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The death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia is a serious blow not only to the Supreme Court, but also to the nation. He was a brilliant, strong, and well-spoken defender of the Constitution in its original authorial intent as opposed to it as a “living document” that can mean whatever a judge says it means.

He was also a man grounded in the Judeo-Christian worldview. He said, “God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed. Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world. If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”

May we be in prayer regarding his replacement and our nation.

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Charles Ryrie, retired theology professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, died this week. He was 90. Ryrie is best known for The Ryrie Study Bible – his magnum opus. Ryrie had a gift (and I believe it is a gift) of making complex ideas simple. His writings are user-friendly as we call them today.

The Ryrie Study Bible was the first study Bible I owned. The notes, introductions, and outlines were extremely helpful to me as I grew in my new faith in Christ. I no longer hold all of Ryrie’s dispensational  teaching, but that doesn’t minimize it in any way. I recommend his systematic theology, Basic Theology, but think it should be studied in comparison and contrast with other works.

Charles Ryrie was a gift to the church.

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Bernie Sanders is upset that even though he’s won both a caucus and a primary, his opponent Hillary Clinton has more delegates than he does.

Uh, Bernie, that’s socialism: Something (in this case delegates) that you legitimately earned has been given to someone who didn’t. Hopefully you and you’re supporters will connect the dots.

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Gender identity is in the news quite a bit today and, as Christians, we need to think clearly about it. Kenneth Gentry has dealt with the question of what the Bible says about it in a brief, informative article.

Gender Identity is the latest rage among postmodernists. Especially since the June 2015 transformation of Bruce Jenner from a male to the female Caitlyn Jenner, transgender discussions have exploded on the scene. And many Christian leaders and laymen have gotten on the politically-correct bandwagon. But what does the Bible have to say about this phenomenon? Much, in every way.

It’s worth a read, as well as some good thinking.

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When news of the San Bernardino terrorist attack became public, quite a few people took to social media and asked others to pray – pray for the victims families; pray for the injured; pray for the law enforcement men and women who responded; and any number of other things. This is a normal response in a fallen and sinful world.

Just as quick was another response splashed all over social media, as well as The New York Daily News – stop praying and start doing something. The intent was clear – shame those who pray and put enough public pressure on them so they won’t do it, and if they do they won’t tell anyone about (they’ll pray and just keep it to themselves).

The deeper idea behind the “don’t pray, do something” statement is that prayer isn’t action and prayer isn’t doing anything. Wrong on both counts! For the Christian, prayer is doing something – it’s going before the Creator, Sustainer, and Sovereign Ruler of the universe (because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on our behalf) and making requests, trusting that He will do what’s good, right, and best. Prayer isn’t doing nothing, it’s firing the winning shot!

Here are a couple of pieces on the same topic, written by Joel Miller, and Denny BurkIgnore the shaming, keep on praying!

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Tim Challies, blogger extraordinaire, posted this on his website yesterday. It’s his “Here I Stand” statement and it’s mine, too. Is it yours?

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Kim Davis was jailed last week for her refusal to sign her name as a county clerk to same-sex marriage licenses. She says to do so would be a violation of her Christian faith. She’s right. Here are some more thoughts on the matter:

First, Senator Ted Cruz issued a statement that I can only describe as excellent. You can read it here. It’s important to remember that Cruz is a graduate of Harvard Law School, clerked for Supreme justices, and has argued before the Supreme Court.

Second, Amy Hall at Stand To Reason quotes an article by Eugene Volokh (I hope you’re following this) which says that Davis has more options than simply resigning. You can read it here.

Third, Hall gives a clarification of her previous post here.

This is an incredibly important issue for Christians and non-Christian alike because it deals with freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, which both seem to be disappearing in an increasingly secular America. May God have mercy on us.

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Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, has been jailed for contempt of court for her refusal to issue marriage licenses which contain her signature to same-sex couples. She’s a Christian who cannot perform that service in good conscience. Yes, it’s come to this in the United States of America. Al Mohler, as I’ve come to expect, provides commentary that is biblical and clear. Please read his article. If this continues, a lot of us are going to end up in jail cells.

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Trevin Wax has written an excellent blog post on the response, or lack thereof, of those who are pro-choice in the matter of abortion to the Planned Parenthood videos called “The Shrug that Scares Me to Death.” I’m afraid he’s right. We can see John 3:19-20 lived out: “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” 

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