Category Archives: Ethics

Marriage Equality: Too Obvious to Be So Obvious

by Barry Creamer If this issue is so obvious, why were the justices split 5-4, and why are so many people so obviously wrong to everyone who disagrees with them? The answer is simple. The disagreement is rooted in competing worldviews. Christianity is not bound by a worldview, but people, including Christians, are. And worldviews are neither chosen by their adherents nor necessarily consistent, even within an individual. As I … Continue reading

“King” LeBron James Playing the Victim

by Joe Wooddell After Game 3 of the NBA finals (Cleveland over Golden State 96-91), it finally dawned on me why I so dislike some of what LeBron James does. Whats not to like? 40 points in the game, 41% field goal percentage, 33% from three-point range, 83% at free throws, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals. Possibly he is the greatest basketball player ever. So whats the problem … Continue reading

The Power behind the Anti-Bullying Fad

by Barry Creamer Anti-bullying is such a common and popular theme for the moment that I dont think its a stretch to call it a fad. Dont get me wrong. Not all fads are badat least not for whatever may give them their original traction. But there is a weakness in fads not too far removed from the weakness of the Old Testament law: us. In the case of fads, … Continue reading

In the Lion’s Den: Tough Topics with Everett Berry

After our latest Lions Den Q&A with professors, we asked our resident theologian, Dr. Everett Berry, to discuss the theological implications of the questions raised by our students. When I come to school I always see homeless men and women asking for handouts at street corners. Sometimes I see the same people week after week at the same place. What can I do to help them? How should I respond … Continue reading

Crying Moral Wolf

by Barry Creamer Those of us who believe in objectivity, truth, knowledge, (not to mention follow Jesus) hold that there is a fence between right and wrong, and that the fence doesnt move. So its easy to understand why we defend the idea that everything is black and white. Of course, the color metaphor simply makes the point that there is a stark difference between right and wrong, and that … Continue reading

The Supremacy of Voluntary Community

by Barry Creamer Every person experiences a tension between the desire to be an individual and to be part of a communityto act freely on immediate desires on the one hand, and to belong securely to a well-defined group on the other. But well-defined groups limit personal liberty. And personal liberties often perforate well-defined boundaries. Hence the tension. Some cultures (and the worldviews defining or entailed by them) favor the … Continue reading

Discipleship, Tradition, Community, and Virtue

by Barry Creamer Those who are committed to following Jesus learn over time that one of the most important aspects to their obedience to Him is helping others become better followers. In terms of the New Testament, it is as simple as the phrase, teaching them to observe all the things Ive commanded you in the Great Commission, or recognizing the prescriptive nature of Pauls direction to Timothy: the things … Continue reading

Is Using More Energy Immoral?

by Joe Wooddell In Jeffrey Balls interview with Vaclav Smil (Wall Street Journal Business and Environment page, April 9, Looking for a Global Energy Solution? Well, Dont), Mr. Smil rightly maintains that when looking for energy solutions, Its all regional. Its all local. And we just have to descend to that level to judge it. That is, there is no one-size-fits-all, top-down solution from the UN, Washington, Kyoto, or wherever. … Continue reading

Shop Til You Drop: Government Welfare At Its Finest

*Posted by Winston Hottman From National Review Online: On Saturday, Louisianas EBT system malfunctioned, causing spending limits on users food-stamp cards temporarily to be lifted. In two counties at least, recipients noticed the error, spread the word, and set about trying to check out as much as they could fit into shopping carts. At Walmarts in the towns of Springhill and Mansfield, employees called corporate headquarters to ask what they … Continue reading

Historic Pro-Life Bill to Come Before Texas Legislature

*Winston Hottman In a special session called by Governor Rick Perry, the Texas legislature will be voting this week on House Bill 2, an historic piece of legislation that should drastically reduce the number of abortions in the state. Texas Right to Life has provided a list of things you can do to participate in the efforts to get the bill passed: 1. Pray and intercedefor wisdom, courage, and strength … Continue reading