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Book Review: “The Insanity of God”

Book Review: “The Insanity of God”

Book Review:  The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected by Nik Ripken with Gregg Lewis. Let me get a couple of beefs out of the way to begin with. This is an outstanding book (see below), even though the title doesn’t fit and seems wrong. The choice of title often a publisher’s call to make, rather than the author’s, and I have a theory about that, which you’ll see in a moment. There was nothing in here of…

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A New “Gay Rights” Assault on Freedom Of Conscience

A New “Gay Rights” Assault on Freedom Of Conscience

If you think “gay rights” is a perfectly innocent and harmless matter, please read this from Mike Adams about a major assault being made on freedom of conscience and religion in North Carolina. Mike usually takes a wry, satirical tone in his writings. This could have been a nice noir fiction piece on the deep intolerance of “tolerance.” But Mike was stone-cold sober this time, and his article wasn’t fiction. (Permanently available PDF version of that link.) East Carolina University…

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Church Discipline, The Courts, and Church and State Separation

Church Discipline, The Courts, and Church and State Separation

Book Note I just took a good look through A Tale of Two Governments: Church Discipline, The Courts, and the Separation of Church and State, by Robert J. Renaud and Lael D. Weinberger. It’s a bit off my turf, but I enjoyed it, and I expect there are some readers who might want to know about it. Written by two lawyers, the book is nicely focused on the specific question of who makes decisions for churches, the state or the…

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Why Religious Freedom Matters

Why Religious Freedom Matters

Religious liberty is under attack, not only from Federal mandates to violate doctrine and conscience, but also from a more intentional philosophical perspective. Ryan Anderson of editor of Public Discourse, recently reviewed Brian Leiter’s Why Tolerate Religion? I do not expect to have time to read Leiter’s book, though I suppose I may have to eventually; it’s an important question he raises and it needs a sustained thoughtful response. I think even without reading the book there is something to…

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“Belarussian Court demands that New Life church should vacate its building immediately”

“Belarussian Court demands that New Life church should vacate its building immediately”

Very current news. I have friends in this church. Persecution in the former Soviet Bloc has not yet ended. On November 27 New Life church received court summons from the Supreme Economic Court officer, named O.N. Scherbakovich, in which the church is offered to vacate its building, located at the address in Minsk, Kovaleva street 72, make an extra set of keys for representatives of the Moscow District Household Management Department of the Minsk City no later than December 5,…

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Preparing for Persecution

Preparing for Persecution

The world is changing on us. Tuesday night after the election results were made known, I tweeted this short word… History teaches: Bad times are bad. Wrong decisions matter. Still God’s kingdom has survived and thrived in worse times; always will. … and I went to bed. Wednesday morning I woke up very early, with a lot on my mind. We have re-elected a President who supports abortion and same-sex “marriage,” whose health care program violates religious freedom by requiring…

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Separation of Church and Business?

Separation of Church and Business?

The Hobby Lobby chain of retail stores is bringing suit against the new federal requirement to provide free contraception, including morning-after abortifacients.* RealityCheck.org opines that There are a lot of problems with the Hobby Lobby plaintiffs’ theory of the case as detailed by the federal government. To start, the business plaintiffs are all for-profit, secular organizations that provide secular goods and services. They can’t, as the Supreme Court held in United States v. Lee, claim to exercise religion as a…

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“No Time to Be Caught Sleeping”

“No Time to Be Caught Sleeping”

My current column at BreakPoint: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12) If any Christians have ever been set to be surprised by a fiery trial, it is American believers today. We’re comfortable. Our culture has felt like a good fit around us. Christianity shaped much of it, and the parts that haven’t been so biblically influenced have at…

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