Miracle on 34th Street and Christian Apologetics

Miracle on 34th Street and Christian Apologetics

Gary discusses the classic Christmas film, Miracle on 34th Street and many instances of how this film presents opportunities for thinking through worldviews and Christian apologetics. Most evangelicals tend to think in “words.” This is certainly understandable because of the Protestant focus on the Bible as the sole authority (sola Scriptura) and the Lutheran concept of the “priesthood of all beli [...]

Crimes Against the Laws of all Civilized and Christian Countries

Crimes Against the Laws of all Civilized and Christian Countries

Twelve immoral and insane Republicans voted with the always immoral Democrats (pro-killing unborn children, supporting genital mutilation of children, and defending an array of gender definitions and the courts to enforce them) to protect same-sex marriage and everything associated with it. We’re already seeing the implications of legalized immorality in the way bakers, web designers, and photogra [...]

Putting It All into Perspective

Putting It All into Perspective

In this second half of his interview with Dr. Michael Horton, Gary discusses what it means to be a Christian nation. The Bible is the standard of truth. The Bible presents a specific view of the world, of man, of God, and of authority. Anything that is not consistent with the biblical worldview is not true. The Bible is also the Christian’s ethical standard. It teaches us to distinguish between ri [...]

Students From Denmark Ask Me LGBTQ+ Questions

Students From Denmark Ask Me LGBTQ+ Questions

I received the following from three high school girls who go to school in Denmark about a school project they were working on. “The answers will be used in the presentation and nothing else, we will not be using it for social media or anything else…. We got your number from ‘the American vision’ and then under ‘contact us’ your mail was there and then we just wrote to you.” [...]

Giving Thanks For "The Many signal Favors of Almighty God"

Giving Thanks For "The Many signal Favors of Almighty God"

On Thursday, September 24, 1789, the first House of Representatives voted to recommend—in its exact wording—the First Amendment of the newly drafted Constitution to the states for ratification. The next day, Congressman Elias Boudinot from New Jersey proposed that the House and Senate jointly request of President Washington to proclaim a day of thanksgiving for “the many signal favors of Almighty [...]

Thanksgiving’s Critics Come Out of the Woodwork

Thanksgiving’s Critics Come Out of the Woodwork

The usual dissenters come out of the woodwork every October to denounce Christopher Columbus and November to attack Thanksgiving. Here’s one from 2020: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is being called “a racist piece of trash” and a “white supremacist” after defending the legacy of the Mayflower Compact and criticizing an article in the New York Times that called the story of the Pilgrims a “myth” and re [...]

The IRS, Leftists, and Lies about Churches and Politics

The IRS, Leftists, and Lies about Churches and Politics

The George Soros-supported leftist group ProPublica is demanding the IRS investigate churches for violating the Constitution based on a law passed by Congress in 1954. This is a decades-old battle. Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) called “on the Internal Revenue Service to look into allegations that Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn.,” violated “restrictions for post [...]

The Political Party That Shot Liberty

The Political Party That Shot Liberty

My wife will tell anyone that my mind works in mysterious ways. It seems to ramble around until it finds disparate bits of information and makes odd connections that mystify her. “How did you get that from that?,” she often asks. To be honest, I don’t really know. The latest is from the film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) that stars John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Lee Marvin, Vera Miles, Edmon [...]

The Bible that Built America

The Bible that Built America

The story of the Geneva Bible is a fascinating and important part of world and Church history. When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620, they brought along necessary supplies, a consuming passion for advancing the Kingdom of Christ, and their most precious cargo —William Bradford’s copy of the Geneva Bible. The famous painting of the embarkation of the Pilgrims (above) shows Brad [...]

Bros and the Failure of the Homosexual Agenda

Bros and the Failure of the Homosexual Agenda

A recent film was a spectacular box-office failure for several reasons, and speaks volumes about public support for the gay ideology. In 2006, Larry David wrote this in the New York Times: “Somebody had to write this, and it might as well be me. I haven’t seen Brokeback Mountain, nor do I have any intention of seeing it.” He writes this as something of an apology. Like it is expected that all good [...]

Did God Really Say That?

Did God Really Say That?

Authority figures have been claiming to speak for God ever since the beginning in the Garden of Eden. There are mostly harmless misreadings of Scripture such as: the belief that the forbidden fruit was an apple (no fruit is specified), that Jonah was swallowed by a whale (it was “a great fish”), and that angels have wings (they don’t). These and other fables parade as facts only because we have he [...]

Against Public Monasticism

Against Public Monasticism

Guest article by Charles Jacobi A few weeks ago, I responded to a Christianity Today columnist who, using C.S. Lewis, argued household discipleship takes precedence over “participating in culture wars.” The columnist’s point was that Christian parents shouldn’t run for school board: public education is an “open system” influenced by its local environment, thus, Christians should forgo the politica [...]

What Jesus Didn't Mention...

What Jesus Didn't Mention...

Gary responds to an article about political commentator Joe Scarborough calling the “pro-life” movement a “heresy." Tom Ehrich, an Episcopal minister and writer living in Durham, North Carolina, claims that the religious debate on the subject of abortion “is one best captured in shades of gray rather than . . . in black and white.”[1] Ehrich asks where God stands on the issu [...]

Ruled by God’s Laws or the Dictates of the State?

Ruled by God’s Laws or the Dictates of the State?

Most people who have seen the film The Ten Commandments on television have never seen Cecil B. DeMille’s opening introduction. DeMille had something more in mind than just making a film about a religious figure from the Bible. He considered his production to be so important that he came out on stage to deliver a short but powerful statement on the nature of freedom under the law of God: The theme [...]

Art and the Bible

Art and the Bible

Gary discusses art and worldview with Pastor Doug Giles and his several series of art to help change Christians' perception of biblical persons and events. Interest in the occult emerges when the prevailing Christian worldview fails to impact people’s lives in concrete, life-transforming ways. When the Christian message becomes defeatist, retreatist, and exclusively otherworldly, the door is opene [...]

Christian Nationalism and Dominion

Christian Nationalism and Dominion

Gary discusses several recent books and articles based on the topic of Christian Nationalism and “dominionism." Question: Is it possible that the Bible teaches that the gospel will have worldwide success, that nations will be discipled, and that we will see the Word of the Lord cover the earth as the waters cover the sea before Jesus returns in glory to rapture His saints? (Isa. 11:9). [...]

The Values of Old Movies

The Values of Old Movies

Gary discusses the value and values of classic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Dan Gilbert, writing in Hell Over Hollywood in 1942, stated that “Hollywood has a power to shape, to mold, to direct and control the life of America which exceeds that of any dictator.”[1] Like so many Christians today, Gilbert, who was the Chairman of the Christian Newspaper Men’s Committee to Investigate the M [...]

Gun Control in a World Where Godlessness Reigns

Gun Control in a World Where Godlessness Reigns

Once again, there’s talk about more gun control in the United States. It happens every time some lunatic murders people. Murder is a crime, and yet people still murder. The vast majority of people in the United States who own guns have never unlawfully used their guns, and yet Democrats want to put further restrictions on them. Cleotha Abston [Henderson], 38, kidnapped and killed Eliza “Liza” Flet [...]

‘Boston Legal’ Defended Teaching Creationism, or Did It?

‘Boston Legal’ Defended Teaching Creationism, or Did It?

I came across an episode of the TV series Boston Legal where a member of a school board, Walter Fife,[1] of a Boston public school was being sued because the school board fired three teachers who would not teach Intelligent Design along with Evolution. Here’s how the meeting with the lawyers at Crane, Poole, and Schmidt firm began: Walter Fife: The School Board voted to include Creationism along [...]

What's Lacking in the Constitution

What's Lacking in the Constitution

The following is from Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution: The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compens [...]