Category Archives: Politics

What Are They Supposed to Think?

What are my black friends supposed to think, with yesterday’s acquittal of Officer Yanez in the shooting of Philando Castile? Blacks may (in theory) have second amendment rights, but if they exercise them they’re more likely to receive an instant … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Current events, Politics, Violence | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Today’s Lament

A lament, in light of the signs of the times. I lament that so many women suffer from the depredations of men who treat them as mere objects. I lament that so many of those men cover their actions with, … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, Ethics, Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Sustaining Institutions over Time & Collective Identity

Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor recently wrote on “Political Identity and the Problem of Democratic Exclusion” for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Opinion page. He argues for the need for greater cohesion and unity among “the people” than is commonly found in … Continue reading

Posted in Charles Taylor, Culture, Current events, Doctrine, Ecclesiology, Politics, United Methodism | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Means and Ends

Ends are purposes or goals toward which we aim. Means the the methods and devises we use to achieve or realize those ends. In current political discourse we are endlessly focused on means even when we use the language of ends. If someone … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Fixing Politics?

I’ve heard many pine for a better practice of politics in our society. They’re tired of the gridlock, the bickering, the constant attacks. They want to make progress on issues that “concern us all.” David Brook’s recent column is along … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Liberalism, Politics, Social Capital | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Christian Politics

We’re in a season where American Christians are thinking about politics. Well, maybe not. Maybe it’s truer to say we’re in a season where the politics of the current American polarizations have colonized Christian minds. Candidates and their flunkies are assuring … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Church & State, Clash of Civilizations, Culture, Current events, Ecclesiology, Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Free Community College!

Why is there such a thing as COST? Why isn’t everything just free? Cost is a way of showing the relative value of things. When we see that one thing costs more than another, we can take it as an … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Higher Education, Politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment