Where state governments are supposed to be looking after the welfare of their citizenry, the commonwealth of all the people, the establishment of a lottery has in fact betrayed the citizenry.
Fans of the critically-acclaimed Netflix original series House of Cards are eagerly awaiting the release of the second season this Friday. Frank Underwood, masterfully played by the award-winning Kevin Spacey, embodies the corruption that so often attends to the pursuit of political power.
When the SPLC makes up a list, its own institutional integrity (or lack thereof) determines the effectiveness of its labeling this or that group as hateful. If groups that have taken it upon themselves to make such determinations cannot tell the difference between activism on behalf of the biblical definition of marriage and the incitement of hatred and violence towards others, then their own institutional credibility suffers.
But even though the president's words here may have been designed to cater to a base more inclined toward collectivism, conservatives and independents should not respond by rejecting the kernel of truth contained in the president's remarks.
For Christians, the freedoms we enjoy as Americans must be recognized as the blessings they are and be properly oriented to our ultimate identity as citizens of heaven.
If local churches hope to take up their rightful place of priority in their congregation's charitable giving, then they will need to show that they are being faithful and obedient stewards of their mandate.
Amid the threat of a "double-dip" recession, and the ongoing plight of joblessness across America, this past Labor Day was bittersweet for many.
There was a good deal of reflection and self-expression from the hundreds of delegates gathered in Stuttgart, Germany, on topics related to global poverty and hunger.
There has been good deal of ink, digital or otherwise, spilled over the Tea Party movement in the last few months, and there's little sign of abatement anytime soon.
Can the earth's food supply possibly keep pace with a global population estimated by some to top 8 billion by the year 2020 and 9 billion by 2030?
In the wake of the domestic credit crisis in America, the subsequent global economic downturn, and the various attempts to diagnose and correct the problems with today's business culture, politicians and pundits alike have been casting about for villains.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.