"Maybe we should put up a flag for July 4th this year?" As soon as I said it, I was ready to take it back. Under normal circumstances, one would not consider putting up an American flag as something that would require any deliberation or cause hesitation. But this is America in 2022.
Even when presented with clear evidence that should at least result in an honest reassessment, we often double down on our opinion and become even more determined to defend our ideas when there is a perceived threat to the way we view a particular situation or issue. After years of invested attention to the same ideas and the same kinds of voices that support those ideas, it becomes difficult to consider even the slightest alteration...
On the morning after the election, the sentiment from those who voted for Donald Trump was a quick and unified message saying, “Let’s start the healing process.” Even President Obama gave himself whiplash with the distinctly different tone, from explaining that Trump was “unfit” to be President on Friday to saying today that “We are... Continue Reading →
I try to steer clear of politics on this blog, but as you all know, this election cycle has been a cyclone of political horror as the King of Bombast and Banality has faced off against the Queen of IPES (Inappropriate Personal Email Servers). So I can't help it. I have to break my blog... Continue Reading →
I just watched the 15 minute interview that Bill O'Reilly did with President Obama for Super Bowl Sunday. In my view, the President handled the interview with a lot of class, and O'Reilly acted like an ass. He was arrogant, rude, and disrespectful. If he ever did let Obama talk for more than 30 seconds,... Continue Reading →
For the past couple of weeks, my men's group at St. Bartholomew's has been discussing Islam. The idea is to understand how we as Christians should view Muslims and how we might bridge the seemingly impossible cultural chasm that separates us. As part of this exploration, we decided to visit to the Islamic Center of Nashville... Continue Reading →
I recently read an article from a well-known Christian figure who was exploring the issue of gays in the military and announcing his views. While I think we should talk through issues, I do not understand why some feel like they must announce their "stand" on big issues to the world? For example, some denominations... Continue Reading →
Today is the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and The Pentagon. The frustration that a lot of people are expressing about the war in Iraq might cloud our ability for a personal remembrance today. Respects are due to those 3018 who... Continue Reading →
Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, accepted the invitation to offer the closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night. Some are upset that Donald Miller prayed. No, wait... I'm mean they are upset that he prayed in the presence of their enemies. It will now become necessary for many to exclude... Continue Reading →
I’m sitting near the magazine section at Border’s Bookstore right now and I’m noticing how important it is to be liked by a large numbers of people who don’t really know you. It’s not important in any real sense, but in the world of magazines, entertainment and politics it is very important. I have a... Continue Reading →