“Of all the things in the world that stink in the nostrils of men, hypocrisy is the worst.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon) After the Mueller probe into Russian collusion began in the spring of 2017, everyone seemed to want in on the act. It was as if the mainstream media and the Democratic Party had turned into … Continue reading What About “Whataboutism”? Or, Are you a Russian Spy?
When President Trump condemned evil “on both sides” in Charlottesville, he was excoriated as a vile racist. That he dared to suggest a moral equivalency between white nationalists and Antifa was beyond the pale. House Democrats have fallen into a moral equivalency trap of their own. Instead of condemning the anti-Semitic rhetoric of Rep. Ilhan … Continue reading Progressive Moral Equivalency (squared)
The Bush family welcomed President Trump to the recent memorial service in the Washington Cathedral and expressed desire for a non-divisive tone. Their desire was not honored, however, at least not by the media. Reporters could not resist treating the funeral like a TMZ production commenting on hand shakes and rebuffed looks. Andrea Mitchell even … Continue reading A Little Cracker, Two Corinthians, and the Apostles’ Creed: The Art of Progressive “Faith Shaming”
I recently traveled with ten undergraduate students to the Conference on Faith and History (CFH) held at Calvin College, Grand Rapids Michigan. This was an exciting and enriching trip for our students. They, along with other history students from across the country, presented research papers at the undergraduate portion of the conference. For the past … Continue reading History and Social Justice Activism
Every thinking person voting in the last election knew that the next President, especially if he or she served eight years, would have the power to shape the future of the Supreme Court for the next generation. For many decades the court has more-or-less legislated from the bench with an ever-growing disregard for the Constitution’s … Continue reading Brett Kavanaugh, Originalism, and Real Social Justice
As a Fundamentalist, I once believed that professing Christians who did not hold to certain political positions were probably less than truly Christian. If they were “saved” they were at best weak in theology and at worst not “right with God.” Judging the veracity of Christian commitment is almost second nature to those caught up … Continue reading Spiritualizing Politics
Much of my academic research has been on The First Great Awakening, an eighteenth-century revival movement that played a major role in shaping the religious and social landscape of early America. Today, we are witnessing another revival of sorts, one that has the potential of being a “game changer” as much or more than the … Continue reading The Great “Awokening”