There is a stunned silence in the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court of the United States' assault on the Constitution inherent in its ruling on same-sex marriage — even though most knew it was coming. Nevertheless, let us now pause and consider the enormity of the decision.
In his Encyclical, "Laudato Si mi' Signore'" ("Praise be to you, my Lord"), released June 18, Pope Francis reveals an inspiring, dynamic, compassionate heart, and then smothers it in the same old stagnant, wearying strategizing of the finite human mind.
In the West, however, there "is a diminishing sense of the respect for the sanctity of life. And all of this is to be imposed on Africa, at whatever cost: we think that it is immoral and that it is unjust."
The Normandy Invasion is a picture in the frame of space and time, a parable of the coming and advance of God's Kingdom of goodness, peace, and Spirit-given joy in the world.
The Kingdom of God is invisible and immeasurable until its impact is observable and measurable in the form of its "fruit." This is why the biblical Church has so often been underestimated.
This fictional scenario bears at least some resemblance to what Texas Governor Greg Abbott faces as the U.S. Army Special Operations Command prepares to launch Operation Jade Helm this July in Texas, and several other western states. Abbott has instructed the Texas State Guard to monitor the training program. This has evoked heaps of scorn from left-progressive voices, as well as from some in his own party.
We have reached the stage of vilification – conservative Christians are now regarded by the consensus establishments as the villains in "transformed" America. The Supreme Court may well take us to the criminalization stage.
The Hypocrisy of the Preachy Culture: If Starbucks Can Preach About Race, Can Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby Preach About Christian Values?
Starbucks' recent attempt to turn a coffee cup into a communion chalice is an example. The "communion" signified upon the cup was not about humans and God, but about humans "communing" with one another regarding race.
Lest the day come when some bard describes the Obama Administration leading the United States and its allies into the "valley" and "jaws of Death" and "the mouth of Hell" there are questions one would like to pose to our plumed leadership at the head of the brigade, like President Obama, Secretary Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, as well as those in the Congress who do not comprehend the nature of the existential threat:
Now we know who Netanyahu is – if we didn't before. However, after six years of the Obama presidency, many still ask: Who is Barack Obama?
So what's the big deal about Brian Williams and Marie Harf? The one apparently has a somewhat virtual past in journalism and the other a virtual solution for the top international crisis of our times.
I am a conservative pastor in one of those Texas megachurches the left finds so sinister. Worse, I was an aide in the Nixon White House, a one-time congressional candidate, and later district director and acting chief of staff to the U.S. Representative who beat me. All that should make me a theocratic thug, the poster-boy of everything the political left finds ominous.
As we celebrate the life and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, and remember the horror and glory of Selma, I wish to pay tribute to a person whose existence was unheralded in those dark times, but whose influence upon me was mighty.
If Charlie Hebdo was offensive in its cartoons of Mohammed and other religious figures, Newsweek's Eichenwald was repellent to many Christians in his characterization of evangelical conservatives and pro-life, pro-traditional marriage Catholics as, among other things, "God's frauds."
At what point does an administration or regime become culpable for crimes committed within its sphere?
If we learn anything from the current debacles over Jonathan Gruber's unfortunate comments regarding the importance of not being transparent to the "stupid" electorate regarding some facets of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the repugnant values expressed in hacked emails of Sony executive Amy Pascal it is this: There is a nihilist lurking in most — if not all — of us.
In 73 years (I was born December 5, 1941, two days before Pearl Harbor) I have never seen the world situation more volatile.
The conditions that led to the Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii exist today, on an even broader scale.
When it comes to religious freedom for Christians, China is running that race for global economic leadership like an Indy 500 car chugging on a steam engine. It is true that Christianity in China is growing by leaps and bounds and may outstrip every revival in history. But it is also true that China's industrial future is being undermined by restrictions on religion and other freedoms, and that could eventually be a serious drag on Chinese economic aspirations.
The Church of Jesus Christ everywhere is under cultural Blitzkrieg. The German term was coined to describe Hitler's strategy in his early assaults especially on Poland, the Sudetenland, and Austria. The attacks combined suddenness (Blitz) and all-out war (Krieg) rather than slow incremental incursions.
Secular jihad – that's the best way to characterize the subpoenaing of sermons and other communications from pastors opposing the Houston city regime and their "bathroom law."
The first step toward criminalization of the American pulpit may have just been taken in Houston. It is a frightening moment not just for the church in America's fourth largest city, but for the pulpit throughout the United States.
Mr. Obama is to be congratulated for his frank assessment of the situation, but his indiscretion regarding the time, place, and reason for his confession is disturbing. When that reality began to sink in on the West Wing, there was much scurrying, shuffling, and buck-passing.
Not even a superpower like the United States can solve the world's problems anymore, according to a quote attributed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel widely circulated over recent weeks.
In our times a rushing tidal wave threatens Lady Liberty because a borderless region is no longer a sanctuary from those suffering under lawless regimes, but loses the very sanctity that makes it a safe and opportune place for the "tired... poor... wretched refuse... homeless, and tempest-tossed."