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March 24, 2008

A bee in the bonnet

In the weeks leading up to Easter, I started to notice something: Christians talking about how we shouldn't use the word Easter because it has pagan roots. Maybe this isn't a widespread thing -- maybe it was just a coincidence, but it seemed to be coming at me from several different directions: Christian message boards, a visitor to our church Easter pageant, and more.

I'm only one among many, many Christians, but with all humility and respect, I feel the need to ask my fellow believers: Could we maybe not go there?

My sympathies have always been with those who are sick of "holiday this" and "holiday that" and want to feel free to say "Merry Christmas" without bringing the PC police down on their heads (although the strident tone that this movement has begun to take in recent years has sometimes troubled me). So you could say I understand the impulse to honor God in the language we use. But honestly, do we really want to earn a reputation as the people who are always fussing over names of holidays? When it comes to the meaning of the holiday itself, we won! Unless you happen to know large groups of people who gather together every year to celebrate the goddess Ishtar, I don't think the pagans as a whole have much say in what the holiday has become. Isn't that the important thing?

It's not like we haven't known about the origins of the holiday, and how it ended up becoming a Christian celebration, for the past two thousand years. But it seems like every so often, we feel compelled to get a bee in our bonnet over things that really don't matter. Wouldn't we be more effective if we just left the name alone and spent more time talking about what Easter means now?

The Point Radio: To Whom Much is Given

You may be overlooking a ministry opportunity that is as close as your own front door....


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March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Resurrection_2 "He is not here; for He is risen, as He said."

Matthew 28:6 (NKJV)

March 21, 2008

No taming the cross

Good_friday

What does the world do with a person who has been raised from the dead? Christians have been meditating on that for two millenniums. But despite the eggs, the baskets, and the bunnies, one thing we haven't been able to do is to tame that person, tame his message, and, moreover, tame what happened to him in Jerusalem all those years ago. That's one reason why you don't see many Easter cards, Easter gifts, and Easter decorations; why the stores aren't clogged with shoppers during Lent; and why the holiday is still, essentially, religious.

James Martin, "Happy Crossmas!" Slate (via Some Have Hats)

The Point Radio: Side-Stepping the Cross

How will you spend this Good Friday?...


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March 20, 2008

Daily roundup

Blogging will be light tomorrow, as PFM has Good Friday off. Have a blessed Easter weekend.

Miss Pettigrew offers food for thought

Miss_pettigrewA recent viewing of the delightful film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day got me thinking about a few things. What's a movie without a Christian worldview angle, after all? :-) (Note: The film is rated PG-13, and for good reason.)

The story concerns a middle-aged Englishwoman (Frances McDormand), desperate for a job, who signs on as social secretary to a ditzy -- and promiscuous -- American actress (Amy Adams). Having been roped into sneaking one lover out of the apartment by elevator, while the other is on the way up via the stairs, Miss Pettigrew, the daughter of a vicar, finds herself in a quandary. Because "morals are very important to [her]," she says, she feels the need to leave. But her young employer, one of those women who's helpless without a caretaker -- and it's a credit to Adams that she manages to keep the character from being thoroughly annoying, as such characters usually are -- begs the older woman to stay and help her get out of the multiple messes she's in.

You'll have to see the film to see the results of Miss Pettigrew's choice, although you can probably guess which way she actually chooses. But the first impulse of many a Christian -- myself included, I think -- would be to flee the scene and not look back, although the little matter of needing to keep one's body and soul together would probably complicate matters. Not to mention the intriguing possibility of finding oneself living in what nearly amounts to a P. G. Wodehouse story. But this movie raises the question, even though only briefly and in a lighthearted way -- isn't it actually the more Christian option to stay and help the person who's in trouble, even if she's the one who got herself into it?

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’I did a lot of praying for him’

Gardner_babilonia Ten years ago, former world champion skater Randy Gardner went looking for his biological mother. What he found was the sad but inspiring story of a truly courageous woman. Read more here.

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Get a Life--No, Really!

Usher Call it "The Fall of the House of Usher" if you like, but Ian Usher, 44, of Perth, Australia, has had enough. He's auctioning off his entire life on eBay, following the breakup of his marriage. For the whole shooting match of his house, his job, his clothes, and his friends, Usher wants to offer a package deal of roughly $385,000.

In the Reuters story detailing this poor man's lot, Usher wistfully yet with an upbeat Aussie style says that he's ready for a move. He's offering the top bidder the chance to step right into his life, lock, stock, and barrel. The "lucky winner" will get to take on Usher's job at a rug shop "for a trial two-week period," be introduced to some great friends, and even get a jet ski. Usher reserves the right to his wallet and passport, however.

While this may not be exactly what Jesus had in mind when he said that "he who loses his life will find it," one hopes that Ian Usher finds something more enduring this Easter than the material life that seems to have let him down. Or maybe he's just got issues.

Either way, he can't think he's lost THAT much when he heard what his ex-wife had to say about his idea for eBay: "Her last comment was, 'It seems a bit mental to me,'  he said."

Two ’DUHS’ in one week

First the story about how mothers are hardwired to protect their children; now this.

Good Friday: Standing at the Crossroads

Cross WIth Good Friday approaching, may we ponder the Centrality of the Cross...

...Between God and man, the chasm is unfathomable; in fact, it’s unbridgeable. Without divine intervention, communion with God is impossible. Yet between that divide stands the Cross. Jesus Christ, through His life, death, and resurrection, reaches over the infinite expanse in an unequaled act of love.

ALONG THE VERTICAL
In everything, the Cross is central. As the vertical penetration of God into spacetime, the Cross allows God to present Himself to man and man to present himself to God.

At the head of the Cross, God’s love flows earthward from a thorn-gashed brow. At the foot of the Cross, man’s gaze moves heavenward to a pair of nail-pierced feet. In divine descent, the Son atones, the Father forgives, and the Spirit indwells. In response, man reaches up to receive and, then, marvels at the wonder of the divine gift. In this divine-human interchange, the Cross brings together the earthly and the heavenly, uniting what was separate and imparting life to what was life-less.

ACROSS THE HORIZONTAL
Across the horizontal, the Cross links all that has gone before with all that is yet to come. Standing at the interface of eternity past and eternity future, the Cross is the junction of both historical time and historic time. Although these two expressions of time appear synonymous, they reflect the differing aspects used in the New Testament: chronos and kairos...

(Continue reading here.)

The Point Radio: Paying for a Good Name

A web mob squad that will take care of your reputation for a fee?...


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March 19, 2008

Daily roundup

Re: This is 90 percent of what’s wrong with TV

Gina, your quote reminds me of something I'm reading in a book by Voddie Baucham called Family-Driven Faith. Baucham points out that in our society today our notions of love are based on the Greco-Roman Myth of what love is. He summarizes it like this (and I'm excerpting his summary--so pardon):

Myth 1: Love is a Random Force: "We don't choose who we fall in love with."

Myth 2: Love is an Overwhelming Force: "Love, according to the Greco-Roman myth, is an overwhelming force against which we mere mortals cannot hope to prevail.'"

Myth 3: Love is an Uncontrollable Force: "Love sometimes goes away as quickly and mysteriously as it came."

Myth 4: Love is a Sensual Force: "Love is equated with sex."

According to Baucham, the result of our culture largely buying into these myths is that "this kind of love. . . doesn't translate into other relationships. If love is a random, uncontrollable, overwhelming, sensual force, how do I love my kids?" It also makes love very tenuous, which is what these shows all hinge on. Baucham points out that with this kind of notion of love, "Can we blame children of divorce for wondering when Mom or Dad is going to stop loving them the same way that they stopped loving each other?"

In contrast to the Greco-Roman myth, Baucham defines Christian love as "an act of the will accompanied by emotion that leads to action on behalf of its object."

The First Rule of Evolution...

Anthraxbacteria ...is that "life is destined to become more complex," according to a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

That's odd; by my estimation it is the most simple organisms--bacteria, viruses, ants, roaches, and the like--that are most evolutionarily fit judging by their number, fecundity and robustness.

Indeed, as one researcher acknowledged: “We must not forget that bacteria – very simple organisms – are among the most successful living things. Therefore, the trend towards complexity is compelling but does not describe the history of all life.”

So that would mean that complexity is not the first rule of evolution? Obviously, I'm confused.

The Gospel at Gunpoint

I've got a new hero: ninety-two-year-old Pauline Jacobi. (H/T Glenn Lucke at Common Grounds Online)

A Story with a Happy Ending

Logo Charles Whiting's wife died in 2005, and to comfort himself he would call himself and hear his late wife say "Catherine Whiting" on the voicemail system. That is, until recently, when Verizon upgraded his telephone service. The message was lost and Charles was devastated that he couldn't hear his wife's voice anymore.

However, this story has a happy ending. Verizon archives old greetings, and a contractor found the message. It has has been restored to Charles's new voicemail system. Now whenever Charles is missing his wife he only needs to call himself.

Hats off to Verizon for being sensitive to one of its customers and going the extra mile.

(Image © Verizon)

The Witness of Creation

Among religious critics, God is a myth whose origin is traced to the irrational fears and silly superstitions of man. Beyond the imaginings of weak and gullible people, His existence is nil. For the believer, God is as real as maternal love.

A mother’s love is not a material object subject to scientific validation; yet it is communicated in material ways establishing a rational basis for belief. The same is true for God. Although the Creator is not a part of the physical world, He has nonetheless revealed himself through it. Like the artisan whose choices of media, colors, and brush stokes are his signature, God has created a masterpiece, writing His name in every corner of the canvas...continue reading

This is 90 percent of what’s wrong with TV

From Thomas Hibbs's Arts of Darkness. He's talking about Dawson's Creek, but the same could be said of more TV series than I can count.

Given the perpetual flux of human passion in the series, mild suspicion about the rekindled romance is in order. Infidelity is a perpetual possibility in this world; not just in the sense that commitments are tenuous and passions unpredictable, but also in the sense that this is what gives the show its vitality, what motivates characters and captivates viewers. The dramatic structure of romanticism dictates an endless series of conflicts, both external and internal, and a perpetual uncertainty about relationships. Since they possess no larger framework, no overarching vision of human life and its purpose, the characters are largely self-absorbed.

Arts of Darkness: American Noir and the Quest for Redemption, p. 170

The Point Radio: Lying and Consequences

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March 18, 2008

Daily roundup

What’s the Big Deal About Anger Anyway?

In Barack Obama's speech earlier today on race, particularly in response to controversial comments made from the pulpit of his former pastor Jeremiah Wright, he gives place to anger:

The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright’s sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour in American life occurs on Sunday morning. That anger is not always productive; indeed, all too often it distracts attention from solving real problems; it keeps us from squarely facing our own complicity in our condition, and prevents the African-American community from forging the alliances it needs to bring about real change. But the anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races.

Rightly, Obama explains why many African-American pastors of the 50+ generation still fight, and rail from the pulpit, against the prejudice into which they were born. He doesn't condone it, but he gives room for it.

But instead of simply trying to understand this anger, why not go a step further and ask the harder question: What is the role of anger in the pulpit? Isn't it to point us to God's righteous anger (the kind that Christ displayed in the temple during Holy Week) and not incite hatred toward other races or political figures?

No anger, but the truly righteous kind, has a place in any pulpit, black or white.

’Playing God’

From Roberto's article in the latest BreakPoint WorldView:

At the end of last year, Nobel Laureate James Watson found himself at the center of an unexpected controversy. Within a few weeks, he had been vilified, seen his own genome become the butt of jokes, and been forced to resign as Chancellor of the prestigious Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Actually, no one who is familiar with the histories of James Watson, Cold Spring Harbor, or genetics in general should be surprised at what happened. We are talking about a discipline that tempts even the best-intentioned people to think they can play God.

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Chuck concludes virtual book tour

His last stop is at JollyBlogger, where he talks about groups that are working to uphold orthodoxy in our time.

Again, thanks to all the great blogs that have hosted discussions with Chuck about The Faith!

For Pity’s Sake: New NY Governor, First Lady Admit to Affairs

Paterson Extra, extra, read all about it in today's New York Daily News story! Earlier this week former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace over his extramarital shenanigans with a prostitute. Everyone waited with eagerness for incoming Governor David Paterson to be the new broom that sweeps clean.

But not so fast. Seems that Paterson and his wife, Michelle, have a little fessin' up to do themselves, with both of them turning to extramarital affairs during a rocky period of their marriage, elegantly spun by Mrs. Paterson. We present her well-crafted line of explanation:

"Like most marriages, you go through certain difficult periods," Michelle Paterson said. "What's important is for your kids to see you worked them out."

Much truth to that, and while it would have been infinitely better had the couple never strayed, the Patersons are to be commended for seeking counseling to get their marriage back on track. Also, it's politically wise for them to have come clean now at the beginning of his tenure as Governor of New York. This takes away the oxygen for another story that could have had even more of an impact than the more sensational one that's been in the news.

Still, let me beat the late-night talk show hosts to the punchline and ask the obvious question:

"Is there something in the water up there?"

Anti-Christian Remarks Get Teacher Lawsuit

At least one member of the judiciary understands that the “establishment clause” cuts both ways. After reviewing the charges that a student brought against his advanced placement European history teacher for anti-religious remarks, district Judge James Selna concluded, “I believe there’s a plausible case.”

Some of the teacher’s in-class remarks, caught on audiotape, include:

  • "Conservatives don't want women to avoid pregnancies – that's interfering with God's work."
  • "When you put on your Jesus glasses, you can't see the truth."
  • "When you pray for divine intervention, you're hoping that the spaghetti monster will help you get what you want."

If you’re wonderin’ where the "spaghetti monster" of Richard Dawkins fits in with the history of Edward Gibbons, the teacher’s lawyer explains, "This is a very committed educator who is trying to stimulate his students into an active discussion and to recognize that they should be prepared to challenge authority, including AP European history professors."

It seems that at least one student has been thusly stimulated.

’A More Perfect Union’

Obama_speech Sen. Obama addresses the Jeremiah Wright controversy. (H/T The Corner)

(Image © Fox News)

And for you Shroud buffs...

Shroud The definitive two-decades-old tests that proved the Shroud of Turin to be a Medieaval fake, may not be so definitive. New tests and a BBC documentary are coming soon.

2008 Economics and Loving One’s Neighbor

Economic concerns have become the elephant in the room people have been afraid to discuss. But there's no getting around the trunk and tusks now: gasoline prices are at an all-time high, the dollar is low and getting lower, the sub-prime crisis continues with more housing foreclosures, and now come stories like this one about credit companies' problems affecting the whole stock market.

While getting one's arms around all these economic problems would require an understanding few outside of high finance have, many people have their theories as to which course to take, how we got here, and what needs to change. Some of my Libertarian friends say that the federal government should not be involved whatsoever in the economy. They say that the government's attempts to manage something that is not meant to be managed only results in an even worse crisis later when the government props fall out. They point to the Great Depression as Exhibit A of their overall thesis.

But elected officials, including those who first started the Federal Reserve, like power, and they like being re-elected, and when enough of their constituents are hurting, it's no huge surprise that the politicians will want to do something or at least be seen doing something to help those who are losing their shirts. Politics in America, unfortunately, always seems to be about short-term solutions, not long-term plans. With elections every 2, 4, or 6 years it is difficult to imagine it being any other way.

From a Christian point of view, whichever way one thought was the best economic path to take, we need to hope for publicly minded men and women who are able to do the one thing sorely lacking: to explain this behemoth of economics enough for us to understand what our true options are and their likely results. 

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Hardy and the unreasonable Baptists

Roberto and I confessed to being fans of Thomas Hardy last year. For any of you fellow lovers of depressing literature out there, I read a real gem by Hardy over the Christmas holidays.

Actually, though, this one is a departure from Hardy's usual bleak outlook on life. A Laodicean tells the story of Paula Power, a young woman who has inherited a fortune from her industrialist father and is torn between the approaching modern world and the nostalgia of history and pedigree. While spinning his morality tale, Hardy gives us a great story of love, friendship, deceit, and treachery.

Best of all, as you may have guessed from the title, A Laodicean delves into matters of faith. The title references the church of Laodicea mentioned in Revelation, that was neither cold nor hot for God. One of Paula's struggles surrounds her father's dying wish that she be baptized into his own Baptist faith, while she is drawn to the Church of England that her friend Charlotte espouses. 

As a Baptist myself with several Anglican friends, I had to laugh when I read this little exchange between Paula's love interest, George Somerset, and Charlotte de Stancy:

"But you are not a Baptist any more than I?" continued Somerset.

"Oh no. And I never knew one till I knew Paula. I think they are very nice; though I sometimes wish Paula was not one, but the religion of reasonable persons."

Even though I may be an unreasonable Baptist, I fully recommend A Laodicean to anyone who likes Thomas Hardy or just a plain old good story. 

The Point Radio: Power Politics

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March 17, 2008

Daily roundup

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Shamrock . . . except it's not. Confused yet? Yeah, me too!

A Beautiful Story for Easter

Easter_basket Some things are worth reading because they are so beautifully written.

A former colleague of ours here at Prison Fellowship, Evelyn Bence, has a moving piece in today's Washington Post about Easter.

I hope you enjoy reading it.

A blessed Holy Week to all of you . . .

Be Fruitful and Multiply--Unless You’re African

Archie_bunker They're at it again, as Archie Bunker used to say when his daughter, Gloria, and son-in-law, the Meathead, engaged in exchanges of affection. That must be what the do-gooders in the population-industrial complex (I couldn't resist) say when they see Africans reproducing. They don't like it. They don't like it at all.

As demographers John May and Jean-Pierre Geugnant write in the London Financial Times, in the last decade or so, "Benign neglect from African leaders and elites translated into late, weak, and ineffective [population control] programs and the population growth rate in sub-Saharan Africa has remained about 2.5 percent over the past half century...Unless the transition towards lower levels of fertility starts in earnest in sub-Saharan Africa," they add, "rapid population growth will jeopardize Africa's development efforts and its prospects for full integration into the world economy."

African leaders have been "reluctant" to go along with Western plans to shrink their populations, the authors note, but they have to be talked into it, because---well, because all those little Africans are degrading the environment.

Actually, as University of Texas professor J. Budziszewski notes here, "The planet could support far more people than there are now. Children starve because no one on the planet will give them food, not because there is no food on the planet to give them. ...Time and time again the don't-have-children lobby has predicted that we will reproduce beyond the food supply, and each time the doomsayers have ended up with egg on their faces."

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From UnChristian to Christian

In an earlier post, I briefly presented the bracing conclusions of UnChristian--the book by David Kinnanman and Gabe Lyons. Here, I give a more complete summary with some thoughts about a path forward. I am interested in hearing from you. Does what I've outlined seem fair, reasonable, feasible? What ideas do you have for moving the church from unchristian to Christian?

Good thoughts for an election year

Tell them, this is a battle of a new kind, and it is they who have to fight it, and they must do it themselves and alone. They must not continually ask for leadership -- they must lead themselves. . . .

I have seen the eyes of the men who ask for leadership, and they are the eyes of slaves. . . .

It's not enough to rouse up the Government to do this and that. You must rouse the people. You must make them understand that their salvation is in themselves and in each separate man and woman among them. If it's only a local committee or amateur theatricals or the avoiding being run over in the black-out, the important thing is each man's personal responsibility. They must not look to the State for guidance -- they must learn to guide the State. Somehow you must contrive to tell them this. It is the only thing that matters.

Dorothy L. Sayers, The Wimsey Papers XI, 1940

For once, I wish I had HBO

Adams My favorite president gets his own miniseries, and I can't see it! Did any of you catch the first installment last night? What did you think?

(Image © HBO)

Remains of First Temple Found

Western_wall Here's an important find that challenges popular theories that the Jewish temple was a myth.

(Image © Israel National News)

The Point Radio: Captive for Christ

Perhaps St. Patrick has a truth we need today....


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March 14, 2008

Daily roundup

Virtual book tour update

Chuck talks selflessness and syntax over at Rebecca Writes, his latest stop on the blog tour. Click here to read the entry.

Working Girls

The editors of The Economist induct soon-to-be-former Governor Eliot Spitzer in the "Hypocrite's Club" as a "diamond member":

[Spitzer] is a hard man to defend. He was the most self-righteous politician in America—which is saying something—and an arrogant bully with it. If anybody deserves the opprobrium that is being poured on his head this week, following the New York Times's revelation that he has a taste for expensive prostitutes, then it is Mr Spitzer.

I have no opinion on this. Really. There's only so much I can care about or have an opinion on at any given time and I've decided not to devote scant resources to having an informed opinion on, by all accounts, a world-class momzer like Spitzer.

So far, so what? Then the folks at The Economist add this to mix:

Defenders of America's tough laws on prostitution argue that it goes hand-in-glove with many other forms of crime (sex-trafficking, drug-trafficking, gangsterism). But surely this is an argument for focusing on those heinous crimes rather than trying to prevent an activity that is as old as human society. Besides, if prostitution were not criminalised, the victims of such abuses would feel much less wary of going to the police about them.

Here's the thing: there is scant-to-no evidence from anywhere it has been tried that legalizing prostitution does anything to reduce the exploitation and abuse associated with the activity. Sure, the handful of legal brothels in places like Nevada may be free of overt and criminal abuses but that only reinforces the point: they're a handful of brothels. They're easy to regulate and police. There's no evidence that prostitution on a mass scale can be free of abuse and exploitation. And if you legalize prostitution, that's exactly what you are going to get: prostitution on a mass scale.

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Evangelicals and Catholics -- together or apart?

At the Heidelblog, R. Scott Clark takes issue with Chuck's response to Tim Challies about the differences between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. Take a look here. (H/T Rebecca Writes)

Here comes the bride...and boy, is she a dog!

Dog_wedding Chuck talked the other day about the aggressive efforts by animal rights activists to blur the distinction between humans and animals. He describes a "wedding" between a canine groom (who sports a formal black tux) and a doggie bride, who wears a gorgeous white silk gown and veil designed by Vera Wang. (Okay, I made up the part about Vera Wang.)

Incredibly, there are even wedding coordinators who specialize in pet "weddings," which make a mockery of the sacred meaning of marriage.

One thing driving this kind of nonsense is, I believe, the phenomenon P.D. James discusses in her novel that I mentioned recently, The Children of Men. When people are unable to have children, cats and dogs and dolls become their de facto offspring. I believe a big part of the trend of treating pets like children may have to do with a lack in people's lives of other humans to love, and be loved by. (This article offers support for this notion.) I speak from experience: As soon as our sons left for college, our miniature dachshund became our "baby."

By the way--the "Reverend" Arlene Ponack, who presided over the wedding, is as phony as the marriage ceremony. She was "ordained" through the Universal Brotherhood Movement, which sells ordinations to anybody who mails them $95. This ordination allows recipients to make money performing weddings, "bark" mitzvahs, baptisms, funerals, and other religious ceremonies. So--while too many Christians ARE getting sucked into this way of thinking, at least we're not crazy enough--yet--to preside over "weddings" between pets who have no idea they've been living in sin.

(Image © Naples Daily News)

Stand by Your Man?

Spitzers So I was just reading this article on Newsweek called "The Wronged Wives Club" about the wives on the other side of the notorious political scandals and it led me to a question.

The Bible stands against divorce except in the case of adultery. I'm curious what our readers think about "standing by your man" when it comes to cases of grave misconduct and adultery like this Spitzer case. Would it ever be a more moral choice to condemn a husband by divorcing him than to condone his actions by staying by his side? Or does it depend on the heart of the sinner? I guess there's always Hosea to cite as an example for staying.

Tell me your thoughts.

Pot, meet kettle

"China attacks U.S. human rights record"

(Via UN Wire)

The Point Radio: Your Tour of Duty

The war in Iraq can seem like someone else's problem. It's not....


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March 13, 2008

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