Month: May 2011

Reflections on This Life & the Next

The last paper is graded; the semester is over. That’s a good feeling. Breaks are always welcome, but I truly do live for the teaching ministry God has given me. I love the beginning of a school year, and there’s always something special about commencements. This is Southeastern’s commencement this year; it occurred last Friday. For the first time we had to rent a larger facility to hold everyone. I’m on the stage in the distance, but don’t bother trying… Read more »

Double Standards & Discernment

In the wake of the successful takeout of bin Laden, there are some who say we shouldn’t criticize the president anymore. I say we give him credit where it is due, but we keep in mind his overall performance and not let one correct decision cloud our memories or lead us to think that in foreign policy and the war on terror, he is on target. In fact, I believe the following illustration is a perfect representation of where he… Read more »

War, Not Lawbreaking

Last Monday, I shared more from Mark Steyn’s brilliant book America Alone, which dissects the radical Islamist problem. I didn’t know as I was writing the post on Sunday that before it appeared on Monday, we would get the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. Does that then make Steyn’s book irrelevant? Only if you believe, against all evidence, that the death of one terrorist leader will be so dispiriting to his followers that they’ll all go back to their… Read more »

Isaiah 11:1-10

Then a shoot will spring forth from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And He will delight in the fear of the Lord, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear…. Read more »

The Obama Energy Policy [In Cartoons]

Yesterday was full—end-of-semester grading, commencement all evening, plumbers at the house in the afternoon—so with little time to devote to critical thinking, I’ve decided to entertain you with cartoons on one of our upcoming policy debates: the energy crisis. Here they are, in no particular order. May they be instructive.

Easy Choice

It appears there is a direct line that can be drawn between the enhanced interrogation tactics used on captured terrorists and the trail to Osama bin Laden. Some continue to believe these tactics are too strong, but we should keep at least two things in mind: first, no one dies from waterboarding; second, it was very effective and has helped save lives. Isn’t that much better than the way some countries deal with those who attack them? What would critics… Read more »

Osama bin Laden & Other Realities

Many have commented on the utterly fantastic/unreal situation of the hideout of bin Laden being right under the nose of the Pakistani military, so I won’t belabor the point. This cartoon, however, hits the right tone: President Obama will have his day[s?] in the sun over the takedown of bin Laden, and some are speculating that this will make him unbeatable in 2012. Would that be just as unbeatable as George Herbert Walker Bush in 1992 after he had a… Read more »