For my first blog of 2017 I thought I’d write about something that has been a burr under my saddle for a while now. I doubt my comments will do any good, but it’s just something I have to get off my chest. Here goes: Christians are lousy at working together. In fact, throughout my […]

If we’re honest with ourselves, I think most of us can admit that there are things in our personality that are just a little off. These things could have been caused by events in our past, genetic predispositions or inheritance, behavioral dysfunctions, or just the luck of the draw! But no matter what the cause, […]

I haven’t really blogged this entire election cycle. It’s certainly not because I am speechless – I spent more than a decade as a political consultant, helping elect candidates at the local, state, and federal level, and another five years after that as a lobbyist for a state agency. In fact, I now am an adjunct […]

I haven’t written in a while, but I have been taking everything in trying to figure out just what to say about this crazy world. Should I talk about the Christian response to the current presidential election (gag)? Should I write about how Christians should look at the Syrian refugee issue (interesting)? Or perhaps I […]

This term I’m teaching the Introduction to Politics course at Corban University, which is a Christian college in Salem, OR. During yesterday’s class I asked the students if they had heard about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem in protest of racial injustice, specifically mentioning issues revolving around […]

It’s a crazy world out there right now! Just in the past few weeks we’ve had questionable police action resulting in the death of young African-Americans; police ambushed and killed in Dallas; police killed in Baton Rouge; terrorism in Nice, France; a coup attempt in Turkey; and continued persecution of Christians (killings, selling of women, […]

Like most people, I’ve known several people in my life who have died. The first person I lost was my grandfather when I was 15 years old. I lost my mother when I was 20. Over the years I’ve lost several friends and other relatives, including my father and three brothers-in-law one of which died […]