Naked… Yet Unashamed

September 26th, 2016

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In Hans Christian Anderson’s famous fable, the Emperor is naked yet unashamed. Not good. But this happens when the prophetic voice is dismissed.

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The gospel ought to comfort the afflicted but afflict the comfortable. Good news—except that Jesus predicted we’d value one far more than the other. Not good news.

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Little Foundation Left

September 12th, 2016

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There’s an old joke—pastors only work an hour a week. Clergy object, claiming to work as much as anyone else. And therein lies a problem.

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Foundation of Culture

September 5th, 2016

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Americans think Labor Day is a day for leisure. But that’s not what leisure originally meant. Recovering it is critical for Christians, since leisure is the basis of culture.

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Parallel Lines

August 29th, 2016

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The Western world operates according to two lines of thought. They’re parallel. That’s not good. What distinguishes parallel lines damages the Christian faith.

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Boycott?

August 22nd, 2016

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A number of voters say they’ll boycott this fall’s US Presidential election. Their revulsion is understandable, but William Wilberforce might urge a little caution here.

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Idiocy?

August 15th, 2016

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Too much of the financial world is about idiocy. So writes Matthew Crawford. If you think he’s unfair, you’ve forgotten what private equity denotes.

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Becoming European

August 8th, 2016

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On the whole, Europe goes on “holiday” throughout August. The US is trending this direction as well, especially with younger workers. We’re forgetting what holiday means.

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Sign of the Times

August 1st, 2016

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In American Sign Language, the sign for “transgender” was changed recently. It’s a sign of the times, but not one that you might imagine.

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If you enjoy a cold beer this summer, thank God. Beer and belief in God share a long history—one that stricter American Protestants once tried to squash.

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One-Minute Mile

July 18th, 2016

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Most believers lack the attention span—15 minutes—to walk a mile in others’ shoes. There’s a surprising reason why. A one-minute mile with a religious “none” will have to suffice.

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C.S. Lewis wanted to found what he called a “school of translation.” This was part of an article that our son Stephen forwarded to me. Unfortunately, the author omitted the first part of Lewis’s story—how Lewis learned to translate. Here’s the complete story.

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Both/And

July 4th, 2016

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Ben Franklin made a seemingly insignificant edit to Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence. It wasn’t. It reveals a significant shortcoming of the Enlightenment.

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Two-thirds of Americans can’t see themselves supporting either of the presumptive Presidential candidates. This is what the abolition of politics looks like.

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Did you notice? One institution was conspicuously absent amidst the parade of officials explaining the ISIS-inspired massacre at an Orlando nightclub. Why?

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