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History 2021

History 2021

I wrote the original version of the following story almost twenty years ago, as the second chapter in an anthology of short stories, Ten Lies and Ten Truths. I have rewritten parts of the story this week, to capture the new realities of History 2021 A Story Harrison Gillies sat alone in the teacher's lounge of a prestigious New England private high school grading English essays. Paintings donated by the Art Department, an oriental rug, and a couple of decades' accumulation of furniture lifted...

Pairsing The Truth

Pairsing The Truth

One of my favorite sayings about Truth is: “Truth is simple, and delights in simple statements. It expects to make its way by its own intrinsic force, and is willing to pass for what it is worth.  Error is noisy and declamatory, and hopes to succeed by substituting sound for sense, and by such tones and arts as shall induce men to believe that what is said is true, when it is known by the speaker to be false.” Albert Barnes‘ New Testament Notes Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia...

Pray and Work for Those Whom We Love

Pray and Work for Those Whom We Love

Many aspects of this post will not be easy to read—they’re not easy to write. I’m working on a fourth novel, set in D.C., with angels and demons which are visible to the reader, though not to the characters in the story, similar to my first novel, On The Edge. This new novel requires a scene about a non-believer being escorted to the Throneroom of God by spiritual beings, to face God at the Judgment Seat. There was a similar scene in On The Edge; I have to recreate it here following the death...

A Bridge to No Trump

A Bridge to No Trump

My usual schedule is to post an essay near the end of each month, but the events of the past few days have intervened for this first month of 2021. First, let me stipulate several important points: I am a conservative, a veteran, husband, father, grandfather and imperfect follower of Jesus Christ. I detest most Progressive policies as being the wrong solution for any given problem; they are usually both unworkable and destructive to those at which they are directed. I imagine that I agree with...

Should America Be A Meritocracy? Yes, but…

Should America Be A Meritocracy? Yes, but…

I initially watched with alarm the process through which President-elect Biden filled his Cabinet and Executive Branch nominations. A key criterion for selection appeared to be one’s skin color, gender or sexual orientation, not experience, ability or past performance in a related role. As a conservative, my default position on such matters has always been that America is a meritocracy, and that all forms of advancement and selection should be based on skill, performance, facts and...

Georgia On Our Minds

Georgia On Our Minds

As most of you know, I’m a Conservative-Libertarian Christian who happens to live in the current national-focus state of Georgia. I dislike the way the Democratic Party, the Progressive Elite, The FBI/DOJ, and the Main Stream Media (MSM) hounded President Trump from before his 2016 election all the way through his Presidency and finally into these elections. It was despicable behavior, and I hope that we get to the bottom of it through Senate hearings and internal DOJ investigations. We must...

October 2020

October 2020

The Elections, the Virus, and the Violence--the three big issues (so far) in this unusual year--have taken up a lot of time and ink. I focused on each one in recent months, and, after re-reading those earlier posts, I don't have much to add. Here are those links: Term Limit Trumps the Mob Coronavirus Perspective A Warning and ABLM My one additional thought about next week's election would be: It would be a terrible tragedy if two relatively short-term issues--the President's personality and...

Spiritual Warfare and The Family: Some Thoughts for Husbands

Spiritual Warfare and The Family: Some Thoughts for Husbands

Let’s take a break from the current political fracas and consider a subject which will be with us until long after the next election: Spiritual Warfare and the Family. First, let me stipulate that I know there are some troubled families that are seriously dysfunctional with abuse or addiction, and/or where no father is present. Those situations are important to address, but they require skills and interventions which are beyond the scope of this post. My focus here is calling attention to the...

A Warning

A Warning

This post is a warning which we should take seriously. George Floyd died on May 25th in Minneapolis. In the ensuing three months we have witnessed demonstrations, peaceful protests, violent riots, the destruction of urban centers, the rise of Black Lives Matter, Antifa and other militant groups, mob rule, corporate mea culpas for social injustice, vigilantes, and politicians stating that America is actually not the world’s greatest experiment in personal freedom but instead is the worst of...

Term Limit Trumps The Mob

Term Limit Trumps The Mob

As readers of this space know, I agonized over the 2016 election as a gamble between a largely unknown but troubling personality vs. policies which I believed would harm our country. I took the gamble on Trump’s personality, largely persuaded by my beliefs on abortion and his approach to rebalancing our judicial system. Now it’s 2020, and the choice is even more polarized. Are these really the best two Presidential candidates in the nation? Trump’s personality is no longer a question. He is a...

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