Some Thoughts on Patriotism

In the United States one of the most patriotic things we can do is examine, question, and critically challenge both our government and our social values. This is one of the core principles that made the founding of our nation unique in its time and (at our best) is a model and standard for other nations.

God’s Warning to A King

Thus says the LORD: “Go down to the house of the king of Judah and speak there this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, who sits on the throne of David, you, and your servants, and your people who enter these gates. Thus says the LORD:

“Do not trust these deceptive words…”

A modified reading of Jeremiah 7:3-8: “Thus says the YHWH of armies, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. Do not trust in these lying words: ‘We have the Day of Prayer! The Day of Prayer! The Day of Prayer!’1

Just Met A Dreamer: I Hope We Don’t Break His Trust

Just randomly met a young man who is a “Dreamer,” one of those young people benefitting from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). He was brought here when he was 12. He’s working hard. Doing his best, making his way, and trying to do the right things.

Some Quick Thoughts On Popular Christian Memes About The 2017 Eclipse

1. Total Solar Eclipses Are Not Rare, But Seeing One May Be Although an individual, remaining in a single region her or his whole life, may never see a total eclipse or perhaps witness such an eclipse only once or twice in a lifetime, the occurrences of total eclipses is not rare. Total solar eclipses happen somewhere in the world about every 18 …

Is This Making Us Great?

Henry Rousso, a Jewish Holocaust historian and Egyptian-born French citizen, was detained by U.S. officials for ten hours after his eleven hour flight from France and was about to be returned to Paris before faculty at Texas A&M University, where he was scheduled to speak, intervened.

Mammon

Wealth and success atone for all wickedness of word and action in a society that worships Mammon, the god of riches. 

Some Post-Election Thoughts

1. The Electoral College The electoral college is not better or worse than a pure majority election. It is simply a different form of democracy. Both forms (popular vote or electoral college) have pros and cons. Our system is a Republic, set up on state-based representation (were are the “United States”).