Stop Saying “Toxic”
Say what you mean, so that what you mean will be worth saying.
“Toxic” then seems to be the perfect word to describe the sin of not being the Right Kind of Person. It’s a conversation ender, a debate finisher, a slammed door. The only way to not be toxic is to not be toxic. The racist could repent, the misogynist could change, the slanderer could make a... Continue Reading
Tolkien looked death in the eye, and still hoped, believing that there would be more to history.
And so I have read Tolkien again, wanting to understand what he understood, to know something of what he knew about these great questions. In his masterful stories there is glory and there is ruin, realities we all know, glorious ruins that we are. There is death too, but in the world of MiddleEarth death... Continue Reading
COVID-19 Lockdowns: Liberty and Science
Two things quickly happened: First, the goalposts moved. No longer was it enough to “flatten the curve.” Now we were to be locked down until there was a cure.
The Great Barrington Declaration, signed by over 7,000 scientists, virologists, and infectious disease experts believes that lockdowns are destroying “at least seven times as much life” as the disease itself and that in the United States and the United Kingdom, there is “irreparable damage” being done. The declaration notes clearly that “seven times as much... Continue Reading
What 17th Century England’s State Church Had in Common with Today’s School Systems
In America today, government schooling works much like the state religion did in early 17th Century England.
Children are assigned to government schools according to where they live. If their parents want a better education for them elsewhere, they usually are penalized by paying twice—once in taxes for the school they’re trying to escape, and then again in tuition for the better private or even public school they prefer. Like the state-allied... Continue Reading
Social Justice in our Divided Age: 5 Things About Which I Hope and Pray We Can All Agree
What are the kinds of “social justice” that go beyond the bounds of our faith as we seek to fulfill God’s command to “Do justice”(Jer. 22:3).
If we paint Christians who sound the call for biblical discernment about “social justice” as a bunch of culturally tone-deaf curmudgeons, then it is we who are tone-deaf to the current cultural moment. We are naïve to the meanings that have been baked into American minds with the word combo of “social” and “justice.” Not... Continue Reading
Away With The Manger
Christ wasn’t manifest in the flesh to give us sentimental feelings or a mantle centerpiece.
As scenic and nostalgic as the nativity scene may be the fact that the Jesus, the Word of God, was made man doesn’t entitle us to make pictures of him. To do so actually detracts from the true meaning — not of Christmas — but of the incarnation. It cheapens the sublime and practical truth... Continue Reading
Thank God for the Rule of Law
Other things might be equally important to our national life. Nothing is more important.
This is a major shift in where we are as a nation, and one that many conservatives don’t yet seem to recognize. The rule of law used to be assumed on both the left and the right, but we can no longer take that commitment for granted—on the left or the right. Our first question about any... Continue Reading
Are Christian Ethics Merely Reflections of the Primitive Beliefs of the Ancient Greco-Roman World?
It’s actually modern progressives whose ethics mimic the pagan beliefs of the ancient Greco-Roman world.
It was actually the advent of Christianity in the Roman Empire that changed all this. The Christians, with their high view of all life as created in the image of God, began saving exposed infants and providing for sick and elderly slaves who had been forced out of their households. They started orphanages, attempted to... Continue Reading
Too much information. That's the Digital Age for you.
I cannot know, and consequently do not need to know, everything. But I do know the One who does. “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). Satisfaction in that truth tames the soul, taking away the vain thirsts to know so many other... Continue Reading
Three Men And A Baby! First Family In California With THREE Dads On Their Child’s Birth Certificate
Polyamorous 'throuple' from San Diego won milestone legal victory in 2017 when California judge put three dads on birth certificate.
The family’s story began around eight years ago. Ian and Alan, who met in 2003, were unsure whether they wanted children, but when Jeremy, who is a zoo-keeper, joined them as a partner in 2012, they started to discuss it. They were offered embryos by a female friend, Meghan. The first polyamorous family in... Continue Reading