Rod’s Blog

Musings and ruminations on the human condition, reforming society and culture, advancing the values of the American Revolution and of Christendom, and inventing the future.

You read that right:  yet another sci-fi standby becomes reality.  (And if you never thought about it, surely you realize your iPhone is a tricorder, and your iPad is one of the “pads” from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.) This is a huge step in a necessary direction.  Anyone who has [...]

Do we have a culture that embraces young people? In many ways, No — beginning with the legalized killing of babies in the womb. My research director worked as a grocery cashier in high school: she expected a daily parade of irritable and screaming children. But her real surprise came from witnessing their grumpy, snappish, [...]

The subtitle in the original story reads, “The US has actually been cooling since the Thirties, the hottest decade on record.” And it turns out to be true. The high priests of climate change have not only misinterpreted the data, they have actively hidden the truth, putting aside science and the pursuit of real knowledge. [...]

The essentials of our identity lie in whom we serve, our relationships — in our being and not just our doing. It is important for us to know these core aspects of our leaders. The fact that Ronnie Floyd self-consciously and intentionally identifies himself by his relationship to God, his family, and his church is [...]

Being a part of this was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever done or will ever do.  I will forever be grateful to my dear friend Peter Thiel for including me in the journey.  And this is one of the best stories I’ve ever read about that time and the impact it’s had. [...]

Do we need a new Great Awakening? How could any believer say other than “Yes!” Is such a thing possible? In the words of my friend and our new SBC President Ronnie Floyd, when “the skeptics doubt and the cynics mock, we need to pray.” Because with man it would be impossible, but with God [...]

Earth is getting hit by a lot more stuff with a lot more force than anyone previously thought.  And no one is paying attention. For perspective: The bomb dropped over Hiroshima had 15 kilotons of energy — the asteroid that appeared over Russia last year exploded with almost/up to 600 kilotons of energy. It’s a [...]

Our excellent new Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd is leading from the front, and my only amendment would be that he understates his case.  In the early 20th Century, the proceedings of America’s major denominations were front page news in the New York Times and the country’s other major papers to the same extent [...]

So we are told that ISIS (formerly “Al Qaeda in Iraq”) has just captured a cache of Saddam Hussein’s WMDs. Really??? Just as the left has consistently claimed al Qaeda has or had no presence in Iraq despite the entire insurgency being led by an Islamist terror organization calling itself “Al Qaeda in Iraq” (the [...]

As a lifelong Southern Baptist, it thrills my soul to see our previously exceedingly contentious denomination: 1. Debate theology in a deep and meaningful way, but thoroughly within the bounds of our Lord’s revealed Word. 2. Specifically, debate Calvinism in a serious yet entirely affirming and friendly way. This is an issue many expected to [...]

Last week, my friend Ronnie Floyd was elected President of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in North America (likewise, I was elected to the Committee on Order of Business, which is an humbling responsibility all its own).  Ronnie is a bold leader who thinks big.  We need leaders who think big, as [...]

David Murrow writes this startling and too-true piece, “Why Prominent Christian Men are Abandoning the Local Church,” and I was going to blog about it anyway, because it is a very real problem with significant implications both for the Christian leaders discussed and for the failings of the American church broadly and of the specific [...]

My family has been serving in the military quite literally since William the Conquerer invaded England, so please do not take this wrong, but this is something for which I have no patience. Far too many military and ex-military folk today are taking the position (on Facebook and off) that “I served, therefore no one [...]

Earlier today I posted a piece by Stephen Hawking on the dangers of artificial intelligence (more or less, it may be the last thing humans ever have a chance to create).  Hawking frets over the sort of transcendent AI imagined by advocates like Ray Kurzweil.  But Steven Omohundro suggests a different danger:  that robots are by [...]