Why Pastors Dared the IRS to Restrict Religious Freedom

Across the nation this past Sunday, October 8, about 1,600 pastors told the IRS to go to – well, let’s just say they gave notice of non-compliance in defense of religious freedom. In an annual event that began in 2008, pastors preached sermons from the pulpit that offered Biblical critiques of specific candidates’ political positions in violation of the Johnson Amendment of 1954. Read the CNN account here.Videos of many of the sermons were then sent to the IRS as pastors dared them to act. Thei … [Read more...]

Why I Give Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous a Mixed Review

It's not often we get to critique something done by an anonymous person -- well, come to think of it, I suppose we give mixed reviews of such people all the time. The idiot who set up the construction barrels in a confusing way on the expressway, the moron who didn't reserve the right hotel room for us, or the nameless mechanic who obviously didn't check our oil when we took it in 7 months ago.Ya, I guess we critique anonymous people all the time. But few have written a book about … [Read more...]

See What Jesus Said about Suffering: “I Told You So!”

Did you ever come across something Jesus said that, if anyone else had said it, you'd be wondering about the motive behind it? I confess that as I read what he said to the disciples about suffering, it felt a lot like he was callously saying, "I told you so!" In fact, if you had said the same thing to me, I would have expected it to come with an upturned nose and an arrogant snort.Here's what He told them: They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills … [Read more...]

The Emancipation Proclamation: Do Two Wrongs Make a Right?

Slavery is wrong. It is sinful. A pernicious evil in which humans seek to become as God over their fellow man. I hate it with a passion. And my heart hurts for the countless thousands of peoples who are in bondage still today across the world. Support one such freedom spreading orgnaization here.And yet after a recent visit to the sacred grounds of Antietam, site of the bloodiest 12 hours in American military history, I find myself asking troubling questions about a document that supposedly … [Read more...]

Chicago Teachers Strike: What is the Answer?

"I'll be bloodied and you'll be bloodied, but at least you'll know not to bully me again." ~ Jay Rehak, Chicago teacher Source: Chicago Tribune Much fuss is being made about the need for teachers in classrooms in Chicago as they strike today, creating chaos city-wide. But with teachers who make comments like the one above, I'm thinking the students may be better off outside of their classrooms.I expect such immaturity from students -- elementary students, that is -- but not from … [Read more...]

Do You Know the 9 Words that Change Everything?

It's not often you stumble upon simple truths neatly packaged. Well, maybe you hang out with smarter people than I do. Over many years of thinking, reading, and -- hopefully -- learning, I kept returning to 9 words representing 3 truths that seemed to change everything.Students at the school where I led and served for a dozen years will quickly recognize these 9 words. They've heard them often enough. If you listen carefully, you may even hear them groaning as I write them. They'll be quick to … [Read more...]

Why Schools Should Get Rid of Almost All Homework

I hate homework. Not as much as I hate yellow-jackets, but that's another story. As a successful K-12 school leader and principal for a dozen years, I bring a unique voice of experience to this relatively new educational nuisance we call homework.Schools should get rid of almost all of it. It's evil.That's right. Evil. What else should I call something that robs us all of that most precious resource -- time --and often gives nothing but hatred for learning in return? Before too many of my fe … [Read more...]

Dem Convention Video: Do You Belong to the Government?

By now you've no doubt heard of the video shown on the first day of the Democratic Party convention that claimed "government is the only thing we all belong to."  If you haven't, here is the 17-second clip in question:There's some truth to it. I just shocked some of my left-leaning readers, I know. But we do all share bonds and interests that find expression in the business of the polis or public life of the people in civil government. But it's the use of the word belong to describe our r … [Read more...]


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