"Are we good guys or bad guys?" the animated Little John asked Robin Hood in the 1973 Disney classic cartoon.
Today is Valentine's Day, and thus "I will show you the most excellent way." I believe that the one most revealing, the most essential characteristic of our Creator is love. By His love He made us, and because of His love, He redeemed us. We are closest to His nature and what He created us to be when we are living our lives according to His idea of love. He also told us that His ...
The only real hope for any of us lies not in a political philosophy. However, good government is a significant part of the fiber of any great nation. Thomas Jefferson said, "The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the only legitimate object of good government."
"But do remember," said the demon master Screwtape to his protégé Wormwood, "the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy (God). It does not matter how small the sins are, provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick."
Job, in the middle of being rebuked by his "friends," declared, "Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble." In other words, from Job's point of view, life is rather short and sour.
If you pay attention to the sports world at all, you are well aware of the recent "tragedy" that occurred in Major League Baseball. In case you missed it, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was one out away from pitching a perfect game (when a pitcher or pitchers retire all 27 batters faced in a game).
In the current economic climate, most people are looking for ways to stretch their dollars. About a year ago, through a friend at our church, my wife Michelle (who contributed greatly to this column) discovered what is commonly referred to as "couponing." Through Michelle's efforts, we have accomplished almost unbelievable things in our personal budget. For example, we have not "paid" for toilet paper, toothpaste, razors, paper towels, shampoo, band-aids, etc. in ...
In these tough economic times, much has been reported on the difficulties that local, state, and federal governments have had setting their budgets. Even with layoffs, furloughs, pay-cuts, tax increases and so on, politicians at all levels are still facing some very difficult budget decisions.
Anthropogenic (man-made) global warming skeptics have an unusual ally from the land Down Under. Recently, by a vote of 42 to 30, the Australian Senate rejected their version of cap-and-trade.
Forget Obamacare. Forget stimulus plans, government bailouts, cap-and-tax or any other recent or imminent spending legislation. The current level of government involvement in pensions (Social Security) and health care (Medicare, Medicaid) alone could soon bankrupt this country. General Motors and Chrysler provide the lesson here.
"Why be afraid of government?" a Princeton professor writing for CNN recently asked. Touting the need for Obama's health care plan, the disappointed professor added that, "Democrats are still scared about defending the value of government."
I have found common ground for liberals and conservatives. In general, most liberals have a significant distrust of corporate America, as well as a somewhat healthy distrust of capitalism.
Given that we are on the doorstep of Independence Day, I thought this the appropriate time again to deal with the true heritage of this great nation. This is especially true in light of President Barack Obama again declaring that America is not a Christian nation.
Oh, the irony. What if, after all the "empathetic" editorializing by liberals in Washington and the media, Sonia Sotomayor turns out to be on the "right" side of the abortion issue?
The retirement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter, and the appointment by President Barack Obama of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as Souter's replacement, again brings to the forefront one of the most powerful roles that a U.S. president plays.