The Marriage Pledge: A Gratifying Step on Civil vs. Ecclesiastical Marriage

It's been a bit since Ephraim Radner and Christopher Seitz "crossed the Rubicon" and set forth The Marriage Pledge, which calls ministers to stop officiating civil marriages.  Reactions have been mixed.  The fact that I can say that shows that the steady legalisation of same-sex civil marriage has forced Christians--who have been working to "preserve marriage", …

The Most Important Goal in Life

Today is the Feast of Christ the King.  The script that calls out the liturgical year on this site simply refers to this as the Sunday before Advent, and that's what it was for centuries.  The idea of this feast--at the end of the liturgical year--comes from the "new theology", one that generally gets a …

My Challenge to Church of God Ministers: Take the Marriage Pledge

Many of you know that, in spite of a lot of what turns up on this blog, I am a member of the North Cleveland Church of God and worked for the church's International Offices in the Lay Ministries Department for 13 1/2 years.  So I'm not a stranger to at least some of our …

Maybe the Democrats Don't Need a Deep Electoral Bench

The Republican "wave" (what that means electorally depends upon whom you talk to) in the recent Congressional elections has highlighted their opponents' weaknesses at the state level.  To a large extent there are two electorates: one at the mid-term and one at the Presidential year. The one thing these two have in common, according to …

The Evangelical Comeuppance in the Middle East

I've not had the time lately to post in as timely fashion as I would like, mostly because of the semester-by-semester crapshoot which is my PhD pursuit.  But there's a long-term issue that deserves some comment, and that concerns a long-overdue attitude adjustment that Evangelicals need to make because of events in the Middle East. …

It Really Is About What You Stand For

In this wild election cycle, a Republican is about to break a record she wasn't "supposed to": An upstate New York Republican is slated Tuesday to shatter the congressional record of former Brooklyn Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman as the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Elise Stefanik, 30, is favored to win in New York’s …

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