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

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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...]

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

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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...]

The War Against God: A Book Review

I don't know about you, but I usually have low expectations for Christian fiction, or anything resembling it. Maybe the Left Behind series permanently lowered my hopes that Christians could write engaging, culturally relevant fiction without sounding, well -- in a word -- nuts.So it was with some reluctance that I picked up The War Against God, a novel by David Kullberg, recently published by Andershire Books in 2012. But I'm glad I did.Not only did I discover that Christians can … [Read more...]

What Star Wars Can Teach Us about the Fiscal Cliff Fiasco

I know. We've just about had it with the whole fiscal cliff fiasco. Maybe that's why most of us want the words "fiscal cliff" banned from the English language. We should be frustrated with our national leaders. In the words of my own Congressman LaTourette: "This is disgusting, and everybody involved should be embarrassed," said Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), marching glumly from a GOP conference meeting in the House Monday evening. "It's not even small ball -- it's a pingpong ball," he said of … [Read more...]

Westboro Baptist Church a Hate Group? What’s Wrong with the Petition

I won't dignify the antics of the Westboro Baptist Church group by linking to their despicable escapades. We got to experience their virulent brand of theology first-hand here in Chardon after the shooting that took place in February of 2012.Now an on-line petition has begun at WhiteHouse.gov to petition the Obama Administration to legally recognize the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group. It has over 290,000 signatures at the moment. And I've been encountering requests from other sincere … [Read more...]

How I Can Be Pro-Life — and Support the Death Penalty

I am pro-life -- and yet I support the death penalty for those who intentionally murder another person.Some find my position incongruous and untenable. Quite a few commented as much on my recent post "5 Things I Don't Understand about Christians Who Voted for Obama." The charge goes something like this: how can you claim to be so concerned about the life of the unborn if you support death in any way? Many thought I was, at the least, inconsistent.I disagree. In fact, I think the opposite is … [Read more...]

Election 2012: Do Government Programs Produce Government-Friendly Voters?

I am pro-government.There. I just shocked some of you into spewing coffee all over your keyboard. After you clean that up, allow me explain.God made it clear through countless inspired writers of Scripture that He ordained government. In fact, he added a pretty sobering warning that whoever resists the authority of government, resists God. He also added that, should the two collide, we are to obey God rather than government. Unfortunately, because government is comprised of sinful human … [Read more...]

Election 2012: It’s the End of America As We Know It

"It's a tragedy."  So said Dennis Prager upon first hearing the news that Ohio had gone to Obama, thus deciding the Election 2012 outcome in these United States, November 6, 2012. I would add my own thought as a lifelong Buckeye: It is embarrassing.By reelecting Barack Obama, we have made a choice as a nation that is so egregiously bad that I feel I must distance myself from the decision or risk being associated with the disastrous consequences of it. Even though I'm not sure that such se … [Read more...]


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