December 22, 2014

The Balance Has Tipped

Comments on this post are now closed. Thank you for a good discussion. . . . It was a good week for same-sex marriage advocates. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions to review cases about the issue in states including Utah, Virginia, Indiana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. But the effects are wider. Because the […]

A Jesus-Shaped Response to Israel and Gaza

I’m sure many of us as individuals and churches will be praying for the situation in Israel and Gaza this weekend. It is one thing to express my opinions, “Christian” or otherwise, as I sit in my living room safely, thousands of miles away from a crisis situation in another part of the world. I don’t […]

The Great Methodological Heresy

Let me say it at the start: I don’t give a rat’s tail about the “Hobby Lobby” case that the Supreme Court decided the other day. I don’t buy the Chicken Little mania of the progressives who think the sky of freedom and protection for women is falling. Nor do I buy the triumphalistic crowing […]

Thoughts on Election Night

We interrupt our regular programming with a dispatch from our resident Canadian reporter, Mike Bell, who gives us his thoughts on the Provincial Election in Ontario Canada… I voted tonight. Why tonight? Well in Canada, while many jurisdictions have fixed election date legislation in place, there are multiple parties that can win seats, and so […]

Thoughts about Divorce

Once in a while a statistic comes along that grabs a hold of me, chews me up, and then spits me out, leaving me wondering what just happened. This week had me experiencing another one of those occurrences. To put it into perspective though, I need to back up a number of years. When I […]

The New Church Pot-Luck

Colorado may now be positioned to become THE tourist destination in 2014. As the LA Times reported: At the stroke of 8 a.m. on Wednesday Colorado became the first state in the nation where small amounts of retail marijuana legally can be sold in specialty shops. Recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado. My question […]

Why Ending the Slave Trade and Apartheid Worked, and Prohibition Didn’t – Implications for the Culture Wars

Last week I posted about how I stepped out of the culture wars. A number of comments were made comparing the fight against abortion with the fight against slavery. Prohibition was also mentioned as one battle that didn’t go so well. I have been thinking about that a lot over the past week, and have […]

How Christmas Helped Me Leave the Culture Wars

In 1988 I made a brief sojourn as a soldier in the trenches of  the Culture Wars.    At the end of January of that year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the case of  R. vs. Mogentaler, and struck down the 1969 law that restricted abortion.  The court did however leave room for […]

A Culture War Conundrum

Ah, here’s a tricky one. According to a report by Daniella Silva of NBC News: A federal judge has found key parts of Utah’s anti-polygamy law to be unconstitutional, ruling in favor of a polygamous family known for their reality television show. While all 50 states across the nation have laws against bigamy, prohibiting people […]

A Values Charter?

Update: The spam attack seems to be a little more under control.  Thanks for the great comments! Chaplain Mike had an interesting post this week when he criticized an organization that invited us to patronize businesses that “welcome us and respect our values.” I found it interesting because I wanted to write about another organization that also […]