July 24, 2017

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The Prayer of Saint Francis, relevant though the holy man didn’t write it

A prayer, often attributed to Saint Francis but traceable only to the early 20th-century, reminds us of who Christians are meant to be and how we are meant to act. This prayer is especially appropriate in eras of flinging accusations. I’ve begun praying it in hopes that God will shape me more into the image […]

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July 4, 2017

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Thomas Jefferson: Catching a Glimmer a Dream

I hoop and holler over America’s Independence Day with all the enthusiasm of a six-year-old saluting the flag and applauding the fireworks. After all, this nation has stood for freedom and faced down tyrants with global ambitions. But I don’t primarily celebrate for what happened in 1776. To be sure, the thirteen former colonies beheld […]

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June 28, 2017

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Gotta love those hilarious people at Fox News

As a 60-year-old with incurable cancer — forced out of a career, dependent on disability payments and Medicaid — it’s always good to know someone’s got my back. Take commentator Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, for instance, and her ever-so-compassionate Fox News colleagues.

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June 27, 2017

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Patriotism’s Call Under A Rogue Government

Silly me. I dreamed the GOP-sponsored health care travesty passed in the US House would die in the Senate. The Congressional Budget Office just released a report dashing my innocence: 22 million stand to lose their insurance over the next ten years under Mitch McConnell’s cynicism. This comes atop more revelations about Russian election meddling […]

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June 26, 2017

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Is God happy with baseball? As usual for a fan, I fear plagues

Let’s pause. Let’s ponder the truly important. Let’s think about our nation’s pastime and why we’re seeing strong evidence of divine displeasure. First, it’s obvious: God designed baseball so starting pitchers would complete their games unless they absolutely need relief. Evidence: Saturday’s nail-biter pitting the New York Mets vs. the San Francisco Giants. Jason deGrom […]

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June 25, 2017

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How is that a thing?

Cindy Brady (see the video below) poses a question for anyone joining a Facebook group called Christians For Trump; “How is that a thing?” She lays down the challenge in unsparing terms. Lest her confrontational words throw us, read the Bible’s portrait of the commendable ruler in Psalm 72. A couple passages from the ESV translation: […]

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June 24, 2017

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I wish politics would stop barging in on my ambitions for this site

I’m forever vowing to veer this blog from the tentative political scene to more weighty — and ultimately relevant — eternal matters, but America’s death spiral always upsets my plans. The US now aims for a new goal: Forget trips to unexplored planets by the decade’s end or feeding the world or ending poverty (anyone […]

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May 13, 2017

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David Frum tells it like it is

Lest I’m accused of scouring muck from the left-wing fringe, I’ll say this: David Frum, editor-at-large for The Atlantic, is a neoconservative who once wrote speeches for President George W. Bush. He’s like many who once formed the Republican backbone: Our current rogue president worries him. He shares his thoughts on the Comey-firing aftermath. Watch […]

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May 6, 2017

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A fiend leers from the US House

Other nations would grumble “general strike” after last week’s malevolent health care monster lumbered out of the US House. Grim police would rim the streets in riot gear. Prime ministers would tender resignations and governments would collapse. And I’d growl in my living room, infuriated by my own enforced passivity. I’m rendered incapable of marching […]

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April 29, 2017

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A quote from Billy Graham

Here’s some encouragement for those marching in The People’s Climate March today:

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