Each Memorial Day our nation takes time to formally recognize the ultimate sacrifice of our servicemen and servicewomen who died in battle. In 1868, a few years after the Civil War, General John A. Logan called for a nationwide day to remember fallen soldiers of that conflict. He selected May 30 as the day to decorate the graves of those soldiers who died in defense of their nation. No particular battle had taken place on that day during the war. The observance became know as Decoration Day. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield (later to become President), spoke at Arlington National Cemetery.… Continue reading
Weather and history, facilitate two other professions: the “forecaster,” an individual who states with varying degrees of accuracy what the weather will be like tomorrow; and the “futurist,” those who forecast, also with varying degrees of accuracy, future trends in society, business, politics or multiple other arenas. Another occupation, the consultant, also forecasts, but mainly recommends some action to either take advantage of the trends or to mitigate against damage the potential storm may cause. The church consultant, like me, is no different. I try to examine history and the “weather” and then make some educated predictions with a view to helping churches either exploit or expiate their situation.… Continue reading
Voting is over. The polls are closed, most of the votes counted, and Lord willing the president elect clearly identified, and our path forward as a nation made clear. I think just about everyone, whether the candidate they backed won or lost, will be relieved this election is over — even if they felt both major party candidates were so flawed they couldn’t in good conscience vote for either; or if they thought the system has reached a tipping point and they chose not to participate at all.
After most presidential elections the whole country feels like it needs a nice long shower.… Continue reading
Today is Election Day in America. By the time most of us lay our heads down on our pillows tonight, it will likely be clear who will serve as our nation’s next President. Though I suspect you already know.
American Christians pour a great deal of energy into the political process. We watch cable news ad nauseam; attend political rallies; write blogs and host forums where we tell one another how to and how not to vote. Then we debate about the merits of candidates on social media – and pass on the dirt we’ve discovered (which may or may not be factual) on the candidates we most despise.… Continue reading
As a culture we are at a strange place, we seem to be headed toward a precipice at breakneck speed. From the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, to the recent release of the undercover videos showing the management of Planned Parenthood haggling over the price of the its tiny murder victims, and the mindless defense of PP on the part of many and the complete ignoring of the story by the mainstream media (while there was widespread outrage over and wall to wall media coverage of the legal killing of a lion in Zimbabwe) I have heard many believers asking has America abandoned God?… Continue reading