Rod D. Martin

Mao ‘actually failed completely.’ So says Fenggang Yang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University and expert on religion in China. Yang and other experts predict that the number of Christians in China will swell from 58 million (2010) to 247 million in 2030 — more than quadrupling the Christian population in just 16 years [...]

We really aren’t taking this seriously.  Not that we’d expect the current President to take anything seriously that relates to defending America.  But the Republicans aren’t taking this seriously either. We’ll regret it. Putin: “We Are Coming to the Moon Forever!” China’s President Xi urges greater military use of space

Very seriously: if Barack Obama is no longer interested in enforcing immigration laws, privacy laws, or even parts of the Obamacare law…why is he so interested in enforcing grazing laws? And if our government is only going to arbitrarily enforce “laws”, are they really laws anymore? I mean, seriously: why shouldn’t we ignore any laws [...]

Obama’s Race War

by Rod D. Martin on 8 April 2014

In the new issue of New York magazine, Jonathan Chait marvels at the “unanticipated” racial divisions Obama has provoked. Seriously. Chait acknowledges how this plays out: liberals surreally claim every conservative complaint against Obama’s agenda is motivated by the President’s race — because obviously no conservative was ever opposed to leftwing politics prior to 2009 [...]

The AP reports today that Hillary Clinton says excessive partisanship flowing through the nation’s political system is causing the U.S. to march “backwards instead of forward.” Millions will agree.  But should they? No. Because the “partisanship” Hillary decries — just like the partisanship decried by every politician who decries partisanship — is really just disagreement with [...]

Turns out, the man who keeps the White House up at night is my old friend Ted Cruz.  Which should give pause to some of the Beltway Republicans who don’t grasp why anyone would ever like the guy (or buddies of his like Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, and so forth). It’s a new [...]

Movieguide

Auteur filmmaker Darren Aronofsky may well have produced his masterpiece in Noah, a cinematic and – astonishingly, for a self-proclaimed unbeliever – theological tour de force. But it’s not for everyone.  Definitely not.  As in, repeat after me three times:  “It’s an art film.  It’s an art film.  It’s an art film.”  And if your [...]

Japan announced today that it would turn over to the United States a large cache of weapons-grade plutonium and highly-enriched uranium.  The New York Times described the decades-old research stockpile as “large enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons.” Needless to say, the Times puts the best possible face on this, lauding it as “the [...]

Our staff just re-watched Dr. W.A. Criswell’s sermon, “Whether We Live Or Die”, which he preached on the last night of the Pastors Conference at the 1985 Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas, Texas.  It is surely one of the most important sermons of modern history, and unquestionably the turning point in the Conservative Resurgence in [...]

General Joseph Martin

by Rod D. Martin on 15 March 2014

There, just east of Cumberland Gap, Joseph Martin built the fort called Martin’s Station. It was 100 wilderness miles by foot from the last town in Virginia, and 100 miles further by foot to what would later become Boonesboro. It was the westernmost English settlement when it was built, later the halfway house between Virginia and Kentucky, the lone base camp and defensive position on a very long journey. The Cherokee burned it down, forcing Martin to rebuild it. But over the next generation, this oasis and refuge anchoring Walker and Boone’s Wilderness Road would see ten percent of America’s entire population – roughly 300,000 intrepid men, women and children – pass through the shelter and sustenance of its gates, the last outpost of civilization on their way to settling the young nation’s first frontier.

I wrote this email to my good friend Deal Hudson in response to his outstanding op-ed at Catholic.org this morning entitled “Why Social Conservatives Should Become Cultural Conservatives”.  This is far from a comprehensive response:  I simply immediately saw and applied his point.  You can see his response here. — Rod Deal, You just rang [...]

My good friend Deal Hudson published this today at Catholic.org.  It’s outstanding.  You should read the original, but I’ve posted it here just in case the link ever goes bad.  Read my response here. ============== Why Social Conservatives Should Become Cultural Conservatives by Deal Hudson March 7, 2014 Catholic.org WASHINGTON,DC (Catholic Online) – At the [...]

My friend and colleague Eric Jackson co-authored a great piece today about the relevance of our experience at PayPal for Bitcoin.  Well worth a read. What PayPal’s Past Means for Bitcoin’s Future by Eric M. Jackson and Christopher Grey American Banker Feb. 27, 2014 Fraud just claimed a major Bitcoin casualty. This week, Mt. Gox—the [...]

Go See “Son of God”

by Rod D. Martin on 24 February 2014

Who knew Mark Burnett — creator of Survivor, The Apprentice and seemingly half of everything else on TV — was a Christian? Well, he is.  Last year, he and his wife Roma Downey brought you The Bible, the History Channel’s all-time highest rated miniseries, with over 100 million cumulative views.  Burnett and Downey said their [...]