Tag: Christian

Rich Mullins, Ragamuffin

 

Rich Mullin

The Lord’s own ragamuffin.

Rich Mullins lived the life of a seeker. He grew up on the family farm with two brothers and two sisters and wrote songs about the farming life. Disappointed in love early, he would never settle, embracing the role of a ragamuffin. He took being in the world but not of the world very seriously, from 1995 until his death, he lived on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico teaching music to the children and attending Christian services.

Being a ragamuffin, he was always experimenting with his music. Few artists would reflect on the usefulness of a screen door on a submarine, but he did. Taking the Dylanesque tramp folkie image to heart, he kept his work fresh by finding new narrative approaches and drawing from many musical traditions.

Allie Beth Stuckey stops in to talk about her book, You’re Not Enough (& That’s Okay) – Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love. She and Bridget have a frank conversation about God, Christianity, and why she believes that the idea you have to love yourself in order to love other people is a fallacy infecting people’s minds. They discuss the tough road through college, the partying, the unhealthy lifestyle, and the struggle with an eating disorder that forced her to the realization that she would die if she didn’t change things. She and Bridget discuss their personal faith and beliefs, where they are similar, and where they differ. It’s an incredibly warm and open conversation between two women who don’t necessarily agree on everything, but respect each other’s beliefs and opinions, and are willing to share and learn from each other.

Rejecting Antiracism: Christian Conversations for Forgiveness and Reconciliation

 

I recently came upon the antiracism belief that individualism and merit are “racist.” Antiracists refer to them as “American white values.” The racializing of individualism and merit-based achievement seem to be exclusive to those who share the antiracist worldview. More and more people are eagerly embracing the tenets of critical race theory and antiracism as a public posture that exemplifies the noble pursuit of “racial justice.” I want to highlight what should be obvious– the fad of racializing everything, even a long-standing virtue as individual merit, is further eroding our already-fragile civic ties while trivializing real racism.

One of the problems with antiracism is its practice of condensing the complexity of unique individuality into shallow representations of “race.” This antiracist position refuses to see people– as people. There’s nothing distinctive about individuals in antiracism’s anthropological methodology. Antiracist ideological convictions demand advocates ignore the intrinsic worth of people in favor of a racialized preconception that divides people into two classes: oppressed, (blacks and other non-white “minorities”) and oppressors (white people). Shelby Steele called this reductionism a form of racial blindness. He wrote,

People who are in the grip of [racial blindness] … always miss the human being inside the black skin…Your color represents you in the mind of such people. They will have built a large part of their moral identity and, possibly, their politics around how they respond to your color. Thus, a part of them–the moral part–is invested not in you but in some idea of what your color means. And [if] they see you– the individual–they instantly call to mind this investment and determine, once again, to honor it. They are very likely proud of the way they have learned to relate to your color, proud of the moral magnanimity it gives them an opportunity to express.

Member Post

 

There’s a story out of Seattle about Dick Clarke, an 85-year-old man who for the last 18 years rang a bell for the Salvation Army during every holiday season, collecting money for the homeless outside of Nordstrom’s downtown store. During those years he raised more than $100,000 for the cause. He also gained a whole […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Are “Easter Worshipers” the New “Deli Customers?”

 

It was remarkably unremarkable that Democrats all sang off the same sheet, effacing the Christian identity of the latest Islamist terror attack. Naturally, the propaganda arm of the left furiously buried the truth of both the carefully targeted victims and their victimizers. The red-green coalition carefully obscured Who Attacked Whom in Sri Lanka? This followed naturally after a President of the United States got away with effacing the identity of victims, openly gunned down in France, when those carrying out the Vernichtung of Jews could not be cast as right wing. To aid the red-green coalition’s advancement, both Jews and Christians are to be cast as “white,” “colonialist,” “imperialist,” and “privileged.”

Think back only a few years. An Islamist attack on a satirical newspaper in France was followed by smaller attacks that terminated in a Jewish deli. Journalists and security services, therefore the President of the United States, knew the terrorist’s motive for picking his target.

Coulibaly reportedly told a French journalist at the height of the siege that he had deliberately chosen to target Jews.

Member Post

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkM71JPHfjk Sometimes we run across a little slice of art that bridges cultures while at the same time defining culture.  Music has that power.  Sounds can be defined drearily by the engineer as waves and pulses (see ‘yanni vs. laurel’).  But no scientist can explain what’s going on in the heart by great music.  How the […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Never Say Never

 

Yesterday at 3 AM, an aircraft landed at Joint Base Andrews and was greeted by the President, First Lady, and the Vice President. On board the aircraft were three men who have been held in a North Korean prison:

  • Kim Dong Chul
  • Kim Hak Song
  • Tony Kim

On Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted that a summit with the North Korean leader will be held in Singapore on June 12. I don’t know about you, but I think today is a real redletter day. While so-called progressives are whining and crying about some porn star, the president is actually making progress. In the meantime, leftist hacks in the media are pulling their hair out and smacking their empty heads against a wall, trying to figure out how to spin the great news against the President. It is positively delicious!

There are still a lot of people out there, on all sides of the skewed political aisle, having a prolonged hissy-fit over the fact that Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America. In their constant state of vitriolic convulsion, they attack anybody and everybody who dares say something even remotely supportive of the president. Hashtag Never… Whether it comes from screeching leftists or elitist GOPers, it is about time they all realize that President Trump is actually doing things to benefit America. Whether it is today’s developments or some of the other good things he has done, there needs to be a realization among the chronic grumblers that our President is protecting our freedom; that is what a President is supposed to do.

Member Post

 

It is no secret that our modern culture is wrought with evil. Evil comes barging into our lives every day, through constant reminders that society has given up what is right and now promotes what is wrong. Up is down, down is up and evil is called good while good is called evil (see Isaiah […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

Every time tragedy hits, whether it is a mass shooting, terrorist attack, natural disaster or some other event, there is an outpouring of thoughts and prayers from those who believe in God. Inevitably, these well-meaning souls are chastised and ridiculed by multitudes of unbelievers. Some of the comments made by the skeptics are benign, but […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

We’re nearing the end of our Kickstarter for Mysterion 2, the second volume of our anthology of Christian-themed speculative fiction. With only a week left, we’re still a ways from our funding goal. Since Kickstarter is all or nothing, if we do not make our goal, we do not receive any money, and Mysterion 2 will not happen. While […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

My wife and I spent the last weekend in July at Realm Makers in Reno, Nevada. Realm Makers is a speculative fiction conference for (primarily) Christian writers, and this was its 5th year. It just keeps getting better. When we first attended two years ago, we weren’t convinced it was worthwhile for most authors aiming to get […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

Last year, my wife and I published an anthology entitled Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith. We have been working on this project for over a year: reading submissions and selecting the stories, editing for content, copy editing, layout, cover design, printing, and selling. It was, as you can imagine, a lot of […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

(This is a paper I wrote during seminary. It is highly academic but since I am not a specialist it should be comprehensible and hopefully informative for anyone interested in Christology and Christian theology in general.)  Christology is a complicated topic. There were seven councils dealing directly with Christology which are recognized as ecumenical. The […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

While Midge’s spiritual ear turns to transcendent beauty on Easter, mine yearns for bawdy and raucous songs of triumph. The fanciful tales of knights, adventurers, cowboys, and heroes I enjoyed as a child were never wholly separate from my Christian faith. “Soldiers of Christ” is a phrase as old as the Church, and one I […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

There is a fairly simple answer to the question of why Christians can be so judgmental. Christians are people, people are sinners, and judgmentalism is a sin–perhaps one of the most universal of all sins. It didn’t spring to life when I was saved. I brought it with me. Of course, Christians have every reason […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

The “Inquisition” of a Christian Nominee in New Hampshire

 

Frank Edelblut’s New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Hearing
Photo credit: Councilor Joe Kenney’s Facebook page.

Frank Edelblut is a New Hampshire businessman and former state representative who ran for governor last year. He lost the Republican primary by 800 votes to Chris Sununu, who went on to win the governorship in November. Governor Sununu has now nominated Edelblut to be the state’s Commissioner of Education. There’s only one problem (for Democrats): Edelblut is a Christian.

During a marathon seven-hour public hearing on Tuesday in Concord, Andru Volinsky, a Democrat, grilled Edelblut about his Christian faith. Volinsky is a freshman member of New Hampshire’s Executive Council, a five-member body that shares some power with the governor and which confirms the governor’s nominees.

The hearing was described as an “inquisition” by Anne Marie Banfield, an education liaison with Cornerstone Action, a New Hampshire think tank.

Member Post

 

I’ve been talking about the anthology my wife and I are doing for a while now. I’m happy to say that the anthology is now complete, and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.  Now, while I’d love for everybody in the world to buy a copy, I’m not here to hawk books. (But […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.