Weekly Wrap-Up 2.17.17

Newspapers and Trump Newspapers are seeing an uptick in subscriptions following the election of Donald Trump. The question that must be answered is whether, and to what extent, the print media will seek to be impartial in covering the administration in order to boost the bottom line. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-newspapers-trump-campaigns-analysis-idUSKBN15V0GI?utm_source=applenews&x_cw_context_provider=safari Viewing Actions Through Intentions An interesting op-ed…

The Image of God and the Death Penalty

The verdict was not surprising. From the beginning, there wasn’t any question about whether or not he was guilty. Dylann Roof, the gunman who entered the Emanuel AME Church and shot African American church members during a Wednesday evening prayer meeting, had confessed to the crime and, chillingly, showed no remorse. As the jury returned…

Christian, Are Loving Your Neighbor on Facebook?

Facebook, long the bane of my existence, has become increasingly painful in the past few months. I never thought I would long for the days of cat videos, but with the cynicism and criticism flowing from so many on Facebook, I now do. Attacks from the right and the left have made scrolling through Facebook…

BuzzFeed and Post-Truth Journalism

The headline in the New York Times not only told the story, but it also raised a good many eyebrows: BuzzFeed Posts Unverified Claims on Trump, Stirring Debate. BuzzFeed, a somewhat-news-more-entertainment website leaning far to the left, pushed the boundaries of journalistic ethics by publishing a dossier detailing allegations of ties between the Russian government…

The Glory of God in Down’s Syndrome

It turns out that the most dangerous place for a person with Down’s Syndrome is the womb. Studies show that between 67% and 85% of babies who receive a diagnosis that they are likely to have Down syndrome are aborted. While this statistic represents a reduction from the 90% that once dominated the discussion, it…

Cover to Cover 1/7-1/15

Genesis Chapter 19 Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed because of their iniquity. Some have argued that their destruction comes because of their inhospitality. We must recognize that there was a greater theme of wickedness (hence the conversation between Abraham and the Lord at the end of chapter 18), that exhibits itself most pointedly in their…

Pro-Life vs. Quality of Life

This January marks the forty-third anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This anniversary presents a perfect time to reflect upon what it means to have a whole life pro-life outlook, valuing those made in the image of God. We begin today, by working to undermine one of the greatest assaults on human dignity, the “quality of…

Aleppo and the Injustice of Civilian Casualties

Aleppo has fallen, and in its wake, one of the greatest atrocities of our time is coming to light. Pro-Assad forces took control of the city and did so ruthlessly. The United Nations reported “summary killings” by those forces and has accused the Assad regime of war crimes. America’s ambassador to the UN asked those…

I Pray for the Day When the Confederate Flag Disappears

Maybe the past few years have forced us to acknowledge as a nation that race continues to be an issue that we haven’t comprehensively addressed. Perhaps age has granted me perspective so that I can recognize some of my failings in this area; failings that only the Gospel can transform. Whatever the reason, over the…

Technology’s Unfulfilled Promises, Pt 2

Yesterday I explored how technology continually leaves us wanting as it offers a promise it cannot fulfill, an unqualifiedly better life. The problem with the technology wasn’t the technology per se, but the depravity of the people driving and using the technology. But there remains a more sinister side to technological advance, a side where…

American Christianity’s Vocabulary Problem

American Christianity is quickly losing its moral backbone. We are increasingly unwilling to speak in moral terms when it comes to our actions. We have become so unwilling to accept the discomfort that being honest about our own moral failure brings that we are losing the moral vocabulary to describe our failures. This tendency was front…