Syria and Chekhov’s Gun

I'm not a politician. I'm not even very political. Nor am I a political cartoonist. This cartoon is about a reality I've observed in human nature: if force is an option we allow then the temptation to use it will be at times overwhelming. Like this cartoon illustrates, it doesn't matter if someone gets the order to engage or not. Once the idea is launched, how far behind is the weapon?Have you heard of the dramatic principle of Chekhov's gun? "Remove everything that has no relevance to the … [Read more...]

Church and Accretions

I don't subscribe to using IC to stand for Institutional Church in a negative or pejorative way. Institutions can't be helped. Biblically, institutions are of the created order. They just are, just as we are. My own immediate family is full of institutions. Marriage is an institution. Family is an institution. Public education is an institution. The government we find ourselves under is an institution. Even our supper is an institution. We have instituted it almost every day at around 5pm that … [Read more...]