Obama’s Chinese Box: Where Does Religious Freedom Fit?

“Outside of Buddhism and Taoism, Christianity is the largest religious bloc, having grown exponentially from a few believers in the 1970s to perhaps 100 million today” Barack Obama arrived in Japan today, Nov 13, on the first leg of his first trip to Asia as president, a delicate week-long diplomatic swing which will confront him... Continue Reading

‘The Motive Remains Murky’: The D.C. Sniper, Fort Hood and the Post-post-9/11 Mentality

John Allen Muhammad, the “D.C. sniper” of autumn 2002, is no more. The commonwealth of Virginia put Muhammad to death last night, Nov 12, for the murder of Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station in Northern Virginia. Muhammad and his accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, were also convicted of six murders in Maryland and suspected... Continue Reading

We Are All Hindus Now

Commentary by Lisa Miller, Newsweek America is not a Christian nation. We are, it is true, a nation founded by Christians, and according to a 2008 survey, 76 percent of us continue to identify as Christian (still, that’s the lowest percentage in American history). Of course, we are not a Hindu—or Muslim, or Jewish, or... Continue Reading

Revenge of the Dirty Dozen: 12 Policies that Undermine Civil Society

by Katherine Bradley and Chuck Donovan Last April, The Heritage Foundation released a WebMemo titled “The Dirty Dozen: 12 New Policies That Undermine Civil Society.” Seven months later, many of these policies being advocated by Congress and the President have moved closer to becoming law. In addition, several new issues have emerged that deserve illumination.... Continue Reading

Dispatch from Cyprus

I’m not sure how to describe Nicosia on a Friday evening…and early evening by Cypriot standards. Although Nicosia is only a medium sized city (300K) it is very cosmopolitan. The downtown is alive and reminds me of Manhattan – probably somewhere between east 77th and 83rd – but with a moat and a 16th century... Continue Reading

These Guys Served? Who Knew?

You’d never know by looking at these four celebrities, but before they entered the limelight they all served in the U.S. military. Most of the stars on the list are known for their music, trend-setting or contribution to society, but their service to the country has largely gone unnoticed. In honor of Veterans Day, Military.com... Continue Reading

A Brief Look at How George W. Bush Became one of Our Most Evangelical Christian Presidents

By Terry Wimberley I believe that George W. Bush’s religious experiences transformed him from a close-encounter with life-long alcoholism and put him on the road that eventually took him to the White House. Regardless of whether you care for Bush or his policies or not, his religious transformation is an interesting and indeed a compelling... Continue Reading

“How Shall The Young?”

Commentary “The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned” (Matthew 4:16). This prophecy from Isaiah 9:2 is applied by Matthew to the beginning days of Jesus’ ministry as he began to preach about the Kingdom of... Continue Reading

Clergy Sexual Abuse – Part 1, The Reality

BaylorUniversity’s School of Social Work has just released information about two studies that have been done regarding the issue of clergy sexual abuse. The findings are cause for grief for they found such abuse to be “a widespread problem in congregations of all sizes and denominations”. That means we can no longer say “those things... Continue Reading

The Lost Symbol Now Found — A Mystical Bible

Sometimes classified as “a worthless historian,” Dan Brown is nevertheless an uncanny observer of the spiritual times in which we live. His basic message is consistent: our culture is discovering that the “Ancient Mysteries” will be victorious over the outdated, censorious and power-grabbing Church. The Da Vinci Code undermined the faith of nominal believers by:... Continue Reading