crosses001Until further notice, I’m no longer going to call myself an evangelical. The word no longer describes what it used to. From now on, I’m a Christian, saved by grace from first to last.

Anyone want to join me?

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Did Luther Really Split the Church?

By Chris Castaldo

lutherIt’s not uncommon to hear Martin Luther pegged as the man who effectively split the Western Church. Along this line, Bishop Robert Barron remarks in a new documentary, “I think Luther was too polemical, and I think he fell into opposition [too] quickly with the Catholic Church.”

Barron suggests that if Luther were only more patient and cooperative, his reformation might have been avoided, and a Lutheran order of monks may have found a place in the Catholic Church. But is this historical portrait accurate?

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hillaryWhen Hillary was asked what kind of justices she’d nominate for the Supreme Court, she replied that sensitivity to (progressive) social concerns was paramount. She said zero about the Constitution.

She only mentioned our nation’s charter when she added that the Senate must do its constitutional duty and hold a vote on President Obama’s current nominee.

So to Hillary Clinton–who is all in for abortion on demand, the redefinition of marriage, and restricting the Second Amendment–the Constitution is entirely irrelevant.

Except when it isn’t.

It’s going to be a long four years.

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Today’s Scripture

“We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.”
― 2 Cor. 6:3-10

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Saying Farewell to Books and Culture

By Chris Gehrz

72555Forgive a second post from me in the same morning, but I’m reeling from some news I woke up to find in my inbox, at the end of editor John Wilson’s e-newsletter for the Christian review Books & Culture.

Distressing news indeed. I wrote my first review for B&C back in the Nineties, and Editor John Wilson has been both mentor and friend to me. Until a few years ago, we did some podcasts together that people seemed to like–I know I did! The loss of B&C, which took a curious, open-minded Christian approach to the world, is a real loss to Christians everywhere.

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A hierarchy of principles exists in politics.

1. Winning while keeping your principles intact.

2. Losing while keeping your principles intact.

3. Winning while abandoning your principles.

4. Losing while abandoning your principles.

I don’t mean to be unkind, but unless you count winning by any means necessary as a principle, then it appears that far too many of us have chosen option No. 4.

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This probably happens during every election cycle and with every candidate, but I’ve noticed this particularly this year:

Trump supporters consistently minimize their candidate’s sins (debasing women is mere “locker-room talk”) while maximizing Hillary Clinton’s sins (“demonic,” “end of America,” etc.).

And Clinton supporters minimize her sins (staying silent about the email and Benghazi scandals) while maximizing his (claiming Trump will found a police state and “lock up all the Mexicans”).

We need to see both as human beings who are deeply corrupt … but who are not beyond the reach of God’s redemptive power. Let’s neither whitewash nor demonize, no matter which candidate we favor.

And let’s do a lot more praying.

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donkey hoteyTime to face the truth, Trump fans. Your guy has turned lemonade into lemons and is going to lose–ignominiously–to the wretched, utterly corrupt Hillary Clinton. Nice going.

Whatever you think of us NeverTrumpers (your word, not mine), I hope you will move from denial to acceptance of the fact that The Donald blew this eminently winnable race all by himself–via his ignorance, vanity, venality, laziness, lying, bullying, and misogyny. Character does, in fact, matter after all.

Don’t blame us. This one’s on him … and on you.

Next time, can we please nominate a decent, intelligent candidate? Or is that too much to ask?

Image credit: Donkey Hotey.

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While there aren’t nearly enough of them, it’s heartening to see a growing number of voices on the right condemn Donald Trump’s casual misogyny as unacceptable in a presidential candidate. I just wish there were as many voices on the left condemning Hillary Clinton’s casual corruption.

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Remember when we used to say, “If a man cannot be trusted to keep his marriage vows, how can we trust him to do anything else?”? Does this apply only to Democrats?

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