Endurance and Not Words (Troilus and Cressida)

I love you. Very powerful to say today, but most powerful to say every day for thirty years or more. To endure in love is harder than to be in love and words are less important than deeds. This is as true in business and politics as it is in personal relationships. Anybody can say love [Read More…]

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More than an “N” Christian: in the Family

Recently, Christianity Today magazine featured a symbol on the cover from Arabic that many have used in social media to protest the destruction of the world’s oldest Christian communities. This is at least some improvement over the past. One Christian college was considering a Middle East Studies program and had a strong track in Muslim [Read More…]

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The Winner of this Year’s Uncle Tony Award (Spoiler: Sounds like Jerry Falwell)

Every year (more or less) members of the universal Church (actually just me) gather to select the winner of the Uncle Tony Award. The Uncle Tony is given to the Church leader who most exemplifies the career and calling of Uncle Tony Campolo. To win the Tony, you must manage to make the Gospel comport [Read More…]

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Thomas Jefferson was the Worst and I Would Have Voted For Him

Thomas Jefferson was a cad, a fool, and was totally naive about revolutionary France. As a Federalist, I read his irresponsible rhetoric on revolutions and on national unity and am horrified. He was terrifically hypocritical penning beautiful words about human rights while abusing his slaves. In the election of 1776, I would have been an [Read More…]

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Don’t Condemn Percy: Problems Often Aren’t, Especially People

One joy of moving into a new office is seeing old stuff in new ways. I am ashamed at the number of items I thought worked poorly that it turned out had been put together incorrectly, were being used improperly, or that were just broken and needing to be replaced. My favorite example is Percy, [Read More…]

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Having Done All Stand: A Message from Dad

It is good to have great parents. . . Today I got up to find this email in my box from DOD (Dear Old Dad): History is still HIS story.  In all that is happening Jesus is Lord and is present in the process.  He has not abandoned the remnant. STAND AND HAVING DONE ALL STAND! [Read More…]

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Want to survive tough times? Buy Ketchup.

As always, we live in difficult times. The fact that times are always the best of times and the worst of times does not make the worst any better for us. Sure our grandparents or great-grandparents beat Hitler, but that is not our problem. Our worries are worrisome now and we need help. Thankfully, my [Read More…]

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Tyrants are Made, Not Born: How to Lose a Republic

We don’t need to guess about how republics fail: we have history and philosophy to guide us. Republics end with tyrants, but that is an odd thing since a republican will hate tyrants by nature. How do we get tyrants? One wise man wrote on tyranny and the human soul and he tried to understand [Read More…]

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Mountaineers are Always Human: Bigotry of the Elite

For almost four hundred years, my family lived in western Virginia and West Virginia. We are a state so beautiful that if any place finds a spot that looks like West Virginia, they put a fence around it and call it a state park. When Mr. Lincoln was President and Virginia seceded from the Union, [Read More…]

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Bad Political Idea Have Consequences: Maximilian of Mexico

Whenever I believe good intentions are enough, I recall standing at the tomb of Maximilian of Mexico. There have been many worse political ideas than making a mildly liberal archduke of Austria the Emperor of Mexico with French arms, but few that worked out so badly for everyone. The Hapsburg family was decaying in power [Read More…]

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