Trust the process. Or blow it up. Whatever. But be in it.

OK, so everyone’s still mad about everything, so let’s keep it up with the politics. A couple of weeks back, a group of protesters pulled down the Christopher Columbus statue at the capital in Saint Paul. At first glance, it seemed to be another act of destruction in the rioting that has been happening sinceContinue reading “Trust the process. Or blow it up. Whatever. But be in it.”

Freedom and ‘Merica.

OK, so everyone’s already mad about everything right now, so let’s just do some politics on here. What can it hurt. My little girls are 4 and 6 now, and they’re hitting an age where they are really embodying the stubbornness of their parents. One of the most common phrases in our house right nowContinue reading “Freedom and ‘Merica.”

Paul Harvey on the Common Man

“Why should anyone aspire to be a common man, an average man? Do you realize what it means to be average? That means you’re the best of the lousiest…and the lousiest of the best. Now, if we demand more and more for producing less and less, while the have-not nations encourage, and inspire, and indeedContinue reading “Paul Harvey on the Common Man”

Perkins on forgiveness and love

These are reflections of minister and civil rights activist John M Perkins, as he lay in bed recovering from injuries and ulcers in Mississippi, 1970. An excerpt from John M. Perkins book, “Let Justice Roll Down”. “The Spirit of God worked on me as I lay in that bed. An image formed in my mind.Continue reading “Perkins on forgiveness and love”

In honor of George Floyd

I could write a long list of reasons why I shouldn’t write anything on the turmoil we have seen in Minnesota and around the nation since the death of George Floyd, but the reality is that whatever the list would look like, it would be summed up with the line, “I’m afraid.” It’s a scaryContinue reading “In honor of George Floyd”

Machen on Socialism and the Modern World

“The modern world represents in some respects an enor­mous improvement over the world in which our ancestors lived; but in other respects it exhibits a lamentable de­cline. The improvement appears in the physical condi­tions of life, but in the spiritual realm there is a corre­sponding loss. The loss is clearest, perhaps, in the realm ofContinue reading “Machen on Socialism and the Modern World”

Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy

Slightly edited for relevance and length The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe–the belief that theContinue reading “Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy”

Machen on Schools

“When one considers what the public schools of America in many places already are-their materialism, their discouragement of any sustained intellectual effort, their encouragement of the dangerous pseudo-scientific fads of experimental psychology-one can only be ap­palled by the thought of a commonwealth in which there is no escape from such a soul-killing system…A public schoolContinue reading “Machen on Schools”

On razors and stupidity

My favorite Podcast, Garage Logic with Joe Soucheray (Hail the Flashlight King!), recently introduced me to an interesting idea, a statement called Hanlon’s razor. A razor is a brief, logical statement intended to help someone process through a problem and quickly come to the best solution. Hanlon’s razor says this: Never attribute to malice thatContinue reading “On razors and stupidity”