Faithful Unto Death

The Associated Press reports that 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded in Libya. They were faithful unto death. Their murderers were Islamic State (IS) members, in affiliation with the main body of IS, which is in Syria and in Iraq. The video shows 21 captives in orange jumpsuits with each captive being led by an IS […]

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Ten Reasons Why the Church Should Not Abandon Politics

Recent events have raised the issue: Should the pulpit always avoid politics? It depends on what we mean by “politics;” it demeans the pulpit to use it for partisan politics. But here are ten reasons why I don’t think politics and religion should (or even can) be completely separate:   1) The Word of God […]

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Praising Allah at the National Cathedral

Recently, I had the privilege to visit the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Someone asked me, “What were you doing there?” My response: “Worshiping Jesus Christ.” Before and after the beautiful service, it was a delight to walk around and see what’s there such as the stone sarcophagus of Woodrow Wilson, with just his name […]

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To Vote or Not to Vote?

In polite society, you’re not supposed to talk about politics, sex, or religion. Sorry, but this column will discuss all three, directly or indirectly. In America, we get the kind of government we deserve. Is this the best we can do? There certainly is a big divide in how we approach politics, even among well-meaning […]

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Shakespeare and “Death with Dignity”

Recent events have brought the debate on so-called “death with dignity” and assisted suicide into the spotlight again. And yet, the argument is not really a new one. There is no less light than when William Shakespeare extensively dealt with the subject in his writing. “Death with dignity” is essentially a code word for suicide, […]

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The Irony of California’s Ousting of Campus Christian Groups

A disturbing story came and went, barely noticed a few weeks ago. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is being unceremoniously booted off the campuses of California’s 23 state universities. This begins with a process of “derecognizing” these as legitimate campus groups. Why? Though everyone is welcome at their ministry events, ICVF reserves leadership only for those committed to their […]

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The Root of 9/11

Did you know that since 9/11, there have been 23,780 separate deadly terror attacks carried out by Islamic extremists, according to thereligionofpiece.com? The 13th anniversary of 9/11 is upon us. Why did it happen at all? We get a hint of why from a statement from the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hasan al-Banna (1906-1949) of Egypt. […]

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A Response to Ferguson

When will the rioting in Ferguson, MO. stop? There has been much mayhem — including the police using tear gas — and much looting in the St. Louis suburb. The media covers this story heavily. Some estimate there may be as many media members as there are protesters. All of this follows the shooting death […]

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Is Boko Haram’s Motivation Mysterious?

Here we are after the kidnapping of some 300 girls by a radical Islamic group in Nigeria, and there are still many in the West who don’t get it. They just don’t understand the motivation of the kidnappers. Radical Muslims want to take over the world. They divide it into two parts—those who submit to […]

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Banning The Bible From Schools

In our own backyard, at Park Lakes Elementary in Broward County, has arisen a disturbing story of a twelve year old boy (Giovanni Rubeo) getting in trouble with his teacher for having the audacity of reading the Bible to himself during free time when the children were free to read whatever they wanted. But his […]

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