“I feel like…”

Research suggests that the phrase “I feel like” is being used used more and more in American society. In a recent edition of The New York Times, Molly Worthen summarized this research and observed: In North American English, [“I feel like”] seems to have become a synonym for “I think” or “I believe” only in […]

A Tragic Anniversary, an Ongoing Holocaust

The word “holocaust” literally denotes a “situation in which many people are killed.”1. When we think of the word “holocaust,” we usually think of the German-led murder of six million Jews and about three million others. But speaking strictly in terms of number of deaths, there is an ongoing holocaust in America that is about […]

The Real Solution to Gun Violence

In the wake of the recent shooting at Umpqua College, political pundits are discussing various proposed solutions for gun violence. There is widespread disagreement about whether and how much government regulation is appropriate. Yet there are a few things on which all can agree: Guns as such do not commit crimes—people use guns in committing […]

The Chimpanzees’ Day in Court

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Hercules and Leo have been kept under lock and key by the State University of New York for locomotion studies. Tuesday was Hercules’ and Leo’s court date, where New York Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe heard arguments about whether the University has violated their rights by detaining […]

Which Came First: Mother, or Baby?

Those who believe in the Darwinian theory of evolution believe that mankind is the result of a long chain of random, accidental, natural, mechanistic processes which led from an amoeba eventually to primates and then to human beings. One of the many insurmountable difficulties for the evolutionary hypothesis is that evolution opposes the scientific Law […]

Is it Possible to Love the Sinner and Hate His Sin?

The answer is yes. I have heard it said that it is impossible to love and hate at the same time.1 It may be difficult to feel opposite emotions simultaneously, because we are finite in our emotional capacity. However, it is perfectly possible to intellectually affirm—and act based upon—love for an individual while simultaneously affirming […]

Dignity and Brittany Maynard

Last Saturday, November 1, Brittany Maynard took her own life. She committed suicide as “the public face of the controversial right-to-die movement” by taking advantage of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act and taking a fatal dose of prescribed barbiturates. Maynard had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma which, according to doctors, would end her life in […]

Chipotle v. Work

Christians must be constantly vigilant that they do not think as the enemies of the cross do. As the old song says, the devil has been busy in our backyard. Next time you stop into a Chipotle Mexican Grill for a burrito, your meal may come in something unexpected: A bag with a message that […]

Life in View of Death

The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, in his famous Meditations, wondered at the fact that death ironically visited even the most renowned and powerful luminaries: Hippocrates after curing many diseases himself fell sick and died. the Chalaei foretold the deaths of many, and then fate caught them too. Alexander, and Pompeius, and Caius Caesar, after so […]

What the Devil Wants Us to Do

Dr. Thomas B. Warren, the great Christian preacher and philosopher, once preached a sermon about the various things that the devil desires for us to do and to become. I have adapted Warren’s remarks here, showing that the devil has a multi-layered plan for us: Initially the devil wants us to be atheists, because he […]

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