Warren & the President-Elect

The latest political controversy that involves the Christian faith is one I’ve had to think about more than usual. Rick Warren, pastor of the Saddleback megachurch in California, has been tabbed by Obama to offer the invocation at the inauguration. My first reaction was one of disbelief: how could Warren possibly join Obama on the platform and invoke God’s blessing on his administration? My second reaction was to think more about the responsibility we all have as Christians to pray for… Read more »

Does Anyone Consider Constitutionality Anymore?

We are naturally focused on the billions being poured out currently to stave off economic collapse (which it may do temporarily, but not long-term). Yet the only reason we find it so easy to spend that money is because we have a culture in the government that says everyone should receive something from the taxpayers. Every so often, someone releases a list of where taxpayer money is going. Thanks to Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma for the latest. Here are… Read more »

Teaching in Puerto Rico

I am in Puerto Rico this week, teaching church history at the Youth with a Mission (YWAM) base in Juncos. I have been coming here for the last six years, teaching primarily in the School of the Bible. Besides church history, I also offer a week-long series on Biblical worldview and another on American history. Being here is always a highlight for me. The students are eager to learn and devoted to developing into what the Lord wants them to… Read more »

The Ultimate Moderate

Hillary Clinton: How Did She Become a Moderate? One of the supreme ironies of this election season has been the labeling of Hillary Clinton as a moderate. She is now Obama’s choice for Secretary of State, probably the highest position in his cabinet.  How did she win the moderate label? After all, isn’t this the person who attempted to make the federal government the overseer of all health care back in the 1990s? Did anyone ever call her a moderate prior… Read more »

More "Moderation"

Daschle: Former Senate Majority Leader Another of the “moderates” Obama has named to his cabinet is former Sen. Tom Daschle. When Daschle was Majority Leader in the Senate, he did everything he could to undermine any Republican movement toward limited government or less spending.  Daschle is now slated to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, where he can be free to spend and direct the federal government into the lives of all Americans. Other less well-known appointments include Carole Browner, an Al… Read more »

Moderation, Obama-Style

Eric Holder–Top Law Enforcement Official in the Nation? I’ve been hearing a lot lately about how moderate Obama’s personnel picks have turned out to be. Does that count Attorney General-designate Eric Holder? In his previous service in the Clinton administration, Holder was in the forefront of approving pardons as Bill Clinton left office. One of those he approved was Marc Rich, who had fled the country over his illegal financial doings. Rich was granted a pardon apparently because his wife… Read more »

We Don't Need Another "Deal"

When Time magazine decided to show a cover depicting Obama as FDR, I could only shake my head. And now Obama is trying his best to be the next FDR, talking about a massive plan for public works. The little secret, which isn’t really much of a secret anymore (except to those who refuse to listen) is that FDR’s New Deal never brought America out of the Great Depression. By the end of the 1930s, the economy was just as… Read more »