reservations, you suffer pitch-fork wounds and a good tarring from his followers; a two-decade marriage fails (more…)

The Calming

In 1961, John Cheever wrote a hilarious, and sad, story called “The Chimera,” about a dutiful husband who made his wife breakfast in bed every morning. However well executed the meal, she had something to complain about. After setting down her breakfast one morning, she blurts out words to this effect,”how long must I put up with being served breakfast in bed (more…)