Paul, Prison, and the President


AN ANCIENT PRINCIPLE The Apostle Paul was once set free from prison, but he wouldn’t go. Paul did not leave the jail which held him in Philippi until he had first asked for the magistrates to come to him in person (Acts 16:16ff.).  Why the unnecessary stay? Students of the New Testament recognize the Apostle... Continue Reading →

Christians Should Fight Obamacare (and the HHS Mandate)


The Family Research Council is calling on Christians to pray for those who are filing lawsuits against the Health and Human Services mandate. The mandate—which is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)--states that all employers must provide “preventative” care to all women.  The word “preventative” must be put in quotes because... Continue Reading →

Study Indicates America Losing Freedom of Religion


  My posts recently have shown a growing concern for the loss of religious freedom in America. Unfortunately, the trend away from liberty is global. Since 2008, the number of countries with severe restrictions on religious liberty has increased by 23 percent, according to the extensive new study recently released by the Pew Forum on... Continue Reading →

America Looking More Like China on Religious Liberty


There are two major stories whose trajectories are coalescing toward a permanent loss of religious liberty in the United States. The first story is the on-going saga known affectionately as Obamacare. The second story is more subtle, under the radar, but perhaps more damaging in its scope. It is the story of code enforcement. Let... Continue Reading →

What Should We Think About Stories of Slaughtered Christians in Syria?


Politically, it would be easy to find fault with some of the decisions being made in our foreign policy.  Many politicians have in fact been critical of President Obama, calling for more serious action to be taken in Assyria (Joe Lieberman and John McCain are but two examples). Indeed, many websites are quickly seizing on... Continue Reading →

Chen Ups and Downs


UPDATE: Poor Chen Guangchen. His case is reportedly moving along, but the answers are not coming to some serious questions about Chen's future. Will there be retribution for those who helped Chen escape? Will he actually be permitted to leave the country? How is his health? Apparently, the U.S. Embassy has abandoned Chen. It is... Continue Reading →

A Mind to Sin


When you read 1 Samuel 22, you can’t help but to think to yourself, “How in the world can Saul be so blind?”  Saul, who was appointed king by popular demand of the people so that they could have a king like the rest of the nations around them, confronts the priest Ahimelech about whether... Continue Reading →

Consider What Congress Is Saying


I'm not an anti-government fanatic, and neither are you probably.  We understand that government has a role to play in our lives.  Government is necessary for protecting us all and for maintaining order where sin might otherwise abound.  That being said, this new Obamacare legislation is egregious.  Just think about what it is going to... Continue Reading →

The Little Ones


A song by Phil Keaggy asks, "Who will speak up for the little ones, helpless and half-abandoned?"  It seems that no Democrat in America will any longer.  When Bart Stupak caved in to pressure from the national Democratic Party earlier today, he sent the message loudly and clearly that abortion is at the heart of... Continue Reading →

How Not to Take a Stand


GetReligion has a review of the news media's coverage of Steve Anderson, the Arizona pastor who hopes (and prays for) Barack Obama to die.  Just to be clear, the pastor does not seek to kill the president, and he is not advocating violence against the president; rather, he is hoping God will cause the president to... Continue Reading →

How Muslim Are We?


As my last blog post pointed out, President Obama appears to be reaching out to Muslims on a false pretense.  Muslims need not necessarily be our enemies (except the ones who have taken that title to themselves); yet, Muslim is clearly not our identity either.  I cannot see how to make advances in relationships by... Continue Reading →

Bravo, Viola!


Here is a blog post about an upcoming bill in California which will coerce doctors into providing abortions or, at least, providing support for the industry.  You may recall that President Obama has recently (by executive order) taken similar steps in limiting conscientious objections by doctors.  At any rate, this blog is informative, as are... Continue Reading →

Encouraging?


There is a story in Baptist Press which offers a ray of hope for healthcare workers.  As you know, President Obama turned back a conscience clause provision that Bush had put in place to protect pro-life workers.  In the Bush administration, pro-life pharmacists could object to dispensing the abortion pill, RU 486.  According to this... Continue Reading →

The backlash of Notre Dame


According to this story, Catholics are fairly outraged at the decision of the administration to invite Barack Obama to speak this spring at Notre Dame.  Considering his activism on behalf of abortion, many Catholics believe he ought not to be put forward as one to be emulated and honored.  Some of the opposition refer to... Continue Reading →

The Apple and the Floodgate


Wesley J. Smith asserts that the Obama move on funding embryonic stem cells is akin to taking another bite from the forbidden fruit.  Indeed, he interacts extensively with an article from the New York Times which he believes cries out for a further devouring of forbidden and foreboding fruits of destruction.  (See here) Dr. R.... Continue Reading →

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