Almost done with Force

(This is #10 in a series. Find 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 by clicking on the numbers. It's ok - they're short.) Last night I laid out my view that Christ never encouraged public prayer among nonbelievers. I have also explained that U.S. Christians have been doing so ever since the Puritans anchored here.... Continue Reading →

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Who forced it?

(This is #8 in a series. Find 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 by clicking on the numbers.) When I last left this keyboard, I was suggesting that a lot of Christians seem to be blaming everyone but themselves for perceived problems with religious liberty in the U.S. and that maybe that should be re-examined.... Continue Reading →

He didn’t force others. . .

God is the inventor of free will.  He doesn't force man to love Him, or obey Him, or respect Him. He could, but He doesn't. Because He desires sincere devotion as opposed to forced submission. He knows that Forced respect isn't respect at all; Forced love isn't love in the least; Forced allegiance is a far cry... Continue Reading →

force it

My last post, "Don't force it," created a mildly heated discussion on my facebook page. Sometimes that happens. The thing is, most people seem to agree that the players have a right to protest - the dissonance comes when the discussion moves to when and where the protest should happen. Under the caselaw interpreting our... Continue Reading →

worthy

A line from an old song by Rush says "The mirror always lies to the beautiful and the wise." I think there's some truth to that. I've heard too many healthy people insist they were fat. Too many compassionate people beat themselves up for being insensitive; too many friendly people self deprecate for a perceived... Continue Reading →

common denominators 4/?

Right, then. Obviously, by the title, this is installment 4 in a series of some unspecified number of posts.  Ironic maybe that I'm not naming the denominator in my own fractions, but whatever. I would suggest reading 1, 2, & 3 in order to help this one make more sense. What if we look at... Continue Reading →

common denominators 3/?

Unless you're fairly young, haven't studied much history at all, or haven't cared enough about it to remember when you did hear the stories, you've heard of Selma, Alabama. Sadly, it is not famous so much as infamous, like Salem, Massachusetts - its anagram. The common denominator between the two is fierce bravery met with... Continue Reading →

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