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 […]

Like just about everyone in America, I’m stunned at the verdict Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner received for three felony counts, including sexual assault and attempted rape. It was a unanimous guilty verdict but the judge in the case, Aaron Persky, decided to only give the kid a six-month sentence of what could have been […]

Let me start today by asking you a question: Is it okay for Christians to be offended? This is a little trickier question than it seems on the surface. On the one hand, we’d say, “Sure, we can have righteous indignation or holy discontent about a lot of things!” On the other hand, however, when […]

I haven’t written a blog lately for several reasons. First, I’ve been a bit under the weather so I’ve been a slacker! Two, it seems that while I have something I’d like to write about I don’t have enough to say for a full blog post. And three, sometimes it’s better just to keep your […]