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President Trump: The American “Widgetizer”

February 2018Las Vegas needs to create an odds-wagering opportunity for those of us in society that want to bet on the timing of societal disintegration. After all, if the masses of American sports fans have high-rewards gambling stakes and the high-flying finance guys have a craps game called the “derivatives market,” then I feel discriminated against and so must many of [...]

TitleThe Darkest Hour: Behind Us and Ahead of Us

January 2018If you haven’t seen the recently released film, “Darkest Hour,” starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, you really must. It’s a stunning historical portrayal and recreation of a moment when Western civilization hung in the balance as Hitler’s quest for the Thousand-Year Reich came perilously close to becoming a reality. Were it not for God’s [...]

Christmas Remains a “Safe Place”

December 2017In a world where safe places are getting harder and harder to find, Christmas remains a haven from the storm if we will enter into it. "Safe places" can be defined in several ways, but I will describe them this way for our current discussion: A safe place is an activity we engage wherein we are free from conflict either from within or outside ourselves. That [...]

Revisiting a Thirty-Year-Old Question: “Have We Crossed the Line?”

November 2017In February 1986, I wrote a Bottom Line commentary entitled, “Have We Crossed the Line?” It dealt with the distinction between sin and evil and how God has presented His feelings on this subject in several ways. The issue I wrestled with three decades ago is even more relevant now.When 9/11 took place, many of us asked ourselves the same question: [...]

Donald Trump and the Art of Controlling Social Conversations

October 2017Regardless of how one feels about President Trump, he is unquestioningly the absolute master of creating controversy and controlling public dialogue. There are varying opinions about his goals, motives, and even social awareness of how and why he does this. I leave those speculations alone for now. What I will say is this… Without modern social media, this [...]

The Cross, the Crisis, and the Resurrection

September 2017From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”—Matthew 4:17Jesus Christ died to usher in a new era of the Kingdom of God upon the earth. God has, from the beginning of creation, always been the Master or King over His creation. In this sense, the Kingdom of God has existed since His creation of space, [...]

Election Interference: Hypocrisy Unlimited

August 2017As I have said before, in a fallen world, we have a challenging mishmash of social values, political policies, and national rhetoric to sort through. Scripturally, we have two major governments—the kingdom of man and the Kingdom of God—which coexist as “the wheat and the tares” described in Matthew 13:24-30. Within the kingdom of man, we have a whole subset [...]

The Great Reset and The Great Debate: God’s Strategic Genius

July 2017For some years I have talked about the coming political-economic reckoning I call, “The Great Reset.” As the culture continues to erode, we see widening cracks in our civil foundations slowly manifesting. While increasing numbers of people are sounding alarms, I see nothing of consequence reversing the situation. The reason for that is simple: You cannot change what [...]

Who Will Escort You Home?

June 2017Of David. A psalm. The LORD says to my lord:"Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."-Psalm 110:1Those who were with my grandfather, Thornton, when he passed some years ago told me a fascinating thing: At the moment of his death, he sat up quickly in bed and looked at someone coming to get him and said, "Oh, it's you!" From his [...]

REFORMATION (PART FIVE): Trying to Reverse Directions

May 2017This final commentary, for now, on the issues surrounding reformation may well be the most challenging. I believe that as chaos rolls out over the next decade, a powerful movement will form in response to that chaos and attempt to throw global society into a political-economic "reverse" unlike anything we have seen in the last millennium. We are not talking about some kind [...]

REFORMATION (PART FOUR): Prophetically Positioning Ourselves for Relevancy and Leverage

April 2017As noted in our last discussion on the causes and issues surrounding the phenomenon of reformation, a biblical worldview held and practiced by a significant number of citizens and applied to society produces both spiritual renewal and social reformation. Thus, the way we stimulate social conversation and simultaneously share the gospel should be relevant to others [...]

REFORMATION (PART THREE): Three Historical Obstacles to Further Reformation and the Kingdom’s Release

March 2017 Special EditionSquare One: Utopian Dogmatics As Satan's "Heaven on Earth"But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” —Matthew 16:23This Scripture is far more fascinating than we have time to fully unpack. Suffice to say, Jesus is noting that Satan had a [...]

Jesus Christ: Women’s Liberator Without Equal

Women's Day Special Edition - March 8, 2017Originally Published June 1991[caption id="attachment_4000" align="alignright" width="335"] 21 Aug 1971, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA --- NEW YORK: WOMEN'S LIBERATION PARADE ON 5TH AVENUE, 8/26/71. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS[/caption]Jesus Christ changed women's lives infinitely more than the women's lib movement, the [...]

REFORMATION (PART TWO): Worldview, Utopianism, and Christ in the Public Square

March 2017A reformation is a robust enough social event to change the collective worldview of a nation and global culture. It not only alters structures, but transcends to change the way massive numbers of people view life itself and the social contexts created to express their very lives.Put another way, a genuine reformation opens the doors of social change that can continue for [...]

REFORMATION (PART ONE): The Sovereignty of God, Disruption, and Unintended Consequences

February 20172017 is the 500th year since what is known in Western history as "The Great Reformation.” In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg door and figuratively lit a match to the conditions God had arranged to start world changes which have affected every nation today and led to the formation of all we call the "modern world."At its core, the Reformation was about [...]

Familiarity & Hidden Truths

January 2017God knows that "familiarity," until we understand what that is, is a very damaging thing to most relationships. Being "familiar" with someone or something, in the negative sense, means to take it for granted. Negative familiarity makes us devalue people and things, wherein we lose what is special about them and then may misuse them or neglect them. Every important relationship must be [...]

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