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First Fruit Giving not Hand Me Down Left Overs

A couple of days ago I posted a fairly long essay on why Christians should donate money.   The essential point was that the people who provide the services that Christians value- pastors, DCE’s, teachers, missionaries, evangelists, apologists, etc- are workers who deserve their wage.   In other words, they aren’t charity cases.  We ‘donate’ to them because there is no structural coercion to make us.  There is no government standing by with a club to extract the taxes and no police man standing by to make sure that you actually paid for the item or service you are enjoying.   There … continue reading...

Why Christians Should Donate Money

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  (Matt 6:19-21)


How many times have you heard someone complain that their congregation talks about money way too much?  You may have said the same.  Your complaint may very well be valid, and yet the congregation’s need is probably genuine.  Probably, in most churches, the leadership would much rather not lodge any requests at all.  Ideally, people would be ‘Gospel motivated.’  When it becomes difficult- or impossible- to meet the payroll or… continue reading...

Why don’t Christians care about people who need health care?

Last week I posted a very long post explaining why I was against universal health care.  There was a comment posted that I’ve seen in various forms all over the place:

I certaintly don’t see any “christians” coming into the neighborhoods where I work offering a solution to why a mother of three who works 40 to 50 hours a week to support her family by herself is not entitled to see a doctor.

As a Christian, I don’t believe we’re entitled to anything.  If anything, we deserve everlasting punishment but by God’s grace through Christ we do not get … continue reading...

Planned Parenthood And Their Hypocritical Concern for Haiti

I suppose many readers have heard the outcry against Planned Parenthood soliciting donations to restore ‘family planning’ services in Haiti.  I’ll leave others to reflect on the weirdness of this.  I’d like to focus briefly on the hypocrisy of it, for, after all, given Planned Parenthood’s real goals, their only complaint about what happened in Haiti can only be that more people didn’t die.

I have discussed the malthusian nature of abortion proponents at length on this blog so I won’t rehash it.  Essentially the point is this:  if you really believe that over population is the worst crisis … continue reading...

Five Things Killing Christianity: Is the End of Christianity At Hand?

Because of continued interest in my analysis of trends in the Christian church, I have set aside a separate website for managing that perspective.  The new website is called, appropriately, “The Death of Christianity.”   Or, www.deathofchristianity.com.  Today’s post addresses the topic of a presentation that I will be delivering at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Macomb, Mi, on Wednesday, Oct. 21st.  The topic is:  “Five Things that are Killing Christianity.”

What follows is an overview and should not be construed as my definitive statement on the subject and deals only with number one on the list.

The … continue reading...

Generous with other people’s money

This post should be understood as speaking specifically to Christians.  I don’t deny that nonChristians might find it applicable but I am speaking to people, broadly speaking, that I expect to have a similar world view as I do.  Most importantly, I expect that they accept the Scriptures as authoritative.

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“Thou shalt not steal.”  Exodus 20:15

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There is a large divide between conservative and liberal principles and in many cases it is evident that there can be no compromise.  However, many sincere, conservative Christians find at least some of the proposals often put forward by liberals as admirable, … continue reading...

Health Care Solutions from a Conservative

It may seem that something like health care is well out of bounds of a Christian apologetics ministry but it is not true.  The divorce made between faith and politics, often made by Christians themselves, is usually wrong headed.  That is not to say that I advocate a ‘theocracy.’  It is to say that there is a clear connection between beliefs and actions, and ideologies and consequences.  The current health care debate illustrates this very well in that a person’s preferred solution often depends on one’s overall ideology.

Not all ideologies are created equal.  Some result in increased freedom for … continue reading...

Christians Should Not Use the Government to Do THEIR Good Deeds

About 1700 years ago, a certain Roman emperor by the name of Julian the Apostate reigned.  He was called the ‘Apostate’ because of his fierce rejection of Christianity and his sometimes brutal attempt to repress it.  Julian was smart.  He knew that he could not just eradicate Christianity without dealing with the things that made it attractive.  He complained:

Whilst the pagan priests neglect the poor, the hated Galileans devote themselves to works of charity, and by a display of false compassion have established and given effect to their pernicious errors. See their love-feasts, and their tables spread for … continue reading...

On Embryos and Babies and Octuplets

My blog is racking up some nice numbers lately and much of that can be credited to a recent post about the California Octuplets.  I’d like to make some clarifications.

In the first place, I stand by my general assessment that as Christians and pro-lifers, since we believe embryos are real persons, the Octuplet outcome is much better than the alternative, which of course is death.

While it is true that the mother in this case probably doesn’t deserve charity, again, as pro-lifers our concern isn’t exclusively for the mother, but also for the children.  It is difficult to … continue reading...

The Economy and the Christian- reflections on a limited government and the Church and abortion

I haven’t posted much on the current economic crisis.  A friend asked me what I thought.  I told him that I was unconcerned about the ‘cost’ to the taxpayers since the truth is that the government will just be printing the money anyway… the dirty little secret is that the government hasn’t needed taxpayer dollars beneath its spending for who knows how long.  The real issue here is confidence… in the market and in government.

The idea that the government will be able to solve a problem which it in fact created seems to me to be absurd on its … continue reading...

The Christian and Social Action

You may discuss this post at the corresponding discussion forum thread.

In the midst of my various activities lately (finishing my own book, finishing books for review, etc) I have been contemplating and discussing what the proper attitude and conduct should be among Christians towards things like oppressed workers in China and things of that sort.  In the current climate that pits left versus right, even among Christians, I believe that I have a unique view that deserves a hearing.

Here it is in a nutshell:  The Bible calls Christians to reach out first to their own family, than … continue reading...

Extreme Make Over: Home Addition, Christianity shown up by Capitalists

I posted a long time ago on this and I was thinking of it again while watching the show tonight.   I came in late, so I didn’t get the full context.  It seemed as though there was a single father, a Christian, taking care of his sons on his own.  As usual, his house was a dump, but ABC came in and gave him something awesome.  Here is my problem:  why are Christians doing this dozens of times a day all over the place?

I am not so naive to think that ABC or Sears or the contractors here are … continue reading...