Category Archives: Politics

Book Review: Holy Terror by Mel White

ImageThere are a lot of topics that stir up a lot of controversy, but none so much in this moment than homosexuality. And paying a pivotal role in the discussion of this touchy subject is, or should be, Mel White’s 2006 book Holy Terror: Lies the Christian Right Tells Us to Deny Gay Equality.

In this well-documented treatise, White goes into painstaking detail about the work being done by some prominent conservative Christian leaders to curtail the constitutional rights of the GLBT community. And as the ghostwriter at one time for the likes of Jerry Falwell and Billy Graham, he is privy to insider information that most of us would have no knowledge of. We can be greatly indebted to him for bringing some of these things to light, even if we come away in disagreement with his stance and lifestyle. Continue reading

Even At Chic-Fil-A, Dead Works Are Still Dead

ImageUnless you have been living in a cave for the past couple of weeks, you are well aware of the controversy that Chic-fil-A has been generating in response to their owner’s comments in support of traditional marriage and Christian family values. Mike Huckabee even created an event in the fast food chain’s honor, asking supporters to flock to their local venues and literally “eat mor chikn.”  Continue reading

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Egypt, Islam, and Nonviolence: A brief clarification and a comment

This morning’s USAToday has brought some more information regarding the ongoing issues facing the Egyptian people in light of the stepping down of their government and subsequent movement toward a more free and democratic state.  One story this morning included an interview with the group who sort of spearheaded the protests, “April 6,” who is going today to speak with the military about some demands, one of which is the cutting off of oil shipments to Israel.  If they don’t get these demands, they will be calling on people to take to the streets again.

In light this I want to clarify something and then make a lesser-related comment. Continue reading

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Egypt, Islam, and Nonviolence

I am taking a pause in the Romans series to make a couple comments about the events that have recently transpired in Egypt.  In just a matter of a couple of weeks, a country went from being under the oppressive rule of a totalitarian regime to being free of that leadership and on the road toward a new era in her history.  I am going to say it right now: I am proud of the Egyptian people.  They have stood against tyranny and won.  We don’t know where things are headed, only God does, but we can say with certainty that Egypt, and, for that matter, the rest of the Arab world, will never be the same.

I am also proud of Mubarak.  Despite being a dictator and a tyrant and guilty of stifling freedom, he has shown, I believe, his true colors.  At first, he was going to stand his ground and keep his word.  But, in the face of overwhelming opposition to his continued presence, even after he relinquished all power to his vice president, he was wise enough to admit that this was one promise not worth keeping.  When it comes down to it, despite everything, he left with his dignity somewhat intact and, I think, even gained some respect from the people of Egypt.  He is to be commended for that.

In all of this, though, there is one thing that the talking heads seem to be ignoring.  It is something that I am surprised that even the American Islamic community is not being more vocal about.  And it is that that I want to spend a couple moments talking about. Continue reading

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Gays Kill Countries

One of the rallying cries of, particularly, political Conservatives is that the legitimization of the homosexual lifestyle and the legalization of gay marriages ultimately leads to the downfall of a nation.  Or, in the words of Pat Buchanan,

If this country accepts the idea that homosexual liaisons are the same as traditional marriage, which is a God-ordained building block of society, this country is on the road to hell in a handbasket. Continue reading

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Social Justice or Spiritual Regeneration

The web is abuzz with the recent comments made by Glenn beck in regards to churches that preach “social justice” and “economic justice.”  His assertion that these are “code words” for communism and Nazism have ignited a debate on a topic that the modern church has been mired in for at least 100 years.  The debate became in vogue again when the Emergent Church flashed on the scene and called Christians to show that they were Christians by not only what they believed but also by what they did.  Brian McLaren championed the call to couple “orthopraxy” with our orthodoxy.

The debate as a whole is one that, as Albert Mohler states, all “serious-minded” Christians need to consider.  I agree wholeheartedly.  If we really want to understand our faith and really want to see ourselves as a part of historical Christianity, we must come to terms with where we stand in the debate.  Historically, sadly, these are the sorts of things that have divided the church.  And they are threatening to again, thanks to Glenn Beck, Jim Wallis, and the Christian community as a whole. Continue reading

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Global Warming and Human Responsibility

It’s all over the news again: that super-divisive topic of Global Warming.  This week, evidence was presented that showed that there had been no warming since 1895.  And the Snowpocalypse has not helped prove Global warming either.  Then again, there are those claiming large snowfalls DO prove Global Warming.  So, the deniers are in full swing and, as a result, Scientists and pundits and lobbyists are fighting again about whether or not humans are responsible. Continue reading

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It’s Not Just “Them”

As I have been considering the lack of Spirit within the Emerging Church conversation, I have taken some time to check out some of the Emerging websites that I used to frequent and I have noticed something really interesting: there’s absolutely nothing going on.  One of the sites hasn’t had a new post since at least the beginning of November.  And that site used to be pretty cool and had a lot of interesting stuff on it, but if you look back over the archived homepages, you find less and less content until today when…well…there’s nothing new.

I think this is symptomatic of the greater issue within the movement of the lack of the Holy Spirit playing an active role.  But I’ve noticed the same trend, in a generalized sense, within the Christian community as a whole.  It seems the edginess of Gospel presentation is just gone.  Continue reading

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Oh, Jesus….

When I go to church and am listening to the sermon, I have this bad habit of reading the passage being preached from.  I know, I know.  I should just turn off my brain, go into a meditative state and just accept the message being given.  But sometimes I can’t.  Sometimes something in the passage just catches my eye and my mind immediately latches on and I can’t let go of it.  That is what happened this morning as the guest speaker was sharing from the parable of the good Samaritan. Continue reading

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