Legalism’s Not-So-Subtle Hypocrisy

Straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel. We get a glowing example of this hypocrisy in a Washington Post article that ran on Saturday regarding the growing practice of “interest free” Islamic banking around the world. Many Muslims believe that the Quran forbids the practice of charging interest on loans. To participate in bankingContinue reading “Legalism’s Not-So-Subtle Hypocrisy”

Russian Youth: A Sign of Things to Come? – Part 2

Is fascism just around the corner in Russia? That’s what seems to be the hope of many young people there. According to an article in the UK’s Daily Mail, there is a massive youth movement, one of which is called “Nashi” (run by Putin’s Kremlin), which is aiming at destroying any vestiges of democracy theContinue reading “Russian Youth: A Sign of Things to Come? – Part 2”

African Relief and A Western Messiah Complex?

“Africans, real people though we may be, are used as props in the West’s fantasy of itself.” Those are the words of author Uzodinma Iweala, in his article Stop Trying To ‘Save’ Africa in The Washington Post. The salient paragraph: “There is no African, myself included, who does not appreciate the help of the widerContinue reading “African Relief and A Western Messiah Complex?”

Now That’s What I’m Talking About!!!

“Armed Preacher Nabs Theft Suspect” (video) A man after my own heart! 🙂 Gotta love it! As the great poet Toby Keith once said, Well a man come on the 6 o’clock news Said somebody’s been shot, somebody’s been abused Somebody blew up a building Somebody stole a car Somebody got away Somebody didn’t getContinue reading “Now That’s What I’m Talking About!!!”

Are You Discerning in Your Consumption of Culture?

In less than 4 minutes, Al Mohler uses music as just one example of how Christians need to be more discerning about their consumption of the culture. I’ve been blogging about this in the last few weeks, which you can read here, here, and here. Discernment is a mark of maturity. It is the exerciseContinue reading “Are You Discerning in Your Consumption of Culture?”

No, no. Don’t. It’s enough.

Those are Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s words when he was wished many more years of creative life. How odd – for American ears. The thought of ever getting ENOUGH of a thing. Frankly, I think that the one word that describes us best is: MORE. It drives us on incessantly. Do you ever think we are tooContinue reading “No, no. Don’t. It’s enough.”

Russian Youth: A Sign of Things to Come?

Ok, this ties in with the last post. After talking with my wife about Solzhenitsyn’s call for public repentance for past crimes of communist leaders, she told me about an article that appeared yesterday about the attitudes of Russian youth. What is notable, and even appalling, is that 46% of Russian youth ages 16 toContinue reading “Russian Youth: A Sign of Things to Come?”

Solzhenitsyn and Public Repentance

German newspaper Spiegel has posted a recent interview with Alexander Solzhenitsyn. It is interesting for a number of points, but what most intrigued me is his call for the authorities of his own Russia to offer public repentance for their crimes against millions of victims of the gulag and communist terror. Yet, he says, “IContinue reading “Solzhenitsyn and Public Repentance”

Cultural Decay & The Arts

“One of the reasons I do the work I do is because I believe that American society is in a state of cultural deterioration, and that the Church is often making things worse rather than better. Specifically, serious art, literature, and music no longer have the position of importance in the lives of educated AmericansContinue reading “Cultural Decay & The Arts”

Should Christians Enjoy “Secular” Art and Entertainment? – Part 2

In my first post on this issue, I got some great comments and have done some more thinking about it. Actually, I’ve been thinking and reading on it for better than a year now. So I am a rookie at this. I am no art critic, by any means, although I’m trying to learn aContinue reading “Should Christians Enjoy “Secular” Art and Entertainment? – Part 2″