Faith and Culture

I am a boundless, if realistic, optimist. What do I mean by that? First, I am certainly not a pessimist. To be a pessimist requires rejecting the sovereignty of God, His promises to work all things together for the good of those who love Him, and His loving, intensely personal fatherhood toward those redeemed and [...]

This is a big weekend for historic births and essential Americans. On this day in 1807, an American farm boy named Robert Fulton changed the world as thoroughly as the Wright Brothers would a century later by sailing, nay steaming his Clermont (aka North River) from Greenwich Village to Albany and back again. Bystanders were [...]

WORLD Magazine

WORLD magazine’s Saturday feature, August 2, 2014. There is a recurring, albeit ill-informed, question in Christian circles regarding Romans 13 (which counsels dutiful subordination to legally established authorities) and the American Revolution:  were the Founding Fathers in sin when they rebelled against King George?  Most recently, my son (a Harvard, Yale and Mayo Clinic doctor [...]

One hundred years ago today, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian imperial throne was assassinated with his bride in an open car in Sarajevo.  And the world began to burn. World War I (then called “The Great War”) killed 16 million men and women, but it represented the death of the old world.  That order, born [...]

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 [...]

Catholic Online

by Deal Hudson WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) – After my column arguing that “cultural conservatism” should supplant social conservatism, the man whom I regard as the most important Catholic layman in the nation emailed to say, Agreed.the social speaks to institutions; the culture to norms and values. It’s the latter that molds the former. Another [...]

Our libertarian friends frequently take an “anything goes” approach to public morality, asserting that it is not the state’s business what an individual chooses to do, particularly so long as it does not directly infringe on someone else’s rights. I generally agree with this.  But America’s Founders did not seek to establish an “anything goes” [...]

This is my end-of-year review of the best books I read this year.  They weren’t all published in 2013 (though some were), nor are they everything I read in 2013; but I did read them in 2013 and hope you will read them in 2014. Moreover, I am leaving out the Bible, which is obviously [...]

But For One Good Teacher

by Rod D. Martin on 4 November 2013

It was 33 years and a couple of weeks ago, the air crisp in that first blush of “football weather.” Ozark’s Elgin B. Milton Elementary School, a sprawling one-story complex of mostly cinder block and metal construction with a touch of brick here and there, lots of windows, no air conditioning, and more than a [...]

In what could well be enough to make Wendy Davis’s head pop, a new Quinnipiac poll finds that 60 percent of women support the sort of abortion ban after 20 weeks (or five months) of pregnancy just enacted in Texas. Contemporaneous polls from ABC News-Washington Post and The National Journal find similar results. This is [...]

The Supreme Court’s ruling today striking down pre-clearance under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  In the words of the Washington Examiner story describing the decision, “The court ruling leaves the preclearance tools in place, but eliminates the formula Congress used to decide who had to go through the special [...]

Daily Caller

This week, the new Pope gave his first major speech on economics to a group of foreign ambassadors to the Vatican.  In it, he demanded more government control over the economy, decried the gap between rich and poor, and called on the world’s leaders to end “the tyranny of money.” This is most unfortunate, not [...]

Dr. Thom Rainer writes a piece this morning entitled “The Unspoken Tension Between (Some) Pastors and (Some) Laity”. It points out some of the growing problems between the two groups, and provides solid pastoral counsel about how to deal with a growing illness that needs to be stopped if not cured. Nevertheless, I believe Dr. Rainer’s post misses two bigger icebergs crashing into our churches, their point of contact centered clearly at the pulpit.

FoxNews.com

I have not entitled this op-ed “What the Election Meant”.  That might be a bit grandiose for the day after.  But November 6, 2012 definitely taught us some things we must not ignore. First and possibly foremost, stuff happens. In this case it was a hurricane.  Sandy kept Mitt Romney off TV for five crucial [...]