Don’t Give Up Your Education to a Puppy Monkey Baby School

The worst commercial ever may have been the Super Bowl commercial where Mountain Dew decided we wanted to see a “puppy monkey baby.” I like puppies . . .everybody likes puppies. I don’t like monkeys particularly, but there are plenty of people who think everything is funnier with chimps. I love babies and with the exception of Planned Parenthood [Read More…]

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Six Sure Signs You Picked the Wrong Church

I learned about bad churches by talking to students. I had to do so, because I had wonderful pastors.* My dad is a great pastor and he was in charge of my church life all of my growing up. Pastor George Osborne, the other notable man of God from my childhood,  is a man of wit, [Read More…]

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Under the Plane Tree: Where Desire Meets Power

Love cannot abide the abuse of power. Or so it seems to me after a weekend watching politics and reading Phaedrus with friends. We were led by Professor Al Geier and the contrast between the two activities was remarkable. Politics is, probably rightly, about winning. If you have to get it done in South Carolina [Read More…]

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After South Carolina: The Undiscovered Country with a Brief History Lesson

Donald Trump won the South Carolina primary building on his New Hampshire win. He is the frontrunner, but South Carolina will also trim the field of the first frontrunner: Jeb Bush. Last night proved a new era of Republican Party politics has begun. This race for the Republican nomination has no perfect historic parallel, but it [Read More…]

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Don’t Kill A Mocking Bird

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” – To Kill A Mocking Bird   If you go to school in the United States, To Kill A Mockingbird was part of school. My mom’s generation saw Gregory Peck as the heroic lawyer, Atticus Finch, who was more concerned about justice [Read More…]

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Why does Bernie Sanders say he is a socialist?

As a full grown adult, Senator Sanders was a socialist. He still calls himself a socialist. What does he mean by it? One form of socialism killed more people than any form of government in human history. Fortunately, communism isn’t the only form of socialism and Sanders was never a communist. Still, my friends on [Read More…]

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Education: What Has Changed What Has Not

If Jesus had online educational capacity, He would not have had 612 apostles. Online education is a tool, but it is a tool that impacts geography and access to information. We can now dialog on a great book, even if we are hundreds of miles apart. This weekend students, staff, and faculty of The Saint [Read More…]

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For the Love of the Poor Reject Socialism

I oppose socialism for the sake of my brothers and sisters who are poor. Charity and free markets are imperfect, but the best way to get the job done. If the choice were between a Scrooge like determination to let Tiny Tim die and a kind socialistic willingness to help, I would side with socialism. [Read More…]

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An Open Letter to James Garfield On President’s Day

Dear Mr. Garfield, You were shot for refusing to be a partisan hack by a madman who thought we needed more partisanship and hackery. We never had a chance to see how you would have governed. Let me suggest that you return and we give you another chance. The Grand Old Party that you helped [Read More…]

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“OK, Next:” Be of Good Cheer

LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. Let Israel hope in the LORD [Read More…]

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