• Personal Responsibility & The Need For Boundaries

    November 27, 2020 by

    A principle of libertarian thought is that the most free society is one that relies on individuals who, acting in their own self interest without government interference, will take personal responsibility for the consequences of their acts, and not interfere with the equal rights of others to do the same. It’s the romantic ideal of… Read more

  • The Law of Liberty

    November 22, 2020 by

    A man who seldom came to church on Sunday, seldom missed a Wednesday night bible study, and seldom failed to ask difficult questions that kept the evening interesting. One thing bothered him enough to stick with it for several weeks: What is the law of liberty? James, in his letter, says that “…those who look… Read more

  • Advent in a Bizarre Year of Absurdities

    November 20, 2020 by

    The season of Advent approaches. For Christians, at least some of them, it’s a time of patient waiting for the annual reminder that God has not abandoned us, but came among us in the most intimate and vulnerable way possible. It’s been a long, difficult year. We’re tired of waiting, tired of not knowing, tired… Read more

  • Mutant Libertarians & Island Hopping

    November 19, 2020 by

    Comment strings on Twitter do not add up to conversation. That’s especially true when an interlocutor defends extreme libertarian views by demanding to know what’s wrong with his ideas, one question after another, each easily answered but never leading anywhere. It’s a tactic out of Eric Bernes’ popular 1964 book, “Games People Play” – an… Read more

  • Sheep, Goats & Me

    November 17, 2020 by

    The liturgical year ends with Matthew’s familiar parable of the sheep and goats. As a refresher, at the end of the ages people will be gathered as if so many sheep and goats. Those who have tried to live into the commandments to love God and neighbor, emphasizing justice for the most vulnerable, will be… Read more

  • Are You In or Are You Out?

    November 14, 2020 by

    We spend an inordinate amount of time wondering, debating and worrying about who is in and who is out. I’m not a big fan of movies or t.v. series, but trailers and scenes stream unbidden across my computer screen, so I have a sense of how many scripts are dedicated to coming of age angst… Read more

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