Mercy on His Soul – Judgment on His Body

Americans fantasize that we live in an nonjudgmental age or at the very least we (almost) universally judge the judgmental as  lacking in social justice. The reality is that our judgment has grown uncertain in areas where we should be sure and sure in places where it should be uncertain. We are confused about whether [Read More...]

The Most Common Graduation Lie

Some graduation somewhere always features some speaker who tells the graduates that they are a special generation. This tactic is so effective that Pepsi has spent generations using flattery to break Coke’s hold on the market: “you are the generation that will do it.” This has yet to work out for Pepsi, but graduation speakers [Read More...]

A Lie They Will Tell You At Commencement

I have been to more than my share of graduations . . . both as a graduate (four times) and as an officiant. There is a nefarious lie that is repeated at many commencements that many of us go on believing for the rest of our lives: commencement is not an ending but a beginning. [Read More...]

Caesar Isn’t Even That Important

Thank God none of my children is likely to become President of the United States. Instead, they are focused  on English literature, teaching, filmmaking, and creating businesses: the important jobs. If Jane were to decide to give up filmmaking and run for the White House, I would be disappointed, but support her. It is a [Read More...]

Unfit for Office, Secretary Clinton

Abraham Lincoln helped my family secede from Virginia when Virginia seceded from the Union. West Virginia was born and the Reynolds family does not look too often at the party of disunion for a presidential candidate, but it is always nice when the Democratic Party nominates someone who is worth serious thought. The Republic needs [Read More...]

I never told you: You were my hero.

My cousin J. Paul Mace died a few weeks ago and I never told him a truth: he was one of my heroes. Why didn’t I just tell him? Partly, the song Wind Beneath My Wings ruined that truth for my generation by making saying it feel . . . wrong or forced or trite or [Read More...]

I like Mother’s Day

I know it is a weird holiday . . . not quite real . . . though it was born in my home state of West Virginia and only hijacked by a Hallmark hostile takeover. It can be hard on single friends or those who wish children but cannot have them. Too many people do [Read More...]

Applying the Golden Rule to my Islamic Neighbor

Nobody should die for being offensive and the fact that people want to kill Americans for offending their religious beliefs is wrong. It is a greater wrong than drawing offensive cartoons. Obviously. If Jihadis come to Texas to kill Texans over cartoons, they are making a miscalculation greater than an earlier decision to be nailed [Read More...]

A Maddening Itch

Yesterday Houston was so like Los Angeles that I sat without shoes with Dad on his back porch and learned that “like” is not “same as.” The mosquitoes came and they feasted . . . twenty or more on each foot and somehow I noticed nothing until bedtime. And then the itching began, impossible to [Read More...]

Passive Aggressive Dissent: It’s a Trap

I know how to hold any view in Evangelical churches and remain in good standing. This process of passive aggressive dissent is so effective that in the hands of a winsome person it can be used to allow “good standing” while doing almost anything and believing almost anything. The exceptions will be actions or beliefs that are viewed as [Read More...]