Posts Tagged 'culture'

Celebrating Whateverhood?

Celebrating Whateverhood?

Motherhood and apple pie have long represented the quintessential components of Americana that no one would dare diminish or disparage. That was yesterday. Today, we still love apple pie.

Tolerating Motherhood / Fatherhood

America is currently in the process of diminishing both motherhood and fatherhood and gradually replacing them with whateverhood. Advocating for same-sex marriage undermines the value we assign to motherhood and fatherhood as uniquely beneficial to children. Two or ...

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A Christian Nation? (Part III)

A Christian Nation? (Part III)

    Question: Why is the First Amendment first?

    Answer: Because our Founders believed that nothing comes ahead of religious vitality and liberty in establishing and sustaining America as a nation.

President George Washington expressed this conviction in his Farewell Address (September 17, 1796) thusly; “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

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A Christian Nation? (Part II)

A Christian Nation? (Part II)

Christianity does not need America to thrive, but I think America definitely needs Christianity to survive and thrive.

Our culture has forgotten what our Founders knew. The American experiment is a spiritual, moral and cultural exercise, not just a political one. Private virtue, rooted in biblical faith, is essential for the American experiment to work as the Founders intended.

Our Founders saw America as a passionate and principled people, not just a secular ...

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A Christian Nation?

A Christian Nation?

President Obama may not consider the United States a “Christian nation” (as he denied in Turkey on April 6, 2009), but our Founders certainly did.

But wait! Didn’t President John Adams write: “As the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…” (May 26, 1797, submitted to Congress; The Treaty of Tripoli. Article 11)?

Yes, it’s true. If by “nation,” Obama only meant our government, ...

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Correcting the Record

Correcting the Record

If the celebrities and talking heads you like most taught you that religion is the source of all bigotry, you might learn to dislike religion. If TV and popular culture only pointed you toward heroic atheists and despicable Christians, you would avoid Christianity. If all you were taught of Christianity were Constantine’s rule, the crusades, the Inquisition and witch trials, you would detest it without understanding it.

The truth is, Christianity has ...

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‘The New Normal’ is Not New

‘The New Normal’ is Not New

Some people will do anything to be considered normal. Others will do at least as much to avoid that description. Sometimes the same person will do both. Is this normal?

The dictionary defines normal as “conformity to a common standard.” But in a culture wherein few standards are shared, most anything can pass as normal. Without standards, who can discern whether “normal” is an insult or a compliment? Are you confused?

In biology, normal usually means that ...

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We Are What We Celebrate… And How!

Every holiday offers its own reason for celebration, but the overall reason we need holidays is so we can know who we are. Holidays preserve our collective memory and provide us with a common identity. Without a memory, we can’t know who we are.

Holidays help us celebrate renewal (New Year’s Day), love (Valentine’s Day), our heroes (birthdays of great leaders), ...

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Or Else…

Or Else…

SERIOUS QUESTIONS:

1. Should a private dating service be forced against their conscience to facilitate homosexual relationships? This happened to E-Harmony in 2008 under the prospect of huge court costs (much of which they had to pay anyhow). Homosexuals are not hindered from starting dating services and many exist. Nevertheless, homosexual activists and their lawyers forced E-Harmony to meet their demands, or else.

2. Do you think a faith-based adoption agency should be forced by law to ...

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In Honor of Memorial Day

In Honor of Memorial Day

All gave some

Some gave all

By Joel Solliday

I began to take Memorial Day seriously in the ‘1990s when I lived in New Haven, Connecticut, where the Grove Street Cemetery featured the graves of many Revolutionary War veterans along with the following great Americans:

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Good News!

Good News!

After an extended transition, I have accepted a call to serve at the Lewiston Church of Christ as their minister. This faithful family of God has welcomed me warmly, lifting my confidence without expanding my head. To learn more about my new church family, link to:

lewistonchurchofchrist.org

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