Month: August 2011

Another Disaster on the Way?

We must always keep a sense of proportion. Hurricane Irene was pretty large, but it is dwarfed by an even larger storm. The president does have the pulse of the nation’s hardships, I’m sure: What should we brace ourselves for next? What other disaster looms on the horizon? Yes, Congress will be returning soon, and we’re told that President Obama will be unveiling his “new” economic recovery plan, and he may even put it in writing and present it to… Read more »

Is This a Libyan Spring or a Fall?

It’s been a while since I’ve said anything about the events in Libya, but a lot has transpired in the past week or so. It’s probably not a subject that interests a majority of our citizens; Libya seems so far away and disconnected from life here. Yet we may be seeing a change similar to what is taking place in Egypt, which can have serious ramifications. There are still those who tout the so-called “Arab Spring” as a testimony of… Read more »

Christian School Graduates: What Are They Like?

I just read through the results of a recent survey of Christian school graduates [pre-college] that sought to determine whether graduates from those Christian schools were achieving the goals of the schools—academic excellence, spiritual formation, and the engagement of the larger culture. Some of those results are heartening, while one in particular is discouraging, to me at least. The positives for Protestant Christian schools, the ones with which I am most familiar and am closer to in spirit, can be… Read more »

Jeremiah 17:5-10

Thus says the Lord, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the Lord. For he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, a land of salt without inhabitant. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted… Read more »

Education & the Soul

This past week a new academic year began. I always enjoy the beginning of a new year. It can be that way when you believe you have a calling from God to do what you’re doing. I’ve used this blog on a number of occasions to express my gratitude for the opportunity I have to teach at Southeastern University, where I can provide a Biblical basis for every course and analyze American history through that Biblical lens. For me, there… Read more »

The Excuse List

First an earthquake, now a hurricane. What’s happening in the natural world has its parallels in the political world, as a number of cartoonists have noted already. Here are a couple on the earthquake: That last one is of course making reference to all the “reasons” President Obama has given for the failing economy. Now, with Hurricane Irene imminent, he has another one he can add to the list: Apparently, the Washington Monument suffered some cracks from the earthquake, although… Read more »

Movers & Shakers in DC

That surprise earthquake with the epicenter in the middle of Virginia unsettled people all along the east coast. It wasn’t that far from Washington, DC, so it really shook people there too [yes, I know that was a terrible pun]. Members of Congress were particularly concerned: No one in DC wants to see all their finely crafted plans come tumbling down: I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama had a few seconds of consternation when he heard the number: There… Read more »