North Korea and Kim Jong-un: Why Insecure Leaders Concern Me

north_korea_kim_jung_un_2012_4_13

To be honest, I've been sort of ignoring the whole North Korea thing, thinking it's just another dictator flailing about for attention. But then he does have nuclear weapons and he seems to be firing up his reactors again.And I will be flying in and out of Tokyo a couple of times in the next few weeks. That's awfully close to North Korea now that I think about it.Aside from the potential for having my travel plans disturbed, here's what concerns me most about Kim Jong-un and his … [Read more...]

Why We Give Easter Baskets to Our Children

Easter-Basket

Maybe you're one of those families that gives Easter baskets to their children to celebrate some defunct Roman deity. You know what I'm talking about. The eggs, the beans, the chick, the bunnies -- they're all signs of your secret allegiance to some long-forgotten fertility goddess. Admit it! You're a secret Satan worshipper!Or maybe it's just the chocolate.Having lived my entire life in Evangelical Christian circles, I've heard all the arguments for and against giving Easter baskets … [Read more...]

About that Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Silliness

Ants

About that Supreme Court Same-sex marriage silliness....Last week I came across something I had never encountered before. It has fascinated me ever since. Ants.Not ants, per se. I have, in fact, seen those once or twice in my lifetime. It wasn't the ants themselves, but the silliness of where I found them that befuddled me.I've know animals to do some strange things. I know of someone who once found a snake coiled up around her computer cables. Nice. I once found a baby opossum in m … [Read more...]

Pope Francis I: Sectarian Culture Warriors Trump Ecumenical Culture Wimps

jorge-mario-bergoglio-will-now-be-known-as-pope-francis-i

I'm always eager to introduce opinions from people who know more than I do about a topic, such as the selection of the new Pope, Francis I. Privileged to feature a guest post from P. Andrew Sandlin, President of The Center for Cultural Leadership.  He founded CCL in 2001 with the conviction that only eminently equipped cultural leaders will actually create a new Christian culture — and that only transformed Christians can transform the present anti-Christian culture of the West. Follow his blog h … [Read more...]

Choosing a New Pope: Why the Media Cares about the Next Italian Idol

20130312-black-smoke-2005-conclave-getty

What the klieg lights give, the klieg lights take away. Such is the double-edged sword of media coverage.My Catholic friends would do well to remember it in the rush of media coverage over choosing a new pope. The 24/7 coverage of papal smoke signals all seems like a twisted dream sequence of American Idol -- just in Rome -- and without the horiffic singing. Call it The Search for the Next Italian Idol. (No offense intended to my Catholic friends, but it might be cool if one of the … [Read more...]

Drones and Rand Paul’s Filibuster: A Lesson from Exodus

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

The Biblical book of Exodus may not be the first place you'd think to find wisdom for harnessing modern technology, but I think Rand Paul's filibuster over drone use finds some support there.This week, Senator Rand Paul (KY-R) initiated a talking filibuster -- a rare event in these days of virtual filibusters -- to protest what he sees as the Obama Administration's lack of a transparent policy regarding when drones may be used to kill American citizens without due process of law as … [Read more...]

God, Gun Control, and the Gospel: Where Is Our Hope?

balance

I'm a big fan of guns. Anyone who follows along here regularly at FaithWalkers knows that. I think guns play a vital role in securing our liberty to worship God freely in the United States.But I'm a fan of laws, as well. And I think that guns can do a lot of harm when used improperly. So I see both the value of laws to provide boundaries on our freedoms to own guns, and I see the value of owning guns to protect those freedoms.In this ongoing gun control debate in our society, my conce … [Read more...]

Immigration Reform 2.0: I Want to Believe

illegal-immigration

When it comes to immigration reform, I want to believe. I really do.I want to believe that the latest efforts at immigration reform -- call it immigration reform 2.0 -- will actually do something to help the 5 million children trapped in limbo within our society. And since we just celebrated School Choice Week last week, we should note that most of them end up in the very worst schools.I want to believe that our political leaders might actually reach a solution that dismantles the labor … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X