Archive for the 'Politics & Society' Category

Like A Dog On A Leash

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Speak Anthony! Anthony, roll over… roll over! Sit! Stay!… Good boy. Now, wait in this line for two hours. It’s Black Friday and I’m feeling like a dog on a corporate leash. Keep in mind, I am here blogging and sipping on coffee, and watching HGTV, but I feel the call of the pied piper [...]

Pray And Pull The Trigger

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

The thematic thread running through today’s lectionary was forgiveness, which struck me as both apropos and challenging on this day, the day of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that fell the Twin Towers, that took down a plane in Pennsylvania, and that took out a wing of the Pentagon. It is [...]

Not Unbridled Socialism Nor Self-Help Ideology

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

From time to time I hear conservatives who profess Christ talk about the need to shrink or get rid of welfare programs because welfare supposedly enables the poor by undermining their initiative to seek a better life. I don’t doubt that to some degree this is true, and I am quite sure that there are [...]

Killing Initiative

Friday, April 1st, 2011

While reading a post on how aphorisms tempt us to short circuit genuine analysis of the subjects they address, I came across a comment about how liberal policies are a premiere example of good intentions paving the road to hell. In this comment the commenter stated: While intending to ease the plight of the underclass, [...]

A Response to Symptoms of a Social Revolution

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

I went to Mere Comments, a blog affiliated with Touchstone Magazine, and wrote a response to a post about the aftermath of the Sexual Revolution. I was particularly responding to a couple of commenters who accused the author of building an argument based upon historical ignorance. Specifically, one commenter accused the author of believing that [...]

Monsanto Makes the Pantheon

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

I just got done watching “Food Inc.” As a result, I am going to revise my pantheon of major fallen deities. Next to Beelzebub, Dagon, and Baal, I am going to add Monsanto. Is it a coincidence that Mammon and Monsanto share the same first letter? I think not.

Across Party Lines and Worldly Categories

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Every Sunday, in Anglican churches around the world, there comes a time in the liturgy when the deacon leads the congregation to pray for those in positions of authority. Here, in Fresno California, this prayer looks like something like this: Celebrant: We pray for Barak our president, Arnold our governor, Ashley our mayor, and for [...]

A Civil Conversation In An Alternate Universe

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

In an alternate universe Glenn Beck (who looks a lot like Han Solo) and Jim Wallis (who looks a lot like Obi Wan Kenobi) sit down to have a civil discussion about social justice. The video below gives us the opportunity to listen in. *******

We Don’t Fit

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

I have voraciously been feeding on Tim Keller’s sermons. Tim is the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York, and his ability to express the depth of God’s grace, and its ability to form a new community of “peculiar people,” has been for me a potent blessing. Below I give a small excerpt from [...]

Got Bias?

Monday, November 24th, 2008

I listen to NPR and I find it to be an overall evenhanded source of information about a variety of issues and events in American society. I have friends who would disagree. I chalk this difference up to the fact that my friends are situated a bit more right than I, and thus there is [...]