Category Archives: Justice

“The War on Islam” and a Christian response

It seems every day or two I hear another Christian commentator speak of how Christianity in general, and American Christianity in particular is, or at least will soon be, “at war with Islam.”  They point to the all-too-frequent attacks on the West by Muslim extremists, and the rhetoric of groups like Al-Quaeda and Daesh (1) as evidence.  Sometimes, they also appeal to the terrible treatment … Continue reading “The War on Islam” and a Christian response »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 5 – Amos 5:10-12 and 21-24

    They hate him who reproves in the gate,         and they abhor him who speaks the truth.     Therefore because you trample on the poor         and you exact taxes of grain from him,     you have built houses of hewn stone,         but you shall not dwell in them;     you have planted pleasant vineyards,         but you shall … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 5 – Amos 5:10-12 and 21-24 »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 3 – Luke 4:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” This, of course, is Jesus reading Isaiah 61:1-2 at the time he … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 3 – Luke 4: »

How my faith impacts my politics

With some frequency, some of my Bible-believing friends who tend toward the conservative end of American politics ask me how I can justify my more left-leaning political views.  More than a few have expressed genuine consternation that anyone who believes in Jesus could possibly vote Democratic (as I often have), or could oppose certain Republican priorities (as I usually do even when I’m not happy … Continue reading How my faith impacts my politics »

Why do I believe? Part 10 — By their fruits …

A couple posts back in this series, I wrote how the character of Jesus himself is a major reason why I choose Christianity.  Closely related to this reality, I find myself attracted to Christianity because of what it is capable of producing in people.  Note carefully, I said “capable of producing,”  not “produces.”  I am the first to admit that an awful lot of people … Continue reading Why do I believe? Part 10 — By their fruits … »

“Who Really Cares?” Arthur Brooks Book Review – Repost

Back before I started blogging in 2008, I read and then wrote an online review of Arthur Brooks’ book Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism.  I’m reposting it here with some updates, because I continue to find people citing Brooks’ study as evidence that conservatives are more compassionate than liberals. In short, Brooks’ book is a highly flawed diatribe posing as a … Continue reading “Who Really Cares?” Arthur Brooks Book Review – Repost »

Loving Our Enemies in an Age of Terrorism

Oklahoma City, New York City, Riyadh, Aden, Sandy Hook, Boston.  Timothy McVeigh, Khalid Sheik Mohammad, Osama Bin Laden, Adam Lanza, the Tzarnaev brothers.  While parts of the world have experienced random violence against civilians for years, it seems that agenda-driven mass violence — terrorism—has touched the United States in this generation, more than ever in our history.  Some even say we’ve entered an “age of … Continue reading Loving Our Enemies in an Age of Terrorism »

Book Review – “Chosen Nation” by Braden P. Anderson

For years, the abuse of Scriptural passages to justify the aggressive exploits of nations has driven me nuts.  Whether it’s the the account of the conquest of Canaan, used by European colonists to take the New World and exterminate or marginalize its indigenous population, or the same story repeated by the Afrikaaner Dutch in South Africa, it’s always repulsed me.  And when revisionist American Christians … Continue reading Book Review – “Chosen Nation” by Braden P. Anderson »

Trayvon Martin – Race, Guns, or Pride?

The killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman earlier this year has brought out the usual political punditry.  Everyone “knows” the “real” reason Martin took a bullet, even though they can’t seem to agree on what that real reason actually was.  As with theology, so with politics: the conclusion to which one comes seems more easily predicted by one’s prior beliefs, than by the facts … Continue reading Trayvon Martin – Race, Guns, or Pride? »

Many cups of water…A Tale from Papua New Guinea

The following is a guest post by my father, Aaron Martin, who just returned from a project installing a windmill to bring water to a village of displaced people in Papua New Guinea.  For more information about the “Model Village” project in PNG, please see the website of my brother Dave’s company M-CAM. Dad’s account covers a lot of ground.  I hope you enjoy it … Continue reading Many cups of water…A Tale from Papua New Guinea »