Dan Popp column
Dan Popp
Dan Popp is a Christian, a husband, and a small-business owner. Writing has been part of his profession since the late 1970’s. He and his wife of more than 30 years, Vicky, live in Ohio.

On Twitter: @FoundationsRad


Feminist seeks knight. Must polish own armor
Dan Popp
September 18, 2014

Where is my John Wayne? / Where is my prairie sun? / Where is my happy ending? / Where have all the cowboys gone? – "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" by . . .


What is the American idea?
Dan Popp
September 8, 2014

Congressman Paul Ryan is hawking "reform conservatism" again. This time, sadly, he's being abetted by Hillsdale College. The July/August, 2014 edition of . . .


"No just god..."
Dan Popp
August 25, 2014

President Obama's speech on August 20th regarding the beheading of American James Foley could be the ne plus ultra of Jabberwocky. Mr. Obama seems to have zero . . .


What does "militarization of the police" mean?
Dan Popp
August 20, 2014

I'm bothered by the phrase, "militarization of the police." I'm bothered because I'm almost certain that the people using it cannot define it. The phrase . . .


Justifying force
Dan Popp
August 14, 2014

Civilization is nothing more than the effort to reduce the use of force to the last resort. – Josι Ortega y Gasset How do you justify using force  . . .


We are the problem
Dan Popp
August 7, 2014

We have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. (Daniel 9:5, NKJV) If I . . .


If God, then impeachment
Dan Popp
August 2, 2014

"For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will . . .


A poverty of principles: Paul Ryan's plan to save socialism
Dan Popp
July 29, 2014

Were I to attempt to sum up what socialism is, I would say that it was simply a new system of serfdom. – Alexis de Tocqueville Congressman Paul Ryan is . . .


The truth about love
Dan Popp
July 20, 2014

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. (Proverbs 27:6, NKJV) Lies are poison to the soul. And America can't get . . .


Against infant baptism
Dan Popp
July 14, 2014

I had an aunt whose grandson died as a teenager. Later she told me, "Johnny was baptized and confirmed in the [family] church; he's in heaven and that's that." . . .


Jesus and Nicodemus
Dan Popp
July 6, 2014

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher . . .


Ashley Madison and ISIS
Dan Popp
June 30, 2014

As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national . . .


Jesus and the rich young ruler
Dan Popp
June 16, 2014

As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus . . .


The Obama Five
Dan Popp
June 5, 2014

On Sunday, the President of the United States illegally released five mass murderers. Period. Full stop. Many people are focused on the man we supposedly got . . .


Why can't we just tell the truth?
Dan Popp
June 2, 2014

Thou art the Truth, who presidest over all things, but I, through my covetousness, wished not to lose Thee, but with Thee wished to possess a lie.... So then I . . .


AEI's "Reformed Conservatism" is just lawlessness in drag
Dan Popp
May 27, 2014

And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. – Jesus (Matthew 24:12, NKJV) Shame on Arthur Brooks, the American Enterprise . . .


Mutual submission: An answer to what question?
Dan Popp
May 22, 2014

The preacher said he was taking his wedding homily from Ephesians 5. He said that in that chapter God enjoins "mutual submission" – wife to husband and . . .


Judging God for murder
Dan Popp
May 12, 2014

The death which men fear is the separation of the soul from the body. The true death, which men do not fear, is the separation of the soul from God. – . . .


Judging God: The so-called "problem of evil"
Dan Popp
May 6, 2014

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. – Joseph  . . .


Unregulated capitalism and other scary stories
Dan Popp
April 28, 2014

Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. – John F. Kennedy It feels like quite a while ago that the head of the . . .


Must the poor obey the law?
Dan Popp
April 16, 2014

To someone seeking power, the poorest man is the most useful. – Sallust Recently I lampooned Jeb Bush for saying that a crime becomes noble when it's . . .


Love crimes
Dan Popp
April 10, 2014

The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally, they come to our country because their families – the dad . . .


Word God, picture devil
Dan Popp
March 31, 2014

In the beginning was the Word. (John 1:1a, NAS95) There is a relationship between words and thinking. And a relationship between pictures and feeling. I . . .


States' wrongs
Dan Popp
March 17, 2014

Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing. – Ronald Reagan Imagine . . .


Are you a human being? Take this simple test
Dan Popp
March 9, 2014

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7, KJV)  . . .


Christians at the altar of Jupiter
Dan Popp
March 3, 2014

Now if you are ready...to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of . . .


About your "right" to my service...
Dan Popp
February 26, 2014

Today the conservative talkers are jawing about the supposed "balance" between a person's right not to be discriminated against, and a business owner's rights . . .


Save the world: Get a job
Dan Popp
February 16, 2014

I am death, the destroyer of worlds.... – Krishna (Bhagvad Gita) The Ministry of Truth has told us that Obamacare will kill 2.3 million jobs in the . . .


Coke's prayer
Dan Popp
February 6, 2014

If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be to the one who speaks a barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me. – (1 . . .


Propriety
Dan Popp
January 22, 2014

But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner. (1 Corinthians 14:40, NAS95) When our society rejected the concept of right, we lost an . . .


What is the illegal immigration problem?
Dan Popp
January 11, 2014

A problem well stated is a problem half solved. – Charles F. Kettering We hear a lot about the distressing and urgent problems of illegal immigration.  . . .


What did Jesus say about homosexuality?
Dan Popp
January 1, 2014

Much of this material was published earlier, in two parts. I hope this more cohesive and comprehensive form will be helpful to those researching and debating . . .


Redefining Christianity
Dan Popp
December 21, 2013

Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, . . .


RIP, Christmas
Dan Popp
December 8, 2013

When we say that [Confucians or Buddhists] also have temples and idols and priests and periodical festivals, we simply mean that this sort of heathen is enough . . .


When Jesus didn't help the poor
Dan Popp
November 28, 2013

Does need constitute a demand? Awhile back I wrote about the time when Jesus refused to feed a group of hungry people. There are only two possible . . .


Who's afraid of big, bad business?
Dan Popp
November 21, 2013

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. – Eric Hoffer We're taught from childhood to detest  . . .


Small Business Saturday -- because government can't think of all the stupid ideas
Dan Popp
November 12, 2013

We live in a quixotic age. Causes, with their Months, Colors, Ribbons and Events, parade before our consciousness in an almost continuous stream. A float . . .


Unacceptable
Dan Popp
November 6, 2013

Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles.... – Hamlet, Act II, . . .


Judging God
Dan Popp
October 31, 2013

Just are the ways of God, And justifiable to men. – John Milton I saw an atheist's cartoon in which God is saying, "Now I will torture you forever for . . .


We're-all-in-this-togetherism
Dan Popp
October 21, 2013

The CEO of Wal-Mart lies awake at night thinking of how to make my life better. The President of the United States does not. That's amazing, isn't it? The . . .


Fining the righteous
Dan Popp
October 11, 2013

It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness. (Proverbs 17:26, NAS95) When a conservative complains that . . .


Demoncrats: When the light in you is darkness
Dan Popp
October 6, 2013

Anyone that's familiar what the bible, anything like that, when Jesus said that you're going straight to hell if you didn't treat the less of his brothers and . . .


Pelosi's planet
Dan Popp
September 22, 2013

I've been trying to listen as we – this has been a morning that you can't even believe. On the floor of the House the Republicans are trying to cut $40 . . .


Norms!
Dan Popp
September 8, 2013

Wars are fought for one of two reasons: necessity, or arrogance. Now, I'll admit that "necessity" is tough to pin down. Is it a necessity for the US to defend . . .


Cowards
Dan Popp
August 31, 2013

...a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. – Declaration of . . .


Cracked conservatives
Dan Popp
August 13, 2013

For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no . . .


Honestly...
Dan Popp
August 5, 2013

Honestly, there's some truth in every stereotype. White men as a group really can't jump as well as some others, though they may be better at hockey. Asians . . .


Weinership
Dan Popp
July 26, 2013

The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men. – Samuel Adams By all standards of decency and common sense, the twice . . .


Peekin' at justice
Dan Popp
July 15, 2013

On a cool summer evening several years ago I heard a commotion in the street. Ours is normally a quiet street, so it was startling to hear what seemed like a . . .


Sheeptistics
Dan Popp
July 8, 2013

Four out of five dentists surveyed recommend sugarless gum for their patients who chew gum. – Old TV commercial I knew I'd found an honest dentist when . . .


Jesus and the death penalty: "Turn the other cheek"
Dan Popp
June 29, 2013

I conclude this series by dealing with the words of Jesus that are often brought up as an objection to the death penalty: "You have heard that it was said,  . . .


Jesus and the death penalty: "They may become Christians"
Dan Popp
June 23, 2013

In two previous essays I've tried to refute the weakest and the strongest objections to the death penalty. In this article I'll address the silliest. I don't . . .


Jesus and the death penalty: "Flaws in the system"
Dan Popp
June 16, 2013

In my previous article I responded to what I called the weakest objection to the death penalty: that God alone has the right to decide when any human life  . . .


Jesus and the death penalty: "Let God be God"
Dan Popp
June 10, 2013

Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. – Solomon  . . .


What did you think the IRS does?
Dan Popp
May 26, 2013

...the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron... – Paul (1 Timothy 4:12b, NAS95) Have you heard? The Internal . . .


The religion of secularism
Dan Popp
May 12, 2013

There is a religious war when two worlds meet; that is, when two visions of the world meet; or in more modern language when two moral atmospheres meet. – . . .


Shepherds vs. shamanists
Dan Popp
April 30, 2013

The dogmatism of science has become a new orthodoxy, disseminated by the Media and a State educational system with a thoroughness and subtlety far exceeding . . .


Miranda and other myths
Dan Popp
April 22, 2013

Senator Lindsay Graham started a firestorm for asserting that the surviving Boston bombing suspect need not be read his rights, as required by the Supreme Court . . .


"Open Communion"
Dan Popp
April 13, 2013

Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? – The Apostle . . .


Sodomy is a rite
Dan Popp
March 30, 2013

The term "gay Christian" is either an oxymoron, like "sunshiny night," or a non sequitur, like "spicy arithmetic." If the assertion is that someone can pursue . . .


A different slant on media bias
Dan Popp
March 19, 2013

Be careful, therefore, how you hear.... – Jesus (Luke 8:18a, Weymouth) Democrat pollster Pat Caddell has reinforced the sentiments of many people of . . .


Tea and anarchy
Dan Popp
March 14, 2013

What fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14b, NASB) I consider myself a Tea Party guy. If the Tea Party movement is against government . . .


Crime and preciousness
Dan Popp
March 8, 2013

Men are not hanged for stealing horses, but that horses may not be stolen. – George Savile I write often about the "Obamaphone" side of upside-down . . .


Fixing the fall
Dan Popp
February 24, 2013

So [God] drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way . . .


A just tax
Dan Popp
February 20, 2013

I appreciate the backers of the Flat Tax and the Fair Tax. Either of those proposals would be better than the current viper's nest we call a tax "system." But . . .


Surrenders sacred and profane
Dan Popp
February 5, 2013

First they came for the Communists but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists but I was not one . . .


Boy Scout compass
Dan Popp
January 31, 2013

On my honor, I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically . . .


The government vs. solutions
Dan Popp
January 22, 2013

...nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society's ills can be cured through government alone. – President Barack Obama, 2nd Inaugural Address  . . .


Judge not
Dan Popp
December 30, 2012

The devil's favorite scripture must be Matthew 7:1: "Judge not, that ye be not judged." (KJV) As it's commonly misinterpreted it means something like, "Don't . . .


Conservatives arguing badly
Dan Popp
December 18, 2012

The atrocity in Newtown, Connecticut has brought predictable calls for more restrictions on gun ownership. These calls aren't necessarily valid, based on the . . .


Handwringing about homosexuality
Dan Popp
December 6, 2012

Christians are sometimes challenged as to why we so strongly oppose the normalization of homosexual behavior. After all, there are worse sins — and more . . .


The unspeakable right
Dan Popp
November 24, 2012

The great and chief end, therefore, of men's uniting into commonwealths, and putting themselves under government, is the preservation of their property. — . . .


Envy
Dan Popp
November 16, 2012

You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or . . .


Lying
Dan Popp
November 9, 2012

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (Exodus 20:16, NASB) If the recent political campaign hasn't given us an aversion to falsehoods, what . . .


Theft
Dan Popp
October 30, 2012

You shall not steal. (Exodus 20:15, NASB) The ancient Hebrew language had no asterisk. If only the "ignorant shepherds" who "wrote the Bible" had possessed . . .


Adultery
Dan Popp
October 23, 2012

You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14, NASB) The Seventh Commandment reminds us that God's gift of marriage comes with the responsibility of lifelong . . .


Murder
Dan Popp
October 16, 2012

You shall not murder. (Exodus 20:13, NASB) In the Bible, God surprises us with His high regard for human life — and scandalizes us with His low regard . . .


Parents
Dan Popp
October 9, 2012

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you. (Exodus 20:12, NASB) The first four . . .


Rest
Dan Popp
October 2, 2012

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you . . .


Name
Dan Popp
September 25, 2012

You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain. (Exodus 20:7, NASB) We don't . . .


Images
Dan Popp
September 18, 2012

You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not . . .


God
Dan Popp
September 11, 2012

I am Yahweh, your God.... (Exodus 20:2a, WEB) Watching the video of the Democrat Convention delegates voting on whether to recognize God and Israel's capital . . .


Reincarnation or resurrection?
Dan Popp
September 4, 2012

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.  . . .


Foundations -- Competition? Waaaa!
Dan Popp
August 29, 2012

If you can't beat them, become a barbarian and whine about them. Oh, the unfairness of it all! Underneath the issues of the day are the principles of . . .


Foundations -- Taxing the poor
Dan Popp
August 22, 2012

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3, NKJV) This is another sample of the new radio feature, Foundations. Each day, in . . .


Foundations -- Talking monkeys
Dan Popp
August 15, 2012

Foundations is a new radio feature focusing on faith, family, the founding documents and free-market economics. We're currently seeking sponsors for national . . .


Safety nets and other snares, Part 5
Dan Popp
August 10, 2012

I heard one of those commercials again this morning. "One in five American children goes to bed hungry." If your common sense is calling shenanigans on this . . .


Safety nets and other snares, Part 4
Dan Popp
July 30, 2012

This series is a response to those conservatives who believe that government should provide a "safety net" for the unfortunate. For Christians, the strongest . . .


Safety nets and other snares, Part 3
Dan Popp
July 23, 2012

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series I've tried to show that the scriptures often used to justify government do-goodism will not serve the purpose. The God of . . .


Safety nets and other snares, Part 2
Dan Popp
July 17, 2012

We're continuing to look at why government almsgiving should not be done, before we move on to why it may not be done and cannot be done. In the first essay I . . .


Safety nets and other snares, Part 1
Dan Popp
July 10, 2012

This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the . . .


Who may interpret the Constitution?
Dan Popp
June 29, 2012

That which is not just is not law. — William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist In most of our recent discussions of constitutionality, the unchallenged . . .


Dunceberry
Dan Popp
June 26, 2012

The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the . . .


Obama may not be as wrong as you think
Dan Popp
June 19, 2012

Blind squirrels and stopped clocks mean that occasionally even a refugee from reality like President Obama may be closer to the truth than his conservative . . .


Presumption
Dan Popp
June 11, 2012

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress. — Mark Twain Next they're . . .


Poppouri
Dan Popp
May 30, 2012

Have you noticed that, whenever President Obama wants to take this country further down the road to hell, he mentions Jesus? And when he wants to inflict . . .


Awe
Dan Popp
May 22, 2012

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals . . .


Vulture valentine (a response to Stephen Kokx)
Dan Popp
May 14, 2012

Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. — Jesus (Matt. 24:28, NASB) Renew America columnist Stephen Kokx tackles a worthy subject in . . .


Revisiting the neighborhood effect
Dan Popp
May 8, 2012

If my neighbor were to start a hog farm next to my bedroom window, he would be lowering my quality of life. Economist Milton Friedman called such involuntary . . .


Warning: inhalation hazard
Dan Popp
April 29, 2012

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. — Jesus (Matthew 7:5. . . .


Free air
Dan Popp
April 17, 2012

I'll admit that I like free air. Who doesn't? You pull into the gas station, find the compressor, inflate your tires to the recommended pressure (thus saving . . .


Shamanism in shambles
Dan Popp
April 2, 2012

Learn from science that you must doubt the experts. As a matter of fact, I can also define science another way: Science is the belief in the ignorance of . . .


Lawless families
Dan Popp
March 22, 2012

Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (Hosea 4:6b, NASB) We've looked at lawlessness as it's expressed in our . . .


Lawless Christians
Dan Popp
March 10, 2012

Why do you call Me, "Lord, Lord"' and do not do what I say? — Jesus (Luke 6:46, NASB) In this series I've said that our lawless government is at least . . .


Lawless churches
Dan Popp
March 2, 2012

For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God.... — The Apostle Peter (1 Peter 4:17a, NASB) In the initial essay of this series I said . . .


Lawless law
Dan Popp
February 21, 2012

And there will not be different laws at Rome and at Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all . . .


Jesus' tax policy
Dan Popp
February 6, 2012

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right. — Abraham Lincoln Contrast . . .


Classless warfare
Dan Popp
January 31, 2012

Now, you can call this class warfare all you want. — President Barack Obama We have to give the proverbial devil his proverbial due. Mr. Obama does . . .


Tax illegal aliens
Dan Popp
January 24, 2012

The good news is, we have so many problems that they're starting to cancel each other out. Take, for example, the issues of illegal immigration and . . .


Scrooge was a "liberal"
Dan Popp
December 21, 2011

Man of the worldly mind! Do you believe in me or not? — Marley's Ghost Conservatives are sometimes called "Scrooge" by upside-downers. I wonder . . .


A labor union is a monopoly
Dan Popp
December 8, 2011

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious. — George Orwell There are lots of reasons to dislike labor unions. They . . .


Poppouri
Dan Popp
November 30, 2011

I've never been very good at self-deprecation. Don't get too excited about Washington's new "anti-bullying" campaign. The government doesn't want to stop . . .


What Jesus said about homosexuality -- Part 2
Dan Popp
November 18, 2011

In my previous essay I tried to show how two of Jesus' teachings bear on the issue of whether He condones homosexual behavior. These were words directly from . . .


What Jesus said about homosexuality -- Part 1
Dan Popp
November 14, 2011

It's another slogan that passes for thought among the thinking-averse: "Jesus didn't say anything about homosexuality...." The rest of the sentence remains . . .


A modest proposal
Dan Popp
November 2, 2011

We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society. — Hillary Clinton With all due respect to everyone else on . . .


Two nines too many
Dan Popp
October 18, 2011

All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome . . .


Christian giving: Concluding principles
Dan Popp
October 15, 2011

I'd like to recap the principles of Christ-like charity I've mentioned so far, then add a few more. We said that: Christian giving is centered on Christ.  . . .


Christian giving: Saints, then strangers
Dan Popp
October 8, 2011

The New Testament, without going into details, gives us a pretty clear hint of what a fully Christian society would be like. Perhaps it gives us more than we . . .


Christian giving: Family first
Dan Popp
October 1, 2011

Strangers devour his strength, and he knows it not. — Hosea 7:9a (ESV) The initial article of this short series showed an example of good giving that . . .


Christian giving
Dan Popp
September 22, 2011

For God so loved the world, that He gave.... I've written more than a few times about what Christian giving is not. So it seems incumbent on me to explain . . .


The left still loves slavery
Dan Popp
September 8, 2011

Everyone belongs to everyone else. — Aldous Huxley, Brave New World It would be funny to hear charges of right-wing racism, secret desires to lynch . . .


Obama's chocolate armor
Dan Popp
September 1, 2011

People forget that Barack Obama is a white man. He has the same number of white parents as black parents, and apparently no one may deny that he is a black man . . .


Gay is the opposite of married
Dan Popp
August 22, 2011

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. — Abraham Lincoln If we were to write . . .


Poppouri
Dan Popp
August 12, 2011

If nothing works, why don't we do that? If there are an infinite number of alternate universes, surely this is the only one where Barney Frank and Chris Dodd . . .


Jabberwocky
Dan Popp
August 5, 2011

Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch! — Lewis Carroll  . . .


Loopholes bad, Leninism good
Dan Popp
July 26, 2011

A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species. — . . .


Hidden in plain sight
Dan Popp
July 17, 2011

The base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are. — 1 . . .


Wise and simple
Dan Popp
July 8, 2011

So be as wise as snakes and as innocent as doves. — Jesus (Matt. 10:16b, CEV) Once again, thanks for taking time to participate with us in the Romans . . .


It takes all kinds
Dan Popp
June 29, 2011

The opening of Romans 15 is actually the summation of what Paul has been saying since Chapter 12: Although we've received the gifts of repentance, faith, . . .


Doubtful things
Dan Popp
June 17, 2011

All things are lawful, but not all things edify. — 1 Cor. 10:23b, NASB "Doubtful things" is an old-fashioned term for actions that aren't spelled out . . .


The sword
Dan Popp
June 5, 2011

...not avenging yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath, for it hath been written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will recompense again, saith the Lord." &mdash . . .


What this looks like
Dan Popp
May 24, 2011

As your discussion leader here at the Romans Book Club, I don't mind telling you that I'm relieved to have arrived at Chapter 12. In the first two-thirds of . . .


All
Dan Popp
May 11, 2011

At that time, says the LORD, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. — Jeremiah 31:1, NRSV The audience . . .


A divine symphony
Dan Popp
May 1, 2011

A great symphony may begin with a simple theme. Then the maestro leaves that melody and introduces another. When he returns to the original motif he expands . . .


Ears to hear
Dan Popp
April 21, 2011

If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead. — Jesus (Luke 16:31b ESV) We've been . . .


The rock at the end of the road
Dan Popp
April 12, 2011

For he said to them, "This is the rest; give rest to the weary, and this is the tranquility," but they would not listen. And the word of the Lord shall be for . . .


The other chosen people
Dan Popp
March 30, 2011

Helpful as they are, chapter and verse breaks in the Bible can obscure connections. The original recipients of Paul's letter to the Romans, when they got about . . .


Chosen
Dan Popp
March 21, 2011

See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.... Isaiah 49:16a, RSV I believe in predestination. Well, of course I do; I'm a Christian, and it's in . . .


Groans, then glory
Dan Popp
March 11, 2011

This one's dedicated to my sister, Jean. For all who are led by God's Spirit, and they alone, are the sons of God. [Romans 8:14 Con] That nuclear . . .


The (real) secret
Dan Popp
March 1, 2011

Welcome, or welcome back, to the Romans Book Club. Like many of us, the wretched man of Chapter 7 was baffled as to why he couldn't obey God. Who will deliver . . .


Je, misιrable
Dan Popp
February 19, 2011

Of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself, or of someone else? (Acts 8:34b, NASB) That's the controversial question surrounding the latter part of . . .


Very cold feet
Dan Popp
February 9, 2011

"I Have Lost My Clay," said the golem. YES, said Death, THAT IS STANDARD. YOU ARE DEAD. SMASHED. EXPLODED INTO A MILLION PIECES. "Then Who Is This Doing . . .


Awl in
Dan Popp
January 31, 2011

Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you're gonna have to serve somebody. — Bob Dylan We paused our trek through Romans at Chapter 6, . . .


Reports of my death were not exaggerated
Dan Popp
January 20, 2011

The first two-and-a-half chapters of Romans are devoted to humanity's root problem: rebellion, which brings wretchedness, religiosity and ruin. The next two . . .


Adam, Jesus, and you
Dan Popp
January 10, 2011

In Adam's fall, we sinned all. That opening line of a children's primer was the first sentence printed in the New World. I think it's still true that if we . . .


Hope above hope
Dan Popp
December 30, 2010

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into . . .


Good will toward (bad) men
Dan Popp
December 21, 2010

Today it's a clichι to call Abraham "the father of faith" — but only because we don't understand its implications. The first-century Jews did. Paul . . .


James vs. Paul?
Dan Popp
December 11, 2010

When the Romans Book Club last convened, we read this from the pen of the apostle Paul: What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according . . .


God's checklist
Dan Popp
December 2, 2010

It wasn't long after God had emancipated the sons of Israel that many of them wanted to go back to Egypt. But it's the same with us: When Jesus frees us . . .


But...
Dan Popp
November 15, 2010

If it's possible that Paul's letter to the Christians in Rome is the most significant document ever penned, then Chapter 3 might be the pivotal chapter of that . . .


Objection!
Dan Popp
November 5, 2010

After Paul had finished telling the religious people that they were no better in God's true accounting than the pagans, he wisely paused to field objections.  . . .


Jews, too
Dan Popp
October 26, 2010

All our righteous acts are like filthy rags. — Isaiah 64:6b NIV Welcome back to our Romans book club. Please use the coasters. At our last meeting we . . .


First, the bad news
Dan Popp
October 16, 2010

Marley was dead: to begin with. So opens Charles Dickens' beloved A Christmas Carol. It reminds me of the beginning of another great story — the . . .


Romans: The most important book ever written
Dan Popp
October 6, 2010

The Bible has proven itself over millennia to be the most valuable book that humanity possesses. Nothing else even comes close to coming close. But just as a . . .


They'll never miss it
Dan Popp
September 10, 2010

No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, . . .


Poppouri
Dan Popp
August 31, 2010

The "two consenting adults" test works only if there is no God. If God exists, and if He has been known to exterminate societies that make it all the way to . . .


Confused about Obama's faith? So is he
Dan Popp
August 20, 2010

Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? — Jesus (Luke 6:46 NASB) Some people are confused about Barack Obama's religion. Other people are . . .


Why disbelievers can't understand the Bible
Dan Popp
August 10, 2010

Speak, LORD, for Thy servant is listening. — 1 Samuel 3:9 NASB These days it seems that every time you turn around you hear another nonsensical leftist  . . .


LeBron-onomics
Dan Popp
July 29, 2010

Your money does not cause my poverty. Refusal to believe this is at the bottom of most bad economic thinking. — P.J. O'Rourke LeBron James is, from what I . . .


Deadbrains
Dan Popp
July 20, 2010

Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by . . .


Bleating hearts
Dan Popp
July 15, 2010

Of the few scriptures that could be taken out of context to support the notion of Christian socialism, Jesus' prophecy about The Sheep and the Goats may be the . . .


Blessed are the bankrupt?
Dan Popp
July 7, 2010

In the past few articles I've tried to bring forth biblical support for my argument that Jesus Christ was no socialist. But Stalin can also cite Scripture for . . .


Destined unequal
Dan Popp
June 28, 2010

He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. — Hebrews 11:6b NASB To say that God uses rewards and . . .


"No soup for you!" -- Jesus
Dan Popp
June 17, 2010

So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall . . .


God, the capitalist
Dan Popp
June 8, 2010

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. — Jesus (John 10:10) To call Jesus a socialist . . .


Church and statism
Dan Popp
May 27, 2010

Some [who] oppose immigration reform are sitting in those pews, and you have to tell them that this is a manifestation of our living the gospels. — Speaker of . . .


Pulling the plug
Dan Popp
May 3, 2010

An enemy has done this. — Jesus (Matthew 13:28) Ohio is a state in decline, if not free-fall. The left's War on Reality has made my state an increasingly . . .


Poppouri
Dan Popp
April 14, 2010

Reverend Obama doesn't want to be my "brother's keeper." He wants to be my money's keeper. When the Federal Government tries to boost education, test scores . . .


Rights 2.0
Dan Popp
April 5, 2010

A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of . . .


The common good
Dan Popp
March 28, 2010

So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not authorize the least violation of it; no, not even for the general good of the . . .


The nothing-thumpers
Dan Popp
March 19, 2010

By the pricking of my thumbs Something wicked this way comes. — Shakespeare (Macbeth) I saw something disturbing today. It's a short video designed for the . . .


Wealth and wellness
Dan Popp
March 11, 2010

Primum non nocere — First, do no harm. Prosperous people are healthier overall than poor people. Rich societies can afford things like better hospitals, . . .


We don't need a healthcare system
Dan Popp
March 1, 2010

All systems either of preference or of restraint, therefore, being thus completely taken away, the obvious and simple system of natural liberty establishes . . .


Potshots at capitalism -- a response to Don Cobb
Dan Popp
February 22, 2010

Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, . . .


Democracy hypocrisy
Dan Popp
February 15, 2010

It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false . . .


Leftist fairy tale #2: we won the war on poverty!
Dan Popp
February 6, 2010

The days of the dole in this country are numbered. — President Lyndon Johnson, August 20, 1964 As far as I've been able to determine, socialism has never . . .


Mr. President, please stop helping us
Dan Popp
January 26, 2010

I am always afraid of your "something shall be done." — Titus Maccius Plautus Dear President Obama, As I write this, you are polishing your "State of the . . .


The early church and salvation
Dan Popp
January 12, 2010

How can a man be righteous before God? (Job 9:2b NKJV) This is the Question of all questions, isn't it? More important than Where did I come from, or What . . .


Poppouri
Dan Popp
December 30, 2009

If government can create jobs, why do welfare programs exist? The latest cowardly and incompetent attack by al Qaeda, on Christmas Day 2009, surely brought . . .


Mush of a mushness
Dan Popp
December 21, 2009

Down with the great All which annoys me! Long live Zero, who leaves me at peace. — The Senator, in Victor Hugo's Les Miserables Some months ago my local . . .


The early church and spiritual gifts
Dan Popp
December 12, 2009

And these signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and . . .


Leftist fairy tale #1: The Acts of the Communist Apostles
Dan Popp
December 2, 2009

When an unfortunate human being loses his grip on reality, he receives free care at what we used to call an asylum. When a lot of them crack up, they take over . . .


The early church and hell
Dan Popp
November 24, 2009

The difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and proselytize. There's the belief, . . .


Get a job
Dan Popp
November 9, 2009

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide people into two kinds, and those who don't. — Unknown I'm starting to think that one of the . . .


Assumptions and anachronisms: A response to Eric Giunta
Dan Popp
November 2, 2009

I knew that my article The early church, the bread, and the wine would be controversial. I didn't expect, however, that it would be read as an attack. Let me . . .


The early church, the bread, and the wine
Dan Popp
October 29, 2009

Communion. The Lord's Supper. The early Christians most often called this cherished rite "The Thanksgiving" — which in Greek is "Eucharist." Instead of . . .


The early church and abortion
Dan Popp
October 20, 2009

You shall not murder. — Exodus 20:13 The unborn child is a human life. Is that a new idea? Consider this assertion from a "Gender Studies" professor (and . . .


Does Jesus hate the rich?
Dan Popp
October 9, 2009

Kids really do "say the darnedest things." And Leftists, being perpetual children, come up with some corkers. They're never funnier than when they're trying . . .


The early church and the Trinity
Dan Popp
September 22, 2009

Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. — Jude 3b, NASB One of the more fantastical myths about the early church is . . .


The early church
Dan Popp
September 16, 2009

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. — Proverbs 25:2, NASB This is not all Dan Brown's fault.  . . .


Protector or provider -- how do you like your government?
Dan Popp
August 31, 2009

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom. — . . .


Socialized scriptures
Dan Popp
August 17, 2009

The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion. — Karl Marx When people say to you that government confiscation and . . .


The first No
Dan Popp
August 10, 2009

Democracy is the road to socialism. — Karl Marx The final No is daunting to contemplate. "No, you cannot take my property." "I will not let you indoctrinate . . .


Myth of the middle class
Dan Popp
July 27, 2009

Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our . . .


Stand and deliver!
Dan Popp
July 10, 2009

What the government gives it must first take away. — John Strider Coleman The movie Stand and Deliver is about an inner-city math teacher who "dedicates his . . .


Pimping science
Dan Popp
June 29, 2009

The dogmatism of science has become a new orthodoxy, disseminated by the Media and a State educational system with a thoroughness and subtlety far exceeding . . .


"Rationing? What rationing?!?"
Dan Popp
June 22, 2009

No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make decisions for yourselves. But . . .


Magical thinking
Dan Popp
June 9, 2009

The U.S. government is dictating to businesses what products they can sell, where, to whom, and for what price. It has set lower limits on the wages of some . . .


Dear Pastor
Dan Popp
June 1, 2009

Dear Pastor, Over the years I've been privileged to work with a fair number of Christian ministers, of all stripes. This personal experience has given me . . .


Triangulating health care
Dan Popp
May 20, 2009

It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, . . .


The robber religion
Dan Popp
May 12, 2009

Socialism is not merely the labor question, or the question of the so-called fourth estate, it is above all things the atheistic question, the question of the . . .


The fatherless child and the granny state
Dan Popp
April 30, 2009

This column is dedicated to my father, who is not thanked enough. In Loco Parentis From the wild Irish slums of the 19th century eastern seaboard, to the . . .


"Green jobs"
Dan Popp
April 22, 2009

I have to beg the reader's pardon for all the "quotation marks" in this column. The office supply store had them "on sale" — "All slightly dented punctuation . . .


Just taxes -- Principles 9 and 10, conclusion
Dan Popp
April 15, 2009

We have said that taxes are rightly due to fund government's God-given mission of protecting lives and property; and we've hauled several kinds of taxes before . . .


Just taxes -- Principles 6, 7 and 8
Dan Popp
April 7, 2009

In the first and second articles in this series I laid out five principles that could be part of a just tax system. Always keeping in mind that taxes are . . .


Just taxes -- Principles 3, 4 and 5
Dan Popp
March 28, 2009

In the first installment in this series I asserted that government exists to protect people and property, and that taxes are righteous, or "just," when . . .


Just taxes -- Introduction, principles 1 and 2
Dan Popp
March 20, 2009

"There is no such thing as a good tax." — Winston Churchill Our civilization has declined to the point that we have forgotten why governments exist, why . . .


A re-declaration of constitutional government
Dan Popp
March 13, 2009

Many Americans feel powerless to stop the outrageous and ongoing abuses by the federal government. They see as their only two choices: "write your congressman" . . .


A greater danger: A new attack on America
Dan Popp
November 24, 2003

Everyone knows what happened on the date September 11, 2001. But what about 11/18/03? On that awful day America was attacked again — by a more insidious . . .


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