I have been writing in this blog space for over seven years, and a very small number of people have faithfully and lovingly followed much of what I’ve said over that time. I write for many reasons, but primarily it’s one of the few ways you can really get to know someone short of having […]Read More Competing Christian visions of America
A great America isn’t controlled by fear. It recognizes its strength does not reside with its military or its economy, but with its people. It knows its history, and it remembers that – no matter how divided it becomes internally – ultimately it unites in strength in the darkest hours. A great America isn’t afraid […]Read More What is a great America?
As I sometimes do when I feel despair and confused, I headed to St. Simons Island today. I go there to commune with God and connect with one of my long-dead spiritual mentors, John Wesley. St. Simons is, along with Savannah, the only place in America where the Wesley brothers stepped foot. John convinced his […]Read More What the American Church needs to hear
I want to talk about the U.S. presidential election results, and I want to do so in what is hopefully a helpful way for everyone regardless of who you voted for. The reactions to the results are polarized just as the election itself was polarized and just as America itself has been polarized for an […]Read More Understanding what happened
[Caveat: the following criticism of American military policy is not a reflection whatsoever on the men and women who serve or have served in the military] As a lover of history, I can’t tell you how disturbing the parallels are between the U.S. and the Roman Empire. It’s uncanny. Rome was built on the strength […]Read More The problem with Pax Americana
As much bad press as the Department of Veterans Affairs received several months ago for delays in patient care that led to at least 40 deaths, the proposed solution stands to potentially prove even more disastrous. I recently ended a nearly six-year career with a regional section of the VA that handles the referral of […]Read More Six Years a Bureaucrat: An Inside Look at the Scandal of Idealism in the U.S. Government
A good friend called me out for assuming too much, and he was right. One of my worst tendencies is to become passionate about an issue and begin discussing it with others without fully appreciating that they have not been inside my head to follow all the steps I’ve taken to get to where I […]Read More Why should I care? Apathy and exploitation – ending our civil religion, Part III