Stand, Therefore

One of the reasons that the ACNA was founded—one for which I was eager to sign up after our church had been sold to a mosque—was so that the whole counsel of Scripture, God’s Holy Word, could be proclaimed and obeyed without apology and without anxious worry about getting in trouble over it. The post…Stand, …

How did we get here? Religious freedom never took off in Afghanistan

For those appalled by the potential of widespread Christian persecution in Afghanistan, I have bad news: the persecution imposed during the era of Taliban rule beginning in the 1990s never stopped. The Taliban’s ouster in 2001 did little to change societal norms that are anti-Christian and anti-religious minority generally. Let’s take a look back at …

Squaring the Circle of Anglican/Episcopal Ministry

At the end of Dante's Paradiso, in his vision of God, he says the following: Like a geometer wholly dedicatedto squaring the circle, both who cannot find,think as he may, the principle indicated--so did I study the supernal face.I yearned to to know just how our image mergesinto that circle, and how it then finds …

Phillips an Early Translation? Hardly.

Robin Jordan makes an interesting statement about translations of the Bible into English: I have been reading J. B. Phillips’ translation of the Gospels into modern English. It is one of the earliest translations of the Gospels into the vernacular. The Gospels are the part of the Bible with which I am the most familiar. …

Another Reason to Take Down William Fulbright’s Statue

This gushing review of the Fulbright Program for "citizen diplomats" is elite pap: Since Aug. 1, 1946, the Fulbright Program — the U.S. Department of State’s flagship international exchange program — has withstood the test of time to continually enhance mutual understanding between Americans and citizens of more than 160 partner countries worldwide. But what …

Farewell to Bourgeois Kings

What Schmitt is saying here is very important, and it might very well end up being the true cost of the Afghanistan debacle. Every ruling class throughout history advances various claims about its own legitimacy, without which a stable political order is impossible. Legitimating claims can take many different forms and may change over time, …

Two Defeats, Two National Nervous Breakdowns

A few years back I did a review of Andreas Killen's 1973 Nervous Breakdown. It's hard to argue against the fact that what we went through in the late 1960's and early 1970's was in fact a national nervous breakdown. Two years later, of course, came the fall of Saigon and the real end of …

How the Assemblies of God Have Succeeded

An interesting article in Christianity Today discusses the success of the Assemblies of God: At most denominational conferences these days, leaders have to recognize and reckon with the challenge of continued declines in membership. But for the US Assemblies of God (AG), which drew 18,000 registered attendees to its General Council meeting in Orlando last …

Teaching Secular Blasphemy

Well it's that time of year for academics (at least those on a semester system) when we begin another term of teaching and learning. This Fall I am somewhat officially retired from full-time teaching (if the university had started me sooner it would be official) but I am back teaching my Foundations course. Towards the …

Unpatriotic Conservatives? You Asked For It

Complaints, complaints... The Olympics are typically a boom time for jingoism: patriotic fervor heightening among Americans of all stripes with each gold medal for Team USA. But this year, we’ve seen an unlikely faction of Americans rooting against our athletes: conservatives. Griping about this is rich: for years those on the left have complained about …

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