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Godonomics: Straight Road, With Potholes

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Book Review

Godonomics: How to Save Our Country–and Protect Your Wallet–Through Biblical Principles of Finance by Chad Hovind.

Have you ever driven on smooth, straight highway, only to be jarred when your car dropped unexpectedly into a pothole? That’s what Godonomics felt like to me. It’s an excellent survey of biblical thinking on basic ethical/economic principles. Chad Hovind’s explanations are clear, his illustrations engaging. He has excellent advice. The book comes highly recommended. I’ll add my voice among those recommendations.

But that’s only if you …


Worldview and Marriage Debates: Differences Run Deep

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

No wonder the debate is so difficult: When it comes to worldview and marriage, our differences run deep. See my most recent Worldview and You column at BreakPoint.


The Worldview Clash in the Marriage Debate

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Continuing my series on Biblical and Secular Reasons for Man-Woman Marriage, I want to put it in context of the underlying worldview clash in the marriage debate. It is a background issue, rarely brought to the surface, hardly ever discussed, yet with intensely practical applications.

Marriage Is …

This debate runs deep. It goes straight to the core of worldview. I’ll illustrate that with an example. The position most advocates for man-woman marriage take is that there is something that marriage is, and that …


The Deeper Issue in the Marriage Debate

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Troubling though it is, today’s marriage controversy is a symptom of something even deeper and in the end more troubling yet. It is the loss of connection to what is transcendent and true. For each person there is tragedy enough in the loss of life in God that this represents. For the culture it signals the loss of a different kind of life: that of a community united in pursuit of what is true and good.

I do mean that any human society ever attained …


Ron P.’s Spiritual Journey

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Early in December I invited atheists and skeptics to tell their stories here, the idea being that if we see each other as real people, we are much more likely—even on the Internet!—to treat each other as real people.

Ron P. sent me an email with this. I appreciate him sharing this with us.

BEGIN I suppose I will start at the beginning. I grew up in a nominally Christian home in a fairly typical middle class American household, where weekly church attendance was …


Ray Ingles’ “Non-Faith Journey”

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Last week I invited atheist and skeptical readers to tell their non-faith stories. The idea was that if we had some idea of the person behind the discussion, we might have a better shot at really treating one another as humans.

Ray Ingles sent me this. There are others, which I’ll post here at the rate of no more than two per week.

It should be obvious enough that Ray Ingles’ views do not represent mine, or Christianity in general.


My parents were …


God Is King. Your Vote Still Matters

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Last Saturday my college, Michigan State, lost a painfully close football game when Nebraska scored a touchdown with six seconds to play. That score would not have possible apart from a referee’s flagrantly bad pass interference call in the end zone moments earlier. It was one of many bad calls during that game, going both ways.

I get pretty wrapped up in Spartan football. I had to get out of the house and go somewhere to calm down. I asked my son to drive; it …


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