Category Archives: Politics and The Civil Magistate

An Open Reply to Jemar Tisby and “The Downside of Integration for Black Christians”

Dear Jemar, I recently read your article entitled, “The Downside of Integration for Black Christians” which was posted on the RAAN Network on August 21, 2017 and I’d really like to engage you more on this particular subject. All too … Continue reading

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My Day By Day Summary and Review of the Major Actions of the 2017 PCA General Assembly

Tuesday (6/13/17) 1) Most of the committee of commissioners (CoC) meetings were held on Tuesday morning. I was on the CoC for Covenant College. There was nothing much of note in our deliberations, I did notice, however, that the Board … Continue reading

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Some Last Minute Thoughts About Overture 2

Part of my preparation for going to the Presbyterian Church in America’s 45th General Assembly in Greensboro includes attempting to read through all 646 pages of the massive 2017 Commissioners Handbook. And as I was doing that, I was extremely … Continue reading

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A Thought for the Fourth of July

One of the great purposes of constitutions in Republics and Democracies is to protect the rights of minorities. The U.S. Constitution has done an admirable job of doing that. For over 200 years, in a world filled with ethnic cleansing, … Continue reading

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Counting the Cost Poll: Would You Be Willing to Forsake All That You Have?

A question for Christian friends who are currently opposed to homosexual marriage: If the cost of remaining opposed to homosexual marriage becomes losing your ability to work for the government* or company you work for, lose your tax exempt status, and … Continue reading

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Counting the Cost For Christians of the Nationwide Legalization of Homosexual Marriage

Dr. Al Mohler, the President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written an article that all Christians who are religiously opposed to same sex marriage need to read.  But before I discuss some of the issues Dr. Mohler raises, I need first … Continue reading

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The Five Reasons for the Collapse of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

The British Historian Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) was no fan of the Christian faith, but his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is still worthy of being read, particularly because of his insights into the reasons for the collapse … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts About The Current Moment in World History

We live in an age of transition. Just as the Pax Britannica and the British Empire that had dominated the world stage during the 19th century came to an end in the early years of the 20th century, so too … Continue reading

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Does Matthew 7:1-5 Forbid All Judging?

Matthew 7:1-5 (NKJV) “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the … Continue reading

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Is There Any Such Thing As a “Good Lie?”

Christians are called upon to be truth-tellers even when it is to our disadvantage to do so. In fact, being scrupulously truthful should be a mark of a Christian heart. As Dutch Theologian Wilhelmus A’Brakel put it: “If the heart … Continue reading

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What if Modern Missional Celebrity Pastors Had Existed in the Early Church?

I‘ve often wondered what it would have sounded like if they’d had the modern “missional” celebrity pastors in the early church, and how they would have handled issues like Roman pressure to compromise on the Lordship of Christ or the … Continue reading

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Rendering Honor to Barack Obama

“It is the duty of people to pray for magistrates , to honor their persons, to pay them tribute or other dues, to obey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority, for conscience’ sake. Infidelity, or difference … Continue reading

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