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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...

The Culture War is Over and We Lost? So… guerrilla warfare…

My ministry will be hosting an online apologetics conference this May with the theme of ‘literary apologetics.’  The general idea is to impact the culture in intentional ways to pave the way for better reception of the Gospel of Christ.  So culture is on my mind.

Something I’ve been pondering for awhile is this:  Is the culture war over?  And did we lose it?

I part company with those who seek to Christianize the culture as though this in itself is a noble goal.  It seems to me that this would in effect merely make our culture a ‘white washed … continue reading...

8 Things I hate About Christianity, Condensed

I just read a very fine blog entry from a person detailing 8 things he hates about Christianity.  I thought I would follow suit.

Here goes:

#1-#8.  The Church is systemically unloving.

If all of the law is summed up in two commands- Love God and love your neighbor- I don’t see why all the things we may hate about Christianity cannot, and should not, be reduced to their inverse.… continue reading...

On the slaying of dragons and manly love

Yesterday I had the good pleasure to post on my recent ruminations that ‘love’ had taken a distinctly ‘feminine’ turn since who knows when.   This generated a fair bit of response, including some remarks from women themselves who really resonated with what I said.  Some responses were of the sort that I feared, though.  Taking them all together, I felt a follow up was in order.  Unfortunately, the first draft of this ran over 1,500 words, crying out for revision, so it still isn’t going to cover everything that a reader may want.

One of the things I noted about … continue reading...

Reflections on culture, evangelism, and apologetics

I’ve been thinking about the culture wars lately.  I have a real problem with Christians who seem to be driving for a change in the culture just for the sake of having a ‘holy’ culture.  I think we’d have to call that a legalistic culture.  I believe that the Christian church should be about something more than creating white-washed tombs.

On the other hand, the nature of ‘culture’ is that it perpetuates itself, feeds itself, fuels itself.   The culture is the air we breathe and the water in which we swim.  It has the ability to mold us into its … continue reading...

Congregations and their Facilities and Love

Today I posted a blog entry at a companion site proposing specific ways in which churches can exhibit love.  These ideas involve setting up the congregation’s property in a way that is designed to do just that.

The two ideas I mentioned are… using ‘spare’ land to grow food to give to the needy and other purposes and build low income housing right on the congregation’s premises.  I discuss and to an extent defend these ideas there, and don’t worry, I’ve got more ideas coming down the pike.  You may comment on those ideas here or there.

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Number One Thing Killing the Church: Lovelessness

Below is a 20 minute clip from a presentation I delivered in Michigan this last October titled “Five Things Killing Christianity.”  This is the segment describing the number one reason I believe is harming the church and the main reason it is in decline in America.

Direct Link: http://www.apologeticsvideos.net/videos/62/killing-christianity-lovelessness

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It is not about health care insurance coverage, it is about health care COSTS

But, besides all this, there is something which is not seen. The fifty millions expended by the State cannot be spent, as they otherwise would have been, by the tax-payers. It is necessary to deduct, from all the good attributed to the public expenditure which has been effected, all the harm caused by the prevention of private expense, unless we say that James B. would have done nothing with the crown that he had gained, and of which the tax had deprived him; an absurd assertion, for if he took the trouble to earn it, it was because he expected … continue reading...

A Christian Reaction to ABC’s “V” Visitors

I am hoping that ABC’s “V” takes the place that Heroes formerly occupied before it jumped dozens of sharks.  It is too soon to be sure, but there is certainly promise.

The idea of space aliens coming to earth is something that this blog has explored previously.  For example, in this entry I argue that intelligent agents from outer space provide an interesting opportunity to test various world view hypotheses.  For example, years of movies and stories lead us to assume that an alien encounter would belong in just two possible classes:  1., the nasty creatures out to conquer us … 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.

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A theological basis for rank individualism in society and elsewhere

This essay is long- some 2,000 words.  But I think it is worth reading.  Print it out if you like if that makes it easier.

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‘Individualism’ has a bad rap, even among Christians.  To be fair, there are things in ‘individualism’ that I think are unhealthy or even immoral, too, but the key thing to remember is that any opposite of ‘individualism’ is not necessarily preferable.  If we’re going to raise up ‘inter-connectedness’ (a neutral term, I hope) it must be done thoughtfully, and it cannot obliterate that which is moral or good in ‘individualism.’

The only folks that … 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...

The Current Enslavement of America by Taxation

Please see my previous posts on this topic for more important background.  In the course of those posts I have tried to lay out a couple of important principles.  My audience was strictly Christian in those cases.  In this post, nonChristians are potentially included, too.  Here are the earlier posts in sum:

  • Taxation always has some impact on the liberty of those taxed.
  • Using government/taxation to provide important and necessary social programs differs from using private individuals, organizations, or churches to do so on a very important point:  the funds that the private entities use are freely given within the
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Christians Should Take Freedom Into Account

Recently, I wrote a post calling on Christians to step up to their own obligations and not delegate them to others, in particular to the government.  A couple of months ago I wrote a post drawing the connection between taxation and freedom. The first post and today’s are directed ONLY to Christians and should be read in that context.  I submit that the two posts above be read in conjunction with this one in order to better grasp my points.

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For Christians who take the Bible as the authority, one must accept that the government has a certain, God-ordained, … continue reading...