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.

While freedom encourages an incredible and flourishing diversity, multiculturalism is just the flip side of class warfare: encouraging an informal apartheid (what an earlier generation of Democrats applauded as “Jim Crow”), dividing people into aggrieved “victim groups” who, by uniting against alleged oppressors, can be led to concentrate power in the state and put the [...]

Congratulations to Boeing and SpaceX for winning the biggest prize yet on the new frontier:  NASA’s Commercial Crew contract to provide what the media is calling “space taxi” service between Earth and the International Space Station (and other low Earth orbit, or LEO, destinations such as the planned Bigelow Aerospace space station). It’s not that [...]

SBC President Ronnie Floyd continues to call us to a new Great Awakening, and here’s something concrete we can all do:  join Baptist Collegiate Ministries in Engage24. This is a call to everyone, but it’s a great opportunity for students in particular, to show the way for older church members who may not have the [...]

Make no mistake: September 11, 2001 was a moment of moral clarity that issued a wakeup call that America and Americans have answered and have continued to answer. Feeling the Pain of the Falling Man of September 11th by Frank Salvato New Media Journal 10 September 2014 This article was originally published in a number [...]

Whether Ms. Trierweiler’s account is overdramatized or not, well, duh. Socialism isn’t about helping poor people. It’s about re-creating the sort of aristocracy that was swept away by republics and free markets beginning in 1776. France: Socialist President Hollande ‘Hates the Poor’ Says Ex Valerie Trierweiler by Umberto Bacchi International Business Times 3 September 2014 [...]

The more we delve into the deep intricacies of the world, the more human creativity increases. The more we learn about life, the more we get to work with our biology for better health. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search it out.” It’s truly [...]

China is serious about space, and about depriving the United States of access to it.  Meanwhile, Obama talks about reaching goals in the 2030s, about NASA’s chief priority being “Muslim outreach” and about his golf game.  This is no way to run a railroad. Senior U.S. Official Insists China Tested ASAT Weapon by Mike Gruss [...]

Another excellent guest piece from my friend and SBC President Ronnie Floyd. Collegiate Students: Can We Reach, Baptize, and Disciple Them? by Ronnie Floyd 18 August 2014 There are an estimated 22 million college students in the United States. The ethnicities of the world dwell on our college campuses. Few places in America have greater [...]

Imagine: an injection that can cure…heart failure? If successful, it’s a revolution: almost 600,000 lives could be saved every year in the United States alone. This is what my friend (and former Reagan and Bush Director of Policy Planning) Jim Pinkerton calls “The Cure Strategy“:  applying a Silicon Valley-like approach to eliminating the things that [...]

Is Thinking Obsolete?

by Rod D. Martin on 6 August 2014

“In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions seem to be creating artificial stupidity.” Is Thinking Obsolete? by Thomas Sowell 5 August 2014 Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But [...]

A prophetic message from my friend Ronnie Floyd. Urgent: Southern Baptists Must Begin to Reach, Baptize, and Disciple Young Adults 18-29 by Ronnie Floyd 4 August 2014 I am burdened by the fact that 80% of our 46,125 Southern Baptist Churches reported reaching and baptizing only 0-1 young adults according to the recent Pastors’ Task [...]

We have more freedom and more sunshine here in the South. The 5 Happiest Cities in America are in One State and the Unhappiest States Have One Thing in Common by Caroline Schaeffer IJReview 25 July 2014 A working paper from professors from Harvard and the Vancouver School examined the happiness of cities based on [...]

The ethnic and cultural diversity of the Southern Baptist Convention, unified by the truth and purposefulness found in the Gospel, gives the SBC its strength. The SBC churches are just a microcosm of God’s love of both variety and unity. The Gospel excludes no one based on external qualifiers. The Real Story of the Southern [...]

Are We Desperate Yet?

by RDM Staff on 21 July 2014

SBC President Ronnie Floyd: “We need to be more desperate than our times.” A hope that is also desperate, a hope held desperately, an urgent hope — but not a desperate hope, as a last resort, as if our rope had frayed and we had lost all else to cling to. This hope we hold [...]