City Upon a Hill: Salt Better Have Savor

They say the camera adds ten pounds, a situation I cannot afford just now. Worse, unlike radio, you cannot scratch your nose while on television. Everyone is looking at you ten-pounds heavier finger reaching up to scratch your ten-pounds-heavier nose. As one cameraman warned me: “Everyone is looking. Don’t blow it.” This was not as [Read More…]

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Finding a Good Plumber

Until I met Russ Keene I was at the mercy of the most wicked class of men: the bad plumber. The bad plumber explores those parts of the house we call shameful and gives them great honor by charging great fees to fix them. They smoke more than they work and when they are done, [Read More…]

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This is the most important election of my lifetime? Nuts!

Evidently I have lived in very bad times. Since I was a little boy, I have been told THIS ELECTION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF YOUR LIFETIME. We always stood one more term of “them” from TOTAL DOOM. Nuts. My hero Teddy Roosevelt told us “we stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord.” [Read More…]

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Truth Matters: And Almost Nobody Always Tells It

  Tell the truth. My dad told this to me as a boy and he was justified, because as far as I know, my dad has never told a lie. The rest of us are not so blessed. Most of us develop convenient memories or mess up at some point under pressure. The goal is [Read More…]

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On Hating Haters

There are few sins more satisfying than hating hateful people. The racists on my social media feeds who send ugly images make me mad, a good response, but hatred is close to righteous anger. Hatred can make aging fingers less stiff as the glow of self-righteousness allows me to achieve high school typing class speed [Read More…]

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Terrifically Terrible Prayer

Let’s not talk politics. Let’s talk prayer and not prostituting prayer in the service of partisan politics. Whatever the merits of Donald J. Trump as a candidate, he should repudiate a prayer given at this convention. On the first Monday of the convention, not-so-orthodox Pastor Mark Burns gave the worst prayer I have ever heard. [Read More…]

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The Worst Argument For a Bad Candidate: Irrational Hope

How was he doing? “Tolerable,” was the old man’s response. If you are a Christian in government, that is your goal. How is your candidate? Tolerable. Sadly, Americans do not always get to choose between tolerable candidates. Imagine having to choose between a Democratic former Secretary of State with deep moral problems and an erratic [Read More…]

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Bad Arguments Make Good Men Do Bad Things

Bad arguments make good men do bad things. Even a very good man can outthink himself and justify bad choices. This is particularly tempting when we wish to do something or the choice is what most people in our social group are doing. Kids just say: “Everyone is doing it.” Grownups say: “It is the [Read More…]

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Hated for Our Virtues: France, USA, and the World

God save France and the West. If enough people hate France enough to die to kill Frenchmen, then stopping them will be very hard. One reason this will be a long war is the cause of the hatred. We are not just hated for our vices, but for our virtues. You could hate the West [Read More…]

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Thinking as a Woman is Necessary to Think Well (Theaetetus)

Sometimes one has to say something so obviously good and true that saying it sounds foolish or even condescending. Yet even the best of us ignore the truth, so at times it needs to be said . . . especially when most of us are not the best of us! Reading a great author, somebody [Read More…]

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