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."
When a nation's chief executive presumes to be the sole judge of what's "right" for his nation he has crossed the fine line between a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" and a regime that cavalierly sets aside what might be the will of the people for the chief's own idea of what is "right." Such a person has gone from being a leader to a controller.
"I have never before seen it this way," said a close friend of mine in a recent hour-long conversation discussing current global turmoil. "Do you realize what you just said?" I replied. "We are both in our 70s, and have lived through a lot of history, and yet we agree that there are things happening now more intense and wide-sweeping than anything we have seen before."
How did so many Americans and others from the once-"Christian" West descend to the level that what the Bible says is "the name above all names" has been reduced to the gutter? More important: What does the use of the name of Christ in this fashion signify?
In the summer of 1970, the American Southeast baked when eleven states faced federal enforcement of school desegregation, but that social scorcher will be small compared to the border crisis sizzling now from Texas to California. Believe it or not, President Richard Nixon's handling of the challenge 44 years ago could point the way to the best solution.
Let me be clear, I am not condoning the persecution of homosexuals in Africa or anywhere else. But is the Administration moving to press its view of homosexual rights at the expense of religious beliefs as a primary U.S. foreign policy?
Congressman Trey Gowdy at 65,000-Member Megachurch: Don't Expect Political, Social 'Messiah'; Answers to All Political Questions in Bible
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.
Immigrants, like those of the early 20th century from Europe, still come to America in the pursuit of freedom, opportunity, and hope. What will the American future be like for those children?
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.
Global governance may be "all that saves us as a species," says one of the world's top foreign policy experts.
"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.
What is this "heart" of church revitalization, and how can it be healed and strengthened? That's the question we will examine in this three-part series.
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.
The world is a more dangerous place than it was in the nuclear-nervous Cold War era. This imperiled condition is not because of strength and knowledge but because of weakness and delusion.
"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.
To be effective in the new America, churches must move away from their "nationalisms" (which we discussed in Part 1 of this series) and extend out beyond their preferred range of reach.