Is “Evangelical” Now a Purely Political Term?

It’s been a long time since the word “evangelical” meant anything specific in common currency. Back in 1971, long before it became a focus of pollsters like Gallup,1 when it was a word used almost exclusively by conservative Protestants, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones lamented how slippery the term had become even by then in his now-famous lecture, “What Is An Evangelical?”2 A few years ago, Jonathan Merritt wrote: The religious historian George Marsden once quipped that … Continue reading

Under The Influence: How Christianity Transformed Civilization

(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) By Frank York Retired (1999) Illinois College Professor of Sociology Dr. Alvin J. Schmidt, who holds an M. Div. from Concordia Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, has written what should be considered one of the most important books of the twenty-first century. In a popular culture that seems determined to persecute Christians and to remove every … Continue reading

Shouting “Fire,” in a Crowded Fertility Clinic

You may have heard about a devastating argument going around the internet. I know it’s got me shaking in my evangelical boots. I sure hope I don’t run into a pro-abortion advocate that uses it. According to comedian, serial tweeter, and sci-fi author, Patrick S. Tomlinson, this one argument is like holy water to pro-life vampires. You know, if we were vampires. Whenever abortion comes up, I have a question I’ve been asking for ten … Continue reading

A History of Sinners

Lately, barely a day goes by that doesn’t have a news story about the removal or destruction of a Civil War historical monument or the unearthing of the graves of Confederate soldiers. The destruction extends to historical figures such as Christopher Columbus as well. Who knows what historical monuments will be the next to fall into disfavor? There seems to be a feeling among those so engaged that the monuments themselves have the power to … Continue reading

Sacred Right or Sacred Rite?

California Senator Dianne Feinstein, at the Senate confirmation hearing for Senator Jeff Sessions, voiced her concern that if he is approved as Attorney General, he would overstep his authority and prevent child sacrifice. Of course, Feinstein did not use the term “child sacrifice,” preferring to utilize the euphemistic term “choice” instead. Such word substitutions do indeed make the killing process sound kinder. After all, if she had said, “I want to make certain that Jeff … Continue reading

I don’t think Pro-Life Means What You Think It Does

The other day this sentence, “Hillary Clinton Is the Best Choice for Voters Against Abortion” came across my FaceBook feed from Eric Sapp writing for Christian Post. “I’ll start by saying that I don’t think Christians should be single-issue voters since Christ’s ministry wasn’t single-issue. But if your concern for the unborn determines your vote, Hillary Clinton should be your candidate.” My first response was … Continue reading