Former Obama Aide Tackles Politics and Religion: A Review of Michael Wear’s Reclaiming Hope

Michael Wear loves Jesus, believes the Bible, is pro-life, holds traditional views of marriage, and is fully committed to religious freedom. And he’s a Democrat. Some may find the above paragraph an incredible contradiction. The Atlantic‘s Emma Green put it bluntly: “There aren’t many people like Michael Wear in today’s Democratic Party.” Yet this tension […]

Be an Informed Citizen Every Day of the Year

Casting a vote is good. Casting an INFORMED vote is even better. Your responsibilities as a citizen of the United States aren’t confined to Election Day. That so many Americans only think about politics come election time is why we’re in the mess we find ourselves in today. Whatever happens today, make a commitment that […]

The Hard Truths About Terence Crutcher and the Need for Racial Justice and Healing in America

Hundreds of mourners descended on Antioch Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma yesterday to pay their final respects to Terence Crutcher. During the solemn service, one of the speakers declared, “We’re not going to stop until we have full justice, say it, full justice.” The assembled crowd responded, “Full Justice.” All of America is swept up […]

Don’t Let Politics Ruin a Friendship

Politics and friendship. Politics and family. These things don’t always mix. The other day, I had lunch with a dear friend. We talked about the election and he pointed out that this election season is ruining a lot of friendships. He’s right, and I wish he wasn’t. A week ago, a friend of mine sent […]

How to Stop the Hate and Heal Our Nation

With all the violence in the news, we are seeing the catastrophic consequences of group identity politics. When you allow yourself to believe (and/or encourage others to believe) lies such as all (or most) blacks are ‘thugs,’ all (or most) whites are racist, all (or most) Muslims are terrorists, all (or most) evangelical Christians are […]

Don’t Give Up on America

Don’t give up on America. Whether it’s corrupt high-ranking officials getting off scot free or heart-wrenching police shootings or the decline of our civil rights and basic freedoms, too many people want to take the “easy way out” and just give up on America. Some will even cite the Founding Fathers as inspiration, forgetting or […]

Why Presidents Day is Celebrated (and Why it Shouldn’t Be!)

Want to know why Presidents’ Day is celebrated? Well, the generally understood (though not official) purpose of “Presidents Day” (alternately spelled President’s Day, Presidents’ Day, or Presidents Day) is to celebrate the American presidency and remember all those who served as President of the United States. This, however, is not the actual, legal purpose of the holiday. […]

Is There Such a Thing as Absolute Truth?

The question of whether objective, absolute truth exists normally comes up in philosophical and religious circles, but it’s also become a matter of considerable interest and discussion in self-help circles. The other day, a blog I frequent had an article titled “There is No Such Thing as Absolute Truth.” In the article, Rene A. Bastarache, a hypnotist […]