Category Archives: Social Justice

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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An Overview of Events in Haiti From the Earthquake to the Present

I think everyone remembers what happened in January of 2010 in Haiti. A massive, 7.0 magnitude earthquake occurred in the capitol city of Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas.  According to sources, this was the worst earthquake in the region in 200 years. The damage to the buildings and infrastructure was devastating. The loss of life catastrophic. Continue reading

Cutting funding to Planned Parenthood?

I did a four-part piece over at Examiner.com on Indiana’s bill that would restrict abortion access and eliminate federal funding for groups such as Planned Parenthood.  Here are links to that series for those of you who are interested in my take on those volatile issues.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

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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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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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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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What Would Christ Think of Black Friday?

This is a passage from the email newsletter I get from a United Church of God (yes, that is that heretical group that brought us the likes of Herbert W. Armstrong) publication called “Good News Magazine.”  They have some pretty nutty ideas about some stuff, but sometimes they say some things that are so right on that I have to stop and listen.  This isn’t the whole of the newsletter.  I stop before they go into their rant about how all holidays are pagan in nature and ways the devil has deceived us into worshiping him when we should be worshiping God.  Still, though, it is hard to argue with what Clyde Kilough is saying here. Continue reading

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Nothing New

One of the prerequisites for being involved with, and even becoming a member of, the church that my family has started attending is being a part of a small group.  This is a pretty common idea in the modern church, and one which I am glad has become so normal.  The idea of a church calling themselves a “church of small groups,” while cliche, is something that I applaud.  I think it more truly embodies the goal that the early church had in mind than the push to be bigger and more cutting edge and state-of-the-art that was so popular a few years back.

So, I got involved in a small group. Continue reading

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