4/20/13 – The Purpose of Studying Scripture
Why do Christians study the Bible? So that we can learn about neat things in the ancient world? So that we can develop a complete systematic theology? So that we can use Bible verses to defend our beliefs? In this post I offer a larger reason for studying Scripture and give practical advice on how to apply the Bible to modern society.
Path: Biblical Studies > The Purpose of Studying Scripture
4/5/13 – Gun Control / Gun Rights Resources
With the recent shootings in Aurora, CO and Sandy Hook Elementary School, the gun control / gun rights debate has raged once again. New legislation is being proposed; gun enthusiasts clamor for their 2nd amendment rights to be protected. What’s the truth? Do guns make our society safer or more dangerous? Here are some resources to help you sort things out.
Path: Politics & Economics > Current Politics > Gun Control / Gun Rights Resources
This post is a summary and analysis of a paper/lecture given by the economist Walter Williams on the free market (2007). Williams does an excellent job of defining the free market and explaining why it is inherently a moral system that benefits everyone. The only thing I disagree with his about is his understanding of greed vs. self-interest and the role it plays in the market.
Path: Politics & Economics > Economic Articles & Resources > “Markets, Governments, and the Common Good”
3/20/19 – Rob Bell on Homosexual Marriage
Some of my initial thoughts about the news of Rob Bell endorsing homosexual marriage this week. Not only do I disagree with him biblically (he doesn’t give a biblical argument), but I also disagree with his cultural analysis, which is unnecessarily biased toward Western society.
Path: Biblical Studies > Rob Bell on Homosexual Marriage
3/19/13 – Does the Bill of Rights Grant us Rights?
Many people have deficient knowledge of American Revolutionary history and the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This leads to the false conclusions that our rights only come from government and can be revoked at any time. Does the Bill of Rights grant us rights that didn’t exist before, or something else? Read to find out.
Path: Politics & Economics > Political Philosophy > Does the Bill of Rights Grant us Rights?
Can we learn anything from the Bible about a good and righteous society and/or government? In particular, what does the Pentateuch have to say, especially since this is the only time in Scripture where God establishes a people and nation for his own. Deuteronomy 16:18-17:20 is packed with all kinds of important truths for us to apply to modern society and governments.
Path: Politics & Economics > Faithful Politics > A Just Society: Lessons from Deuteronomy (Part 1)
12/19/12 – Sandy Hook Shooting: Confronting Evil
A reflection on the potency of evil that we all saw in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in mid-December. How do we react when faced with the horrors of this world? Where can we go to find the answers? This post processes such emotions.
Path: Philosophy & Apologetics > Sandy Hook Shooting: Confronting Evil
11/15/12 – Articulating Political Discouragement
Reaction to the 2012 election after President Obama was re-elected. The body politic of America has become stupefied and unable to think properly about political and economic issues. Much of this has to do with ignorance of American history and human nature.
Path: Politics & Economics > Current Politics > Articulating Political Discouragement
11/14/12 – Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism
This is a seven-part video lecture produced by LearnLiberty.org on classical liberalism. It’s relatively short and a very good introduction. Enjoy!
Path: Politics & Economics > Political Philosophy > Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism
Frederic Bastiat was a 19th century French economist who wrote to combat socialism. We should pay careful attention to his words today since socialistic policies are being pursued by our own government that necessarily lead to injustice and the perversion of the law.
Path: Politics & Economics > Political Philosophy > Wisdom from Frederic Bastiat on Just Government
10/26/12 – Teaching the Scriptures
Reflection on my experience teaching my first Bible lesson from two weeks ago. It was both a difficult and rewarding experience at the same time, but since then I have had many doubts and questions that I explore in this post.
Path: Biblical Studies > Teaching the Scriptures
9/27/12 – Why Study Economic Theory & History?
When it comes to economics, one can either be informed, uninformed, or misinformed. Since every voter in this country brings their understanding of the national economy to the voting booth, we should do everything we can to be rightly informed. Read about inflationary monetary policies, how they have destroyed currencies in the past, and the danger they currently pose to our nation.
Path: Politics & Economics > Economic Articles & Resources > Why Study Economic Theory & History?
9/7/12 – The Threat of Executive Orders
Every president since Teddy Roosevelt and FDR have signed executive orders. What are executive orders and are they constitutional? This article explores the history, extent, and abuses of executive orders and why we should be wary about them.
Path: Politics & Economics > Faithful Politics > The Threat of Executive Orders
8/29/12 – Free to Choose (Milton Friedman)
In 1980 economist Milton Friedman published a book Free to Choose and a PBS TV series on the same issue. Here I include all ten segments of the TV show in an effort to help educate people on economic issues that we face today. Hopefully it will spark critical thinking about economics and constructive conversation.
Path: Politics & Economics > Economic Articles & Resources > Free to Choose (Milton Friedman)
8/26/12 – Keynes vs. Hayek: Rap Style
This is a fun way to present the competing economic theories of F.A. Hayek and John Maynard Keynes, two central economist of the 20th century. It is written by Russ Roberts of George Mason University and produced by John Papola of Emergent Order. The two rap videos can be viewed on EconStories.tv.
Path: Politics & Economics > Economic Articles & Resources > Keynes vs. Hayek: Rap Style
8/2/12 – We’re All Equal, Aren’t We?
What does it mean to be equal? Are all humans equal to each other or not? Are there different kinds of equality? In this post I outline four kinds of equality, why it’s important that we distinguish them from each other and keep them in their proper priority. This is a hot topic in our political culture today, but many people mix up these various equalities and stress the least important, creating an unjust society.
Path: Politics & Economics > Faithful Politics > We’re All Equal, Aren’t We?
Thoughts about (1) 1 John 2:2 where it says that Christ is the propitiation for the sins of the world, (2) whether judgment will be based on sin or relationship, and (3) what exactly rejecting Christ might look like.
Path: Biblical Studies > A Relational Judgment: Accepting or Rejecting Jesus Christ
6/23/12 – Journal update
A reflection on the film Prometheus and the search for God, which seems to be a deep longing of everyone whether they believe in God or not. From a Christian perspective, who is our Creator and how can we come to know him?
Path: Personal > Journal
6/12/12 – Food, Health, and Long Life
A reflection on Gary Taubes new book, Good Calories, Bad Calories, and his interview with EconTalk’s Russ Roberts. Have we been misled in our understanding of good and bad foods and what makes us healthy or not? Perhaps health is not so much about how much we eat, but what kind of food we eat.
Path: Personal > Personal Reflection > Food, Health, and Long Life