In politics we are told, the art of compromise is brought to bear fruitfully in the struggle between parties and opposing ideals. The cherished hopes of right and left, conservative and liberal, are often fought under the precept that everyone must give a little in order to reach an agreement. Compromise then, is seen as almost an ideal, something for which to strive in the effort to rule well. Those who are unyielding, who refuse to shake hands at some center, are viewed as obstinate perfectionists who are playing at a game wrong for them. Those rare few are thought. . .
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Jesus said the poor we will always have with us. Jesus said we are to love our neighbor as ourselves and told us about the good Samaritan to show us just who our neighbor is. But who are the poor in America? Is this just a political term or are there truly those with needs we need to be attending to? Is poor just a term about a lack of wealth or a lack of other things, greater things? How then are these needs to be met and by whom? Join our conversation as we talk about the poor and our responsibility towards them.
Unjust War on Terror As the number of innocents killed mounts it seems to me that we have to ask ‘how many are too many’ in our war against terror. Now, I understand that in an absolute measure there are no innocent people. I am speaking about innocent people in the sense that they have not violated God’s law sufficient to receive a death sentence from the hand of civil government. The words ‘you shall not murder’ apply to governments just as well as they do to individuals. Most of us know this instinctively but have not thought the implications. . .
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Government “Giving” through Taxation It is strange how normal it is for us 21st century Christians to assume, just like the society around us, that if anybody needs help it is the duty of the government to provide that help. It’s hard to think about life in any other way. If people can not afford rent we expect government rent subsidies. If food is lacking that is what food stamps are for. Is college too expensive? You get the idea. I was going to make a long list but I might start to sound like a guy that has a bone. . .
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The author gives us an unflinching look at the human condition. This statement could be a back of the cover publicity blurb for the Old Testament probably written by J.I. Packer. Surely few of us would eagerly attend the motion picture entitled: All The Stuff That Happened In The Pages Of The Old Testament. We’d just send Ted Baehr instead. Miss O’Connor’s stories are similarly gruesome, but such is the state of the human soul. Flannery O’Connor has been somewhat neglected by Protestant readers but there is nothing essentially sectarian about her dissection of the souls of men. She writes about the. . .
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In the Politics and Principles videos published by Highlands Ministries (then called the Highlands Study Center), Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. discusses current events from a biblical perspective. In this episode he discusses the recent election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States.
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In this candid discussion on the worldiness of the church we consider the influence of both modernism and post-modernism on the broader evangelical church, on the Reformed church, even on our own churches.
Should we vote by principle, or by pragmatism? Or, is pragmatism the principle? Does God’s Word have anything to say about how we vote? We discuss voting for the lesser of two evils, candidates, and more.
Special guest speakers: Dr. R.C. Sproul Sr., Howard Phillips, and Douglas Phillips. You say you want a Reformation? Well, you know, we’re doing what we can.
Here we discuss the distinction between Reformation and Revolution, between rebuilding the walls, and tearing down the blessings our fathers have wrought. Joining us in this discussion are two heroes of Reformation, Howard Phillips, who has reformed the thinking of hundreds of thousands on issues of statecraft, and Dr. R.C. Sproul, who has reformed the thinking of hundreds of thousands on their understanding of the things of God. Also joining the conversation is Howard’s son Doug, as we seek to honor our fathers while building a better future for our children.
This conversation will argue that we ought indeed to love our country, to pray for the peace of Babylon, while affirming that God’s people are a royal priesthood, and a holy nation.
There is, to improve a phrase, one Lord to rule them all. But Christ our Lord has established all manner of governments beneath Him, all of which are subject to Him. In this conversation we look at not only different governments, like church, family and state, but how these governments ought to relate one to another. We consider our own temptations to use one sphere of authority to get our way in another. In turn we remember to give thanks to God, despite our common complaints, for the gift of government.