As a child, I was raised under the umbrella of Christian beliefs known as charismatic. (It comes from the Greek word for gifts of the Spirit, charisma, which means something like gifts of grace, and from which we get the English word for being “graced” with personality.) I grew up hearing a lot about the … Continue reading One Spirit, One Baptism
In my last post, I tried to explain my fundamental problem with the “conservatism” of the Republican Party. This time, I would like to finish up by laying out the specific problems I have with their actual practice (or lack thereof). First, Republicans refuse to encourage virtue. Instead of promoting an idea on its own … Continue reading What’s Wrong with the Right?
In previous posts, I gave my general opinion on American politics – and on the left in particular. But I didn’t specifically address conservatism, so I would like to round out the conversation by doing that. To begin with, I’m not going to pretend that anyone would be wrong to associate me with conservatives; but … Continue reading The Right Reason
In my previous post, I spoke of politics in terms of liberal and conservative, rather than Democrat and Republican. That’s because my chief focus was on philosophy, not on party. But since left and right in our society are virtually synonymous with the two major parties, I may as well address the elephant in the … Continue reading No Good Reason
The terms “liberal” and “conservative” are obviously relative; what’s liberal in one century might be conservative in the next. But one thing remains essentially the same: conservatives fight change and liberals fight for it. How we judge the liberalism or conservatism of any time or place ultimately depends on what’s being changed. If it’s good, … Continue reading Conserving Liberalism
In The Last Battle, C. S. Lewis writes about a desperate king of Narnia who still believes in Aslan, the great lion and Christ figure of the story. When a group of dwarves asks him to reveal Aslan to them, he responds, “Do you think I keep him in my wallet, fools?” This illustrates two … Continue reading In the Beginning…
No, this isn’t about George Strait. (Some of you won’t get that joke, but it’s irrelevant.) This is about something deeper, and if you read through to the end, I expect you’ll be surprised at least once. Imagine you’re offered a suite in an expensive mansion. The owner gives you everything you need and shows … Continue reading The Fireman
Last year, a world-famous Christian apologist died. He had been diagnosed with cancer just a few months prior and deteriorated quickly. I was saddened by the news of both his diagnosis and his death. This was a man that I discovered in recent years and developed a great deal of respect for. To my eyes, … Continue reading “Put Not Your Trust in Man”
It’s almost Valentine’s Day. That glorious time of year when we all get to show someone how much we care. The stores are filled with red and pink; romantic ads show up everywhere; and lots of couples will jump at the chance for a special occasion. Sure, the whole thing is a commercialized, superficial racket; … Continue reading Ain’t Love Grand?
For years, we’ve been told through movies and television that Christmas is about “giving” or “family.” In one classic film, Santa Claus even declares that it’s not a day, but a “frame of mind.” Whatever that means, it surely bears some connection to the same idea of love and charity. And if we’re talking about … Continue reading All I Want for Christmas is Truth