I decided to retire the Twenty Items posts.  A couple of reasons for this… First, it was getting time consuming to find twenty items to post.  Second I wanted to highlight links a little more often as I read them.  I can’t promise this daily, but it will be more often than weekly.  Why Latte Links?  Well let’s see this is Caffeinated Thoughts, and I also plan to post these in the morning when I’m drinking my first pot cup of coffee.

A Disturbing Trend in Evangelicalism

The trend I see is in a particularly narrow definition of what is practical. Modern-day evangelicals have defined practicality as something that helps them at 10:15 AM to do a particular action. If what they hear on Sunday does not help them at 10:15 AM on Monday morning, then it is impractical, in the clouds, esoteric, useless doctrine. I would suggest that this is not a particularly helpful definition of what is practical.

Speaking for God – Judging Nations

Melinda at Stand to Reason writes:

Should Christians claim today that God is currently judging specific nations for sin?  I don’t think we have a Biblical mandate or basis to do that because it requires a specific revelation from God of His current action and intention and we don’t have any reason to think we have that.

End Times for Christian America?

Hunter Baker writes:

Christian America is busy dying again.

If you believe some partisan historians, it was dead before the American Revolution, or at least, nobody important was a Christian by then. The Founders had all moved on to deism. Then again, maybe Christian America died at the Scopes Trial during the 1920s when Clarence Darrow pinned down the non-theologian, non-scientist politician William Jennings Bryan with the power of hostile cross-examination. If it wasn’t dead by then, it was really dead by the late 1960s when every other religion book seemed to be about either the death of God movement or “secular” Christianity. The most memorable volume of the period was Harvey Cox’s The Secular City, which put a happy face of the death of public Christianity and heralded a new, more mature age of secular community.

N.H. Governor John Lynch Not Ready to Sign Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Throughout history, our society’s views of civil rights have constantly evolved and expanded. New Hampshire’s great tradition has always been to come down on the side of individual liberties and protections.

That is what I believe we must do today.

But following that tradition means we must act to protect both the liberty of same-sex couples and religious liberty. In their current form, I do not believe these bills accomplish those goals.

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