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.

Don't surrender your sanity
Dan Popp
September 14, 2021

Does believing you're the last sane man on the planet make you crazy? – Del Spooner, I, Robot One of the silver linings to the Covid cloud is that we . . .

Seven ways we can know that America is not systemically racist
Dan Popp
July 2, 2021

Dennis Prager recently wrote an article asking, "If America is racist, why have millions of blacks emigrated here?" You can find his essay on dennisprager.com . . .

What comes after post-truth? Weaponized fantasy
Dan Popp
January 31, 2021

I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. – Richard P. Feynman It's funny, isn't it? The ones who, . . .

The new race
Dan Popp
October 18, 2020

I used to be a white person. But I transitioned. The current turmoil about race is artificial. It is manufactured. It is a lie. God solved all of our . . .

Which lives matter?
Dan Popp
September 3, 2020

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death. (Proverbs 14:27, NASB) Imagine that you come across a man about to kill a . . .

Dr. Fauci unmasks the expert class
Dan Popp
August 1, 2020

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. (James 3:1, NKJV) The nation's coronavirus shaman, Dr. . . .

The losing of the American mind
Dan Popp
July 25, 2020

Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways. Reclothe us in our rightful mind.... – John Greenleaf Whittier I speak today for the . . .

Face masks, freedom, and fake science
Dan Popp
July 3, 2020

If we want to be able to go out and live our lives, this mask is a symbol of freedom. – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, in a quote I am not making up.  . . .

Work is food
Dan Popp
April 21, 2020

By the sweat of your face you will eat bread.... – Genesis 3:19, NASB "Who cares about the economy when are lives are at stake?" Have you heard . . .

The "living Constitution" has died
Dan Popp
January 26, 2020

I haven't been paying much attention to the Democrat Self-Removal show on TV. Somebody please let me know when the President Pence t-shirts will be available.  . . .

The census, illegals, and the 3/5 compromise
Dan Popp
July 14, 2019

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, . . .

Socialism? What Socialism?
Dan Popp
February 28, 2019

If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist. – Karl Marx Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in . . .

The birthday party (a parable)
Dan Popp
January 10, 2019

"Cindy, come sit down; I want to talk to you." From her father's tone of voice, Cindy couldn't tell whether this would be a good talk or a bad talk. She sat.  . . .

And the government will be upon his shoulders
Dan Popp
December 3, 2018

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, . . .

Little beasts
Dan Popp
November 14, 2018

But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of . . .

Darwin's razor
Dan Popp
September 24, 2018

Here's something I've been wondering about. According to Darwinism, we need three things for new kinds of plants and animals to come into being: 1. We need . . .

Democratic socialism is an oxymoron
Dan Popp
August 5, 2018

A society which is socialist cannot also be democratic, in the sense of guaranteeing individual freedom. – Milton Friedman With all the folks . . .

Fish in a barrel
Dan Popp
May 27, 2018

Let's say you had some fish...in a barrel...and people kept shooting them. Let's say that the fish were important to you for some reason, and you didn't want . . .

A shooting at nihilism school
Dan Popp
April 1, 2018

Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear.... There are NO gods, NO purposes, NO goal-directed forces of any kind.  . . .

The box (a parable)
Dan Popp
March 19, 2018

I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of . . .

Water, wine and worlds
Dan Popp
March 11, 2018

... by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water.... (2 Peter 3:5b, NAS95) When John opened his . . .

How Republicans could win the shutdown
Dan Popp
January 22, 2018

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. – Thomas Jefferson, 1824 As . . .

What would a renewed America look like?
Dan Popp
January 13, 2018

He says, "We'll walk right through heaven's door And proudly raise our heads" I say, "Man you must be dreaming; Our hands are covered blood red." – . . .

The only begotten
Dan Popp
December 11, 2017

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14, NAS95) . . .

The left is a death cult
Dan Popp
October 9, 2017

Of late years wealth has made us greedy, and self-indulgence has brought us, through every form of sensual excess, to be, if I may so put it, in love with death . . .

These dishonored dead
Dan Popp
August 21, 2017

The current fever to tear down statues of Confederate Generals – and others, possibly yet to include the Founders of the country – is a study in . . .

The cure for racism
Dan Popp
August 14, 2017

...And He made from one man every nation [ethnos] of mankind.... (Acts 17:26a, NAS95) Since I've written against black racism and those who profit by it, it . . .

Al Gore's upside-down abolitionism
Dan Popp
August 6, 2017

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY – George Orwell, 1984 The most obvious truth is that some people cannot see obvious truth. When a man or a woman rejects God, . . .

Dan Popp
July 24, 2017

If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us . . .

Civilization and "values"
Dan Popp
July 10, 2017

If there be some nations which allow civilization to be torn from their grasp, there are others who trample it themselves under their feet. – Alexis de . . .

I stand with Shakespeare
Dan Popp
June 20, 2017

This was the most unkindest cut of all.... – William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Through the past few years we've watched in revulsion as barbarians . . .

Hell is foundational
Dan Popp
June 17, 2017

In recent essays I've said that Hell is separation and that Hell is good. I'd like to conclude this little series with some unconnected thoughts on hell. If . . .

Hell is good
Dan Popp
June 12, 2017

In my previous essay I affirmed, against heretics like William Paul Young, that Hell is separation. Now I'd like to explain why Hell is good. That won't be as . . .

Hell is good
Dan Popp
June 8, 2017

In my previous essay I affirmed, against heretics like William Paul Young, that Hell is separation. Now I'd like to explain why Hell is good. That won't be . . .

Hell is separation
Dan Popp
June 5, 2017

If there is any concept which cannot by any conjuring be removed from the teaching of Our Lord, it is that of the great separation; the sheep and the goats, the . . .

Paying for our own execution
Dan Popp
May 29, 2017

The Muzmurderer of Manchester was paid, fed and educated by the parents of his victims. Oh, they didn't do it intentionally, no. But their tax dollars went . . .

The government pays your doctor to talk to you about death
Dan Popp
May 15, 2017

On January 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began reimbursing for advance care planning (ACP) as a payable service for traditional . . .

The six evenings and mornings of Creation
Dan Popp
May 8, 2017

...on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed. – Deuteronomy 19:15b, NAS95 There are so many Bible expositors and scholars . . .

The press defends 1/5 of the First Amendment
Dan Popp
May 3, 2017

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the . . .

Chasing little green men
Dan Popp
April 20, 2017

What is the warm underground ocean [of Saturn moon Enceladus] really like and could life have evolved there? These questions remain to be answered by future . . .

This is what unconstitutional government looks like
Dan Popp
April 10, 2017

But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever. – John Adams I had intended to . . .

God is light
Dan Popp
April 3, 2017

We're often told that "God is love." But John, the Apostle of Love, didn't give us that statement until Chapter 4 of his first letter. He started that Epistle . . .

What if the government couldn't play church?
Dan Popp
March 20, 2017

If we've learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we cannot federalize virtue. – George H.W. Bush America has a state religion.  . . .

Republicans push a bill they would have fought 7 years ago
Dan Popp
March 8, 2017

Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. – Eric Hoffer The "Republicans" have introduced an antidote for Obamacare, and – . . .

Did the sun stand still for Joshua - scientifically?
Dan Popp
February 27, 2017

Scoffers love to laugh at the Old Testament miracle of the "sun standing still." But the writer of this account may be more scientific than his critics. Let . . .

Take my culture - please
Dan Popp
February 15, 2017

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, NAS95)  . . .

Anyone miss "patriarchy" yet?
Dan Popp
February 6, 2017

Merv Griffin: What's happened to our country? What's wrong with our children? Why are our families falling apart? What's missing? Lucille Ball: Papa's . . .

March of the parasluts
Dan Popp
January 26, 2017

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, NAS95) A human . . .

Move over, Thelma; Louise is driving now
Dan Popp
January 23, 2017

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.... – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities One sign of the disintegration of our society is that . . .

Dan Popp
December 14, 2016

The English-speaking world has been robbed of much of the beauty and power of the Christmas song we know as O Holy Night. The original French lyrics drip with . . .

John Glenn was no hero of mine
Dan Popp
December 12, 2016

The righteousness of a righteous man will not deliver him in the day of his transgression.... (Ezekiel 33:12b, NAS95) In the Sixties, astronauts were our . . .

Atheism's failures in practice disprove the theory
Dan Popp
December 6, 2016

We're told that if we can make accurate predictions based on a theory, then that theory must be true. It's the defense that Darwinists often put forth. Of . . .

Good tyranny
Dan Popp
November 21, 2016

Is it consistent with democracy to institute the most meddlesome, all-encompassing and restrictive government, provided that it be publicly chosen and that it . . .

Civics for snowflakes
Dan Popp
November 12, 2016

In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. – Thomas . . .

Prophecy and presidential politics
Dan Popp
October 28, 2016

If God has decreed that Donald Trump shall be our next President, as some assure us, then two things are immediately obvious: First, that no one needs to vote . . .

Montanism, legalism and Trumpism
Dan Popp
October 22, 2016

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son.... (Hebrews 1:1,  . . .

The price for abandoning principle
Dan Popp
October 9, 2016

...to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me. Amen. – Martin Luther We're taught that there may . . .

After the end of America
Dan Popp
October 7, 2016

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3 NAS95) The question is not whether judgment is coming. God has judged, is judging, . . .

Is voting gambling?
Dan Popp
September 10, 2016

Trump supporters say that, even though we don't know what he would do as President, he's a better gamble than Hillary. This is expressed in phrases like  . . .

The compassion monster
Dan Popp
August 22, 2016

May God bless and keep the Tsar...far away from us! – Rabbi, "Fiddler on the Roof" There are a lot of conservatives carping at President Obama because . . .

Who is fit to lead?
Dan Popp
August 10, 2016

The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men. – Samuel Adams Today, when some people are abandoning long-held voting . . .

The perils of presidential pragmatism
Dan Popp
July 24, 2016

Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains. – Thomas . . .

Bad kings: Trump, Hillary and God's judgment
Dan Popp
July 19, 2016

Behold, we are slaves today, and as to the land which You gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its bounty, behold, we are slaves in it. Its abundant . . .

Young black men and authority
Dan Popp
July 11, 2016

From the wild Irish slums of the 19th century eastern seaboard, to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: A . . .

Brexit and the bogeyman of globalism
Dan Popp
June 29, 2016

Imagine there's no countries. It isn't hard to do. / Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion, too. / Imagine all the people living life in peace. – . . .

Explaining 'Never Trump'
Dan Popp
June 23, 2016

This article originally misidentified the guest host in question as Mark Belling. It was Mark Davis. The author deeply regrets the error. On June 22nd, . . .

Gov. and marriage
Dan Popp
June 13, 2016

The family is the basic building block of society. Marriage is the foundation of the family. I'm sorry to open with clichés, but we must agree on these . . .

Libertarians vs. Jesus: Are all taxes theft?
Dan Popp
June 5, 2016

These are dark times for thoughtful Christian voters. Faced with the likelihood of two amoral nominees from the major parties, it's natural for us to look for . . .

Is identity declared, or discovered?
Dan Popp
May 28, 2016

Oh wad some power the giftie gie us To see oursel's as others see us! – Robert Burns We all find ourselves here. We don't know how we got here, or . . .

Dan Popp
May 17, 2016

Now all the authorities, they just stand around and boast / How they blackmailed the sergeant-at-arms into leaving his post. – Bob Dylan, "Just Like Tom . . .

Body of error
Dan Popp
May 3, 2016

Archimedes said, "Give me a place to stand and a lever long enough, and I will move the world." Sometimes we remember the lever but forget the equally . . .

The war on God goes to the bathroom
Dan Popp
April 26, 2016

Girls will be boys and boys will be girls / It's a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world.... – "Lola" by Ray Davies People say that God has a sense of . . .

Did Jesus repudiate "an eye for an eye"?
Dan Popp
April 18, 2016

Donald Trump knows as much about the Bible as he does about economics, the Constitution, military strategy or history – which is to say, nothing. But in . . .

Is abortion murder, or not?
Dan Popp
April 2, 2016

The law...does not enjoin that which pleases a weak, frail man, but, without any regard to persons, commands that which is good and punishes evil in all, . . .

Make your own job
Dan Popp
March 22, 2016

Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself. – Thomas Jefferson "Used ta be that ya graduated from high school and went ta work at the . . .

Brother John's traveling charlatan show
Dan Popp
March 1, 2016

The good make use of this world in order to enjoy God, whereas the evil want to make use of God in order to enjoy the world. – Augustine There's . . .

Why nine?
Dan Popp
February 24, 2016

To live by one man's will, became the cause of all men's misery. – Richard Hooker A nation subject to the whims of one person is the evil from which . . .

Which is better: Doing good, or following rules?
Dan Popp
February 16, 2016

In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. – Thomas . . .

Dan Popp
February 12, 2016

Jesus, Government, Charity – pick any two. Calling Hillary Clinton "dishonest" is like calling a snake "serpentine." When I was your age, I never . . .

Smoot, Hawley, and Trump
Dan Popp
February 1, 2016

No nation was ever ruined by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous. – Benjamin Franklin If you could either make a dress for $100 or buy one . . .

Who are the children of God?
Dan Popp
January 24, 2016

The little letter of First John rebuts a lot of the nonsense coming from false teachers today. I'm thinking especially of the tripe that "We're all God's . . .

If God, then impeachment – redux
Dan Popp
January 12, 2016

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: But if you think he's lawless, circumventing the Constitution, are you going to move to impeach? PAUL RYAN: No, I'm not. I have a . . .

Cruz' cowardly VAT
Dan Popp
November 30, 2015

Taxation without representation is tyranny. – James Otis Senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is surely one of the most courageous people on . . .

Quarantining Islam
Dan Popp
November 22, 2015

Christianity, however degraded and distorted by cruelty and intolerance, must always exert a modifying influence on men's passions, and protect them from the . . .

Separation of school and state
Dan Popp
November 15, 2015

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow. They'll learn much more than I'll ever know. – "What a Wonderful World" (lyrics by Bob Thiele and George David . . .

Sing it now, hear it later
Dan Popp
October 30, 2015

There is a house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun. / It's been the ruin of many a poor boy, and God, I know I'm one. – Traditional We used to . . .

Real thought crime
Dan Popp
October 17, 2015

To preach hatred of the rich man as such, to carry on a campaign of slander and invective against him, to seek to mislead and inflame to madness honest men . . .

"She took an oath"
Dan Popp
September 19, 2015

In our laws ... by the oath which they prescribe, we appeal to the Supreme Being so to deal with us hereafter as we observe the obligation of our oaths. – . . .

Call no man "Pope"
Dan Popp
September 14, 2015

And you shall cry out in that day from the face of the king, whom you have chosen to yourselves: and the Lord will not hear you in that day, because you desired . . .

The killer who got justice had to give it to himself
Dan Popp
August 28, 2015

And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground." (Genesis 4:10, NKJV) Two multiple murderers were . . .

Righteousness: America's rejected foundation-stone
Dan Popp
August 18, 2015

For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14b, NKJV) A society without a common . . .

Where is the call for "humiliation, fasting and prayer"?
Dan Popp
July 16, 2015

In times of impending calamity and distress; when the liberties of America are imminently endangered by the secret machinations and open assaults of an . . .

The left's abuse of language makes us all less human
Dan Popp
July 3, 2015

If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be . . .

God is not mocked
Dan Popp
June 26, 2015

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7, NKJV) Let's ponder for a moment what the Supreme . . .

Why scoffers can't understand the Bible
Dan Popp
June 21, 2015

Great is the anger of God when He does not correct sins, but punishes blindness with blindness. – Jerome Did you know that, in the Old Testament, God . . .

Scoffers can't understand the Bible
Dan Popp
June 17, 2015

In preparation for revising an article I wrote a few years ago called, Why disbelievers can't understand the Bible I started to find some basic scriptures that . . .

You can't take your sin to heaven, Mr. Campolo
Dan Popp
June 11, 2015

Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in . . .

It's Jesus, not Yeshua
Dan Popp
June 8, 2015

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21, NKJV) Christians must avoid . . .

Bulverism and "science denial"
Dan Popp
May 30, 2015

You are the dumbest smart person I have ever met in my life. – Del Spooner, I, Robot After watching a panel discussion on C-SPAN called "Anti-Science: . . .

Law is for the lawless
Dan Popp
May 27, 2015

There's a marvelous passage of Scripture that reveals how far we've drifted from the true understanding of . . .

Dan Popp
May 6, 2015

When is a politician going to consider the feelings of those of us who feel that government is not about feelings? Individuals are of no consequence to a . . .

The puppet priestess of paganism
Dan Popp
April 27, 2015

There are three things that are never satisfied, Four never say, "Enough!": The grave, The barren womb, The earth that is not satisfied with water – And . . .

Are there two Christian views of government, per Sean Parr?
Dan Popp
April 19, 2015

When Sean Parr first objected to my essay Is libertarianism anti-Christian?, he insisted that we define libertarianism very narrowly. The term would exclude a . . .

Nowhere Woman
Dan Popp
April 14, 2015

He's a real Nowhere Man / Sitting in his Nowhere Land / Making all his nowhere plans for nobody. – John Lennon The purpose of this essay isn't to . . .

The Resurrection -- God up in our grille
Dan Popp
April 4, 2015

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world . . .

To Sean Parr's defense of Christian libertarianism
Dan Popp
March 23, 2015

How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him. – Elijah (1 Kings 18:20b, NKJV) It used to . . .

The lie we believe about respect
Dan Popp
March 16, 2015

Have you ever wondered why we have a holiday for love, but no holiday for respect? No, you probably haven't. Culture shapes our thoughts without us knowing it . . .

The lie we believe about faith
Dan Popp
February 16, 2015

In the musical The King and I, the King of Siam calls Moses a "fool" for writing that God created the world in only six days. The English governess replies,  . . .

Terrible deeds in the name of Christ
Dan Popp
February 7, 2015

For the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. (Exodus 20:7b, NKJV) You've heard Barack Obama's prayer breakfast line: "Unless [sic] we . . .

Delegitimizing jihad -- Obama and Harf may be onto something
Dan Popp
January 25, 2015

All Americans must recognize that the face of terror is not the true faith – face of Islam. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people . . .

Faithless force
Dan Popp
January 10, 2015

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  . . .

Dan Popp
January 4, 2015

Most of our rulers will not content themselves with governing the people collectively: it would seem as if they thought themselves responsible for the actions . . .

Dan Popp
December 20, 2014

So do errors and false opinions contaminate the life, if the reasonable soul itself be depraved, as it was at that time in me, who was ignorant that it must be . . .

The imposter in the manger
Dan Popp
December 15, 2014

For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel . . .

Why manned space flight?
Dan Popp
December 7, 2014

And they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves...." – Genesis 11:4a, NKJV  . . .

Musings on authority and law in the firelight of Ferguson
Dan Popp
November 27, 2014

From the wild Irish slums of the 19th century eastern seaboard, to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history: A . . .

Dan Popp
November 24, 2014

There is no accounting for the caprices of madmen; and, in my opinion as well as in that of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether, it is never safe to permit them to . . .

Jesus and the dog-lady
Dan Popp
November 16, 2014

Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying,  . . .

And now... more of the same
Dan Popp
November 10, 2014

[The purpose of a written constitution is] to bind up the several branches of government by certain laws, which, when they transgress, their acts shall become . . .

Dan Popp
November 1, 2014

Erasist: A person who thinks he can erase your argument by calling you names. If you think that voting to tax your neighbor is different than robbing him . . .

Is libertarianism anti-Christian?
Dan Popp
October 21, 2014

Libertarianism is, as the name implies, the belief in liberty. Libertarians believe that each person owns his own life and property and has the right to make . . .

America at non-war
Dan Popp
October 12, 2014

The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have . . .

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. – José 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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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. — . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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, misérable
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 cliché 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 . . .

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 . . .

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, . . .

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 . . .

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  . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 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 . . .

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  . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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" . . .

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