On May 4th, I had the great honor of delivering the commencement address to the graduating 2013 Class of Palm Beach Atlantic University. Click here to see the VIDEO of my speech.
For the full TEXT of the speech, click here.
A NEW FILM about Jackie Robinson, titled 42—the number he wore during his historic career—tells the triumphant story of how the Civil Rights icon integrated professional baseball by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. But there’s a mysterious hole at the center of this otherwise worthy film.
The man who chose Robinson for his role, and masterminded the whole affair, was Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford. In their initial meeting, the cigar-chomping Rickey makes it clear that whoever will be the first African American in major league baseball will be viciously attacked, verbally and physically. So Rickey famously says he’s looking for a man “with guts enough not to fight back.” He needs someone who will resist the temptation to retaliate. Robinson agrees to go along with it.
But where did Rickey get that crazy idea and why did Robinson agree? The film doesn’t tell us, but the answers to these questions lie in the devout Christian faith of both men To cont. reading, click here…
I had the honor of speaking about Religious Freedom at CPAC today, followed by a GREAT Q&A with Dr. Ben Carson! To watch the video, click here! I recommend using the full screen option and turning up the sound. I enter the stage at 6:30 into the video and speak for about 14 mins. Then Dr. Carson speaks for about 25 mins. After that — at 45:00 — there is my Q&A with him. You have to watch that last part! For the full text of my speech, click here. For just the video of my 14 minutes, click here. Religious Freedom is hugely important and we’re not hearing anything about it.
If you want to know what you can do, please help spread the word by sharing this speech. Please sign and share the Manhattan Declaration. Please watch Os Guinness’s speech at SITC by clicking here. And finally, if you get into a discussion about Same-Sex Marriage, ask about how it will affect Religious Liberty. That is the real issue and no one is discussing it.
This is worth watching just for John Piper’s spectacular exegesis of Romans 13. We also talk about the difference between killing and murder — and a host of other things. This took place after my Bonhoeffer speech at Dr. Piper’s church in Minneapolis. Here’s the link!
Yesterday at 9 a.m. I testified on Capitol Hill at a Congressional Hearing titled “Anti-Semitism: A Growing Threat to All Faiths.” Click here for the video. It’s in Part One. My five-min. prepared remarks are at 51:00 and my extemporaneous remarks on Religious Freedom and the lack of resolve in the West to deal with these issues, etc., are at 1:33 and 1:49 respectively. What an honor to testify on this important subject!
This year’s Nat’l Prayer Breakfast was simply amazing. I got to meet Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas and chat with Dr. Ben Carson. And I got to hear Andrea Boccelli sing LIVE. It was transcendent. For some photos, click here. Of course last year’s event, where I spoke, was fun too! Actually, the amazing KLo of NRO recently interviewed me about that event and and my book about it, titled No Pressure, Mr. President: Real Faith in a Time of Crisis. I always have a TON OF FUN talking to KLo as you’ll see by CLICKING HERE!
I’ll be sending out a weekly newsletter/email update soon. Please sign up by clicking here! No pressure! Speaking of which, I’ll be posting a link for copies of my new book, No Pressure, Mr. President! here soon. And for my new Christmas book, Uncle Mugsy and the Terrible Twins of Christmas! Please stay tuned to this space!
If you care about America, Os Guinness’s talk at Socrates in the City last week was profoundly important. Please click here to watch the video! SITC is thrilled to offer it to the general public at no cost for a limited time. Please share it as widely as you like! And please do get a copy of Os’s book, “A Free People’s Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future.” Finally, for my Breakpoint commentaries on the book, click here.
Someone shoot me before the earth melts, which will happen any moment now. How do I know? Simple. In the new issue of the New Yorker magazine, which once greatly (almost overweeningly) prided itself on its use of the English language, the writer Steve Coll in his opening piece for the “The Talk of the Town” uses/mis-uses/whatever, dude the phrase “honed in.” For those of you scoring at home, this marks the final milestone in the decline of Western Civilization.
The grotesque boner comes in the second paragraph of the magazine, so it’s hard to miss. As the New Yorker writers and proofreaders should know, the correct phrase is “home in”. The image is that of a homing pigeon. The popular misuse of “hone in” conflates “hone down” — which evokes a whetstone/hone used to sharpen a point, literally (blade) or figuratively (argument) — and “home in”. This misuse is heard more and more, but to read it in the opening paragraphs of the magazine — and in that section of the magazine — for which the great E.B. White (Elements of Style – yes, I’m weeping now) wrote for decades constitutes something of an Agita Apocalypsiensis, since we are all now coining ugly pseudo-phrases. But it seems The New Yorker may now think of correctness in English usage as a bourgeois/patriarchal/puritanical thing to be dispensed with. After all, they’ve been oh-so-transgressively dropping the F-bomb for a couple of decades! If fact, a couple of pages later in a piece about Penny “Hello, Laverne!” Marshall they cheerfully drop the daisy-cutter MF-bomb three times, just in case you thought they might not still be unbelievably hip. But there’s a single doily-wrapped Victorian F-bomb tossed in too. For old times’ sake. And then, a few pages later, they “Jump the Snark” and publish a “humor” piece which is a 1000-word knowing eye-roll against that ultimate bourgeois/patriarchal/puritanical conceit known as “motherhood”. Gotta stay at the forefront of these things, lest you backslide and start thinking Sarah Palin is not so bad. All right, kids. Thanks for listening. I’m done.
This past week I had the great pleasure of giving a two-day Bonhoeffer Tour of Berlin to a group of friends. We stayed at the historic Adlon Hotel on Unter der Linden and visited many Bonhoeffer sites, including his parents’ home in Charlottenburg, where he was arrested in 1943, the Grunewald home where he grew up, the Zionskirche (pictured), the Bendlerblock where Stauffenberg and others involved in the Valkyrie plot were executed, the site of the former Gestapo Headquarters, the Kaiser-Wilhelms-Gedächtnis Kirche where Bonhoeffer preached, and other sites. For more photos of the tour — along with descriptions and details — please click here. We also had great meals (yes, there are photos), including a farewell dinner at Lutter & Wegner in the historic Gendarmenmarkt. Anything in pork?