Reflections On What We Lost

I’m remembering a time when I could walk down the street with my daughter and my wife without needing to be paranoid.

I didn’t need to carry a gun. I didn’t need to carry a knife for, just in case, protection. I still did, but I’ve carried a knife since my 7th birthday. That’s when my grandpa gave me my first Swiss Army/boy scout knife. He told me – Buzz, never leave home without it. You’ll never know when you might need it.

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Thoughts on Church and State

Confusion arises in public discourse because of the failure of Christians to understand the distinction between Church and State. The prevailing view throughout Christian history has been that the two should occupy distinct spheres. This view was maintained by leading Reformers such as John Calvin and Martin Luther. There are two separate realms—one dealing with the supernatural and the other with the natural. The way each goes about its mission is unique. The traditional view is that God ordained differing roles.  The role of the State is to enforce justice by natural law—through the power of the sword. The Church fulfills its mandate by mercy through the power of God’s grace. In Christianity grace and justice are in tension with one another. The State is a manifestation of God’s wrath (Romans 13:3-4).

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Remembering Chattanooga, 2 Years Later

At 10:45 on the morning of July 16, 2015, shots rang out at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Chattanooga, TN. The shooter fled the scene in a rented Ford Mustang, which he then used to ram the gates of the Naval Reserve Center. He then exited the vehicle and began an attack on Navy and Marine Reservists stationed at the base. By the end of the shooting, only 30 minutes after his attack began, 4 Marines and 1 Sailor had lost their lives.

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