“All You Gotta Do”

My wise mother says as a boy I viewed all problems as easily solvable. “All you gotta do,” I would say to her and then make the complicated overly simple. The solutions were not even always wrong, just ignorant of the unintended consequences of the change.  Mom taught me that solutions are often worse than the [Read More...]

Don’t Be NICE: Advise the Presidential Candidates on President’s Day

Tomorrow is the worst holiday in the secular calendar: Presidents’ Day. We do not have a Supreme Court Day or a Congress Day because it is all about the presidency. Our new imperial presidency demands we honor not just the great leaders, Washington and Lincoln, but James Buchanan and Herbert Hoover. There was a discussion [Read More...]

When We Have Been There Ten Thousand Years . . .

Here is bad news: God exists. Why is this bad news? Someone is watching and it seems more than a little scary that He sees us when we are sleeping, he knows when we are awake. We are never alone and this, at least initially, horrified me. Here is better news: God is good, all [Read More...]

Good for Scott Walker, Maybe Not Good for You, Maybe

Clashing bad ideas on college fill my social media provoked by Scott Walker. Like Washington, Lincoln, and Truman, but also like several neighborhood bums now watching Netflix everyday in their parent’s dens, Scott Walker did not finish college. Defenders of Walker are right to say that college is not for everyone and that a great [Read More...]

Missing the Dead

I miss my Auntie Karen: gone so long. I miss my grandfathers’ example and friendship: Papaw Earl played a great game of checkers and Papaw Shelby was a master story teller. I miss my grandmothers’ practical wisdom: Nana could create an “alternate” world when we played together and Granny was wonderful at creating restful space [Read More...]

Polytheism is true, so Reject Polytheism

Silly atheist arguments are pretty common, but a champion in the category must be: “You don’t believe in Zeus, Poseidon, and other traditional gods, so all that atheists are asking is to get rid of the last god.” I have written about this verbal confusion in the past: English uses the same word for God [Read More...]

Worldview Education: the Good and the not so Good

Google “Christian worldview” and you will discover a large number of people whose profession it is to teach Christians to look at issues from a Christian perspective. The most common explanation of “worldview” is the intellectual “glasses” we use to clarify our vision of the world. Safe to say, there are two different opinions about [Read More...]

Out of the Grey and into “The City of Tranquil Light”

Good people are going into the shadows to discuss a book and a film coming out soon. I commend their courage and am glad that is not my calling. Instead of condemning the eclipse of love in pop culture, let me commend the beauty of love found in an excellent book: The City of Tranquil Light. [Read More...]

The Crusades: Almost A Great Thing

We need the history lesson first and then the lesson in what to do follows. If even the President is worried about the Crusades (so long ago!), perhaps we’d better get the context to get  direction. The Christ in Christianity comes first: Jesus was the Prince of Peace and this fact embarrassed Christians in more [Read More...]

Nothing but the Blood

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness . . .” So went the hymn from my childhood and it is stuck in my head today along with the versions my Mother and I invented when we sat in hospital waiting rooms waiting for Dad to visit the sick of our [Read More...]