Category Archives: Politics

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

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

Moral Obligation vs. Moral Approval

by Joshua Crutchfield With the firestorm underway in Indiana and much of the United States regarding religious liberty and the outcry of discrimination, I find it necessary to point out the obvious. After watching the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commissions president, Russell Moore, succinctly present the logical reasons for such unfortunately necessary bills that protect our religious liberty, it became quite apparent that the Christian community has been demonized as … Continue reading

Ownership, Welfare, and Christian Response

by Winston Hottman The concept of private property comes natural to most children. After mama and dada one of the first words we learn to wield is mine (or to be more precise, Mine!!). The sense of ownership develops rather easily. Sharing, on the other hand, is more difficult to learn. Parents typically begin teaching us how to share by going the authoritarian route, i.e. involuntary sharing. The procedure involves … Continue reading

Judas Kiss

by Kirk Spencer Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people? Now he … Continue reading

What Does Coke Mean by “America is Beautiful”?

by Joe Wooddell I dont know about you, but I was surprised to see Seattle pull out such an amazing win. Congratulations to them. The commercials during the Super Bowl are always interesting, and this year was no different. (The Tim Tebow ones were pretty funny this year.) But what does Coke mean by America is Beautiful? Coke did a commercial that started off great a cowboy out in the … Continue reading

Helping the Bottom Billion

By Winston Hottman What keeps the poorest of the poor stuck in poverty? In an article at First Things, George Weigel summarizes four root causes, as identified in a book by Paul Colliers, The Bottom Billion: Collier, who studied the varying impacts of development assistance at the World Bank before teaching economics at Oxford, lists four traps that hold the bottom billion down. There is the natural resource trap, in … Continue reading

Government and the Limitations of Man

by Winston Hottman At a recent fundraiser, President Obama claimed that he is not a particularly ideological person. Though passionate about particular issues, he claimed that he is pretty pragmatic as to how we get it. I agree with the presidents sentiments about ideology and the need for a pragmatic approach to politics. If only he didnt contradict himself moments later: The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now … Continue reading

Them’s Fightin’ Words

At Real Clear Politcs, Chuck Raasch discusses the death of writing and its influence on current political discussions: Imagery is the primary medium of our time, a potentially powerful host for good change and authentic understanding. But in its shadow, we have gotten lazy in our appropriation of the correct words to assuage or understand or to seek the common humanity that is in all of us. Today, throwing barbs … Continue reading

Periods and Colons

*Posted by Kirk Spencer No, its not about anatomy. However, it does have something to do with healthcare. Mostly its about punctuationhow a PERIOD became a colon. On June 15th 2009, while selling the Affordable Care Act to the AMA, President Obama said: No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people; If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep … Continue reading