What do you do when you can’t vote for the lesser of two evils?

repubdemo2This election has been one of the most polarizing in recent history. Rife with insults, name-calling, and scandal trading, it has gone much deeper, creating schisms within the Republican and Democratic parties themselves. Continue reading

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If You’re On the Fence – a response to Dr. Jim Garlow

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“If we must have an enemy at the head of government let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible.” – Alexander Hamilton

A friend sent me a recent article by Dr. Jim Garlow, pastor of San Diego’s Skyline Church, addressing the reasons one might vote for Donald Trump, and the reasons he believes it is imperative that we do. What follows are the points Dr. Barlow makes in his article, and my responses to them.

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Stop fighting each other!  – a Call for Conservative Unity


Over the last several months I, and many others, have worked to bring conservatives together. Those who supported the presidential bids of Marco Rubio, of John Kasich, of Ted Cruz, and of many others, have coalesced into a movement Continue reading

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Lessons Learned at Volleyball Practice

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The other day, I took my daughter to her volleyball lesson and ended up getting a lesson of my own. Continue reading

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Dear Mrs. Clinton – from Allen West

clintonThe Black Lives Matter movement, and the history of the Democratic Party with regard to black Americans has long troubled me. However, I haven’t written about it. Now, a man I greatly respect, Lt. Col. Allen West, has written a superb piece in the form of a commentary on Hillary Clinton’s comments following the race-motivated attack on police officers in Dallas. Continue reading

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Samaritan Lives Matter

bannerA friend of mine from New Zealand posted this today on Facebook. It is a very interesting read, but I feel compelled to add my own thoughts:

I understand what the writer is getting at, but I think it is a poor comparison. First of all, he writes that Jesus put a Samaritan in the story because “that saying ‘A Samaritan is my neighbor’ would stick in a Judean’s throat.” Then he writes that the saying “Black lives matter” has the same effect on “many white Americans.”

This is a poor generalization of white Americans, as racist views are demonstrably less prevalent in white Americans than they were even fifty years ago, making his statement racist by definition.

Additionally, he ignores the fact that Samaritans had just as much disdain for Jews as Jews had for Samaritans. Actually, here he may be closer than he realizes to the reality of race relations in and around the BLM movement.

Finally, Jesus and the BLM movement are placed on one side of the discussion, while Jews and white Americans are placed on the other. This is odd since the heads of movements focused on reforming and repairing race relations in America have been largely white, and largely Christian.

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Why don’t we say “All lives matter”? For the same reason Jesus’ parable isn’t called “The Good Person”.


The picture shows a Black Lives Matter banner put up by a Unitarian Universalist church in Reno. Someone has edited the sign in red paint, replacing black with white. In recent months it’s become a thing among liberal churches to put up BLM banners, and it’s become a thing among vandals to deface them.

Usually the unwanted edits aren’t as blatant as turning black to white. At my church in Bedford, Massachusetts, black was just painted out, leaving “Lives Matter”. No doubt the painter thought he had made an improvement, because “Lives Matter” is a true statement of broader applicability. Other banners are “improved” by changing black to all, yielding another true statement: “All Lives Matter”.

What’s wrong with that? As a matter of logic, “Lives Matter” and…

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Why God Allows Us to Suffer – a review

Throughout all of Christian history, the question of why God allows suffering has been wrestled with, prayed over, and addressed by Christian laymen and scholars. In Why God Allows Us to Suffer, author Kevin Tewes tries his hand at this age-old question. Unfortunately, his treatment of the issue is dissatisfying on aesthetic, literary, and theological grounds. Continue reading

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