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The Time That’s Left

March 21st, 2015

What will you do with the time that’s left
Will you live it all with no regret?
Will they say that you loved till your final breath?
What will you do with the time that’s left?

~ Mark Schultz, “The Time That is Left” (From Stories & Songs, ©2003 written by Mark Schultz and James Isaac Elliott)

One of the more awe-inspiring things about being a human being, for me at least, is that we have the agency to adapt and change continuously as we go through life. Our potential for growth and maturity is limitless, and how much we change, and how long we allow ourselves to be humble and open to change, is entirely within our control. When people speak to the journey in life being more vital than the destination, they are referring to a process of continuous learning and improvement that shapes us as we go about our days, allowing new information and experiences to influence us, and they never presume they’ve reached a final destination until they’ve drawn their last breath. When we stop learning, we’ve stopped living.

The recent fate of two friends in my age group brought this thought into sharp focus for me.

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The Battle of Selma, 2015

March 10th, 2015

The 50th anniversary commemoration of the march on Selma, a watershed moment in the civil rights movement, has come and gone and, in my opinion, left debris in its wake like a summer thunderstorm. It’s clearer to me now than ever before that American society is not equipped for the task of racial reconciliation, and that it’s going to take the unified, Christ-committed church to lead us there.

There were some positive signs. Two Republican members of Congress, Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama, were co-sponsors of the 50th anniversary commemoration under the auspices of the Faith and Politics Institute, which has hosted the commemorative march in Selma since 1998. They aggressively recruited their Republican colleagues to participate in the event, and a record number of them showed up. Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, were also there, reflecting what has been a conciliatory and charitable post-presidency for our 43rd president.

But then the storm started.

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What’s Your Worldview? – A Book Review

February 14th, 2015

Do you know why you believe what you believe?

It sounds like an odd question on the surface, but it actually goes to the heart of a book by Dr. James N. Anderson, What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions. Anderson, a theology and philosophy professor and ordained minister, has created an unusual and engaging way for his readers to determine how they view the world, and you don’t even have to read the whole book to figure it out.

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Will God be Watching the Super Bowl?

January 31st, 2015

The Super Bowl, arguably the biggest sports spectacle on the planet, will be played on Sunday, and the football game will actually be a relief from the two weeks of buildup that preceded it. While folks have been talking incessantly about “Deflategate” and what Bill Belichick and Tom Brady knew and when they knew it, whether or not Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will speak to the media, or whatever loquacious Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman has to say, my attention has been focused on another game-related topic, and it involves God.

Yes, God.

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Immigration and the End of Trust

November 20th, 2014

[In government] the constant aim is to divide and arrange the several offices in such a manner as that each may be a check on the other–that the private interest of every individual may be a sentinel over the public rights. ~ James Madison, The Federalist, No. 51, February 6, 1788.

President Obama is expected today to announce an executive order with dramatic implications for up to five million illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States. He is taking this step, by many accounts, against the will of the American people as expressed in public opinion polls and through the results of the most recent election, which placed control of the U.S. Congress firmly in the hands of the Republican Party, where the debate over immigration policy is still unsettled.

The president himself realizes that unilateral action on immigration is politically unpopular, since he chose to delay action until after the election so the issue couldn’t be used against Democratic candidates. It didn’t seem to matter to the voters, however, who were apparently astute enough to recognize the delay as a purely political decision, and they sent a message that they want a Congress not beholden to the president to speak for them on the issue.

Despite the electoral outcome, the President seems determined to move forward with his immigration plan, setting up a battle between him and the Congress before the newly elected and reelected legislators have a chance to take their seats in January.

Not coincidentally, a recent Pew Research poll shows that distrust in the federal government remains near historic highs.

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Remembering the Wall

November 9th, 2014

In 1985, as a young 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, I went on a “familiarization tour” of Berlin with my commanding officer and several of the members of our unit, an intelligence detachment assigned to a NATO wartime bunker in the Hunsrück region of what was then West Germany.

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Keep Calm and Carry On

November 8th, 2014

Another election night in America is in the books, and it’s safe to say the American people shook things up a bit, did they not? Read the rest of this entry »

Fierce Convictions – A Book Review

November 2nd, 2014

When I first heard that my friend and Liberty University colleague, Karen Swallow Prior, was writing her second book, a biography chronicling the life of noted British writer, educator and social reformer Hannah More, my initial reaction was, “How does she find the time to do that?”

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Stealing Work from American Hands

October 8th, 2014

Note: An edited version of this article, titled “Obama Takes Jobs From Blacks And Gives Them To Immigrants“, was published on the Investors Business Daily website, Investors.com, on October 2, 2014.


 

In 2008, federal immigration enforcement officials descended on a poultry processing plant in South Carolina, arresting 11 plant managers that summer and more than 300 illegal workers in October. A subsequent audit revealed that, of the 825 employees at the plant, 777 had falsified paperwork.

After the parent company denied knowledge of the illegal hiring practices and agreed to obey immigration laws, the plant’s workforce underwent an amazing transformation. Prior to the raid, Latino workers comprised more than 80% of the plant’s employees. After the illegal workers were replaced by Americans looking for work, the plant’s demographic composition was more than 70% black.

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Don’t confuse me with the facts

September 27th, 2014

“The people at Politifact are terrified of being considered partisan if they acknowledge the clear fact that there’s a lot more lying on one side of the political divide than on the other…So they’ve bent over backwards to appear ‘balanced’ — and in the process made themselves useless and irrelevant.” ~ Paul Krugman

Everybody hates the fact-checkers.

Liberals hate them because they believe themselves to be superior to their ideological opponents who are bigoted, homophobic, misogynistic, anti-intellectual and evil personified, and therefore lie more than anyone else in human history. As a result, liberals’ statements are beyond dispute.

Conservatives hate them because they are all tools of the Left, which routinely misleads and misinforms because of their contempt for the hoi polloi in flyover country, who have more wisdom from life experience than these elitists have from all the diplomas hanging on their walls.

These are generalities, of course, but they aren’t far from the perceptions each side has of the other, and they despise fact-checkers precisely because they refuse to take sides.

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