Month: April 2014

The Obamacare Chronicles (cont.)

It’s time for my obligatory Obamacare posting of the week. Why? Two reasons. First: despite all the administration’s efforts to convince people this is a success, the horror stories on how it is affecting us continue without letup. Second: the cartoonists are still having a field day with it. And why not? It’s ripe for lampooning. For instance, the administration’s theme that enrollment is rising covers up a significant factor in any numbers they put forward: That technique will become… Read more »

Keystone Politics

We won WWII in less than four years. A lot of decisions had to made in wartime—big decisions that affected the lives of millions. Those decisions required consideration of all the factors. Yet they were made in time to carry out the mission. The Keystone Pipeline project has been studied for more years than it took to win that war. The studies have made it clear there is no environmental hazard from moving ahead with it. Keystone will not only… Read more »

God Is Alive & Heaven Is Real

In an earlier post, I mentioned two movies that I hadn’t yet seen, but planned to, and that I would give my view on them after I had seen them. I’ve now had the opportunity to fit them into my schedule and would like to offer a few comments on God’s Not Dead and Heaven Is For Real. Let me begin by saying I deliberately didn’t read any full reviews of either film; I wanted my perception of them to… Read more »

Finney: The Intent of the Heart

Of what does true virtue consist? What determines a person’s moral character? Charles Finney deals with that in his Systematic Theology. His language is not modern, so some of this may be hard to follow for some people, but I would urge you to think this through carefully. Here’s what he says: It has been shown that moral character consists in the supreme ultimate intention of the mind, and that this supreme, disinterested benevolence, good willing or intention, is the… Read more »

Lewis: Reflection on the Incarnation

In one of his letters, C. S. Lewis reflects on when God became man in the person of Jesus. Why did He not come as a type of superhero, impervious to physical harm and devoid of emotion? It’s because He sought to be like us and to reveal the heart of the Father: God could, had He pleased, have been incarnate in a man of iron nerves, the Stoic sort who lets no sigh escape him. Of His great humility… Read more »

Eternity Begins Now

I’m so glad that, as a Christian, I don’t perceive this world as all there is to life. Frankly, if I thought there were nothing more, and this is the best it would ever get, I would be in constant depression. I certainly wouldn’t get up early enough each morning to write a blog in the hope that it would make a difference, however slight, in shaping people’s beliefs and worldviews. Instead, I would see my “activity” as rather worthless… Read more »

Race, Hypocrisy, & the Coming Elections

No one can argue that racial discrimination is entirely a thing of the past. As long as there are human beings, there will be those who harbor ill will toward anyone who is “different,” a word that can be defined in numerous ways. We’re talking about a feature of life simply called “sin,” another term that has innumerable manifestations, both personally and in society. Yet the United States has gone to greater lengths than any other nation to do whatever… Read more »