Don’t Pick Between the Useless Red Rose and the White Rose (Henry VI, Part 2)

We need more than piety in leadership. We need strength, competence, and piety. The combination of the three qualities is rare enough that most of us settle in our churches, businesses, and in government. In some religious organizations, saying the “leader meant well” is good enough to justify an inability to do what must be done. [Read More…]

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God’s Judgment Can’t Be Covered Up with Media (Henry VI, Part 1)

As we enter a Presidential election where a majority of Americans dislike both candidates, we should not fall for one myth. Good media cannot make a defeat a win or a saint a sinner. How do we know? If Shakespeare cannot make the French or a French hero look bad, then nobody can do it, [Read More…]

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Waiting for Constantine

Conservatives are rightly skeptical of great men. For every Lincoln, there is a string of Harding, Hoover, Dewey, Taft mediocrities. Worse, few great men are like Washington, able to give up power when they have it. instead, they become Napoleon, a great man who went the wrong way for all the right motives. Christians know [Read More…]

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Iago University: the Treason of the Professors (Othello)

Secular or Christian-too much of American higher education should be named Iago University where promising leaders are poisoned by playing on the faults of the society and the state. Shame to our sins, but great shame to the institution that uses our moral lassitude to kill the future of students. Othello may be Shakespeare’s most important [Read More…]

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Measure for Measure: Aspire to be Good, but We Are Not (Jesus, Shakespeare)

Jesus was a very smart and wise man and when we have a chance to see Him influencing the greatest writer in the English language and an astute political philosopher, we had better pay attention. Americans wobble between harsh moral judgments or an inability to make any moral distinctions. Try stating “Bruce Jenner is a [Read More…]

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Once You Have a Mess, It Just Gets Messier (Richard III)

When the leaders are bad, things get to be a mess, and when things are a mess, worse most often follows. The trouble is that in the middle of a mess, the very leaders who got you into the mess will blame someone, usually one of their number, and make the mess worse. It will all [Read More…]

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Accepting (and Enjoying!) our Human Foolishness (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

  We are foolish, but need not be Biblical fools. Biblical fools destroy life and happiness by forgetting their place and thinking themselves wise. There is no fear of God or respect for law or order. Yet we are also born children in the cosmos of God and the loving Father allows us to stumble [Read More…]

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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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The Priority of a Party: You cannot be too Happy (Much Ado about Nothing)

One of my children once said: “I don’t want to be too good. It would be boring.” This was a sensible thing as the budding Socrates was shooting for moderation: too much of any virtue becomes a vice. The only problem was the use of “good.” If goodness is “rule keeping,” then too much goodness [Read More…]

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The Great Enemy to Leadership: Flattery (Julius Caesar)

There are some men so great that even when they are hardly involved in an event, they dominate it. So it is with Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. The great man gives his name to the play, but was assassinated early. Death doesn’t keep a Shakespearean character from making an appearance later, but it does limit the number [Read More…]

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