Month: September 2015

Pondering the President’s Policies

Some random thoughts today about the recent highlights of the Obama administration. The Iran deal looks like it’s going through. This is the latest in a long line of great deals brokered by this president: Our president’s dubious accomplishments have spanned both the foreign and domestic realms, as the above cartoon shows. The economy has been moribund for his entire tenure in office, with a falling unemployment rate masking the fact that the labor force participation is at its lowest… Read more »

Lewis: The Inconsistency of Naturalism

In his book Miracles, C. S. Lewis takes aim at “naturalists” who say that there is no “outside” reference [i.e., God] for calling anything good or evil. When men use the words, “I ought,” Lewis notes, they are saying something about the essence of right and wrong that is built into the universe. In fact, naturalists should never use such terminology: “But if Naturalism is true,” he writes, “‘I ought’ is the same sort of statement as ‘I itch’ or… Read more »

Gleanings from the Second Debate

I loved the setting of the second Republican presidential debate: the Reagan Library with Air Force One in the background. I was there almost a year ago; it’s an impressive place. Not as impressive was how CNN conducted the debate. Jake Tapper, the moderator, attempt to be the whole show; the other two questioners, when allowed a stray question or two, were no more than window dressing, virtually non-existent. It also became evident from the very start that Tapper’s goal… Read more »

Iran & Proper Perspective

Congress hasn’t given up entirely on standing up to the Iran deal. The House voted its disapproval and now the Senate leadership (?) promises to have another vote. Most believe it will come to nothing because even if they reach the 60 votes to stop the filibuster, there is no way they can make it to 67 to override Obama’s veto. As I said in a previous posting, the sad part of all this is the Senate’s acquiescence to the… Read more »

The Fine Art of Being Sorry

We’re very good at being sorry. We’re not so good at being repentant. Wait a minute—aren’t those the same? Not necessarily. You can be “sorry” for a lot of things, and it’s all too easy to make your “I’m sorry” statement sound petulant or forced, as if you don’t really mean it. Genuine repentance takes stock of one’s heart and actions, acknowledges when there is sin, and does more than a simple “I’m sorry” in response. Repentance leads to a… Read more »

Eric Metaxas’s Trump Bible

Christian author, speaker, and radio talk show host Eric Metaxas has become a leading evangelical voice in our day. He entered the national consciousness with a direct message a couple years ago at the National Prayer Breakfast. I was deeply impressed by his book Amazing Grace, which painted an inspiring portrait of British statesman William Wilberforce, the man who successfully led the fight against slavery in the British empire. Mextaxas also gave a stirring and insightful message to the Oxbridge… Read more »

Lewis: Good & Bad People

“What need have I of Christ?” some say. “I’m a good person. I don’t do all those truly evil things other people do.” That’s one of the greatest deceptions we face. C. S. Lewis confronts it directly in Mere Christianity when he compares the “nice” person with a person who doesn’t come across as quite so nice. He notes that some people are just naturally more even-tempered and balanced in their personalities, and that is what can lead them astray…. Read more »