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How Writing an Op-ed Column is Similar to Preaching in Church

March 19, 2020

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My experience is that you really haven’t preached a good sermon, or written a good column, if you don’t stir the pot, offend someone, and create some controversy, hopefully provoking thought as well as insults. The goal is not however to irritate people, but the strength of any good sermon or column is expressing the […]

Some Thoughts on the Firing of James R. Riley at University of Alabama

September 22, 2019

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An announcement made on Sept. 5 was terse and expressed the opinion that the case was closed: “Dr. James Riley has resigned his position at the University of Alabama by mutual agreement,” Chris Bryant, a spokesman for the University, wrote in an email, adding “Neither party will have any further comments.” Case closed. I thought […]

Truth and Facts

August 17, 2019

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Years ago, after an academic disaster in a chemistry class one summer that ended my ambitions to be a doctor, I stayed for the second semester and took a history course and a philosophy course to get the taste of failure out of my system. The history course was on the history of war, taught […]

July 4 and the Founding Fathers

August 17, 2019

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Since this is July 4th weekend, I wanted to remark a bit of what we owe those “old white men” who delivered us from English oppression in the late eighteenth century. You may be unaware, but many of today’s textbooks portray the Founding Fathers as nothing but a cadre of dead, white, sexist, slave-holding males […]

The Big Problem with ALL the Political Candidates

April 10, 2016

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Like most of us, I suppose, I’ve been weighing the pros and cons of all the candidates running for president of the United States. Well, not exactly all. When you look at a ballot in the polling place you will always find many more people running for just about any major office, kind of off-the-wall […]

Truth in Movies

January 31, 2015

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Movies are different from books, even if the movie is based on a book, let’s say a biography, or the history of an event. Fiction is another whole realm. Each—fiction and non-fiction—has its attractions. If the biography or history expects to have an impact, it must be well written, organized and presented, preferably with a […]

Justice

October 28, 2013

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Justice is a tricky concept. It has many meanings, some with legal implications, some with theological meanings, and the term is thrown around freely from Presidents to prisoners in the local county jail. James Madison wrote that justice is the end of government, or, put another way, the role of government is to see that […]

The Life of a Wrong

September 28, 2013

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How long is one responsible for a wrong? Recently the CIA released a new report on Operation Trajax. The document—“The Battle for Iran”– revealed a few new facts on the removal by the United States of a prime minister in 1953 skirting too close to the edges of communism. This was, after all, the Cold […]

What is Truth?

October 3, 2012

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Bill O’Reiley has a very popular show on the Fox network, which begins or ends, with his theme, “the spin stops here.” By that I take it to mean that on his show you will hear the truth, without “spin” put on it by political commentators, politicians, pundits and anyone else interpreting the facts for […]

The Truth Prism

June 4, 2012

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Since the relationship between the Church (or Christianity broadly) and the State (or the government) is rising to the status of major issue in the forthcoming presidential election, we need to face this head on. But, more important, we need to employ a special prism or filter that always renders the truth when the evidence […]