Slaying Giants

Slaying Giants

In recent days my thoughts have returned to standing in a dry creek bed in the Valley of Elah, kneeling in the dirt to pick up smooth rocks. What’s brought that memory to mind has been hearing so many friends expressing their fear of giants stalking the land. But...
Joy For The World

Joy For The World

Few songs capture the spirit of the season for me like Isaac Watts’ 1719 hymn “Joy to the World.” The song, like the Gospels in the New Testament, joyfully denies us the chance to fixate solely on that birth in Bethlehem. Texas Scorecard Joy For The World Play Episode...
Cleaning Up

Cleaning Up

We all heard it growing up from our mothers: “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Come to think of it, I’m not sure that ever properly motivated me to actually clean my room as a kid. (Sorry, mom!) Thanks to sin, none of us – like petulant children before bedtime –...
Blazing Bonfires

Blazing Bonfires

Even though there is no record he said it, many people attribute to the American patriot Sam Adams the phrase, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” It may be a spurious...
Lying With Facts?

Lying With Facts?

In the economy of civics, “trust” is the only currency that counts. We all know that a flat-out lie is wrong, yet we tolerate “shading” of the truth if it serves our political purposes. It is so easy to pull honest-to-goodness facts out of their context to further our...
Our Fault

Our Fault

When public corruption by government officials is alleged, everyone typically rushes to partisan corners in defense of their allies and to chastise opponents. No one will admit someone from their political team might have fallen prey to the seduction of power, and we...
Meaningful Work

Meaningful Work

Many of our social and political problems can be attributed to those idle busybodies. In a republic of sovereign, self-governing citizens, each of us should be about the high calling of productive, daily work. Real, productive work – meeting real needs – should be...