Missing puzzle pieces

What happened to the missing puzzle piece? The argument had been ongoing as far back as I could remember. And at only 8 years old, that meant I could remember all the way back to when I was just a kid. Being as there were only five of us, and I knew the culprit wasn’t […]

The knockdown, drag-out society

Civilized disagreement — that’s one thing. But flagrant insult, direct or strongly implied, as a lever for moving public policy along — I don’t believe I’d call that persuasive, uplifting or even very useful. I would call it another mark of the disruptive, disrupted times we live in, when every difference of opinion is a […]

Historical hysteria

“The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” — Friedrich Hegel We will learn even less from history if we wipe it clean, as some are trying to do by removing statues of Confederate leaders whose beliefs about slavery and race most, including me, find offensive. Conversation beats censorship. […]

The Yankee and his music

Tink returned from a trip to Los Angeles and was recounting a conversation between himself and a friend during lunch. (Many in Southern California continue to be amazed that Tink, a Yankee-born-turned-Southern-Californian has found his very happy place in the South.) “Do you have to listen to country music all the time?” asked Tink’s friend […]

Ask Father Paul – The sin question

Answers to your questions about life, religion and the Bible The sin question Dear Father Paul: I am a 48-year-old man. When I was a teenager, I walked the aisle at a little country church and received Christ as my savior. For a time, I lived a godly life. But now, decades later, I am […]

Hate speech and our country

The march in Charlottesville is nothing new. Fortunately, since the inception of the Klan in the later decades of the 1800s, these now generally marginalized individuals have been moved further and further into the fringes of society. The best response to these hateful individuals is to ignore them. They only have power when put in […]

Nazis, Communists, and Charlottesville

In the 1930s, two major groups clashed in Germany. The clashes were often violent and, at times, people were killed in these conflicts. The two groups were the Nazis and the Communists. Both sought to dominate the political conversation and, while both groups would eventually cause the deaths of tens of millions of people, their […]

Once in a lifetime

Seen from Oregon to Georgia, the solar eclipse last Monday was the event of the century and perhaps the greatest natural phenomenon of our lifetime. If you gazed towards the heavens a little past 2:30 pm. on Aug. 21, you saw it. If you missed it, join the crowd. But there’s still a chance for […]

The fruit of identity politics

By Michael Barone There’s a whiff of Weimar in the air. During the years of the Weimar Republic (1919-33), Germany was threatened by Communist revolutionaries and Nazi uprisings. Foreign Minister Walter Rathenau was assassinated, and violent street fighting was commonplace. Then Adolf Hitler took power in 1933. America is nowhere near that point. But many […]

Shouting for joy

When I was a child, it was, on occasion, that we traveled up into the mountains to visit what Mama called her “home church,” meaning it was the church in which she had grown up. It was mainly summer revivals that took us there because Sundays were devoted to the church where Daddy pastored. I […]