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 […]

Billy Graham, the disappointing enigma

Billy Graham: Prayer, Politics, PowerDirected by Sara Colt and written by Keven McalesterAmerican Experience Series, PBS, 2021, 1:51:41 Billy Graham (1918-2018) is widely revered and beloved as the “greatest” Christian evangelist of the 20th Century. Any criticism of Graham is considered blasphemy by most evangelicals, but I’m definitely NOT a fan for several reasons that […]

Throwback Thursday: National Day of Prayer?

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. The post below was originally published back on April 15, 2016, but has been revised to reflect the upcoming 2021 National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer is coming up next week on Thursday, May 6th. Back in 1952, during the Korean War and Red Scare and in […]

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 […]