A Happy Fourth to Everyone

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –ThatContinue reading “A Happy Fourth to Everyone”

The so-called wall of separation between church and state

Dallas Willard crushes the “wall of separation” argument when it comes to the First Amendment. The First Amendment is about something Congress (and, as interpreted by the the Supreme Court and state governments) cannot do. It is not about what Christian should not do. We now live under the influence of a gigantic myth about a “wall of separation”Continue reading “The so-called wall of separation between church and state”

Yet another reason why I love my city

This story is an interview our police chief, Scott Nadeau, did on MPR yesterday. With all the trouble in Ferguson, MO, and the bad rap police take in general in the media, Scott is a leader who gets it right. It is a joy to work with this leader! Please take the time to listenContinue reading “Yet another reason why I love my city”

How we view government

A column by David Brooks had a great quote on how partisans often view our government from the inside: Right now there is bipartisan inconsistency over the effectiveness of government. Republicans think government is a bumbling tool at home but a magnificent instrument abroad. Democrats think government is a magnificent instrument at home but aContinue reading “How we view government”

The paralysis of politics has made the Church pathetic instead of PROPHETIC

Please do yourself a favor and listen to a repeat of this live stream. I couldn’t fast forward through it, so it was necessary to listen carefully all the way through as evangelical/conservative leaders talked about race, racism, and justice. The very first comments from a conservative black pastor caught me. He asked someone whoContinue reading “The paralysis of politics has made the Church pathetic instead of PROPHETIC”

When we have to think hard and finally act

There are obviously pros and cons concerning President Obama’s speech on immigration. What gets missed is the immigrant.  Those who are all “pro” Obama were that way before his speech. Those who are all “con” Obama were that way before his speech. While I truly dislike his “go it alone” mentality (which he criticized George BushContinue reading “When we have to think hard and finally act”