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Correctly Understanding Jesus’ Condemnation of the Pharisees

February 25, 2015

We should not be misled, unnerved, or defensive when adversaries of Biblical faith condemn traditional Christians as Pharisaical. Like Jesus, we agree with the moral ideals of the Pharisees, which God gives us in His Word, and like Jesus, we condemn those who depart from them. But unlike the Pharisees (and those who advocate moral autonomy), we do not depend on our own righteousness to be good, but on Jesus Christ.

America's Moral Vision

America’s Moral Vision and the Administrative State

November 5, 2014

The administrative state is overwhelming classical liberalism. Freedom will not survive unless the moral vision of the American founders is recovered.

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Practicing What the Church Teaches

July 22, 2014

The great danger for believers convinced of the clear statements of Christ and the apostles on marriage, the family, and sexuality is that the Synod will recommend that formal sanction be given to the practical acceptance of people not conforming to Christ’s teaching, without any change in their lives.


Choppy Waters Ahead: A Discussion with a UMC Bishop

July 16, 2014

Increasing pressure to address the issues of same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBT persons have set a rather precarious stage…


Is Biological Determinism on its Way Out?

June 12, 2014

Without the bedrock of biological determinism, the LGBTQ movement loses its legal luster. The assembling power of “discrimination” becomes, instead, the rather ignorable whimper of disagreement.


Church Militant: Conference Calls for Spiritual Warfare in Politics

June 7, 2014

Christians have a “responsibility to speak the truth” in an America where faith and freedom are “under assault … “


Calvin, Aquinas and a Whopper with Cheese

June 2, 2014

Yes, we’re talking validating existence with Whoppers. But, no, it’s not crazy. The new slogan sums up the prevailing philosophy that drives our choices and much of our public debate on moral questions.


Darth Vader and Solzhenitsyn

May 10, 2014

What makes the Star Wars movies so great is not just their fantastic setting and characters but their moral dimension. In the films, the battle between good and evil is not just one that happens outside of us and amongst the stars. The true battle is the one that happens within us.

John Wesley Preaching on his father's tomb (Archives of DePauw University)

How Should Methodism View Politics?

April 26, 2014

One central insight into Wesley’s public theology was his belief, as Oden describes, that “people share in the political sins of their country.” Wesley declared in 1775, in a service memorializing British soldiers killed in America: “God frequently punishes a people for the sins of their rulers, because they are generally partakers of their sins, in one kind or other.”

Madonna destroyed in Rome by rioters (ANSA)

It’s All About Religion

April 15, 2014

The decadence and libertinism of the West in general and America in particular is a sign of a society that is disintegrating, rejecting its essential structuring elements.

C.S. Lewis writing in his study.

Stories, Not Arguments, Shape Imaginations

March 29, 2014

If stories convince us that certain positions are absurd or foolish, reason, logic, and data will look foolish, mean-spirited, and absurd.

Woman Baking Bread by Jean-François Millet (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Weddings Cakes, Evangelicals, and Philistinism

February 26, 2014

Jethani, of course, entitled his piece “An Evangelical Case for Gay Wedding Cakes.” No doubt his word processor inquired, “You typed ‘evangelical.’ Did you mean to write ‘Mainline Protestant liberal’ instead?”