Threading The #MeToo Needle

Should the church get on board with the #MeToo movement?

“We need to make it easier for vulnerable people to report abuse. We need to make the process less biased towards the rich, the powerful and the established. But. We need to maintain a concern for evidence and due process. And in the church we need to believe in the possibility of repentance, change, growth... Continue Reading

BreakPoint: Euthanasia and Its Victims

From “Right to Die” to “Duty to Die”

“To ensure the patient’s compliance, the doctor gave her coffee spiked with a sedative.” When that proved insufficient and the woman recoiled from the looming needle, he “asked family members to hold her down.” Finally, “After 15 minutes were spent by the doctor trying to find a vein, the lethal infusion flowed.”   Ideas have... Continue Reading

It’s About Time

The second hand sweeps across the face, gobbling up moments like an arcade game, hungrily devouring precious seconds with an insatiable appetite.

The matter is time itself. The time allotted. The days ordained. The life has been spanned, traversed with aplomb or angst, likely both, at different times or perhaps together. Life is not linear, never one act, the drama playing itself out on different stages, ourselves the actor on each, and the acted upon.   We... Continue Reading

Christian Wedding Cake Baker Wins Calif. Court Battle

Tastries Bakery owner Cathy Miller's freedom of speech "outweighs" the state of California's interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace, says Judge David R. Lampe.

“The difference here is that the cake in question is not yet baked. The State is not petitioning the court to order defendants to sell a cake,” Lampe wrote. “The State asks this court to compel Miller to use her talents to design and create a cake she has not yet conceived with the knowledge... Continue Reading

When Laughter Isn’t Funny: Refugees Defend Their Faith in Kangaroo Court

How can someone who is unconverted judge those who are?

“A secular state that hasn’t a clue about what true Christianity involves is in the position to judge whether refuges are true Christians. More poignantly put: A secular state, often hostile to the gospel, is judging whether people who do hold the gospel should be sent back to countries hostile to the gospel.”   One... Continue Reading

Gregory of Nazianzus and Why Knowing the Nature of the Holy Spirit Really Matters

Gregory of Nazianzus played a vital role in exploring the nature of the Spirit

“During this time, Gregory, like Augustine, was consecrated priest against his will and with the acclamation of the people. Unlike Augustine, he literally ran away – back to Pontus. He returned a few months later, and apologized to his congregation, who forgave him slowly. Later, he produced a letter to explain his desertion: he was... Continue Reading

California Lawmakers Call For More Homeschool Oversight

Despite the horrors of the Turpin case, homeschool advocates note child abuse risk factors don’t include learning at home.

Citing the lack of state involvement in home and private schools, California Assemblyman Jose Medina, a Democrat, said he plans to introduce legislation requiring state officials to conduct on-site inspections of all private schools in the state, which include parents who educate their children at home.   (WNS)–Homeschooling opponents in California seized on the horrific case... Continue Reading

Meditation and the Art of Consciousness Hacking

The Consciousness Hacking website is a hub for those who hope, through an interface of science and consciousness, to help humanity evolve toward an age of “individual and collective flourishing.”

Employing a variety of scientific technologies and meditative techniques as their hacking tools, this growing community intends to essentially upgrade humanity’s “conscious operating system.” How do they hope to accomplish such a Herculean feat? By training the brain into nonduality, which is a nonjudgmental, meditative grid by which to interpret reality.    I recently stumbled... Continue Reading

Denver Program Shows Biblical Principles Work

The Denver Day Works program provides employment for homeless people with a difficult history and a chance for them to build a new one.

In November 2016, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock introduced a plan to put homeless people into menial day jobs with no regard for their resumes, experience, or criminal background. Anyone could participate, and those who worked hard were invited to work another day. Success in small, temporary jobs set the stage for easing into more permanent... Continue Reading

Evangelicals, the Virtue/Voting Connection, and the Return of Instrumental Politics

Keller’s point about mid-20th century lowest-common-denominator evangelicalism leaving many evangelicals historically rootless has some merit.

Keller argues, in essence, that the problem with so-called “evangelical Trump voters” is that they don’t know enough theology.  This, it seems to me, is yet another example of the sort of disembodied-brains-on-sticks argument for which Reformed types, with their cerebral bent, have an embarrassing weakness. It’s kind of like the old Neo-Calvinist argument that... Continue Reading