Interesting Times

What a year it has been.  Sir Austen Chamberlain, a member of parliament, recounted the following in an address: “It is not so long ago that a member of the Diplomatic Body in London, who had spent some years of his service in China, told me that there was a Chinese curse which took the form of saying, ‘May you live in interesting times.’ There is no doubt that the curse has fallen on us.”“We … Continue reading

How to be David in the Court of a Mad King

If you are reading this I’m going to assume that the following applies to you more than a little bit: If you voted for President-elect Trump you did so while holding your nose as Franklin Graham implored. You weren’t so much voting for Trump as against Hillary. You had severe reservations about Trump but none held a candle to what you thought Clinton would do in office. If that does not describe you because you … Continue reading

I don’t think Pro-Life Means What You Think It Does

The other day this sentence, “Hillary Clinton Is the Best Choice for Voters Against Abortion” came across my FaceBook feed from Eric Sapp writing for Christian Post. “I’ll start by saying that I don’t think Christians should be single-issue voters since Christ’s ministry wasn’t single-issue. But if your concern for the unborn determines your vote, Hillary Clinton should be your candidate.” My first response was … Continue reading

Royal Pains

Most people don’t know that when our founding fathers were fighting over what kind of government we should have (during the last days of the Articles of Confederation or during the long hot summer of the Constitutional congress, accounts vary) that a few leaders quietly wrote to Prince Henry of Prussia and asked if he would be interested in becoming King of America. Henry declined. After all, look how they treated their last king. There … Continue reading

Wrecking Ball

I was pimply faced and wide-eyed and full to the brim with a combination of naivete and cocky assurance–in other words, a freshman in college. Add a healthy dose of hormones and a campus where the male to female ratio was over 100 to 1 (I attended Blue Mountain College, a women’s college) and you had the making of a disaster. I knew next to nothing about women but was sure I was ready … Continue reading

Sparks through Stubble

The just shall shine, and shall run to and fro like sparks among the reeds. They shall judge nations, and rule over people, and their Lord shall reign for ever. (Wisdom of Solomon 3:7-8) You may be asking yourself, “Cool verse. But what is the Wisdom of Solomon?  I thought it was the Song of Solomon.” Well the Wisdom of Solomon is a book that was heavily quoted during the years Jesus was on the … Continue reading