Month: September 2013

Scrapping the Obamacare Monstrosity

Anyone who thinks history doesn’t repeat itself has a short memory. It seems as if we have a scenario that never goes away: the federal government in gridlock as we attempt to keep it funded. Each time, there are cries of horror that children will starve, the elderly will perish, we won’t meet our debt obligations, and the world, generally speaking, will come to an end. All such cries are overwrought and largely political. We also repeat the scenario that… Read more »

Finney: Discerning the Intent of the Heart

Our outward actions are extremely important, but when the Lord looks at those actions, He goes deeper and sees the intent of the heart. Sometimes, the outward actions of two individuals may be exactly the same, but the intent of the heart completely different. One may be honoring God by his actions while someone else doing the very same thing may be sinning. Here’s how Charles Finney explains it further: A student labors to get wages, to purchase books, to… Read more »

Lewis: God’s Claims on Our Lives

Why do I take time to write this daily commentary? As I contemplate the reasons, two come to the forefront: to show that God and our relationship to Him and His truth is paramount; to reveal, as much as possible, how, even though we ultimately live for another and better existence after this life, we nevertheless need to put His principles into practice in this one. C. S. Lewis said much the same thing in a 1939 essay, “Learning in… Read more »

Political Cartoon Potpourri Day

Let’s cover a few topics today and let the political cartoons carry most of the commentary. Regular readers know I like to do this occasionally. I could attribute this to a bit of laziness on my part or simply to my deep appreciation of the cartoonists’ wit. I’ll choose the latter. In response to the terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Kenya by Islamists who gunned down only Christians, here’s a sobering assessment: Yes, we’re still waiting for expressed… Read more »

The Obamacare Poison

To get the pulse of our mainstream media, all you have to do is compare the coverage of Ted Cruz’s all-night speech to the Senate objecting to the funding of Obamacare with that of Texas state senator Wendy Davis’s stalling speech in favor of unlimited abortion. Davis was treated as some kind of hero, and the favorable coverage has catapulted her into the race for Texas governor. Cruz, on the other hand, was largely depicted as a looney extremist. Never… Read more »

The Real Critique of Common Core

Up until now, I’ve not written anything specific with respect to the Common Core program being promoted from on high and apparently accepted as a guideline/goal by more than forty states. The promise is that it will set standards to prepare students for college and the workplace. Thus far, standards have been set for math and English language, with plans to extend them to other subject areas. One reason why I’ve not waded into this field prior to now is… Read more »

Ted Cruz & His Detractors

The lines are drawn, and they aren’t strictly Republican vs. Democrat, at least not when it comes to tactics. While most Republicans want to get rid of Obamacare, they disagree on how to do so. Texas Senator Ted Cruz has become the leader of the “defund Obamacare now” approach. He has been criticized for this because Republicans control only the House, and that this tactic will not succeed. Further, all it can do, the critics say, is lead to a… Read more »