Author Archives: Dr Snyder

How Not to Become a Historian

My road to becoming a historian was a strange one. I think I always liked history; it was the history classes I didn’t like. Frankly, my early education was rather drab when it came to history. I have no memory of ever being inspired by what I was taught. I barely have a memory that I was taught at all. American history, in high school, was a dull affair. The teacher, who was also the basketball coach (this was in… Read more »

Should a Pastor Be Involved Politically?

John Peter Muhlenberg’s Statue in the Capitol Some have criticized Rick Warren for holding the forum I spoke about in the previous posting. He should stick to religion, not get involved in politics, they say. I’m reminded, though, of the actions and words of John Peter Muhlenberg, pastor of a church at the time of the American Revolution. Muhlenberg’s sermon, one Sunday in 1775, ended with the words, “There is a time for all things–a time to preach and a… Read more »

The Saddleback Forum

I watched both hours of the presidential forum held at Saddleback Church Saturday evening. I must admit that going into it, I was not confident that the pastor, Rick Warren, would really ask the tough questions, especially the types of questions I would like to have asked. Prior to the event, Warren had commented that he was not going to focus on typical evangelical concerns such as abortion and same-sex marriage. Yet he did address those issues and sought to… Read more »

A Unique Insight from C.S. Lewis

Some writers just have a way of saying something. Ever since my undergraduate days (which are becoming somewhat of a dim memory by now), I have been fascinated with C. S. Lewis. His writings always stir me. He doesn’t just make statements; he draws you into what he is saying and creates an image that stays with you. At least that is the effect on me. There are so many examples I could use. In fact, I’ve included many of… Read more »

Republican? Democrat? Christian?

Are Christians supposed to align themselves with political parties? Many say that the only real Christian stance is to be unaffiliated with a party because that would be tying God to a human organization that is oftentimes corrupt. The fear is that becoming identified with a particular party will besmirch the reputation of the faith when that party does something wrong. I understand the sentiment. I want to be known as a Christian first, an American second, and a member… Read more »

Living the Life

I am very concerned that Christians live up to their profession of faith. I want to share thoughts on walking the walk and being sure that our walk matches our talk. Partial or weekend Christians are oxymorons; they simply don’t exist. The Christian life, though, is not hard, not if you are truly motivated by love for God and gratitude for what He has done for you in Christ. It is a response of love, not a grit-your-teeth-I’ll-do-this-or-die-trying ordeal. We… Read more »

Christianity and Culture

Charles Finney: Greatest Evangelist of the Second Great Awakening In addition to commentary on politics, government, and history, I want to offer what I hope will be insights into the larger culture of our society, always through the prism of a Biblical worldview. Charles Finney was one of the most effective evangelists of the nineteenth century. His impact went beyond just tallying the number of converted people. Instead, his converts understood that being a Christian means taking the grace of… Read more »