Grateful: For a Loving, Committed Family

From First Thoughts

I love the television show Heroes on NBC.  My wife and I got addicted to the program via Netflix and have made it appointment viewing ever since.  Lately, the show, which began with straightforward characters and easily understandable models of nobility, has become more complicated.Noah, a . . . . Continue Reading »

Secularism and Polytheism?

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A colleague offered me the following piece of correspondence from the Financial Times.  It is a letter written by Dr. Gautam Pingle, who serves as a dean with the College of India.  He writes:Sir,[unimportant first para deleted] Intolerance bred by the monotheism of the People of the Book . . . . Continue Reading »

Sacred Selling

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I have been thinking a lot about the way we sell church-related goods and services.I have been thinking about that and about Jesus overturning the tables of the money changers and sacrificial animal sellers in the temple.The marketing inside the church has probably never been more feverish than it . . . . Continue Reading »

Right On, William Donohue!

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The Catholic bishops have received some credit for helping to get an amendment passed which would forbid federal funding of abortion in the health care bill. Predictably, this act of the church calling upon the state to achieve a particular moral outcome has been viewed by some as a violation of . . . . Continue Reading »

Two Kingdoms Theory and Ken Myers

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Over at Justin Taylor’s blog, he offers a transcribed interview conducted with Ken Myers of the great Mars Hill Audio.  I want to talk about this part:Question: One of the arguments out there by what I am going to call a “high two-kingdoms view,” is that there is not a . . . . Continue Reading »

More on the Topic of Solving Poverty

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Gene Fant opened this conversation up, so I’ll dive in.I think it is interesting that anyone, such as the person Dr. Fant refers to, could think that the federal government can effectively solve the problem of poverty.  I don’t think it can because it resolutely refuses to confront . . . . Continue Reading »

Non-Preacher Preaching Here . . .

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When you are a Christian academic with a doctorate, many people assume that you are a seminarian and thus ask you to preach.  During the past couple of years, I have been called upon to do it a few times and have always accepted because it just seems like the thing one should do.Today, I had . . . . Continue Reading »