Book about civil religion absolutely fooled me!

American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present By Philip Gorski Princeton University Press, 2017, 320 pages As readers of this blog are aware, I’m not a big fan of “Christian nationalism” or “civil religion.” By Christian nationalism, I’m referring to the popular belief among many evangelicals that America was […]

Senator John McCain’s funeral: An example of civil religion?

Last Saturday, I watched some of the funeral service for United States Senator, John McCain, which took place at the National Cathedral (Episcopal) in Washington D.C. It made me sad because, while there were some references to Jesus Christ, the Gospel was not presented. I was reminded of 2 Timothy 3:5, “Having a form of […]

Civil Religion is the enemy of Biblical Christianity

This morning, I was reading through 2 Chronicles and came across the very familiar verse below: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – […]

BREAKING NEWS! Pope calls for civil unions for same-sex couples, in major departure from Vatican doctrine

I don’t normally publish two posts in one day, but this news cannot wait. I was doing some routine work on the blog late this morning when I overheard on the television in the adjoining kitchen a special news announcement involving the “leader of the Catholic church.” I scrambled into the kitchen to hear that […]

A Look Back at “Up With People!”

The funny thing about being older (I’m 64.5 YO) is I can remember a lot of things from my childhood better than I can remember last week. In Catholic grammar school back in the 1960s, the nuns really loved for us young students to sing songs. Ach! There were plenty of Catholic religious songs and […]

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 1/23/21

The big news in the temporal world this past week was obviously Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th President of the United States. The inauguration followed unprecedented election and post-election turmoil, culminating in the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th. Me? I’ll follow the Lord rather than politics, but Biden as […]

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 1/9/21

Op-ed: The storming of the Capitol. A sacrilege, a grievous desecration The big news this past week was obviously the assault on the U.S. Capitol building. Following the violence, I noticed that several of the news reports, including the article above, referred to the mayhem as a “sacrilege” and a “desecration” of the Capitol building. […]

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 7/11/20

Rochester Catholic bishop-emeritus admits to enabling abusers in deposition  The March 3rd deposition of former-Rochester Catholic bishop, Matthew Clark (photo above), in bankruptcy court was finally released to the public this past week. Clark, 82, oversaw the Rochester diocese from 1979 to 2012, the time period that most of the surviving victims of priest abuse […]

Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines “Church and the State”

After returning to the Lord in 2014 after my very long prodigal “season,” the Lord introduced me to some solid Bible teachers, past and present, including D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981). I’ve read several books by and about MLJ and also enjoyed the 2015 documentary, “Logic on Fire,” about the life and ministry of the Doctor. […]

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 1/18/20

Pope sets special day to honor, study, share the Bible The Catholic church boasts that it gave the world the Bible, but history reveals that it kept the Bible from the laity for as long as possible until brave Reformers and the printing press put the Bible into the hands of plowboys. I was a […]