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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.


    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 »

    For the Dual Citizens Among Us: How It’s Done in the South Bronx

    If the name of my chosen home raises only distant memories of Dresdenized rubble, or–perhaps worse to many–the specter of the soulless hive, I accept your hesitation to read on and commit you to more authoritative words than I can conjure. But if you have ever wondered–I shall be blunt–what the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ might look like in action in | Read More »

    Some Joy in Mudville, Courtesy of the Second Circuit

    The bearer of good news hesitates to follow his unwelcome counterpart too closely lest his audience still be shooting at the first, but he is also spurred by the hope that he can bring encouragement in the heat of engagement. In that light, I hope you will be encouraged that the Second Circuit on Friday issued a permanent injunction favoring the church to which I | Read More »

    For the Dual Citizens Among Us, A Call to Repentance from a Particular Idolatry

    Men ought not to content themselves with a general repentance, but it is every man’s duty to endeavour to repent of his particular sins, particularly. (WCF* XV:5 Of Repentance unto Life) Little children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 John 5:21, ESV) As the nomination of a Republican candidate has millimetered nearer over recent months, the volume of commentary–in both senses–on every aspect of process and | Read More »

    On Not Losing Sight of The Other Place: A Remedial Geography

    Shared memories of place and time are among the great shapers of any culture. While some of these are wedded by spatio-temporal events of such enormity that popular metonomy is assured–Pearl Harbor never really existed other than on a particular day of infamy, did it?–many others–as the Rockies and the Sixties–can mentally exist almost entirely in a single frame of reference: the former simultaneously enfolding | Read More »

    Missing Figures in the Perry Faith Two-Step: A Plea to Fellow Evangelicals

    While the music started long before the hat was dropped in Charleston, the dance around the implications of Gov. Perry’s Christian faith is just entering full swing, and couples now flying around the floor can be expected to prance only more frantically until the last bar is played next November. Leon’s More Drooling Idiocy on Rick Perry’s Faith draws attention to the self-conflicted steps of | Read More »

    In Which My Username is Finally Relinquished

    All flesh is grass,    and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades    when the breath of the LORD blows on it;    surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades,    but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6-8 (ESV) When I was in grade school, my mother fixed up the couch for | Read More »