The Thin Blue Line and Death in America

Too many African-American young people are arrested in the United States. Too many African-American young people are harassed by police in the United States. Too many African-American young people are shot by police in the United States. That is the context, though not an excuse, for the rioting that is shaking the United States of [Read More...]

Petty Tyrants in a Tyrannical Age: Annise Parker

Annise Parker is not the biggest problem my Church faces. So help us God, what a better world it would be if this were true. We support a bishop in Syria who finds himself surrounded by ISIS, at the mercy of the kind favors of Putin, and fired at with American supplied weaponry. Twenty-two million [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...]

Men in the Arena

Friday reminds me why HBU is a higher education: the school is doing things and not merely thinking about doing something, someday, somehow, if we just do another study. HBU is a place where leaders are encouraged to research, think, consider, but then act. Acting, drawing a line, doing something is impossibly hard for too many. [Read More...]

Things to Learn from Rotten Presidents

Today is the day Americans celebrate our chief executive. This is a bizarre thing to do since William G. Harding or James Buchanan hardly seem worthy of a holiday. If we can celebrate the Buchanan White House, then we can party for anything. Still as our head of state, they are worthy of respect even [Read More...]

O the Bliss!

One of the most popular songs in American history has the following line: “My sin, O the bliss of this glorious thought, my sin not in part but the whole is nailed to the Cross and I bear it no more . . .” Americans no longer get to the end of the line. We [Read More...]

Peace! Peace!

Today the United States celebrates the work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., particularly his work toward ending the evils of government imposed segregation and toward furthering racial reconciliation. He looked forward to a time of healing, but I am reminded that he had to fight against evil in his own day: both public and [Read More...]

The Mystical Next Time

Thank God that no sizable number of Americans support Nazi or Soviet-style regimes. We must, however, be on our guard that naiveté does not lead us down the path to some of the problems of tyrannical regimes. While it is improbable we would end up with a tyranny in America soon, we would not want [Read More...]

In Which I Live Blog Sarah Palin’s New Book: “Good Tidings of Great Joy”

The Rules: In a live reading, I live my life while reading a book and post my unedited (actually lightly edited) thoughts as I go. I then end with my final thoughts and this stands as the “review.” Thoughts Before Reading: If a free book comes in the mail, it must be acknowledged. Sarah Palin [Read More...]

Poor Shaming

We should help the poor and not shame them. Put succinctly: sinners should be ashamed, the poor are not sinners by being poor. Traditional Christians have a noble history helping the poor and American evangelical Christians have embraced that heritage. Whether measured by charitable giving or work in rural or inner city areas, Christians are [Read More...]


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