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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Compassion: The Tool of Choice for the Discerning Christian

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, Discipleship, General Rant, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 4 comments

I was always taught to use the right tool for the job. Now, that doesn’t mean that my dad, who was a contractor for much of his life, was above using the backside of a big old wrench to knock down a nail that was sticking up. But it does mean that I rarely force a flat bladed screwdriver into a phillips head screw. So when I see Christians wielding “righteous indignation” at the sins of their neighbors, I cringe. There are...

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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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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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