Spiritual Tune-up: The Lord Is NEAR

        "Let your gentleness be apparent to all; the Lord is near."         - Paul, Philippians 4.   "Gentleness," OR patience, or kindness, or forbearance, or - we get the point 🙂 So is this cause and effect? BECAUSE God is near, we are gentle, kind, patient, etc?...

Spiritual Tune-up: Giving ATTENTION

    "The first act of love is always the giving of attention." - Dallas Willard     He was writing about our love for the Lord, in his book, The Spirit of the Disciplines. But it is a broadly applicable truth. Have trouble with love-relationships in life?  This may be...

Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer – Good Values

This prayer is online in a number of places. It was read in our church a while back by a professor of livestock management. (Yes, there really is such a discipline, and it takes some brains to master it.) Cowboy poetry does give you a different perspective if you can...

I’m Relieved Clinton Lost – Still, Trump Is Dangerous

I am no fan of Donald Trump. But I felt a strong sense of relief as more states turned red last Tuesday and it became obvious Hillary was going to lose. It surprised me – but not greatly.  But Trump is dangerous in several ways, to all of us. Hillary – the Clinton...

About PublicChristian

This blog was an active Christian Democrat site for a few years in the mid-oughts (around 2005). It is coming back to life - after a break largely due to time pressures.  I am still a Christian, but not a registered Democrat. The "Christian" part means I take the...

100 Quotes

  Nerd alert! This is a list that used to be behind the quote widget on the upper right of the page. They are from various places, maybe half from my personal reading (books). I'm not documenting sources because I don't have time or did not record them. There's good...

A Few Chips Must Fly / Gaza & Israel

This lists casualties of the Israeli efforts to subdue the Palestinians in two recent months. [This is from a powerful diary over at Daily Kos. Her article adds some very helpful historical illustration and comment.] I do not ask that you read the lists. But do scroll...

10 Rules For Happy Marriage – from Experience

These were created on their recent tenth anniversary by a couple who are friends of ours . We have always felt they are some of the best people we know. Maybe it's attitudes like these that make that true. Be on each other's side no matter what. Don't keep track of...

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"). So many Christians just assume that...

The Two Most Obvious Facts of Life

Here's my ex-temp ramble in response to the line "momentum succumbs to entropy" seen elsewhere ... "On the one hand ... but then on the other hand ..." + and you can say entropy succumbs to momentum. - but you have to have an energy source for momentum. + well, the...

A Covenant for Civility (Sojourners)

[You can sign this covenant online at the Sojourners site. I have added underlines and bolds to the version below.] How good and pleasant it is when the people of God live together in unity. -Psalm 133:1 As Christian pastors and leaders with diverse theological and...

Eisenhower on Security – and Moral Bankruptcy

there is no way in which a country can satisfy the craving for absolute security "No way." No way. As in not possible in this world. but it can easily bankrupt itself, morally and economically, in attempting to reach that illusory goal through arms alone. - President...

Why I Pay Priority Attention to Jesus Christ

WHY? Why should we focus any more on Jesus Christ than on Abraham or Moses or Isaiah? Or on the laws in the Bible, or prophecy, or the end of the world? Is focus on Jesus more needed than pointing out sins – especially other people’s sins? Is Christ actually more...