The Christianity practiced by the American Church has made it largely impotent and a shadow of what it is supposed to be. Lord, where to even begin? I guess the first place is to note that, while this critique is aimed primarily at the White American Church, there is no version that is blameless and, […]Read More Why the American Church is failing
There is an important difference between remembering and honoring. With great hesitation I am submitting my thoughts on the primary motivation for a recent gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville: the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. My hesitation stems from a desire not to get caught up in any of […]Read More A word on Confederate monuments
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?
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