A Heavenly Country

“By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.” – Hebrews 11:8. This is a great reminder that faith requires us to follow God, even when we don’t know...

RETURN TO ME

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” – Matthew 15:8. When you are raised in a Christian home or come to faith early in life, it can be very easy over time to become like the Pharisees and scribes Jesus speaks to in this passage....

NEXT-GEN POLITICAL ‘LIKES’

The next generation is up for grabs politically. Although the youth vote swung heavily to Barack Obama in the past two elections, there are clear signs of hope in the next generation from a conservative perspective. Despite energized millennial support for the...

NEXT GEN POLITICAL ANGST

This fall I’m going to be blogging about what college students—mostly political science majors—at Arizona Christian University are saying and thinking about American politics. Most of them are voting for president for the first time, our nation’s most...

POLITICAL ADVICE TO THE NEXT GENERATION

This morning I begin teaching a class in Campaigns and Elections at Arizona Christian University. As I’ve prepared for the semester, I’ve been struggling with the question: What do I tell the next generation voting for the first time? When I was their age,...

DNC: IDEAS MATTER 2.0

Yesterday the Democratic delegates in Philadelphia completed the first item of business of any political convention, approving the 2016 Democratic Party Platform. Political party platforms are important—think of the platform as an organization’s mission-vision...

GOP DAY 4: TRIPPING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC

I am still processing the long-term fallout from Ted Cruz’s historic non-endorsement from last night. Internally, my responses oscillate between this was Cruz’s very public act of political suicide and it was an incredibly brilliant political set-up for...

FROM THE CONVENTION, DAY 3

Even though the GOP Convention theme for Day 2 was “Make American Work Again,” yesterday’s messaging was long on “prosecuting” Hillary Clinton and – to my mind — way too short on sharing the Republican Party’s longstanding...

GOP CONVENTION 2.0

As the Melania speech fallout continues to dominate today’s media coverage, a number of highlights from last night are being lost in that unfortunate diversion. The lineup of GOP Convention speakers last night featured remarkable individual American citizens,...

AS THE CONVENTION BEGINS …

The GOP Convention kicks off this afternoon and the preliminary festivities are already underway. Credentials have been distributed, and AZ delegates are equipped with snazzy delegation polos, clear carry-all bags for security, and obligatory Trump gear. Last night,...
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