debt ceilings, government shutdowns, and the Kingdom of God

To point out that the hours and days ahead are precarious for America's political and financial systems is to point out the obvious. At times when disaster seemingly looms just around the corner, interest in politics blossoms, and nearly everyone with a keyboard and a political opinion feels the obligation…

The RPA 'Double-Tap': Ethical Engagement or Moral Monster?

After what seems like forever, my Air Force-sponsored master's thesis is completed, graded, and now released to the world or whomever is interested... Title:  The RPA 'Double-Tap':  Ethical Engagement or Moral Monster Abstract: The ethical philosophy known as the Just War tradition (JWT) has governed the use and restraint of…

consumed with legality while ignoring morality

We live in a society where questions of legality abound and questions of morality are all but ignored.  When deciding a course of action, we have little hesitation about asking "Is it legal?" but typically fail to ask "Is it right?"  A recent example comes from the leaked DOJ memo…

"on Israel, the Church, and the Politics of Jesus" (link)

For many evangelical Christians, these matters are simple: Israel is God’s side and therefore should be our side, and this about good versus bad, light versus darkness.  Anything less than a ringing endorsement of all Israeli policies is seen as an affront to the living God.  This position is…

the real Evangelical disaster...

The great evangelical disaster is that evangelicalism has become synonymous with Republicanism rather than the gospel of Jesus Christ. -- Rachel Held Evans (read more) Rachel's post is right on target with respect to the wearying drone of Evangelicals who equate "conservative" and "Evangelical" with "Republican" rather than anything to…

Dehumanization and its Effects on Society

Over the weekend, NPR ran a story/review of Jonathon Littell's book, The Kindly Ones, which they describe as "the fictional first-person memoir of a cultured German who loves Bach, cherishes great literature — and also happens to be a former Nazi exterminator."  Interestingly, the writeup on NPR's website focuses on…

Rev. Lowery...My Final Thoughts

Several people have replied to my earlier post on this blog and made statements elsewhere on the web in defense of Rev. Lowery's benediction during the inauguration.  In short, the response has been that his words should not be interpreted as racist remarks.  The rationale for dismissing his statements as…

President Obama's Glorious Burden

This is, by far, the most stirring thing I've read from President Obama's first day in office: On this Inauguration Day, we are reminded that we are heirs to over two centuries of American democracy, and that this legacy is not simply a birthright -- it is a glorious burden…

Rev. Lowery's Racist Benediction...So Much for Reconciliation...

On a day when many of my conservative and/or libertarian persuasion are deriding President Obama's inauguration as something nearing the end of the country as we know it, I have been much less pessimistic but still anxiously awaiting what the future will hold for our great nation under a…

Bailing Out the Big 3...Seriously?!

Traditionally, I have intentionally avoided politics here.  With a few exceptions surrounding the Olympics this summer, I have chosen to write almost exclusively on other topics...but things in Washington are getting so absolutely out of control, I am compelled to vent. In case you haven't been paying attention, Mr…