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Will The Protestant House of Cards Come Tumbling Down?

By now we should all know what happened last week on June 26, 2015, a date that will live in infamy. Five Supreme Court justices violated their oath of office and invented a 'right' out of thin air, overturning constitutional amendments in various states, which were voted on by the people with overwhelming majorities, imposing upon every state and all Americans, same-sex 'marriage' as the law of the land. The implications of this are staggering.

The minority opinions written by the dissenting justices were no less historic. They heralded the end of American democracy and the rise of persecution for Christians who oppose this judicial fiat. The news media and Internet are filled with commentary on this decision, so I will not go into it in detail here. I will say only this. This third branch of government, headed by the United States Supreme Court, has historically been the most tyrannical branch of government in the failed American political system. It was this branch…

Christian Environmentalism

Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si presents for Christians (and the world) an alternative vision of environmentalism that puts mankind in harmony with God, each other, and the environment. The Holy Father gives us a vision of authentic Christian environmentalism, which on the one hand overlaps Secular environmentalism, but on the other hand repudiates many of its shortcomings. In every way the encyclical corrects the errors of the modern world, and seeks to redirect man's ecological efforts toward a moral and sustainable future. I will leave the detailed reviews to others, but instead point out a general theme, and follow with practical ways that normal people can implement the teachings of this encyclical in their regular lives.

The general theme of the encyclical is Christian, and it is a correction of the two political extremes we see popularised in modern society...

On the one hand, we have Secular Environmentalism, which is often embraced by the political Left. Secular …

Saint Thomas Becket

Saint Thomas Becket was the Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury from AD 1162 until his martyrdom in 1170. He is venerated as a Saint in both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion.

As an archdeacon and servant of the king, he was nominated to become the Archbishop of Canterbury on May 23, 1162. He was not even a priest at this time. Some have speculated that King Henry II favoured the nomination after the death of Archbishop Theobald, hoping that Becket would continue to put the royal government before the Catholic Church. Becket was ordained a priest on June 2 of that year, and the following day was consecrated archbishop. (Talk about a rapid career rise!) King Henry II, however, failed to realise that such a radical chain of events in Becket's life would have a profound spiritual influence on him. Becket's transformation into an ascetic began at this time. A power struggle quickly ensued between the new archbishop and the king, and their friendship became a rivalry. B…

Gender Theory -- The New Nazism

It's an old article, and one the mainstream media basically ignored, but it's worth pointing out here...
(CNS) -- Elaborating on comments he made in Manila Jan. 16 about "ideological colonization that tries to destroy the family," the pope offered a 20-year-old example of an unnamed government official, apparently in his native Argentina, who was offered a loan to build schools for poor children on the condition she assign students a textbook on "gender theory."  Catholic leaders often use the term "gender theory" to refer to ideas that question or deny the God-given nature of sex differences and the complementarity of man and woman as the basis of the family.   Pope Francis said African bishops attending the October 2014 Synod on the Family had complained of similar restrictions on funding for projects in their countries,  "Why do I say ideological colonization? Because they use a people's need as an opportunity to come in and impose th…

Beyond Tomorrowland

I can do all things through him (Christ) who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13
Apart from me (Christ) you can do nothing. - John 15:5 As a young man these two biblical versus had the most profound effect on me. They became a constant reminder of hope, reminding me that anything is possible, but without him I can do nothing. Of course I'm talking about God here, but more specifically Jesus Christ.  I call this a level-headed hope; because as a young man, it helped me reach for the stars, but at the same time kept my feet planted firmly on the ground. It was a way to accomplish great things, but at the same time not get trapped in the vanity of pride.

Recently I saw a movie called Tomorrowland.  It was a Walt Disney picture. I enjoyed it immensely. It reminded me of something I had nearly forgotten, but not entirely. When I was a young man I used to live in Southern California. Trips to Disneyland were an annual event. As a teenager I went more often. Unless you live in Southern Cal…