A Message of Hope

...the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command.
1 Chronicles 12:32

November 14, 2015

Contained and Not Contained

ISIS represents a new chapter in the War On Terror. It is simultaneously executing both symmetric and asymmetric warfare.

It is a group that can be both “contained” in how much land it controls (symmetric), and can still order coordinated terror attacks in a nation like France (asymmetric).

Thus, as the President is finding out the hard way, it is very dangerous to describe your enemy as “contained” when that reflects only part of its operating status.

That, and there is always the risk of being the guy to cry, “Peace and safety” right before the “sudden destruction” comes (1 Thessalonians 5:3).

January 10, 2013

Stronger Than Anger

Consider the difference between the 1950s and 1960s and the 21st century.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the median income allowed you to live with a single earner -- normally the husband, with the wife typically working as homemaker -- and roughly three children. It permitted the purchase of modest tract housing, one late model car and an older one. It allowed a driving vacation somewhere and, with care, some savings as well. It was not an easy life and many luxuries were denied us, but it wasn't a bad life at all.

Where a single earner could support a middle class family in the generation after World War II, it now took at least two earners. That meant that the rise of the double-income family corresponded with the decline of the middle class. The lower you go on the income scale, the more likely you are to be a single mother. That shift away from social pressure for two parent homes was certainly part of the problem.

What we are facing now is a structural shift, in which the middle class' center, not because of laziness or stupidity, is shifting downward in terms of standard of living.

July 20, 2012

Revival's Twin

Abortion cannot end in this nation apart from revival.

Transforming revival will not come apart from ending abortion.

Our concept of revival is too small if we resign to the thinking, “If we just get people saved, then abortion will simply take care of itself.” Believe me, I wish that were true. But history tells a different story. So does the fact that abortion is rampant in our churches.

July 19, 2012

A New Age of Puritanism

Present trends never continue—they always go into reverse.

The Fix tells us what we already know, but perhaps simply do not want to face—namely that we are all at the mercy of our desires and our desires are disordered. We want so many things: iPhones, cupcakes, porn. Once we lived in a world where satisfactions were deferred. Now we have to have every desire fulfilled, and fulfilled at once.

July 18, 2012

Rebuild the Work Ethic

People simply do not want the same things they wanted 50 years ago.

While this change is not inherently wrong in itself, scholars and theorists have diagnosed the associated decline in the American work ethic and found that it's having negative effects on the social and economic makeup of our country.

Free enterprise depends upon a society that encourages a strong work ethic. The two share a robust, symbiotic relationship—remove one from the formula and the other will be significantly weakened.

July 17, 2012

Feelscreens

You can create the perception of raised keys on a screen, even though it remains flat, or of an e-book’s pages actually feeling like paper. You can even make the features on a map stand out to the touch, allowing the blind, as well as the sighted, to navigate.

July 16, 2012

IPCC does not attribute increase in 'economic losses from weather- and climate-related disasters' 'to natural or anthropogencic climate change'

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adptation (SREX). Full SREX Report (PDF).

4.5.3.3. Attribution of Impacts to Climate Change: Observations and Limitations (Page 268)

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