The Cost Of Empire

The concept of humanity’s brokenness is a topic of conversation that comes up within Christianity from time to time. And, while the brokenness of people may be open to argument, the brokenness of this world isn’t.  Perhaps the most glaring piece of evidence of that brokenness is violence. We spend a lot of time on what […]

Veteran’s Day 2014

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day and, just like always, I was inundated with “support the troops” pictures, posts and other such nonsense. Yes, I said “nonsense”. It’s nonsense because the phrase “support the troops” doesn’t mean a damn thing. As Noam Chomsky said “…the point of public relations slogans like “Support Our Troops” is that they […]

Veterans Day 2013

It’s November 11 and, of course, that means it’s Veterans Day. It’s a day we’ve set aside to honor all the men and women who have served, and are still serving, in our armed forces. The history of this holiday dates back to 1918 and the end of one of the bloodiest conflicts the world […]

Veteran’s Day

As usual on Veterans Day, businesses are offering free stuff to veterans. That’s nice and all, but where are they the other 364 days of the year? In this country, as you read this, as much as 14% of the homeless population has served in the military. Of those homeless veterans, 41% are in unsheltered locations. […]

How NOT to Love Your Neighbor

I get accused (by well-meaning friends and family) of only talking about what I think is wrong with the world in general and the Christian community in particular. I do listen and, every now and then, step down off my soapbox for a little while. But, every time I promise myself that I’m going to start being […]