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I have heard some say they would not be caught dead even visiting where I have both chosen, and been blessed, to live for over 30 years. There's no accounting for taste ... but I do pity them: how I long for them to see the power of God in Jesus Christ to bring life where death once reigned.


    Iowa Evangelical: What Do All Temptations Have in Common?

    The united testimony of the Scriptures, which is confirmed by our own hearts, is that temptations of all types contain a falsehood: a deviation from the word of God which is presented as a more desirable alternative in the moment than to obey our Creator’s revealed will. In the garden, the first Adam heard “Did God actually say?” and, to our doom, succumbed; in the | Read More »

    For the Dual Citizens Among Us: On the Necessity of Finding Ourselves Small

    Are we upset by all of the snow that fell? Untold numbers of snowflakes, each snowflake composed of untold numbers of water molecules, each molecule which may have constituted untold numbers of different snowflakes in lifetimes past, some atoms of which may have been in the chlorophyll of a leaf of a tree in the Garden of Eden, or in a corpuscle of the blood | Read More »

    An Open Letter to America’s Evangelical Pastors

    Undershepherds of the little flock of God, In the certainty that each of you is aware of the political turmoil sweeping our nation, in the fear that some of you will be sorely tempted to not honor the Lord Jesus Christ as you ought in the present crisis, and under the authority of the Word of God, reflected in our common confession of the faith | Read More »

    For the Dual Citizens Among Us: Lest We Forget

    It was at about this time on this date sixty years ago that five young Christian men–Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Flemming, and Roger Youderian–were attacked without warning and speared to death by some members of the unreached Waorani tribe in Ecuador, among whom the missionaries hoped to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Their martyrdom not only led to a reception | Read More »

    For the Dual Citizens Among Us: To Our Ungodly Culture’s “Love ‘Em/Hate ‘Em” False Dichotomy About Homosexuals

    This is not a proper diary–granted. But the Scriptural soundness of the linked interview, on an issue of contemporary significance, is so compelling that I must urge you to hear it; such soundness is often demonstrated by true wisdom’s cutting in several directions at once–which it must, given the metastatic nature of our spiritual cancer, and which it always does, as “the word of God | Read More »

    A Modest Proposal for Increasing the Funding of Planned Parenthood

    Living in a midnight blue district, while it gives a Christian, pro-life conservative many opportunities to point his neighbors to the reality and consequences of the biblical God’s sovereign ownership of all that is, also tends to minimize the time one can spend in actual primary campaigns. But it does give one time to think a little outside the box. So: I propose that the | Read More »

    For the Dual Citizens Among Us: Doing it Right in Greenwich Village

    If Political Issue #1 for the evangelical Christian is Life, and we are surrounded by a culture of Death, and we are forbidden to employ weapons of the flesh (including “anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk (Col. 3:8)”, cursing, and vengeance) to destroy its strongholds, and yet we will be scoffed at if we so much as quote a Bible verse, then how can | Read More »

    So, which field were you hoping for?

    Humans in general, but Americans in particular, love us some free will wherever we think we can get it. Not wanting to disappoint my fellow citizens, I offer the simplest of polls for your consideration, in which you may express and even defend YOUR OWN PERSONAL CHOICE of Republican primary fields, the best with which to go up against the current Democrat field. As in | Read More »

    For the Dual Citizens Among Us: About Dealer’s Choice

    There’s a lot of talk about deals these days, from punditry’s litany of deal makers and breakers, to over a dozen debate references to the pending agreement with Iran, to Mr. Trump, who, having written the book on them, also reminded us that he has made “hundreds and hundreds” of them. In the more informal sense of “treatment received from the hand of another”, Gov. | Read More »

    A Case Study in Restoring Urban America: Doing It Right in New York

    I know, New York City is the one place all Americans love to hate, right? If it’s bad anywhere, it’s worst here. Heartland conservatives in particular, as far as I can judge from quite a few years of reading comments on this site, share a firm disbelief that anything could move my town toward the red end of the spectrum. I beg to differ. Partly | Read More »