In Indiana’s Third District, clashing definitions of this foundational liberty put U.S. Rep. Jim Banks and challenger Courtney Tritch on a collision course.
When a politician talks about “investment” and “adjusting tax rates,” it’s time to feel for your wallet.
Likewise, when a politician says we should trade First Amendment freedoms for cash, it’s time to clear your throat, mount a digital soapbox, and ask a few hard questions.
Continue reading “Courtney Tritch and ‘religious freedoms’”
Here we are at Christmastime, listening to herald angels sing glory to the newborn king. But listen to the angels more closely. In the center of one of the Bible’s most glorious promises of peace, we find an opposite of a promise, too:
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13-14 ESV)
So, wait. Those with whom God is not pleased have no promise of peace from Him? So how do we know with whom God is pleased? Who gets peace, and who doesn’t? Continue reading “God loves the Naughty List”
“Gungor drifts from Biblical orthodoxy,” says the erroneous headline in World magazine. It’s erroneous because the leaders of the Christian worship band called Gungor were never that orthodox to begin with.
To be clear, the members of Gungor are not heretics or apostates. They walk under the banner of Jesus Christ. Instead, and perhaps ironically, the leaders of Gungor are exactly what they accuse the rest of the American church to be. They are Pharisees. Continue reading “Gungor: The Hipster Pharisees”
“Those who refuse to forgive others will not be forgiven by God.”
Hard words from Pastor Nate Harlan this past Sunday as he preached on Matthew 18:21-35. But behind these hard words is a demonstration of God’s great love for his people and God’s great promises of reconciliation.
The passage is Christ’s parable of the unforgiving servant. The servant owed the king 10,000 talents and was readily forgiven the debt. Then minutes later, the servant angrily tossed a fellow servant in prison because he was owed 100 denarii. Continue reading “The three marks of the forgiving heart”
O! Government nanny! To whom we scrape and bow.
Protect us from our stupidness, it doesn’t matter how.
O! Government nanny! With trump and harp so glad
Your bureaucrats cocoon me from the freedom I once had. Continue reading “O! Government Nanny! (A short heroic poem)”