Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Romans 13 and the Persecution-Seeking Christian Whenever we ponder Christianity and government, you can almost wager some well-meaning believer will argue that we can’t expect rulers to be just because Paul actually..
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Brittle melancholies.. I’m only ten years old but there’s something in Karen Carpenter’s voice that sends me into a third heaven. I can feel sugar effervescing across my shoulders and down my arms. “White lace and promises, a kiss for luck and we’re on our way.” I don’t think I have the words, yet, to..
Why Does Roger Moore Get all the Girls? An old real estate salesman taught me everything I needed to know about equality when I was a know-nothing twenty-one year old. “Jim,” he said, “if you gave a hundred different people a million dollars, in two years, a few of them would have ten million dollars..
So today, I watched brothers and sons gather around a casket. A sister, wife, and mother had passed. I can’t say that I knew her well, or that we were close family, though we were in-law relations, and we became good Facebook friends, but the sight of her brothers bearing her casket across the green..
The War on What? Eighteen years after the fall of the World Trade Center, I find it odd that very obvious and necessary questions about Islam and the West simply can’t be publicly contemplated, for fear of offending someone in Riyadh, or Manhattan for that matter. I’m not even talking, at the outset, about terrorism..
Making little minds chirp alike. HBO’s “Big Little Lies” (Fair Use) In the second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Meryl Streep plays an ice cold, judgmental, baldly acid mother in law with an unapologetically shallow value system. (They let her play herself, in other words.) Along the way, we get to see how..
..until it’s not.. When a reasonably mild prophetic voice wonders, while decorating a wedding cake, whether the Christian owned shop needs to have some policy about sodomite weddings, I can almost guarantee someone in the bake room will say — sweetly — “let’s just say a prayer and hope that never happens; we will face..
Robe Not I inherited the massage gene from my mother, but along with it, at least 12 generations of pietist separatism of one sort or another, so spas make me nervous. I have yet to encounter a “relaxation room” (the waiting area) that achieved anything close to relaxation. You get a robe. Other people are..
Again.. There’s something about breaking an eleven year habit that focuses your attention–and it’s actually a 30 year habit if we go back to computer bulletin boards, CompuServe, AOL, Xanga, and all the rest. I was a first generation “new product heat seeker” when it comes to having long arguments with people online, and making real..