Timely Reminders

Periodically, I like to remind my readers that you can participate in this blog. Just click on “Register” in the right sidebar. It is a one-time registration that allows you to post your comments. I do moderate them, so they don’t appear right away, but unless there is something particularly objectionable, I let them go through. I encourage you to respond to anything I’ve written that sparks a thought in you that others might like to read. Also, if you… Read more »

God Is in Control (Part III)

The Scripture to the left is often invoked to say that everything will work out alright regardless of what men choose. “Don’t you know,” we are told, “that God works all things together for good”? That’s called “selective reading” of a Scripture. Look closely. For whom do things work together for good? The promise is for those “who love the Lord,” the ones “who are the called according to His purpose.” This is not an outright promise that all things… Read more »

God Is in Control (Part II)

Although God calls the shots for the overall direction of His creation, He has given each of us a wonderful, and simultaneously frightful, gift—the ability to make choices in life. Our choices are the real thing, not simply illusions.  As Moses stated to the children of Israel in the desert, This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and… Read more »

God Is in Control (Part I)

Even before the presidential election, I heard so many Christians say, “Well, no matter what happens, God is in control.” Do not number me as one who denies God’s sovereignty. He is the Lord of the universe and omnipotence is one of His natural attributes. He will determine when this whole earthly experiment has run its course, and one day everyone will have to stand before Him to give an account. Further, He decides the eternal destiny of each person…. Read more »

Change of Heart

This political cartoon leads me to say something that I have only hinted at, but need to emphasize. I have been highly critical of the views of our new president, and will remain so. Yet, as a Christian, I believe that even the worst of sinners can change. The apostle Paul started as Saul, the persecutor of Christians. John Newton was a slave trader who was converted and became the writer of “Amazing Grace.” Can Obama change his views? Yes…. Read more »

A First Amendment Guarantee

Besides the freedom of religion clauses of the First Amendment, there is another guarantee there that is threatened: freedom of speech. Now, we have, over the years, added some rather foggy ideas of what freedom of speech entails. It has been expanded to include coarse language that used to be avoided and artistic expressions that can only be legitimately described as obscene. That’s not what the Founders intended by the phrase “freedom of speech.” For them, it was primarily freedom… Read more »

This Doesn’t Require Any Commentary

The following news report, just out this afternoon, speaks for itself: President Barack Obama on Friday struck down the Bush administration’s ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information. Obama’s executive order, the latest in an aggressive first week reversing contentious Bush policies, was warmly welcomed by liberal groups and denounced by abortion rights foes. His action came one day after the 36th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Roe v…. Read more »