Hank Hanegraaff, The Orthodox Church, and Evangelicalism’s Tendency to Treat People Like Lepers

Two weeks ago, I happened to see that someone had posted an article that Hank Hanegraaff, “The Bible Answer Man,” had officially joined the Orthodox Church on Palm Sunday. Now, I remember hearing his show on the radio occasionally back in the early 90s, but I never listened much more than a few minutes—it just…

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The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 63): Margaret Mead and Alfred Kinsey–Sex is on the Menu

In this post, I focus on two people from the first half of the 20th century who have had a rather profound effect on modern attitudes toward sex, although you might not realize it: Margaret Mead and Alfred Kinsey. Margaret Mead: Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) As the 1920’s moved along, the hits just…

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The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 62): Sigmund Freud, and His Scientific Claims that Religion is an Illusion

Within a short span of ten years, not only did Lenin, Sanger, and Hitler all write their seminal works, but Sigmund Freud also contributed what was to be one of his most influential works, The Future of an Illusion. (It is interesting to note that the young Adolph Hitler grew up in Vienna, the very…

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The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 61): Adolf Hitler and National Socialism

One year after Vladimir Lenin died, and three years after Sanger wrote The Pivot of Civilization, Adolph Hitler wrote Mein Kampf from a German prison. Like Lenin and Sanger, Hitler’s worldview was in large part shaped by the fallout of the Enlightenment. We must remember that despite the rhetoric of liberty and democracy during the…

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The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 60): Margaret Sanger, Eugenics, Birth Control, and Abortion

Five years after Lenin wrote The State and Revolution, and two years before Joseph Stalin came to power after Lenin’s death, Margaret Sanger wrote The Pivot of Civilization. In it she made a full-fledged case for the implementation of eugenics on a national, if not global, scale. Now, I’ve discussed eugenics in an earlier post,…

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The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 59): Vladimir Lenin, the USSR, and the Rise of Communism

It goes without saying: the first half of the 20th century witnessed the greatest atrocities in human history. And as horrific as WWI (1914-1919) was, it would pale in comparison to what was brewing in Russia in 1917. Half way through WWI, Czarist Russia found itself at a tipping point. Faced with a rising call…

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Easter Poems Throughout the Years

I thought I’d share a few Easter poems I’ve written throughout the years. ***The first poem was in Colby, Kansas, in 1993. I was helping my sister move back to Illinois from Wyoming, and my truck continually was breaking down on the trip–we found ourselves stranded in Colby, Kansas over Easter. Easter Sunday While loved ones…

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The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 58): Introduction to the 20th Century

In his book, How Should We Then Live?, Francis Schaeffer said there is a “flow” to history and culture. What he meant, of course, is that what transpires in one era of any given society often is the fall-out of what had happened in the previous era. One of the fundamental things I hope that…

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The Benedict Option–Book Review (Part 5): Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby…

Let me state up front: I don’t particularly like this post. I don’t think a single post on this topic will ever be adequate. In this final post of my review/analysis of Rod Dreher’s book, The Benedict Option, I’m going to address a few things that are bound to make everyone, Evangelicals especially, feel uncomfortable,…

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The Benedict Option: Book Review (Part 4)–Christian Politics and Christian Education…Hey Conservative Christians, it’s Time to Re-assess a Few Things

How should Christians today navigate the current cultural landscape? That’s really the fundamental question Rod Dreher addresses in his book, The Benedict Option. In my previous posts, I’ve given an overview of the book as a whole, and I’ve touched upon the hottest “hot button” topic the book mentions: the gay marriage/LGBTQ debates. In this…

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