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Dr. Martin Luther King and the Nature of Law

In his memorable “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” Martin Luther King, Jr., threw down the gauntlet in his great Civil Rights crusade when he refused to obey what he regarded as an immoral man-made law that did not match up with the law of God.

The Intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and National Religious Freedom Day

Just as our nation urgently needed (and needs) a civil rights movement to advance equality for all Americans, so too do we need a spiritual movement to advance morality for all Americans.

Why We're Tempted to Pull Ourselves up by Dragging Others Down

After a second batch of classified documents was found in the garage at President Biden’s home in Delaware, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced yesterday that Robert Hur has been appointed to serve as a special counsel and lead the investigation into the mishandling of the documents. former President Donald Trump was quick to ask “When is the FBI going to raid the many homes of Joe Biden, perhaps even the White House?”

As Declan Garvey and Esther Eaton write for The Dispatch, “Trump has a fresh target across the aisle for finger-pointing as he downplays his own mishandling of presidential and classified documents.” And, as they go on to argue, that desire to pull oneself up by dragging others down is among the most universally damning aspects of this story.

The Need for a Robust Understanding of Congregational Singing

Throughout the biblical texts, music is also connected to prophecy and to dealing with evil spirits. Jesus and the apostles sang a hymn after the Last Supper, according to two of the Gospels. The Apostle Paul specifically associates singing with being filled with the Spirit in his epistle to the church at Ephesus. And, in John’s Revelation of what is constantly happening around the throne of God, there is lots of singing, sometimes accompanied by harps. Music also is part of the culmination of the creation story. 

When America Remembered to Pray

After Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during a nationally televised football game last week, slews of people began calling for prayers for his recovery. In one sense, this outpouring was not surprising. In another sense, it pushes back against the growing secularity of America.

Our Universe and My Father's World: When Nature Documentaries Want to Thank Someone

Our universe, even as Our Universe portrays it, compels worship, leaving us with the sense that we need to, as singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson put it, “thank someone.” Yet, in this series, created glory is acknowledged and celebrated with gorgeous animation, wildlife cinematography, and musical score, all without giving glory to the Creator behind it.

Agape Love Should Be Our Goal

Jesus advised us in the so-called Golden Rule, “Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12). He also taught us to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39, quoting Leviticus 19:18). Over the years, when I have followed his instruction, I have discovered this pattern: when I love my neighbor as myself, I love myself more. This enables me to love my neighbor more, which enables me to love myself more. And on the pattern goes.

But what if this pattern is not a coincidental product of chaotic chance but one dimension of our Creator’s design for us and our world?

Denmark Secretly Inserted IUDs in Greenland's Women for Decades

According to the BBC, doctors in Greenland inserted contraceptive devices into several thousand local women without their knowledge or consent. This was not a once-off action by a few rogue doctors. Rather, this was the result of a decades-old policy of the ruling Danish government.

Pornography Dehumanizes Humans

It is a tragic fact that our secularized postmodern culture has desacralized life from conception to death. It was once conventional wisdom that children in their mother’s womb were gifts from God to be cherished; now they are seen as inconvenient impositions to be disposed of as easily as possible. The elderly and infirm were once valued equally with the rest of humanity; now they are being euthanized more widely and efficiently than ever.

Are the Moms All Right? Busting the Myths about Motherhood

Last fall, cultural observer and former BuzzFeed writer Anne Helen Petersen published an e-book about the difficulties of motherhood during the pandemic. Based on interviews with 1,000 women, her conclusions were telegraphed in the title: The Moms Are Not Alright. I think most parents would agree that parenting during a pandemic is, well, not ideal.

However, according to scholars Brad Wilcox and Wendy Wang in a recent article in The Atlantic, married mothers fared quite well during the pandemic, including indicating a greater degree of happiness than their single counterparts.