Celebrating Christmas

On occasion people express concerns about Christmas observances in public schools or in the public square.  Some years ago, in Utah,  there was a brief imbroglio resulting from a young woman’s objection to the inclusion of Christian songs in her school’s choral performance.  Since this was during the Christmas season, her complaint caused a bit […]

Remember Pearl Harbor

There are certain events in your life that stand out above all the others. Hurricane Hazel, the assassination of President Kennedy, the destruction of the World Trade Center are events I remember vividly. Then, of course, there was Pearl Harbor.  That was an event that turned our world upside down. In 1940 and 1941 America […]

Energy

When we consider the life of a notable man or woman we often fail to consider the role of energy in his or her accomplishments.  Some individuals have an overabundance of that life force that we call energy.  Others are deficient. I am painfully aware of these energy differences.  I was married to a supercharged […]

Atheists vs the Cross

The Supreme Court will soon decide the constitutionality of a towering cross-shaped memorial to Maryland men who died in the First World War.  In November 2018 the justices agreed to hear a case in which the American Legion is asking the high court to reverse a 2017 Fourth Circuit Court ruling that the memorial violates the […]

What About Trump?

It is fascinating to see how reactions to President Donald Trump tend to drive us apart.  There are many people for whom I have great respect who absolutely abhor the man. Some seem to regard him as the incarnation of evil.  There are others who support him and are willing to overlook his all too […]

Coming Home

The following is a rework of  brief devotional skit that I wrote for performance at my church some years ago. It is based on the Biblical parable about The Prodigal Son.  There have been many versions of this story over the years.  The following is my own: The train sped north through the bleak Illinois […]