Sometimes things that don’t really matter are worth our attention because they affect things that do matter. The football fracas is one of them. I’m aware that multitudes might disagree with my assessment, of course, and I will defend to the death their inalienable right to be wrong. Regardless, my contention is that football really doesn’t matter. By that, I mean that the Continue reading
Posted in Faith and Politics, Faith, Family, and Culture, In the News, Insights, Right Side Up
Tagged American Flag Protest, National Anthem Protest, NFL and politics, NFL Protest, Taking a Knee
The shock factor built into the headline worked, and I was drawn into a recent article in a British newspaper. The lead-in was a simple assertion: “Loneliness is as deadly as smoking 15 cigarettes a day”. The piece was obviously designed to raise awareness of the growing problem of loneliness in the UK, especially among the elderly, and the seriousness of the issue was supported with statements like this about a large portion of the geriatric population: “…one in 10 go for at least four weeks without seeing any loved ones.”
Another piece on the subject began to broaden my perspective with this declaration: “Social media makes people more antisocial as it causes loneliness among the young.” So apparently, loneliness isn’t a phenomenon reserved for the geriatric population. The conclusion cited in that report affirmed that an increased use of “social” media produces an outcome that is both counterintuitive and paradoxical. As the hours that young people spend on “social” media mount in the digital world, so do their feelings of social isolation and loneliness. Could that have anything to do with the fact that Continue reading
There’s no way that our cars shouldn’t have hit. I was a preteen sitting in the passenger side of my family’s car, while my mom was driving. All I remember is that a car came so close to us, that something should have exploded—glass and car doors. But there was no screeching of metal or flying car parts (or us).
Mom had turned left when a car zoomed from nowhere and should have hit the side of our car. She told me Continue reading
First it was Hurricane Harvey, and now Irma. We’re witnessing something in this country that is, I think, very “American”, and not just American in a generic sense, but that unique definition of American that has its roots in the values that undergird the collective character that made us the greatest nation on earth. When Hurricane Harvey hit and now as Irma is bearing down on Florida, we gather around our TVs and electronic devices to watch the videos and listen to the news reports. As we do, a rare and powerful phenomenon begins to unfold. As the storms intensify and the wind and flood waters rape the landscape and destroy homes and lives, multitudes of Continue reading
This is the weekend that we celebrate the concept of work here in America. We pause to honor all of our citizens who engage in it and whose labor sustains the shining symbol of freedom and prosperity that America represents to the world. It follows a week that chronicled one of the worst national disasters in our history. It’s a good time to talk about work and its role in our heritage because we have been witnessing for a week the end result of the kind of sacrificial spirit and overcoming perseverance that built this nation.
We were blessed in our beginning, and for most of our history, with men and women of great intellect, powerful spirit, and deep commitment to God and His truth. That kind of foundation enabled America to become the most powerful and prosperous nation that has existed in modern history. But it wasn’t just their intellect, their spirit alone, or the depth of their commitment that built this nation. It was Continue reading
Posted in Faith, Family, and Culture, In the News, Insights, Labor Day, Right Side Up, Wake Up Calls
Tagged Faith Without Works is Dead, Houston flood, Hurricane Harvey, Visible Gospel
Last week I indulged in a little sarcasm directed toward what appears to be an obsessive tendency in the media these days to suppress, deny, avoid, or challenge information that most of us would classify as “good news”. That trend has some important implications for all of us who consider ourselves to be followers of Jesus because dealing with “good news” is what we’re sent to do. In light of that, we might ask how news gets classified. Who is it, exactly, who gets to decide whether news is “good” or not?
In our current culture, a story often makes it into the “good news” category because of its warmth and uplifting emotional appeal. That’s why those Continue reading