Not a Democrat. Definitely not a Republican.

This site began as a Christian Democrat site, way back in 2003.  I have been a registered Democrat for probably 43 years; but about four years ago my affiliation changed to independent (“unaffiliated”). I was glad to vote for Obama (twice), and have been pleased with a number of his actions and accomplishments. But I have been very disappointed in his susceptibility to the perspectives of the Wall Street “banksters” who have done so much damage to our economy.  And I was quite angry with his unconcern (at least in public action) about torture by the American government, about killing civilians with drone strikes, about unjust arrest and imprisonment both inside the US and by our authority elsewhere, and other issues of democracy, justice, and civil liberty. Sadly, the influence of money and insider status in our political life means that Democrats, not only Republicans, are manipulated and in truth corrupted way beyond what a healthy political culture can endure. Still, I believe Democrats put forward better quality candidates in a large majority of whatever races I have any insight into. It seems obvious to me that at least they are usually more civil and better informed, which really does … Continue reading

Joy For Whom?

“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.” Luke 2:10 Is God Sending Joy for ALL People? Yes! Joy to those feeling terrible because they’ve been inattentive to God: All the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. Nehemiah said, This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:9-10 Yes! Joy to those for whom God has already done great things: The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3 Yes! Joy to those weeping, who desperately need God to do great things: … Continue reading

A Christmas Kind of Issue?

Does this count as a Christmas thought? I’m going to quote John Ruskin again, from his 4 essays titled as a group “Unto This Last.” He is talking about the great value of justice. The mistake of the best men through generation after generation, has been that great one of thinking to help the poor by almsgiving, and by preaching of patience or of hope, and by every other means, emollient or consolatory, except the one thing which God orders for them, justice. Unfortunately, justice is something few want to hear seriously about. But this justice, with its accompanying holiness or helpfulness, being even by the best men denied … is by the mass of men hated wherever it appears. Then he brings out the impact upon Jesus of his insisting on justice. So that, when the choice was one day fairly put to them, they denied the Helpful One and the Just; and desired a murderer, sedition-raiser, and robber, to be granted to them; — the murderer instead of the Lord of Life, the sedition-raiser instead of the Prince of Peace, and the robber instead of the Just Judge of all the world. … Continue reading

The Joy of the Lord be With You

This sounds like a Christmas verse, eh? Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 Hmm. Does that mean the Lord has joy? How can the Lord have joy when the world is such a mess? And does that mean the Lord gives us some joy (which then becomes our strength)? Or that the Lord just has so much joy intrinsically that we are (or would be) made strong by real awareness of that fact? All of the above, I think. Anyway, Connie and I deeply desire that JOY be with you and yours this season and into the future. Not silly, loud, frivolous joy – or a least not only that kind. But also real, deep, nourishing, strengthening joy – the kind that comes into this world from outside, into our spirits from association with a Greater Spirit, an immeasurably Joyful Spirit. We’ve been privileged to spend time with 5 of our 6 kids (and all 8 grandkids) in the last several weeks (we saw the sixth … Continue reading

Think Thank on Thanksgiving

Just a reminder – The English word “thank” developed itself out of the older word “think.” So as we think about thanks this week, let’s be sure we really do think. I don’t know how you do it. Talking about it does not necessarily equate to real thankfulness. But thinking and feeling often do. And it might actually take a few moments of focus. When you’re with family, deliberately pause your mind or mouth (or attention to the tv) for a minute or two (literally) to just welcome, in your heart, these people, and hold, in your mind, the worth and uniqueness of each in and of themselves. Giving thanks, after all, is not a performance for some sort of spiritual credit. It’s not for others’ observation; it’s about your own heart and values. Join me in just appreciating. And not only family, but “all these blessings!” – of which there are many. Does that sound like a good idea? … Continue reading