Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, told campuses at Houston's 65,000-member Second Baptist Church June 28-29 that people who are hoping for an Abraham Lincoln or Ronald Reagan in the political sphere or a Martin Luther King in the social arena will be disappointed. Today's media, political, and cultural atmosphere focuses on tearing down people who seek leadership.
But "the great swing of history" is not merely the passing of generations. The historical pattern is that whole civilizations rise and fall, say Arnold Toynbee and other historians. Here is more detail about the civilizational cycle which is "the great swing of history" we are now experiencing:
An analysis of the stages of civilization revealed in Old Testament Israel (we include Judah, the southern kingdom, here as well) reveal where contemporary Western Civilization – including America – is headed if it continues on its present trajectory.
"There is now a serious risk that Christianity will disappear from its biblical heartlands," said a report by think-tank Civitas about persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Ample evidence suggests there are those who would like Christianity to vanish from the West as well.
A characteristic of our age is disregard or even disdain for history. Deconstructionist academics, infused with nihilism at worst and existentialism at best have trained generations to see history as either meaningless or unimportant. For others, it is a past easily rewritten and squeezed into the profile of modern times.
Revitalization is relational, not institutional, mechanistic or programmatic. The aim is not to create a religious robot, the "bionic church" that has an appearance of life, but the Zoe-Church, functioning with Jesus' life-energy.
If revitalization is the recovery of vitality and vitality is the energy of life, the essential revitalization question is: What is the "life" we are attempting to recover? Answer this question wrong and revitalization becomes exhaustion, accelerated institutional entropy (the dissipation of energy), and heightened conflict.
The noble word "Liberal" has died at the hands of executioners, full of years, but far too soon. A pretender has risen in its place, lurking and laughing Gollum-like behind the tombstones even as the corpse of the esteemed term, "Liberal," is borne to its resting place.
An ethical lesson from the Nixon White House: Set your boundaries early and sink them in granite. That's the best way to avoid being the star of headlines like those that recently appeared at just about the same time: Megachurch Pastor Bob Coy… Resigns Over 'Moral Failing' (Christian Post). And,'Report: Video shows (Congressman) McAllister kissing staffer' (Po
Fred Phelps, who died recently, hated certain categories of humanity in the name of God, and Bill Maher hates God in the name of humanity. This is just one of the strange confluences between the preacher and the TV performer.
If Torcello, assistant professor of philosophy at the Institute, has his way, climate change deniers could go to jail. Writing in The Conversation, he cites as precedent the incarceration of six Italian scientists and a local magistrate for failing to communicate earthquake risks to the populace of L'Aquila, Italy. A 2009 quake killed 300 and left some 66,000 homeless.
After a harrowing moment at the edge of a legal precipice, the German homeschooling Romeike family will be able to stay in the United States. The journey up that cliff revealed a lot about the worldview of the contemporary US regime and implications for American educational policy.
"There are no people here anymore." The line was a shocker. The church leader was explaining to my wife and me why his congregation was selling its massive church facility and moving away. Yet we could see hundreds of houses, all full of human beings. But to reach them required a stretch he and the congregation couldn't even conceive.
A new America is aborning before our eyes. Immigration and other factors are changing political philosophies, voting patterns, sociological assumptions, cultural expressions, and religious, moral, and ethical beliefs and styles. There must be a new church for new America – really the "old church."
"Let's make this a year of action," President Barack Obama exhorted the Congress in his 2014 State of the Union address. Be afraid. Very afraid. Activist presidents give us domestic policy boondoggles and foreign policy adventurism.
Change "welfare" to "transitional living fund" suggested Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, in a January 8 speech in the House of Representatives marking the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society "War on Poverty".
Dear Atheists: Please don't go! I know Pastor John Hagee recently encouraged you to "leave the country" if you don't like "Merry Christmas", its carols and trappings. Please don't go, because you teach us much. Here are the first four of seven reasons why we need you to stay (the next three follow in Part 2):
So thank God for Phil Robertson, and for those important and courageous voices in the homosexual community who have come to his defense because of their belief in free thought and speech, as well as all others who admire someone in this age of compromise and political correctness who will stand by his faith. That looks "like Jesus" to me.