Focusing on our common bonds in Christ

Christians have worked for 500 years to break up and diminish the Body of Christ. From the wars of Reformation and Counter-Reformation to centuries of hatred, persecution and misunderstanding between our various (and many) denominations, Christianity over the last half-millennium has struggled to be a cohesive faith with a unified message. We’ve made great strides … Continue reading Focusing on our common bonds in Christ

Youth leading us to right side of history

Hundreds of thousands of youth are expected to protest tomorrow in the March for Our Lives — a student-led movement calling for legislation to effectively address gun violence. Since the Feb. 14 massacre that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Fla., the survivors and their peers have organized more than 800 demonstrations around the United States and … Continue reading Youth leading us to right side of history

American youth: swimming against the stream of blood money

Nine days ago, 17 people died in a preventable whirlwind of blood, chaos and gunfire. That's nothing new. America is adept at cultivating and ignoring the slaughter of children. And, since Parkland, we've gone through a familiar dark-comedy routine that follows such shootings. The president has called for throwaway half measures — background checks and … Continue reading American youth: swimming against the stream of blood money

Sacrificing our children on the altar of greed and guns

This originally was published as an opinion column in the Feb. 16, 2018 Enid News & Eagle. By the time this prints, the fervor of media coverage surrounding the latest mass killing will have subsided. Funerals will be planned. Families will grieve. Survivors will suffer. A nation will shake its head in a collective “So … Continue reading Sacrificing our children on the altar of greed and guns

Diplomacy in Korea: Trump’s greatest burden, and opportunity

  I return to the issue of Korea for two reasons. First, in my column last week I erred by pandering to passion at the expense of substance. Second, several readers raised a fair point: If I’m going to criticize, I should offer alternatives. I strive to do that (within my editor’s stingy budget for column … Continue reading Diplomacy in Korea: Trump’s greatest burden, and opportunity

Our greatest threat: The president’s nuclear ego

Donald Trump’s mental instability, pugnacity and insatiable ego assumed new heights of treachery this week, with the president taking to Twitter to once again threaten nuclear war. The fragility and cupidity of the president’s ego should be no surprise. And, his preoccupation with, let’s just say the size of things, also is nothing new. These … Continue reading Our greatest threat: The president’s nuclear ego