Tragedy reveals our true nature — but let’s not wait for tragedy

  You don’t have to look far in the news to see tragedy. As humans, we are fascinated with tragedy. Nothing piques the collective interest more than someone else’s suffering. We certainly should learn from tragedy and suffering. But, perhaps our focus should be shifted — or maybe just broadened — to shine light on … Continue reading Tragedy reveals our true nature — but let’s not wait for tragedy

Wonder or sadness over God’s creation: It’s our choice

It’s not often I experience simultaneously awestruck joy and numbing sadness. I experienced that Monday when I visited for the first time the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City. The Myriad’s Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is a true wonder. This 13,000 square-foot conservatory showcases 750 plant varieties from across the globe, cascading waterfalls, a sky … Continue reading Wonder or sadness over God’s creation: It’s our choice

In the face of darkness and lies, we need the light of brave youth

  When an argument has lost all moral footing, ignores all empirical fact and delights in willful ignorance, it usually only has one tack in the face of courage and truth — to delve ever-deeper into immorality, falsehood and ignorance. Such was the case in America’s “welcome” of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist … Continue reading In the face of darkness and lies, we need the light of brave youth

The symbolism of cowardice and courage

Theologian Paul Tillich once said humanity’s “ultimate concern must be expressed symbolically, because symbolic language alone is able to express the ultimate.” Symbols sometimes speak more eloquently, and with far greater impact, than words. While Tillich was speaking of our use of symbols to relate to God, his words hold true on any topic of … Continue reading The symbolism of cowardice and courage

To save ourselves, we must end the president’s war on science

Recently, on July 20, America celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Today, we carry phones with 7 million times the data storage of the Apollo computer. Yet, our society has woefully degraded in its respect for science since Neil Armstrong took that “one giant leap for mankind.” Consider the growing gulf … Continue reading To save ourselves, we must end the president’s war on science

Caligula vs. conservatism: The ‘values’ of the president’s budget

  If you want to know a nation’s values, just look at its budget. There really is no better measure of our values than how we spend our money. And the president’s proposed FY20 budget tells quite a tale of his values. It’s nothing new for Republicans and Democrats to have different fiscal views. But, … Continue reading Caligula vs. conservatism: The ‘values’ of the president’s budget

Climate change: Making Earth “bad but manageable” again

I admit it. I like post-apocalyptic drama. If you’ve seen one of these shows, you’ve seen them all. The remnants of humanity end up living in the raped wasteland that’s left of God’s creation, fighting among themselves over dwindling resources. These tales are a dark diversion in movies and the pages of novels. They’re far … Continue reading Climate change: Making Earth “bad but manageable” again