The Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest Protestant denomination, met this week (June 14-15) in St. Louis in what turned out to be one of its most memorable annual meetings.
Today, June 8th, Americans and freedom-loving people everywhere commemorate one of the most momentous moments, not only in American history, but in human history.
Anticipating President Washington's visit to Newport, the synagogue's warden, Moses Seixas, sent a welcoming letter to the new country's president.
About 10 days before Donald Trump overwhelmed Ted Cruz in Indiana, as I was rearranging some books in my library (to make room for some recent acquisitions), I came across a book, Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business."
The new fracking technologies and nuclear power demonstrate how such innovative technologies can allow people to protect the environment and not hinder or cripple economic growth or existing living standards. And yet, the left-wing environmental movement vigorously opposes the use of such environmentally friendly technologies?
The sort of laissez-faire, "live and let live" moral relativism of the late sixties has morphed into an intolerant totalitarianism that seeks to punish any variance its Orwellian groupthink.
Given the many depressing trends and events both foreign and domestic that have bombarded us as Americans during the first quarter of 2016, I have found myself often calling to mind the admonition of the late, great Chuck Colson that it is a sin for Christians to be pessimistic. And, of course, he was, and is, right.
Having said that, Mr. Trump and his supporters have every right to say what they want to say. Mr. Trump says many things with which I disagree, but we must defend to the death his right to say them. The answer to speech with which you disagree is more speech, not censorship or violence.
The intensity of debate engendered by the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Scalia's unexpected death underscores the extent to which the Court and its unelected justices have usurped Americans' right to govern themselves.
Will judicial restraint or judicial activism prevail? All Americans, and our children and grandchildren, have an enormous stake in the answer to that question.
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are both surfing a tidal wave of intense populism of the right and left respectively. However, as the events of Campaign 2016 have demonstrated, left and right, liberal and conservative, are categories which are blurred, fluid, and confused in the heated, emotional cross currents and powerful riptides of economic and social populism.
Everybody knows the world is becoming more secular, right? Wrong.
No, Islam is not the enemy, but many Muslims are. This is the critical dilemma that America confronts and must wrestle without any further delay.
This is the time each year when the vast majority of Americans curtail their daily routines and gather together with friends and loved ones for Thanksgiving. What are the origins of this celebration and what meaning should it have for Americans today?
How do you balance Christian compassion for the very real suffering Syrian refugees with the God-ordained duty of the divinely ordained civil magistrate to protect the innocent and punish evil doers? (Romans 13: 1-7).
Last year one of my seminary students asked me what turned out to be a most instructive question. The student said, "Dr. Land, if you had your life to live over and you couldn't be a minister, what would you be?"
Dr. Ben Carson has ignited a big media controversy by proclaiming he would not support a Muslim as President. Dr. Carson has since amplified his comments to explain that he would oppose an Islamist, someone who wanted to impose Sharia law on the United States.
The Ashley Madison hack reveals just how schizophrenic American society is about sex.
Have you heard about the Baptist pastors in Shelby, North Carolina, who have raised the Christian flag above the American flag at their local churches? The pastors explain that our ultimate allegiance is to God, not government or country. One of the churches has launched a website (GodBeforeGovernment.org).
The tragic events of recent days have once again focused the emotions of much of the nation on the Confederate flag and what it stands for and what it does not. I understand that for many people the Confederate flag stands for history, heritage, and the bravery and courage of their ancestors. However, the flag has been despoiled and sullied by the KKK and other white supremacists who have cloaked their evil deeds and beliefs with the "Stars and Bars."
As cultural Christianity wanes the more faithful, traditional Christianity practiced by Evangelicals will stand out in ever more vivid contrast with mere civic or "country club" Christianity in America. The shameful gap between the "orthodoxy" (sound doctrine) and "orthopraxy" (sound practice) of too many Christians has been, and is, a disgrace to the Gospel.
Taken together with the targeting and killing of Christians by Islamist militants in countries such as Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and Nigeria, the world is witnessing a slow-motion genocide of Christians in the Middle East.
What if Dr. King had been killed in 1958 instead of 1968? It almost happened. This weekend America will commemorate the life of, and mourn the assassination of, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, in Memphis. Dr. King was murdered in the prime of his life, a terrible tragedy for his family, his church, and for the entire nation.
Why do so many Evangelicals so strongly support Israel? The answer is that a significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that the Abrahamic Covenant is still in force.
In the modern world many people rather casually assume, or assert, that the Apostle Paul was a misogynist based upon his teachings concerning the differing roles of men and women in the church and in marriage in the early church.