• Symbols for no guilt, no shame, no fear

    Forgiven, Honored and Empowered Christians

    I find it interesting that the gospel message presented in the Western world emphasizes the forgiveness salvation brings to guilty sinners yet in biblical times, people in Israel and surrounding lands lived in cultures that seemed just as concerned about alleviating shame with honor and fear with power (Psalm 44:13–15; Isaiah 54:4).

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  • American Flag home of the slave to debt

    From Land of the Free to Home of the Slave

    The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.

    —Proverbs 22:7

    Most economists and investors believe our economy recovered from the Great Recession. They and the mainstream media say our economy is strong and that the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy worked. Conservatives seem convinced that Trump’s tax cuts signal the beginning of a new prosperity in America.

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  • Letter from US Immigration and two passports

    Why Christians Care About Immigration

    People are on the move. In 2017, approximately 258 million people, or 3.4% of the world’s population, live outside their country of origin. Migrants include legal and illegal immigrants, refugees,

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  • Resort Hotel

    Suffering and the Prosperity Gospel

    False teachers typically turn Bible doctrine on its head. They take passages out of their context and apply them to whatever point they want to make. Of course, in the process, they ignore many Bible passages that assert reality and disprove their message. The doctrine of suffering is an easy target for these charlatans because, simply put, no one wants to suffer.

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  • Calvary the perfect gift

    The Perfect Gift

    Salvation by grace through faith is the perfect gift.

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  • Big house class envy

    Why I Don’t Envy the Rich

    If you don’t subscribe to the idea that capitalism is the only moral economic system, an idea boldly proclaimed by Christians infatuated with Ayn Rand’s philosophy, and you dare mention inequality, you will probably be accused of class envy. Or, you will be labeled a socialist. It matters not to these ideologues that you reject socialism outright.

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  • wizard hat and money

    The Wizard of Odd – Trump Edition

    If you went out and borrowed a large sum of money you could purchase all sorts of goods and services and make it appear that your personal financial situation is strong. You might even think to yourself that future pay raises will allow you to pay off your debt and maintain your lifestyle. But deep down you know, or you should, that there is a limit to how much debt you can take on. Some day the party ends and you have to pay back what you borrowed. Then your standard of living will decrease.

    But somehow, according to most politicians and economists, when you multiply the above scenario by 325 million people, it’s different. Magically, government debt presents no problem at all!

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  • Inequality sign

    What Really Causes Inequality?

    Few topics invoke a maddening response like income and wealth inequality does. Just as Pavlov’s dogs salivated in response not only to food but also to stimuli (like lab coats and bells) associated with food, the mere mention of inequality causes many of us to salivate at the opportunity to make our ideological opponents look stupid or immoral.

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  • Christmas stocking hung fireplace

    Trump’s Tax Plan: America Gets a Lump of Coal in its Christmas Stocking

    President Trump has referred to the tax relief plan he signed into law yesterday as “a giant Christmas present” for the American people. I’m convinced he really believes it is.

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  • Empty shelves depicting economic collapse

    How Much Socialism Does It Take to Collapse An Economy? – Part 2

    The Road to Economic Ruin In Part 1, I asked if the economic havoc wreaked by socialist dictators can be replicated in a capitalist democracy. I also stated that while

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Eschatology and Economics

Jerusalem Israel

The Last Days of Israel

Jesus wept over the city that rejected him knowing that unless they did, he would never be crucified. He wept knowing that unless they rejected him, the fountain that would cleanse from sin all who believe in him would never be opened in his side.

American Flag home of the slave to debt

From Land of the Free to Home of the Slave

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.

—Proverbs 22:7

Most economists and investors believe our economy recovered from the Great Recession. They and the mainstream media say our economy is strong and that the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy worked. Conservatives seem convinced that Trump’s tax cuts signal the beginning of a new prosperity in America.

Plumbline

Resort Hotel

Suffering and the Prosperity Gospel

False teachers typically turn Bible doctrine on its head. They take passages out of their context and apply them to whatever point they want to make. Of course, in the process, they ignore many Bible passages that assert reality and disprove their message. The doctrine of suffering is an easy target for these charlatans because, simply put, no one wants to suffer.

Faith Journey and Providence

Symbols for no guilt, no shame, no fear

Forgiven, Honored and Empowered Christians

I find it interesting that the gospel message presented in the Western world emphasizes the forgiveness salvation brings to guilty sinners yet in biblical times, people in Israel and surrounding lands lived in cultures that seemed just as concerned about alleviating shame with honor and fear with power (Psalm 44:13–15; Isaiah 54:4).