The First Declaration of Independence

In the late 18th century, a colonist began writing a manuscript that summarized the political unrest of his time. He produced a startling declaration read aloud in a political hall in Philadelphia: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them withContinue reading “The First Declaration of Independence”

What Has Happened to Patriotism

“Obviously, as Christians we are to live as strangers, exiles, aliens, and pilgrims on this earth. Is there an appropriate place in the Christian life to be patriotic? If so, what is it? And at what point does our patriotism go too far?” Yes, I think there is, and I think it’s right, or atContinue reading “What Has Happened to Patriotism”

Reflections from a Christian Scholar Part 5

Argument #4: The concept of “white privilege” is unjust because it blames white people today for atrocities, such as slavery or segregation, that were set up generations ago and that they had no hand in creating. It also suggests that white people today should feel guilty for racism even if they are not racists themselves.Continue reading “Reflections from a Christian Scholar Part 5”

Reflections from a Christian Scholar Part 4

Argument #3: The Black Lives Matter movement is Marxist and supportive of the LGBTQ community’s attempts to criminalize traditional, biblical views of sexuality. Response: The official Black Lives Matter movement, started by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, is indeed built on a Marxist foundation and deeply involved with LGBTQ agendas. I took an entireContinue reading “Reflections from a Christian Scholar Part 4”

Reflections from a Christian Scholar Part 3

Argument #2: Critical Race Theory is a Marxist framework, and therefore, it is antithetical to the gospel. Response: Critical Race Theory is indeed deeply informed by Marxism. As a result, I recognize that, as a Christian scholar, I will not agree with all of its tenets. However—and bear in mind, this is coming from someone whoContinue reading “Reflections from a Christian Scholar Part 3”

Reflections from a Christian Scholar Part 2

Argument #1: Like all sin, racism originates in the human heart. Therefore, the solution to racism is for people’s hearts to change. “Systemic racism,” on the other hand, is a Marxist idea. Response: The first sentence’s claim is true. If you believe in original sin (Genesis 3, Romans 5), you have to admit that any sinContinue reading “Reflections from a Christian Scholar Part 2”

Reflections from a Christian Scholar Part 1

(Today’s post will be broken down and shared over the length of the day. It is an extensive article and deserves to be digested a point at a time. Please take the time to reflect on each proposition and check its fit to your Christian worldview. It is worth the time and effort. Michael) Dr.Continue reading “Reflections from a Christian Scholar Part 1”

Christian Liberty and the 4th of July

As June slips into July and your neighbors begin stockpiling firecrackers to shoot off as soon as you’ve fallen asleep, our minds shift to thoughts of freedom, independence, and liberty. In anticipation of our country’s annual 4th of July celebration, we tend to focus on the outward expressions of our liberty—from the patriotic clothes weContinue reading “Christian Liberty and the 4th of July”

One Good Story from Syria

 It’s easy to think of Syria as the country of bad news, but the Holy Spirit is on the move, even during COVID-19. Between civil war, a refugee crisis, and a tanking economy, Syria has become a bland headline full of bad news best skipped over. Even the word Syria brings dusty rocks and destroyed buildings to mind forContinue reading “One Good Story from Syria”