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Religious Liberty at Risk: Here in the United States?

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the University of California – Hasting College of Law against the Christian Legal Society. You can read the official opinion here on Christian Legal Society v. Martinez (U.C. Hastings) here (PDF […]

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Religious Liberty at Risk: Islam in Europe

posted by Mark D. Roberts

I have been watching for some time the move in Europe to limit religious liberty for the sake of, well, liberty. At least that’s what they’re saying in Europe: limit liberty for the sake of liberty. Hmmm. My attention was […]

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NEWS FLASH: Airline Food Could be Dangerous

posted by Mark D. Roberts

As USA Today headline from today’s edition warns: “FDA report reveals airline food could pose health threat.” When I read that headline, my first thought was . . . What airline food? Then I started thinking about it . . […]

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Seeking a Christian Perspective on Illegal Immigration: Living with Divided Loyalties

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Suppose you live in a country that is home . . . but not quite home. You find yourself fitting in to the culture of the place you live, but not quite. You embrace the values of your current home, […]

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling: Some Things Deserve to Be Repeated

posted by Mark D. Roberts

READ Psalm 136:1-26   Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!     His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 My grandmother had a collection of sayings that she repeated again and again and again. I heard her say, “Make somebody […]

Chewed Out By a Titmouse

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Behind the place we stay at at Laity Lodge, I have a bird feeder that gets plenty of visitors. Sparrows, chickadees, cardinals, and titmice are plentiful. But so are other, less welcome critters. The squirrels seem to think that our […]

Seeking a Christian Perspective on Illegal Immigration: What is Our “Big Goal”?

posted by Mark D. Roberts

What should be our goal as Christians when it comes to illegal immigration? What are we trying to accomplish? Or what should we be trying to accomplish? For some Christians, the “big goal” has to do, first, with extensive legal […]

Seeking a Christian Perspective on Illegal Immigration: A Helpful Resource

posted by Mark D. Roberts

I have recently read a book that addresses the issue of illegal immigration from a Christian perspective and want to recommend it to you. The book is Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible by M. Daniel […]

“Are social media changing religion?” – Henry G. Brinton at USA Today

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Henry G. Brinton, a Presbyterian pastor and eloquent commentator of matters of religion and culture, asks in yesterday’s USA Today: “Are social media changing religion?”  The answer must surely be “Yes, in ways we haven’t begun to comprehend.” The trickier […]

Two “Must Read” Articles for Christians Interested in the Impact of Technology on Church and Faith

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Here are links to two thoughtful and thought-provoking articles related to the impact of technology on our lives. One deals specifically with implications for the church. The other shoots for a broader target, but has many implications for the church […]

Seeking a Christian Perspective on Illegal Immigration: A Second Essential Starting Point (Part 2)

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In last week’s blogging, I was proposing two solid starting points if we want to view illegal immigration from a Christian perspective. The first starting point was Genesis 1, from which we learn the unique dignity of each human being, […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Living in the Circle of Blessing

posted by Mark D. Roberts

READ Psalm 134:1-3   Oh, praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD. . . . May the LORD, who made heaven and earth, bless you from Jerusalem. Psalm 134:1-3 The life of faith might be described as living […]

Timeout! I’m Confused!

posted by Mark D. Roberts

I’m taking a short timeout from my series on illegal immigration to share some moral confusion. The L.A. Lakers just won the NBA championship. But I don’t quite know how to feel. Here’s why: I grew up as a die-hard […]

Seeking a Christian Perspective on Illegal Immigration: Another Essential Starting Point (Part 1)

posted by Mark D. Roberts

In my effort to view illegal immigration from a Christian perspective, I have suggested that there are two essential biblical starting points. The first is Genesis 1, a passage that reveals the unique nature of human beings as bearers of […]

Seeking a Christian Perspective on Illegal Immigration: One Essential Starting Point (Part 2)

posted by Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s post, I claimed that, for Christians who are seeking a biblical perspective on illegal immigration, one of the best starting points in Genesis 1. This text reveals the unique identity of human beings as creatures who bear God’s […]

Seeking a Christian Perspective on Illegal Immigration: One Essential Starting Point

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Though acknowledging that we might choose one of several valid starting points when seeking a biblical, Christian perspective on illegal immigration, I would argue for the precedence of two. These two starting points get us looking in the right direction […]

Seeking a Christian Perspective on Illegal Immigration: Where Should We Start?

posted by Mark D. Roberts

As I explained in Friday’s post, Christians differ widely on their understanding of illegal immigration and what should be done about it. This doesn’t mean that every Christian perspective is equally valid, however. Many are based on an inadequate grasp […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: A Prayer for Church Leaders

posted by Mark D. Roberts

READ Psalm 132:1-18   May your priests be clothed in godliness;     may your loyal servants sing for joy. Psalm 132:9 Psalm 132 focuses on David and his concern for God’s “house” in Jerusalem, the temple that David’s son Solomon would build. […]

Microphone Mania: Did I Say THAT?

posted by Mark D. Roberts

I spend a fair amount of my life around microphones as a preacher, public speaker, and retreat leader. Most of the time, microphones are helpful and relatively invisible. But every now and then they get restless and decide to grab […]

Why Are Christians So Divided About Illegal Immigration?

posted by Mark D. Roberts

If you’ve been following this blog series on illegal immigration, or if you’ve been listening to Christians talk about this issue, then you know there is a wide array of opinions, many of which are contradictory. Consider, for example, the […]

My Christian Perspective on Illegal Immigration, Take 1

posted by Mark D. Roberts

In the last two days I’ve posted excerpts from the Cross Examinations conversation of illegal immigration. If you read these, and especially if you read the longer pieces from which they were taken, you’ll notice a wide diversity of viewpoints […]

A Variety of Christian Perspectives on Illegal Immigration, Part 2

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Yesterday I began putting up excerpts from the Patheos – Cross Examinations conversation about illegal immigration. Today I’ll put up four other excerpts, along with my own brief comments. If this matter is of interest to you, I would urge […]

A Variety of Christian Perspectives on Illegal Immigration, Part 1

posted by Mark D. Roberts

First, I want to thank those who commented yesterday. Your honesty, insights, and charity encourage me to believe that it is possible to have a constructive conversation about this divisive issue. As I explained earlier, I started writing about this […]

Christian Perspectives on Illegal Immigration

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Immigration, especially illegal immigration, is one of the most pressing and distressing issues in the United States today. Bring up the subject, and you’re almost certain to get passionate opining. Bring it up in settings where people hold diverse viewpoints, […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Crying to God Out of the Depths

posted by Mark D. Roberts

READ Psalm 130:1-8   From the depths of despair, O LORD,      I call for your help. Psalm 130:1 The first line of Psalm 130 is one of the most frequently quoted of the Psalms: “Out of the depths have I […]

Free Fun!

posted by Mark D. Roberts

For several years I have enjoyed the cartoons of Mark Pié. His illustrated Bible stories make me laugh, and are great for sermon illustrations, Sunday School classes, and just plain fun. Now Mark is giving away some of his best […]

Do We Have Too Much Privacy?

posted by Mark D. Roberts

I know there’s great concern in our world today about privacy and the possible lack thereof. Many are afraid that we are losing our privacy to the spying eyes of the Internet, represented most ominously by social networking sites like […]

Privacy and God: Privacy in Biblical Perspective, Part 3

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Today I want to change directions and talk about privacy, not in relation to the larger world, but as it concerns Christian community. I’m wondering to what extent individual Christians should to live their lives shielded from the scrutiny of […]

Do Al and Tipper Gore “Truly Love One Another”?

posted by Mark D. Roberts

I am not the biggest Al Gore fan in the world, though I am grateful for his invention of the Internet. But I have always appreciated his commitment to his family and the longevity and apparent inviolability of his marriage. […]

Privacy and God: Privacy in Biblical Perspective, Part 2

posted by Mark D. Roberts

As I have said previously in this series on privacy and God, our world is far removed from the world of the Bible. On the one hand, we in United States live with far more privacy than almost anyone in […]

Privacy and God: Privacy in Biblical Perspective, Part 1

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Today I continue a series I began last Friday: “Privacy and God: From Facebook to a Biblical Theology of Privacy.” Because yesterday was Memorial Day, I did not add to the series. Perhaps this was an oversight on my part, […]

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