One Nation Under God

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Christian Beliefs, Discipleship, General Rant, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking, US Politics | 0 comments

I’m not a politician. But I keep up with public policy because policy is all about how we treat each other. For me, theology is the guideline for how we should treat each other. But in modern life, that’s not usually how people make decisions, even if they are religious. Secular life has taught us that the determination for our actions is most often given to us by market factors. Am I going to make money doing this? Is this going to...

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Fulfilling the Plans of a Dead Man: Remembering 9-11

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Discipleship, General Rant, Main, US Politics | 3 comments

Twelve years ago, I began my day by feeding my son while my wife went for a walk with some friends and neighbors. A poor parsonage family, we didn’t have cable back then. But we did have an arial antenna that picked up the local NBC affiliate. The Today Show was providing background noise. While my son finished his breakfast and my daughter was making sounds like she was finally waking up, I saw what I thought was a movie trailer. The...

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Pulling the Trigger: To Fire or Not to Fire on Syria?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking, US Politics | 0 comments

I spent my free time this morning reviewing the transcript from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. Why would I do that? Because the conversation lasted more than 5 minutes, and that’s all you’ll get from the best of coverage from practically every news agency out there — unless you read the transcripts published online. I was compelled to do so because I heard a paradox in the presentation. President Obama says...

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Not Guilty: What the Zimmerman Trial Should Have Been About

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, Main, Society at Large, US Politics | 1 comment

Just a few moments ago, word came out via AP newswire that George Zimmerman has been found not-guilty in the 2nd Degree Murder of Trayvon Martin. From what I can tell of Florida’s law as it has been described in the news media, Zimmerman was acting in accordance with it. But was George Zimmerman acting in accordance with good judgment? Was he acting in accordance with common sense? The larger questions that surround Zimmerman’s...

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Root Causes

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Economics, General Rant, Main, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 0 comments

Have you noticed that corruption and decay touch our lives constantly? I see problems in society and culture, across a variety of communities and in every strata of our existence. But do we know the root causes? When my kids act up, I always ask them a simple question. “What was the problem here?” No matter what the answer, “I yelled at my sister,” or “I didn’t take out the trash,” or “I...

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DOMA, SCOTUS, and You

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in General Rant, Main, Methodism, Society at Large, US Politics | 7 comments

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) declared unconstitutional sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). You likely have an opinion. I do, too. I’d like our opinions to meet, have coffee, and learn from each other. Here’s mine. The ruling of the Supreme Court makes perfect sense if you understand that the Constitution is the operative document. The ruling of the Supreme Court makes no sense if you think that...

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