We have reached that time of year when those collecting for various charity causes emerge from their winter hiatus. We see them on the street corners such as the “boot” campaign of firefighters, the Shriners and their fezzes taking life and limb risks by inserting themselves into the traffic flow collecting money for Shriners Hospitals, … Continue reading Charity
Is there Redemption?
“Yes, you are unique… Just like everyone else.” Slightly paraphrased quote – Rev Dr JoAnne Morris Brian to the crowd: “You are all individuals!” The crowd in unison: “Yes, we are all individuals!” Monty Python’s Life of Brian 1979 I have to admit, that Holy Week was a particularly bad week for me as well … Continue reading Is there Redemption?
More Lamentations of Greatness
The following text is one of my favorites because it speaks directly on how we as individuals and as a nation might live fully into our humanity. It comes from Matthew chapter 25 verses 31 through 46 in the New Revised Standard Version which I copied from http://www.biblegateway.com. Take a minute and read these words … Continue reading More Lamentations of Greatness
Decline and Fall – It’s not as bad as it sounds…
Welcome to the last chapter of the Decline and Fall of the American Empire. In a sense, we have been moving toward this and it is realized with the election of the 45th President. We now move toward irrelevance in the world in a weird, cruel, and embarrassing denouement. I know it sounds strange, but … Continue reading Decline and Fall – It’s not as bad as it sounds…
Independence Day? “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” Thomas Jefferson - 1776 Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land … Continue reading Independence Day?
Lamentations on “Greatness”
“We live in a country that is more divided than ever. We live in an era of post-truth, where it seems that facts don’t matter as long as you get your slice of the pie. It is a pie that is hoarded by the moneyed elite that seeks to get even more of the pie … Continue reading Lamentations on “Greatness”
God and the 2nd Amendment
I’d like to talk a little bit about the 2nd Amendment and how our faith informs us regarding this “Right to bear Arms.” The argument over the 2nd Amendment has captured the spotlight over the past 30 years and is especially relevant today regarding the increase of gun deaths within this country. As a society, … Continue reading God and the 2nd Amendment