Tuesday, May 29, 2007
From The Huffington Post to The Weekly Standard, articles have appeared (some downright evil, some irenic) about the legacy of the late Jerry Falwell and his impact on the American scene--especially on the electorate.
First, a disclaimer: Falwell and I weren't on the same page when it came to separatism, eschatology and charisma. But he was far more than the cardboard cut-out that he's been made out to be. His faith was real, deep and strong. He had a passion for the lost and a special place in his heart for alcoholics. Very early on, Thomas Road Baptist established a home for alcoholic men.
But it wasn't Jerry Falwell who established the movement that the Moral Majority expressed. It was Francis Schaeffer. It was Schaeffer's writings and films (How Then Shall We Live?  and Whatever Happened to the Human Race? ) which inspired a generation of students and believers to re-engage in the political process.
Falwell's strain of social involvement was rooted in early 20th century fundamentalist pietism which regarded socio-political engagement as useless at best and harmful to the gospel at worse. Schaeffer's background was in the Reformed tradition which emphasized, in the tradition of William Wilberforce and Abraham Kuyper, the supremacy of Christ over all areas of life.
Falwell's success in mobilizing millions of American believers to engage in the social and political issues of the 1980s and beyond was inconceivable apart from Schaeffer--who died in twenty-three years ago, in 1984.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
First nominee is Christopher Hitchens who lost it commenting on the death of Jerry Falwell. (see YouTube video below:)
His comments are utterly indefensible even for his point of view. He lost it.
Second, if accounts are to be trusted, Sen John McCain lost it when confronted on the McCain-Kennedy Immigration bill, hurling unprintable words at some fellow-senators dissented from the bill. His pursuit of the presidency is over.
Third, former President Jimmy Carter lost it. He called the Bush Administration "the worst in history."
The Carter-Clinton effort to bring Baptists together for a image-scrubbing event in early 2008 seems more and more incredulous and more and more politically motivated.
Monday, May 14, 2007
So what’s to be done? Are there “winning strategies” that can be applied to secure the home front? Over the last several months, I’ve been working with two men I greatly admire on something we call HOMELAND SECURITY. (I seem to recall that there’s a government agency with the same name!) We’re putting on a three-night seminar deigned to enable YOU to secure your own personal homeland with timeless and timely strategies that WORK.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Staff
The Herodion towered in the distance (a few miles to the southeast) over Bethlehem at the time of Jesus' birth. It must have seemed an intimidating presence on the horizon. Here the tyrant perished and the King of Kings was born in its shadows...
Archaeologist finds tomb of King Herod
By MARK LAVIE, Associated Press Writer
JERUSALEM - An Israeli archaeologist has found the tomb of King Herod, the legendary builder of ancient Jerusalem and the Holy Land, Hebrew University said late Monday.
The tomb is at a site called Herodium, a flattened hilltop in the Judean Desert, clearly visible from southern Jerusalem. Herod built a palace on the hill, and researchers discovered his burial site there, the university said.
The university had hoped to keep the find a secret until Tuesday, when it planned a news conference to disclose the find in detail, but the Haaretz newspaper found out about the discovery and published an article on its Web site.
Herod became the ruler of the Holy Land under the Romans around 74 B.C. The wall he built around the Old City of Jerusalem still stands, and he also ordered big construction projects in Caesaria, Jericho, the hilltop fortress of Massada and other sites.
It has long been assumed Herod was buried at Herodium, but decades of excavations had failed to turn up the site. The 1st century historian Josephus Flavius described the tomb and Herod's funeral procession.
Haaretz said the tomb was found by archaeologist Ehud Netzer, a Hebrew University professor who has been working at Herodium since 1972. The paper said the tomb was in a previously unexplored area between the two palaces Herod built on the site. Herod died in 4 B.C. in Jericho.
Herodium was one of the last strong points held by Jewish rebels fighting against the Romans, and it was conquered and destroyed by Roman troops in A.D. 71, a year after they destroyed the Second Temple in Jerusalem.