But this is a huge difference between the Christian and the Islamist. The Islamist is the radical Muslim committed to Islamic superiority and willing to kill for it. In effect, the Islamist says, "Vengeance is ours. We will repay."
Recent events have raised the issue, Should the pulpit always avoid politics?
Here are seven resolutions for the New Year. They are simple: Keep the 7 deadly sins in check and cultivate their opposites.
With another Christmas approaching, I can't overstate how relevant that notion is when it comes to Christ's kingdom, which began 2000 years ago and will one day see its wider fulfillment.
The depths of anti-Christian depravity found among some of the intelligentsia in our post-Christian culture has reached a new low. As if that were possible.
In years past, atheists have put up billboards in places like New York City to discourage people from attending church at Christmas time (or any time, for that matter). Now they're bringing their campaign to the Bible belt.
Another Christmas season begins. Get ready to read the headlines of the new lawsuits by the "civil libertarians" ready to throw the baby-in-the-manger out with the bathwater. I remember years ago when somebody called the Christmas season, "The Advent of Controversy."
Joey Adams told a joke that goes like this: Did you ever hear about the ungrateful lady at the beach who had a little child with her? She was too close to the water, and a big wave came in. By the time the water went back into the sea, she realized her son was missing.
Recently, I had the privilege to visit the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Someone asked me, "What were you doing there?" My response: "Worshiping Jesus Christ."
Some skeptics today like to argue that the founding fathers purposefully left God out of the Constitution. They say that a "Godless Constitution" was the intended design of the document---and they're wrong.
Many elitists today interpret the First Amendment in such a way as to turn it into a "search and destroy mission for any sneaky vestiges of religion left in the public square," as one Christian law professor put it. That's what separation of church and state means nowadays.
In polite society, you're not supposed to talk about politics, sex, or religion. Sorry, but this column will discuss all three, directly or indirectly.
This culture is obsessed with sex. Even burger ads sometimes use sex to sell their product. Pornography is rampant. Gender confusion rules the day. Some even want laws to let men use the ladies' room. And if you are a pastor and don't agree, they may subpoena your sermons.
Recent events have brought the debate on so-called "death with dignity" and assisted suicide into the spotlight again. And yet, the argument is not really a new one. No less a light than William Shakespeare extensively dealt with the subject in his writing.
Just days ago, the Seattle School Board voted unanimously to replace Columbus Day, a federal holiday, with "Indigenous Peoples' Day" to be celebrated on the same day in support of the people allegedly plundered and wiped out by Columbus and his heirs.
I opened a recent TIME Magazine and saw in big bold words a quote from British Prime Minister David Cameron on ISIS: "They are not Muslims. They are murderers." With all due respect to the Prime Minister---they are Muslims, and they are murderers.
The man who co-created PayPal helped solve a big problem, how to make trustworthy payments on the Internet. This successful solution has enriched the lives of everyone---himself included. Now, he wants to think outside the box to solve another problem: Death.
A disturbing story came and went, barely noticed a few weeks ago. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is being unceremoniously booted off the campuses of California's 23 state universities. This begins with a process of "derecognizing" these as legitimate campus groups.
But there's another factor as well, and that deals with the personal motivation of the hijackers. 9/11 happened because of bad theology. Nineteen men believed the promise that if they died in a state of Jihad, they would go to Paradise and receive their 72 virgins. Nineteen men sought assurance of salvation in the wrong place and killed thousands of innocent people on the way.
What started World War I? An anarchist in Serbia shot and killed a visiting Austrian leader. But why would that shooting trigger the killing of millions, including one out of two young Frenchmen, in what we now know as World War I, which began a hundred years ago?
Earlier this year, an event happened that did not receive wide notice. The last of the Von Trapp Family Singers, the last of the children---the real ones---died.
When will the rioting in Ferguson, MO stop? There has been much mayhem---including the police using tear gas---and much looting in the St. Louis suburb. The media covers this story heavily. Some estimate there may be as many media members as there are protesters.
Some have reported this is a Christian girl in Iraq deliberately beheaded by ISIS. Others report a different scenario for her death. I can't verify it. But either way radical Islam killed her.
Americans are accepting pot in seemingly unprecedented ways. Even as it is becoming legal in more places, such as Colorado by an act of the voters a couple years ago, there are still consequences to face with the widespread use of marijuana. We still reap what we sow.
It has been about three weeks now since the Hobby Lobby decision, and based on all the brouhaha from the left against the decision, you would think that the Supreme Court had virtually overruled the Constitution. It hasn't.