It Has Happened Again

It has happened again. A new place, with new victims, and a new perpetrator. Unfortunately, we aren’t surprised. What is even sadder, we may have lost the ability to be surprised. We are not surprised that man used his car and a knife as weapons against innocent people. The fact that ambulances transported ten people…

Weekly Wrap-Up 11-18

Dallas Church Affirms LGBT Members and is Removed from Denomination Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas voted to accept LGBT persons into full membership despite warnings from the BGCT that they would be removed from the state convention. While many want to say that churches like this show evangelicalism shifting in favor of same-marriage, the fact…

Weekly Wrap-Up 11/11

Media Bewilderment After Donald Trump’s sound victory over Hillary Clinton, the media is wondering how they got it so wrong. Apparently they missed the importance of “fly-over country” in their calculations because that is what propelled a Trump win. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/business/media/news-outlets-wonder-where-the-predictions-went-wrong.html?referer= Christians and the Post-Election Culture How do Christians fit in the American landscape after the…

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…

Read Carefully – Part 2

Last Tuesday I wrote about how knowing the author can help us understand the perspective of the news story. But just because we know an author’s perspective doesn’t mean we can just leave it at that and skip the article if differs from our perspective. They may provide a thought that we had not considered…

Whose Liberty?

The New York Times recently ran a piece about evangelicals and highlighted Dick and Betty Odgaard, an Iowa couple who owned a wedding chapel.  When they refused to host a wedding for a homosexual couple fines and pressure were levied forcing them to close the chapel. The article is interesting for many reasons, but there…

Read Carefully – Part 1

Every day we are bombarded by hundreds of pieces of information vying for our attention which makes it difficult to decipher what is going on. Additionally, we are faced with a media that can spin a story about something so well you would swear that a story was the truth until you read a different…

Weekly Wrap-Up 10/14/2016

Evangelicals and Trump This week has brought many evangelicals who endorsed Donald Trump to reconsider that choice. With the release of audio in which Trump describes what can only be called assault he appears to have crossed a line that evangelicals can’t tolerate. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/10/09/donald-trump-has-created-an-excruciating-moment-for-evangelicals/ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/magazine/russell-moore-cant-support-either-candidate.html?action=click&contentCollection=magazine&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=sectionfront Hurricane Matthew Leaves a Path of Devastation Hurricane Matthew wrought…