Monthly Archives: January 2020

The Point: abortion survivors are too controversial but drag queens as Super Bowl ads

Iconic Super Bowl ads go way back and appeal to even non-football fans… From Michael Jordan and Larry Byrd’s game of horse to E-trade’s talking baby to Budweiser’s “wasssup” commercial.

They tell us a lot about where culture is… for example, you see fewer hyper-sexual ones, but far more virtue-signaling ones… This year, the Sabra Hummus commercial features a drag queen. According to one LGBT marketing strategist, the ad will take “our language into every home in the nation…”

At the same time, according to LifeNews, Faces of Choice produced an ad featuring the testimonies of people who survived abortions, but FOX Sports won’t even respond to their request for ad time.

So abortion survivors are too controversial for TV, but not drag queens? What a strange world we live in…we pretend like abortion survivors don’t exist, but they do… And we pretend that people change their biological sex, but they don’t.



The Beatles were right

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I guess every generation has its surprising music hits. Like a song by a Mississippi truck driver about a hound dog – Elvis something – or a song by some longhaired British quartet about wanting to hold your hand. I think they were called The Beatles. Now, in more recent years, there was a very surprising song that skyrocketed to number one for several weeks and to a Grammy nomination. It’s been a while, but it was a pretty provocative song. The singer was not well known, but the song asked some questions that I never thought I’d hear in a popular song. It had a haunting melody that was pretty hard to forget. Years ago, as I played a portion of that song for 11,000 teenagers I was speaking to, virtually everyone in the room sang the lyrics. “What if God was one of us, what would His name be? If God was one of us, what would His face look like?” You know what? The questions were provocative. The answers are shocking.

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The Chief Justice should read the questions not decide which ones are asked


When the shocking news of Kobe Bryant’s sudden death broke, it really hit like losing someone you knew.

I see it in the Native American young people who are so much a part of my life and my work. Like Amy. She’s an overcomer – depression, abuse, trauma. For her, basketball has offered relief from reservation despair. She says, “Kobe inspired me.”

A lot of our Native “sons and daughters” proudly wear their Kobe jersey. Because he “inspired” them. As one young Native leader and friend said, “It looks like we’re all in a state of mourning.”

It’s just a microcosm of the deep sense of sadness that invaded so many hearts when the jolting news of that deadly chopper crash first hit.

Then we learned his 13-year-old basketball prodigy daughter Gianna died with him. A total of nine pretty extraordinary people were lost in that devastating crash.

The mother and daughter who “lit up every room they were in.” The women’s basketball coach, investing her life in young women who loved the game. The beloved college baseball coach, along with his wife and daughter.

Not marquee names like Kobe – but each one precious to God and to those loved and impacted by them.

But Kobe Bryant’s amazing basketball achievements and superstar status made this crash a tragedy felt around the world. Five NBA championships. Two Olympic gold medals. A legendary ability to carry his team-for-life Lakers to one memorable victory after another. And his “work ethic” that so many young players called their inspiration.


He summarized that passion for excellence when he said, “I made a promise to myself when I was 15. At the end of my career, I want people to think of me as a talented overachiever. I was blessed with talent, but I worked as if I had none.”

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Albert Mohler: The President Speaks at the March for Life

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 Last week we saw history made as President Trump addressed the annual March for Life in person.

Yes: Previous pro-life presidents had communicated support and had spoken to the March for Life in different forms—whether by letter, video, or by sending the vice president.

But not one had showed up in person.

And that’s the point:

It’s no small thing that the president of the United States showed up in person at the March for Life.

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Some followers of Christ don’t give people the whole Bible they just tell them God hates them in in their sins

Owen Strachan: Kobe Bryant: 1978 – 2020

 More tragic still: his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died at his side. Seven other people perished in the crash.

Bryant soared in his career. He won five NBA championships, many awards, and became fantastically wealthy. Yet after personal trouble early in his career, Bryant committed himself to his family. He was by all accounts a doting father to his four girls, and he and his wife Vanessa worked hard to strengthen their union.

As a man, Bryant needed what many men need: he needed a family. He pursued excellence and found it in his calling.

Kobe’s days are over. This life goes fast. We must number our days, and prize what matters most.

Man knows not his time.

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Also killed

My question about Kobe Bryant and the others killed Sunday morning

I have been a LA Lakers fan since I was a kid. So I recall watching this NBA great player on the court. How God blessed him with a gift to play basketball. Then to be a husband and father. My thoughts went to where was he with the Lord. And where were the others killed with the Lord. I have been praying that this would draw their friends, and to the Lord if they don’t know him and closer to him if they do know him.

    I just read that Kobe was a Catholic but no church makes you right with the Lord. Church works won’t do it. It is faith in Christ alone. Pray for the families of all those who died.

The Problem with (Mis)remembering the Holocaust

Today, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous Nazi death camp known as Auschwitz, the world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The millions who each year visit Auschwitz, as well as the Holocaust museums in Jerusalem, Washington D.C., and elsewhere become witnesses to an era of almost unimaginable cruelty.

They, and we, are told to “never forget.” And we shouldn’t. But, it is crucial not only that we remember, but how we remember.

Last week, in the online magazine TLS, Nikolaus Wachsmann reflected on the plea of camp victim Zalman Gradowski that future generations would “form an image” of the “hell” of Auschwitz.

“But,” Wachsmann writes, “the Auschwitz of popular imagination often bears little relation to the Auschwitz Gradowski had lived and died in. As a global emblem of evil, the camp has become unmoored from its actuality.”

For example, Wachsmann relates that “It is often said . . . that Auschwitz was a different planet, so alien that even birds did not sing there.” But that’s not true. The camp’s surroundings were “rich in wildlife.” So rich, in fact, “that employees of IG Farben, the German firm that enslaved thousands of prisoners, went birding together, while a trained ornithologist among the SS guards meticulously surveyed the local species… for scholarly publications.”

In other words, there is a very real human tendency to mis-remember the grave evils of history: to imagine that they happened in a different world; to think that those who perpetuated such evil, or those who scandalously remained silent and complicit, were somehow different kinds of people than we are.

Exacerbating this tendency is the modern illusion of moral evolution. That somehow we are more enlightened and tolerant than they, having moved on from the bigotry of our human past.

That moral chronological snobbery is not only wrong, it’s dangerous, creating a blind spot to the evils and horrors of which we are capable.

In his 1993 Templeton Prize address, Chuck Colson described the realization that came to Holocaust survivor Yehiel Dinur at the trial of Adolf Eichmann:

“Dinur entered the courtroom and stared at the man  . . . who had presided over the slaughter of millions. The court was hushed as a victim confronted a butcher. Then suddenly Dinur began to sob and collapsed to the floor. Not out of anger or bitterness. As he explained later in an interview, what struck him at that instant was a terrifying realization. ‘I was afraid about myself,’ Dinur said. ‘I saw that I am capable to do this . . . Exactly like he.’”

Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt wrote about the Eichmann Trial in her book Eichmann in Jerusalem. She found Eichmann neither “perverted nor sadistic,” but “terrifyingly normal.” She called this the “banality of evil.”

Hidden evil flourishes. Throughout history, evil has often hidden in plain sight, enabled by its terrifying normalness and the moral blind spots we self-inflict. And it continues today… Consider how the world is mostly silent as China sends Muslim Uighurs to concentration camps.

Or, why the voices of so many victims of sexual abuse in Hollywood, in corporate America, in homes, and churches are only now, decades later, being heard? Just last Friday, hundreds of thousands of people marched, for the 47th time, to draw attention to the government-subsidized slaughter of millions of pre-born babies.

Hans Scholl, who, along with his sister Sophie, was executed in 1943 for founding an anti-Nazi student group called the White Rose, once described his struggle to understand evil. Marveling at the beauty of the German landscape he wrote in a line reminiscent of the Psalmist, “Does God take us for fools, that he should light up the world for us with such consummate beauty . . . And nothing, on the other hand, but rapine and murder?”

Then Scholl asked a question we should all ask: How ought we respond to evil? “Should one go off and build a little house with flowers outside the windows … and extol and thank God and turn one’s back on the world and its filth? Isn’t seclusion a form of treachery of desertion? I’m weak and puny, but I want to do what is right.”

In Christ, God entered the world in order to confront, and ultimately defeat, evil. He calls us to confront evil as well, but let’s be clear: The world Christ entered was this world. The evil He confronts is the evil we too are capable of. As we remember, let’s be sure to remember that.



Being in Auschwitz

Nikolaus Wachsmann | TLS | January 24, 2020

What did Hannah Arendt really mean by the banality of evil?

Thomas White | Aeon | April 23, 2018

The Enduring Revolution

Charles W. Colson | Comment | September 2, 1993