Month: February 2013

A Lesson in Clarity

Graphs and charts can be very informative. Sometimes, if done right, they can clarify rather complex issues. Take budgets and spending, for instance. Now, this isn’t a typical graph, but I think it makes the point quite well: Talk about a pie chart. I hope you caught the crumbs next to the larger pie—that’s the dreaded sequestration amount. How will we ever survive? Yet President Obama seems to have difficulty with the proposition that spending needs to be cut: He… Read more »

These Are Our Leaders?

Chuck Hagel was confirmed as the new Secretary of Defense yesterday. Forty-one Republicans voted against the appointment; four joined with all the Democrats to put the vote well over the top. Republicans who earlier voted for cloture and broke the filibuster are, in my mind, just as much to blame for this successful nomination as those who openly supported Hagel. This is the same man who fell on his face verbally in his confirmation hearings, stumbling badly before sharp questioning…. Read more »

Another Personal Reflection

This daily commentary takes stock of current events in light of Biblical truth. It’s just who I am. I don’t have to force or impose a certain meaning on those events because I quite naturally interpret everything through that Biblical prism. Today, I want to step back a bit and simply be thankful for what the Lord has given, and what He has allowed me to do. We should all do this regularly. I’m thankful, above all else, for being… Read more »

The Sequestration “Emergency”

The big word that’s scaring people these days is sequestration. All those automatic spending cuts are supposed to go into effect later this week if Congress can’t come up with a better solution. President Obama was behind this tactic from the start; now he’s acting like he never was. In other words, he’s doing what he always does—speaking out of both sides of his mouth. And the other part of his plan has already been set in motion also: This… Read more »

The Sermon on the Mount–Part XIII

Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”

C. S. Lewis: Why Only One Chance?

Some people may critique what the Bible says about having only this one life to get things right with God. Isn’t it rather drastic that if we blow it this time around and end up separated from God that we don’t get to try again? Why not multiple opportunities? C. S. Lewis has a rather unique way of explaining the justice of it all: [Some say] that death ought not to be final, that there ought to be a second… Read more »

Dismal Education: The Head Start Failure

Whenever government takes on a task for which it is ill-suited, failure ensues. Nowhere is this failure more evident than in the realm of education. I always begin with a Biblical analysis, and in this case I find no basis in Scripture for civil government to be in charge of education. That is primarily the responsibility of parents. Historically in America—prior to the development of the public school system—parents, churches, private academies, and local townships dominated education, and we were… Read more »