Category Archives: Politics

Prayer on the 4th of July

O ETERNAL God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus … Continue reading

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Not a Primitive Philosophy

Will Willimon writing for the Christian Century asserts that truthfulness is most clearly seen in its practical force. “How shall they know you are my disciples? When you love one another.” This was Jesus’ simple response. At the same time we … Continue reading

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Why I am proud to be an American

In the best sense of the term, this has been a very patriotic weekend for me. It began on Thursday evening at the Banquet for Life hosted by Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor is a ministry the saints of Providence have … Continue reading

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What is Holy Saturday?

The Passion Week provides vast theological emotions for the people of God. Palm Sunday commences with the entrance of a divine King riding on a donkey. He comes in ancient royal transportation. That royal procession concludes with a Crucified Messiah … Continue reading

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Why Most Christians Should Use Facebook!

It is likely that you are a Facebook user. In fact, over one billion people are on Facebook. And of course, it is likely that you are reading this article because a friend linked to it on their Facebook page. … Continue reading

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Jamie Foxx’s Messiah

During the Soul Train awards telecast last night, Jamie Foxx declared his undying allegiance to his Messiah. But this is not the Creator of Heaven and Earth confessed by the apostolic church, rather, as Foxx enthusiastically declared: ”First of all, give an honor … Continue reading

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Localist Dominion

Like many of you, I was following closely as the results came in last night. The “respected” pundits who predicted a landslide win for Romney are now being predicted upon as to the relevance of their predictions. Obama’s “vengeance voting” strategy won. And … Continue reading

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Why You Should Vote Third Party!

Over at the Kuyperian Commentary, I have a piece you might want to read. I am not expecting much agreement, but if you wanna know where I stand, here it is!

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Liturgical Strategy

The worship of the Church accomplishes work in the world. Battles are won or lost as a result of how our churches worship God. Too often we act as though our differences over liturgy were simply differences over decoration, instead … Continue reading

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The Dinesh D’Souza Debacle

The crisis over D’Souza’s situation is unexplainable at some level. His vociferous opposition to Obama brought his name into the vastly politicized American scene. His apologetics’ insights and his status as defender of the faith have granted him debates with Christopher Hitchens, … Continue reading

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Political and Evangelical Theology by Brian Mattson

One of the fearful manifestations of modern evangelicalism is the embarrassing witness of evangelicals towards a manifestly evangelical political theology. This is exactly what Brian Mattson is not afraid of in his new book: Politics and Evangelical Theology: A Guide for … Continue reading

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The Political Discourse Continued…

The political discourse is uglier today than it was in the last two campaigns I have followed (04 & 08). However, I have attempted to find some equilibrium between the side that says that the Republican Party has completely lost … Continue reading

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Political Discourse, Differences, and a Continuing Dialogue with a Friend

Dear Andrew, Your visit to this good part of the country was a true blessing. Thanks for entertaining me with Rushdoony stories. My reading of Rush early on was instrumental in shaping my vastly dichotomized theology. Dr. Doony (inside joke, … Continue reading

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The Political Discourse and the Kingdom of God

“There is not one square inch that Jesus does not claim ‘Mine,’ ” wrote the great Dutch theologian, Abraham Kuyper. Many of us agree with this universal claim, but at the same time we also differ in how this particular … Continue reading

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Bullying Chick-fil-A

That’s the title of W. James Antle III’s piece for the American Conservative. The piece touches on the inherent contradiction of the political bullies of our day. Antle concludes: Supporters of gay marriage have every right not to patronize a business that … Continue reading

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Pat Buchanan’s “The Suicide of a Superpower”

Buchanan’s not happy. And his latest book reveals it right from the start. Here is a stunning sample of this unfortunate reality: The European and Christian core of our country is shrinking. The birthrate of our native born has been … Continue reading

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Mormonism and Joel Osteen

The same questions asked in the early church are being asked again in the 21st century. The Nicene Creed, a standard summary of Christianity, is threatened on a regular basis. With the political scene heating up, and the Romney ticket … Continue reading

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Romney and Mormonism

With the almost inevitable status of Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee, the American public will be getting a good dose of Mormon theology from all sorts of quarters. Some will likely misrepresent Mormonism, while others will present a more … Continue reading

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Steve Deace Endorses Newt Gingrich

For the politically inclined, I wrote a short piece on Deace’s endorsement of Gingrich.

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Douthat on Gingrich and the Tempting of the Religious Right

I always enjoy the New York Times Opinion Page because of Douthat’s pieces. Douthat makes the NYT seem reasonable at times. In this op-ed, he answers the question: “What face does the religious right want representing them? He answers with … Continue reading

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Herman Cain Suspends Campaign!

Among many speculations, Presidential contender, Herman Cain is no more! “As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign,” Cain said outside his campaign headquarters Saturday in Atlanta. Cain announced that he was … Continue reading

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Born-Again is not Enough

John Eidsmoe writes in his 1984 God and Caesar, that around 1976 evangelical Christians were animated to vote for a born-again Christian. His name was Jimmy Carter. Eidsmoe observes that few paid any attention “to whether or not Carter’s stand on … Continue reading

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Rick Perry, Prayer, and Religion

Perry’s Day of Prayer has received all the expected fury from pluralistic liberals. James Moore concluded his HuffPo piece by saying: Perry has used his office, his tax-paid time, state letterhead, and the Texas brand to promote a single religion. The man … Continue reading

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Bachmann and Left Behind

With the political season officially picking up steam, the reader will probably see more political posts in the days ahead, together with posts of a theological nature also. This Rolling Stone piece on Michelle Bachmann is quite offensive at times, … Continue reading

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Conservatives and their Agenda

What are conservatives trying to conserve anyway? A few random social values; an unknown God? a few more freedoms than the liberal? Further, how can they conserve anything when they are so divided on what to conserve? Maybe Ambrose Bierce is … Continue reading

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Lexington on the Tea Party

I am certainly not in agreement with most of the Tea Party agenda–if there is one– but with this I agree.  Lexington says, “in how many other countries would a powerful populist movement demand less government, rather than endlessly and … Continue reading

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Ethics Anyone?

Carl Wernicke writes in the Pensacola News Journal: Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of today’s politics is how many voters seem willing to overlook ethical flaws if their favored candidate will simply say the right thing in staged TV commercials. … Continue reading

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The Last Person I’d Vote for…

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn specifically criticized presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich for twice leaving wives for other women. The Senator concludes: His life indicates he does not have a commitment to the character traits necessary to be a great president. Yes, … Continue reading

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Augustinian Project

Leithart writes that the church operates in an Eusebian mode giving “uncritical adulation to American Constantines (64).” What is the solution? What the Church needs is a renewal of the Augustinian project. We need to disentangle the American story from … Continue reading

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Political Hypocrisy

In his chapter on Stealth Imperialism, Chalmers Johnson notes that many of the outspoken champions of reducing the federal budget are “profligate when it comes to funding arms industries in their localities (91).” He cites former House Speaker Newt Gingrich … Continue reading

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