Seven Conservative Truths Confirmed By Ferguson

Ferguson confirms many hard truths about the United States. We have a race problem and electing our first African-American president did nothing to solve that problem anymore than electing our first Catholic President ended anti-Catholic bigotry. Here are seven things conservatives have always believed that Ferguson confirms. Police officers are not and should not be [Read More...]

Weep for the Dead

Ferguson could only happen in the United States of America. Start with the original American sin of the enslavement of Africans, justified by secular and religious Americans. Follow slavery with a century of lynch law, government imposed segregation, and a total failure of justice for thirteen percent of the American population. If Ferguson does not [Read More...]

The Guns of August

My least favorite picture from the First World War era shows the start of the Russian Revolution in Petrograd. My eyes are never drawn to the protestors in the street, but to the office workers looking up from tasks to see what was happening outside. They seem unconcerned or at the least not nearly as [Read More...]

Lessons in Leadership (I): Steve Jobs

I am reading books on leadership with a group of friends at HBU and we began with Steve Jobs. Walter Isaacson is a better writer than Jobs’ a topic and at times the gap between talent and the subject’s pretensions shows in the book: Jobs was less consequential than he believed and Isaacson struggles to do more [Read More...]

For Joy’s Sake

Christians should never be motivated by hate and ideally do nothing we do not wish to do. If God’s will is our will, then evil is no temptation. It is the rubble of our lives that gets in the way of this happy reality. Some destruction comes from without from other hurting people who lash [Read More...]

On Minority Status in Sexual Ethics

Christians are a minority in the United States when it comes to sexual ethics in (at least) five critical areas. Traditional Christians view divorce as bad, something God hates, even if allowed in some circumstances in a fallen world. A majority of Americans have a more casual attitude toward this evil. Christians viewed the life [Read More...]

Hobby Lobby: Why Traditionalist Will Win Long Term

A prediction: If the Hobby Lobby case decided by the Supreme Court stands, then long-term traditional religious ideas about human sexuality will prevail in America. Why be so optimistic with such a limited case? After all, not much has changed. Nobody lost the freedom to buy contraception or have an abortion due to Hobby Lobby [Read More...]

Know the Mission

You work in a place, but you might not know the mission of the place where you work. Most have mission statements, but those generally are trumpeted on placards and websites, but languish unheeded in decision making meetings. Good mission statements in theory do not matter if ignored in practice. But if you work in a place [Read More...]

The Weed Agency: A Review

James Geraghty has written a book, The Weed Agency, that is not a novel, but it is novel for our time. Like Pilgrims Progress, it is a message bulking up a short story, unlike because it is not an allegory. Like Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, pointed political satire appears, but it is not purely fictional. Real people show up [Read More...]

Authentic Adulthood: It Gets Joyful!

If high school or college is the best time in your life, then either your life is oddly terrible or the problem of evil is insurmountable. Over a normal lifespan the time spent in high school and college is preparation for most of life. Life can be hard, and if the school is sound it protects from [Read More...]


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