Introduction and Index

Wreck of the Sea Venture 1609 Samuel Jordan was evidently the first Jordan to settle in English America. Some reports say that Samuel was born in Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England, and his birth year is given as 1575 or 1578.  Samuel is believed to have been on the ship Sea Venture that shipwrecked off Bermuda […]

Could They Convict?

  What is a Christian?  The label Christian was first applied to a group of Christ followers in the city of Antioch a little over two thousand years ago.  It was a form of criticism and derision at that time because those outside the fellowship did not understand the mass (communion) and accused the believers […]

Prosecutoral Malfeasance

On Dec. 16, 2021, Police Officer Keona Holley was shot while sitting in her patrol car in southern Baltimore. Travon Shaw, 32, a violent felon awaiting trial on a gun possession charge, was the assassin.   A week after the ambush, Holley was removed from life support and died, leaving behind four children and a stricken police force. […]

Provocateurs

I have watched a number of videos taken during the January 6, 2021, “insurrection” in Washington.  I am not blind, and I watched the videos carefully.  I saw some rioters (a relatively small number compared to the size of the crowd) obviously breaking the law, doing damage, and fighting with capitol police.  I saw many […]

Vision

These are difficult times for those of us who like to visualize our great nation as “a shining city on a hill.”   Our present leaders are projecting an entirely different image of America, and some Christian conservatives, out of a sense of frustration, are suggesting that our country can return to greatness only by finding […]

Ruined City

Some years ago, I read a novel by Nevil Shute titled Ruined City.  It was about a town in England that had lost its industry and was in a state of severe decay.  Fortunately, in the story, a financier, through great effort and with much personal cost to himself, was able to revive the town […]

Progressive Insanity

Maureen Dowd of the New York Times recently wrote the following: Biden was elected to be Not Trump, to be a comfortable old shoe. He overpromised and underdelivered. People wanted competence and stability and instead we get incompetence and instability.  But. as hapless as Biden and his coterie are, we can’t give up on the […]

How High Can You Count?

How great Thou art!  “When I in awesome wonder consider all the universe Thy hands have made.” Pick up a handful of sand at the ocean shore and try to count the individual grains of sand.  Then think of all the grains of sand on all the beaches of every ocean and sea on earth.  […]

Race and Racism Redux

In 2015, just after the riots in Baltimore, I wrote an essay about America’s race problems.  I believed it to be a reasonable review and analysis of the subject, and I submitted it to several magazines for possible publication.  No one was interested,. I could not even stir up a rejection slip. Therefore, I posted […]

Defending the Devil

 Churchill and Stalin I confess that I do not understand Bill Kristol and George Will.  They were former stalwarts of conservative orthodoxy, but their hatred of Donald Trump led them to abandon the Republican Party and announce their support for Joe Biden during the 2020 election.  As far as I know, they have not expressed […]