We Are the Circus

“Without the circus he is just a lonely clown.”  – Bill Maher Trump is our President. We did this, and it is a reflection of us. At least a good part of us. And that is the rub. For those of us who don’t see “us” in him, this is a painful and reluctant realization. […]

Election 2012 Postscript

Here are some of my reflections for my fellow followers of Christ with regard to the political process and our faith. Voting is a privilege but it is not an obligation I read a lot of statements from many sources about the obligation we have to vote.  Some put it this way:  if you don’t […]

An Evangelical Papacy?

I just wanted to sit down, watch some football, read the last in the Hunger Games series and enjoy a Sunday evening. But the “evangelical leaders” (whoever they are) went and almost ruined my day.  Last night, just in time to make the announcement for Sunday morning, an anonymous group of “almost 170 conservative leaders” […]

The Amman Message

For those looking for a moderate Muslim explanation of their religion and outlook….read the Amman Message.

Must Read Book; Must Change Idea

Every Christian should read this book.  Not because it is the best written or most compelling, rather because it challenges a widely held opinion that is detrimental to global peace.  Arabs and Muslims are real people with real concerns, children, jobs, and rights.  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not representative of all leaders in the Middle East; […]

Politicians are Not Leaders

Politicians are not leaders. This is not a disputable statement.  Politicians are driven by public opinion, self interest, and those who fill the coffers with cash. This is the challenge of democracy.  Madison wrote “To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people is a chimerical idea.”   […]

10 Reasons to allow a Mosque near Ground Zero

I have a feeling I am going to be in the minority on this one… My parents are Russian immigrants.  They left Russia for greener pastures fleeing Stalin and to a lesser degree looking for religious freedom.  My mom was a Russian Baptist, my dad a Molokan.  The Molokans especially were in the minority and […]

On this Day in History: September 30, 1966

Courtesy of my sister who was maybe a freshman or sophomore at Montebello High School in 1966: I’m in the process of re-doing one of my old high school scrapbooks. I read this article from the Derrick Diary (Montebello High School’s newspaper) on the back of a photo I had saved from September 30, 1966. […]

Obama on Kanye

Careful with every errant word… Or you can listen to the whole interchange here (audio only) Here’s the transcript: Q: Were your girls as hacked off as mine were that Kanye gave Taylor Swift the Joe Wilson treatment? Obama: I thought that was really inappropriate. You know it was like she’s getting an award — […]

We Did It!?

I wrote this blog post the day following the election, November 5, 2008.  I decided to postpone posting it because of its sarcasm, and I really don’t think the issue is gay marriage, rather how we impact and influence society and culture.  Now, here is where people will get sidetracked from my argument, so let […]