Iowa Caucuses: Do You Remember the Last Time?

Today the Iowa caucuses will be meeting to choose their nominees for president. There have been many predictions as to who will come out on top. I don’t think any of the ones doing the predicting have any clue about what will really happen.

I remember that four years ago, many of the prognosticators saw Howard Dean as the inevitable winner of the Democrat caucuses in Iowa. Boy were they wrong. After finishing a disappointing third place, Dean put an exclamation point on his defeat with a rare display of . . . Hmm. . . Shall we say, jubilance? Continue Reading →

Hypocrisy in the Anglican Communion?

According to the Associated Press, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A., Katharine Jefferts Schori, says that the only difference between gay clergy in the American church and those in other churches in the world is that the Americans are now open about it. Speaking of Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Bishop to be elected in the Episcopal church, she says this:

“He is certainly not alone in being a gay bishop; he’s certainly not alone in being a gay partnered bishop. He is alone in being the only gay partnered bishop who’s open about that status.” Continue Reading →

Dr. Mohler To Be Nominated for President of SBC

The Southern Baptist Texan reports that my pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress will nominate Dr. R. Albert Mohler this summer for the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time will know that I receive this news as a very positive development for our denomination. I have a great love and respect for Dr. Mohler, and I can’t imagine a better candidate for SBC President. More later.

(HT: Justin Taylor, Henry Institute)

Normalizing Same-Sex “Marriage” through Divorce

The Washington Post has a disturbing article about the legal challenges facing same-sex couples who were married in Massachusetts but are now seeking divorces in other states. The basic quandary is this. Whereas states have laws providing for the division of assets, custody of children, payment of alimony, etc., states that do not recognize same-sex unions have no legal provisions for the dissolution of same-sex “marriages.” A case in point appears in the first paragraph. Continue Reading →

Lessons from the Martyrs at the New Year

On Sunday, the Associated Press ran a story about Christians in India who are fleeing from persecution at the hands of Hindu nationalists. The article mentions briefly an incident that occurred in India about 8 years ago:

“In 1999, an Australian missionary and his two sons, aged 8 and 10, were burned to death in their car in Orissa following a Bible study class.”

This line appears in the story to provide background to the current Hindu persecution of Christians in India. But I remember when I first heard about this story, and there is much more to what happened than is indicated in the AP article. Continue Reading →

What Evangelism Isn’t

An excerpt from Pastor Mark Dever’s new book on evangelism appears today in Christianity Today online. You can read the excerpt here. You can order the book here.

In the excerpt, Dever says this:

“Who can deny that much modern evangelism has become emotionally manipulative, seeking simply to cause a momentary decision of the sinner’s will, yet neglecting the biblical idea that conversion is the result of the supernatural, gracious act of God toward the sinner? Continue Reading →

Huckabee on Homosexuality on ‘Meet the Press’

Governor Mike Huckabee appeared on “Meet the Press” this morning (Barack Obama was on as well), and Tim Russert threw a string of “faith” questions at him. You can read the transcript here, or you can listen to the entire interview below. The faith questions occur near the end (at 20:57-29:16).

This is a fascinating interview in which Huckabee comments on abortion, homosexuality, the first amendment, separation of church and state, and more.

I will comment on one item that I thought was very interesting. Russert asked Huckabee, “Do you believe you’re born gay or you choose to be gay?” Continue Reading →

A Reasonable Candidate?

The Iowa caucuses are next week, and Peggy Noonan has a word for Iowans to consider before they select their candidates. Noonan thinks there are “reasonable” and “unreasonable” candidates on both the Democrat and Republican sides.

She defines a “reasonable” candidate as follows: “a candidate who does not appear to be obviously insane. We’d like knowledge, judgment, a prudent understanding of the world and of the ways and histories of the men and women in it.” Continue Reading →

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