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“Common Sense” Is Not So Common

March 2018 Does it ever stop? I mean, the absurdities and brutalities of life that so daily flow and seemingly never abate? This most recent, tragic slaughter of school children will likely be trumped (no pun intended) next week by some other act of absurdity, quickly followed by more equally absurd “remedies” offered by those

President Trump: The American “Widgetizer”

February 2018 Las 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

TitleThe Darkest Hour: Behind Us and Ahead of Us

January 2018 If 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

Christmas Remains a “Safe Place”

December 2017 In 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

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

November 2017 In 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

Donald Trump and the Art of Controlling Social Conversations

October 2017 Regardless 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…

The Cross, the Crisis, and the Resurrection

September 2017 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” —Matthew 4:17 Jesus 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.

Election Interference: Hypocrisy Unlimited

August 2017 As 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

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

July 2017 For 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

Who Will Escort You Home?

June 2017 Of 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 110:1 Those 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

REFORMATION (PART FIVE): Trying to Reverse Directions

May 2017 This 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

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

April 2017 As 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

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

March 2017 Special Edition Square 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 16:23 This Scripture is far more fascinating than we have time

Jesus Christ: Women’s Liberator Without Equal

Women’s Day Special Edition – March 8, 2017 Originally Published June 1991 Jesus Christ changed women’s lives infinitely more than the women’s lib movement, the “pill,” famous feminists like Molly Yard, and all the so-called “equal rights” legislation that has been or ever will be passed. Jesus never marched for equal rights, He simply died

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

March 2017 A 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

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

February 2017 2017 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

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