Monthly Archives: January 2019

Peyton Manning on who wins the Super Bowl

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New York’s Chilling New Abortion Law

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New York state has just enacted a new abortion law, making it an even deadlier place for the unborn to be.

After Democrats gained control of the state Senate in 2018, they now have control of the entire government of the Empire State. They have a liberal Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo and now democratic majorities in both chambers of the state legislature.

Why we we need to change

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Oh, those firstborn children. Somewhere inside their brain is this tattoo: “I can do it myself.” Wait. I’m a firstborn. So is our daughter. And when she decided at the age of five that she was going to bake a cake, she, of course, didn’t need any help. Her “I’m going to bake a cake” moment was a good news/bad news announcement for me. Good news: my little girl is growing up. Bad news: I have to eat it. We heard a lot of banging of pans in the kitchen and ultimately the smells of something baking. Maybe this was going to work after all. Minutes later, my little girl came into the living room, almost tripping over her lower lip. She was sad. She explained: “Daddy, it came out flat.” Then she brought in her first cake. Or maybe I should say pancake. It was that flat. That’s when Sr. Baking Advisor, Mom, entered the picture to see what our daughter could learn from the cake that fell flat. She’d put in the milk, the eggs, the flour. But she just forgot one ingredient-the baking powder-the anti-flat ingredient in a cake.

Fans get over it

This is going to be the shortest blog post I have done but the fans of the Saints who are upset over a so-called missed call. Need to get over it. Football is a game that involved humans. They make mistakes from players to coaches to refs. That is life. In life people make mistakes.

The Little Girl in the Airport

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Religious Tests

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Kerby Anderson Should US senators be allowed to apply a religious test to anyone nominated to serve in the government? Earlier this month, two Democrats in the Senate, Mazie Hirono (HI) and Kamala Harris from (CA), objected to the nominee to a US district court because of his membership in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization. One senator wanted to know if he was aware of their stand on abortion. Of course he was. The senator also wanted…

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BreakPoint: Why C. S. Lewis Still Speaks The Next Colson Center Short Course

Alone in a seemingly hopeless war against an implacable Nazi enemy with bombs raining down on London, one man stepped up to a microphone, amidst the chaos, and addressed his nation on the subject of Christianity.

That man was C. S. Lewis, and the talks he delivered on the BBC radio network more than 75 years ago would become what is perhaps his best-known book, “Mere Christianity.” But don’t let that publication date fool you.

Decades later, it’s incredible how relevant Lewis’ brilliance still is. Much of what he wrote sounds like it was addressed directly to our time and our culture. That’s because, despite the imminent threats of his time, Lewis dealt with the ultimate questions all of us have, and the objections that have always haunted people about God, faith, and morality. And he did so in a simple, intuitive, humble, and easy-to-follow way.

In fact, here’s an example: the Oxford don himself in one of the only surviving radio clips from those broadcasts. Lewis is explaining how God can listen to the prayers of billions of people at the same time:

“Almost certainly, God is not in time. His life doesn’t consist of moments following one another. If a million people are praying to him at 10:30 tonight, He hasn’t got to listen to them all in that one little snippet which we call 10:30. 10:30 and every other moment from the beginning to the end of the world is always the present for him. If you’d like to put it that way, he has infinity in which to listen to the split-second of prayer put up by a pilot as his plane crashes in flames. That’s difficult, I know.” (Ed. Note: Here’s a link to the clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=136&v=m3jYLGcDUFE 2:18 to 3:08).

Now, Lewis didn’t say anything really new here. Fifteen hundred years earlier, St. Augustine proposed that God is outside of time. But Lewis expressed this, and so many other key concepts of the Christian faith, in a unique way that appealed not only to commonsense, but to that stubborn, unshakable knowledge—shared even by atheists—that there’s something beyond the material world.

That something, as Lewis argued in the opening chapters of “Mere Christianity,” is evident any time two people quarrel and appeal to an ultimate standard of right and wrong. Half a century before the New Atheists began thundering their moral condemnations against the Christian God, Lewis observed that atheism (which he himself once embraced) “turns out to be too simple.” The very moral standards that atheists use to try to judge God ultimately depend on God’s existence.

Of course, “Jack,” as his friends called him, is known for more than just apologetic arguments. Perhaps you first met him in a journey through a wardrobe, a picture frame, or a magician’s ring into the land of Narnia.

“The Chronicles of Narnia,” like the Great Lion Aslan himself, have a way of getting bigger as the reader grows. Like all of Lewis’ fiction, they give faces and voices to serious and grown-up themes with which all humans wrestle. Through Narnia, as well as “The Screwtape Letters” and “The Great Divorce,” Lewis provides insights on the nature of evil, the place of humans in creation, the atonement of Christ, and the longings God has placed within the human heart.

The man behind the microphone during the dark days of World War II deserves a closer look today. That’s why I’m thrilled to tell you that the latest Colson Center short course will be led by the brilliant Lewis scholar Dr. Louis Markos. Dr. Markos is a world-renowned teacher. In fact he’s the teacher in one of the “Great Courses” on C. S. Lewis.

This four-week online course, which you can take from home, is entitled “C. S. Lewis and the Christian Worldview.” You’ll study Lewis’ thoughts on faith and reason, morality, free will, evil, love, and eternity. Participants will be able to ask questions and interact on the books I’ve mentioned, as well as “The Abolition of Man,” “Surprised by Joy,” “Reflections on the Psalms,” and “The Space Trilogy.”

Dr. Markos’ course starts in just a few days, beginning Wednesday February 6th, and will be held four consecutive Wednesday nights. To learn how to sign up, just visit BreakPoint.org, and click on this commentary.

Resources:

C. S. Lewis and the Christian Worldview

  • Louis Markos | Short Course, Colson Center
Mere Christianity

  • C. S. Lewis | HarperOne

I am not a Tom Brady fan but I am becoming one

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The wife of the Vice President, Karen Pence, used to teach art at Immanuel Christian School in Virginia

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Kerby Anderson The wife of the Vice President, Karen Pence, used to teach art at Immanuel Christian School in Virginia when her husband served as a member of Congress. Her office announced that she would once again be teaching art in the school on a part-time basis. That announcement was met with lots of criticism for one major reason. This Christian school (like so many others) requires students and parents to abide by a Christian code of conduct concerning sexual…

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Involuntary Identity Politics

Some people go out looking for identity politics. Others have it thrust upon them.

 

The latter is the case with the defamed students — the children — of Covington Catholic, who have, thanks to the phantasmagoric alchemy of the progressive imagination, have been born again as stand-ins for . . . only everything progressives hate: “white privilege,” “patriarchy,” Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, kids who were mean to them in high school, etc. That so much of the progressive-media discourse on the Covington episode consisted of the emotional revisitation of petty (and some unpetty) childhood traumas has given the whole project a Freudian odor, and, like the work of Sigmund Freud himself, it consists largely of intellectual fraud bolstered by manufactured or distorted evidence — claims of fact that are said to speak to a higher metaphysical truth no matter how frequently and how thoroughly they are debunked as claims of fact.

The story that was presented about the Covington students turned out to be a fabrication, but even in the face of what the New York Times antiseptically described as the “fuller picture” that “emerged” (how many sins may be hidden in an intransitive verb!), progressives insisted that the children must be punished for the sins of white men going back to the first uptight specimen of H. pallidus to emerge from the Caucasus in a Brooks Brothers loincloth.

As my colleague Ramesh Ponnuru has noted, much of this consisted of an unseemly focus on the character of the children’s faces: Ruth Graham in Slatepouring bile on one boy’s “face of self-satisfaction and certitude, of edginess expressed as cruelty,” Reza Aslan writing about a child’s “punchable face,” etc. Ponnuru writes: “For Anne Helen Peterson, a writer for Buzzfeed, both Sandmann and Kavanaugh have ‘the look of white patriarchy’ — hard to avoid, given that they are white and male — and reminded her of disrespectful kids she used to teach, kids who asked for extensions and plagiarized and snickered in class. She knew hardly anything about Sandmann. She didn’t need to know anything: She had seen his type before.”

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