How Happy!

It is uncouth to be happy in difficult times and clever to be sad, but forget the wise of this age and be happy. There is always something terrible happening and that is bad. There is always something joyful happening and that is better. Sometimes we act as if even a moment’s rest and we [Read More…]

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We have failed because we have embraced lies . . .

We live in discouraging times . . . and the temptation is to give up. Instead, we must stop, think about it, and hear what God might say to us. I do not believe that traditional, orthodox Christians are weak in the United States of America because of atheism, “the gay agenda,” or politics. We [Read More…]

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The Power of Paper: Our Constitution and the Demagogue

We have a marvelous, though imperfect, Constitution and unlike most politicians, the Constitution has gotten better with age. This document is so inspired and has worked so well for so long that a few are tempted to give the document superpowers. The Constitution has a not-so-secret weakness: it has no power not given to it [Read More…]

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Day of the Demagogue

Hard times make for tough politics, but good times followed by not-great times create horrid politics. At the bottom, people are struggling to eat. Let things improve under a Louis XVI and expectations start rising. People notice when the good times stop and then grow surly. Raised expectations dashed are the mother of revolutions. Ask [Read More…]

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On Fascism and Demagoguery and This Moment

Are we in a neo-Fascist moment? Is a demagogue in the Democratic or Republican Party running for office? This is an alarm sounded every decade and it is easy to become numb to it. The “boy who cried wolf” was naughty and deserved what he got. The town who ignored him was foolish and lost [Read More…]

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On Misogyny: Disqualifying

Roger Ailes polluted the conservative movement with his misogyny for decades. Who knows how his behavior warped the process? How many good reporters were lost? How many stories were spiked as the news network spent resources and time covering up for his vices. God have mercy on us. An open racist can no longer run [Read More…]

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Lincoln on Liberty: We are much in need of him.

A teacher sees politics play out on the playground. Strong kids grab the play equipment and do whatever they wish to do while the weaker kids get less. It’s hard to know when to intervene since you do not wish to teach the smaller kids that they cannot stand up for themselves, yet sometimes they [Read More…]

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A Good Man Justifies a Wicked Deed: Grudem on Trump

We are not an age that likes absolutes. We temper, we hedge, we do not want to say a good man is doing a bad thing because we do not like conflict. I am thankful that a good man, Professor Grudem, has made his views known: he asserts a good man can vote for Donald [Read More…]

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Maybe Cyrus is Cyrus: Pray God sends Help

If my social media feed is any indication, a great many Americans are looking for the Persian King Cyrus. God says of this pagan king: Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings . . . [Read More…]

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Adulthood and the Limits of Power

When I was a boy, I thought my mom and dad could do anything. Like ZuZu in It’s a Wonderful Life, if my flower broke, I could just say: “paste it, Daddy” and he would. Part of growing up is learning (sad lesson!) that a flower cannot in fact be pasted and that Mommy and Daddy [Read More…]

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