Christians should go into politics

    Christians should get more involved in politics. At the moment, the reputation of Christians in public life is disastrous. Religious people are often seen as fanatical fundamentalists, leading massive hate campaigns complete with picket signs and boycotts. This projection is not representative of most Christians. Yes, there are those who use religion as a weapon, perceiving a divine backing of their actions though they intend | Read More »

    Tolerance for anything (except Christians)

    If feeding the poor, helping orphans, healing the sick, and showing love to prisoners, the helpless, and the most vulnerable among us is evil, then I must object to your definition of the word. You can’t throw away the baby with the bathwater. If Christianity is evil, then all of it must be. You can’t pick and choose those things you like about it and discard the bits you don’t.

    Christianity and the Bible are a package deal. Not every Christian is polite, and none of us is perfect. We are all sinners in need of a savior: in fact that’s the defining belief of Christianity. If you don’t see the evidence of forgiveness, gentleness and grace in a Christian’s life, they are probably not a Christian.

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    Morality Comes From God

    Let me begin this purgative by unequivocally asserting that no matter what religion you are (and yes, atheism is a religion), your morality, your sense of right and wrong, isn’t “natural” but is, instead, owed to Divine Omniscience whirly-birding through Time.  I know this because I’m a huge supporter of Christian Theocracy and placing a cross above the Capitol, not to mention making public schools – | Read More »

    Faith and Work

    Faith and Work

    There are moments when I am reminded that there are two Americas. Increasingly those Americas are divided by faith and lack of faith — or at least ignorance of faith. Yesterday was one of those days when a friend emailed me this tweet by Brian Beutler of the left-wing trolling site Salon (though soon to be at the credible left-wing site The New Republic). Beutler | Read More »

    Useful Idiots for Baal

    Useful Idiots for Baal

    I stumbled upon a Christian author I was not familiar with the other day and saw that he had written from a host of secular publications about faith. From CNN to National Journal to the Huffington Post to USA Today to the Atlantic to others — these are publications that tend to be hostile to people of traditional, orthodox Christian faith. When a Christian author | Read More »

    Shibboleths of the Damned

    Inevitably in discussions about Christianity, gay rights, the church in general, etc. some well educated fool throws out the shellfish and mixed fabric clothing line.Leviticus 11:10-11 reads, “But anything in the seas or the rivers that does not have fins and scales, of the swarming creatures in the waters and of the living creatures that are in the waters, is detestable to you. You shall | Read More »

    An Addendum To My Pastor’s Sermon Today

    An Addendum To My Pastor's Sermon Today

    Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.  As expected, my pastor did not speak on the subject.  Although I know him to be a man that values the sanctity of life, he has never given a full sermon on it.  If I had to guess, I’d say the reason has something to do with politics.  My church is what is referred to as a “mega-church” | Read More »

    Thomas Undoubted

    More often than not, I am a pretty relaxed and laid back person. I don’t really dwell on issues, I rarely hold a grudge, and things that probably should get me worked up just don’t. But lately I’ve been fixated on and can’t stop dwelling on an issue that seems to keep cropping up. Most recently it cropped up with the Duck Dynasty issue. There | Read More »

    The Mundane Becoming Controversial

    I have a great ability to make the mundane controversial on twitter. Tonight I mentioned that I’m largely in agreement with Anglican theologian N.T. Wright’s view of what happens to people who run away from God. In essence, they lose their humanity. They are only brought back with love and the Gospel. This shouldn’t be controversial. It’s actually a 2000 year old theological concept. The | Read More »

    The War On Christmas

    Every year after the Thanksgiving national holiday, Americans begin preparing to celebrate the Christmas national holiday. Others, who perhaps see themselves protecting the freedom of religion for those who don’t practice Christianity, try to prevent the trappings of a religious holiday from intruding into the public square.  That’s all well and good, but in doing so they are missing the chance to celebrate the greatest non-religious holiday | Read More »

    The War On Christmas

    Every year after the Thanksgiving national holiday, Americans begin preparing to celebrate the Christmas national holiday. Others, who perhaps see themselves protecting the freedom of religion for those who don’t practice Christianity, try to prevent the trappings of a religious holiday from intruding into the public square.  That’s all well and good, but in doing so they are missing the chance to celebrate the greatest non-religious holiday | Read More »

    The Cult of Liberalism

    Religions are largely kept together by the faith of the followers as opposed to proof. Whether it’s Christianity, Judaism, Islam or any other religion, it’s not science or empirical evidence that keeps millions or billions of people believing, it’s faith. Indeed, religions are full of claims that our current scientific knowledge would say are impossible, but nonetheless, faith persists. Given horrific events that seem to | Read More »

    God Will Demand An Accounting

    God Will Demand An Accounting

    The American Jesuit scholar Father John Courtney Murray once said that “Anyone who really believes in God must set God, and the truth of God, above all other considerations.” Here’s what that means. Christian public officials who take God seriously cannot support laws that attack human dignity without lying to themselves, misleading others and abusing the faith of their fellow Christians. God will demand an | Read More »

    For Jesus. The World Against Me.

    This Anthony Bradley column about Rachel Held Evans’ latest reminded me I’ve been meaning to say something about a particular cliche liberal Christians have started peddling. Hat tip to the Transom for bringing it to my attention.Rachel Held Evans, as most of the more liberally oriented Christians do these days, trots out the already tired trope that just raises my blood pressure. She — and | Read More »

    Questioning Christianity

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Matthew Lee Anderson to discuss his new book, why today’s Christians are asking so many questions about faith and if doubt is a sin.

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