An Imperfect Country

In case you were bothered by this post, perhaps you will prefer this story: A Japanese  company (Toyota ) and an American company (General Motors) decided to  have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both teams practised long and  hard to reach their peak performance before the race.   On the big  day, the Japanese won by a …

Fixing the Unfixable

The many disparaging remarks by Anglicans/Episcopalians on both sides about Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' "sabbatical" are largely unjustified.  Williams has made his share of mistakes, but the chasm between the orthodox and revisionists in the Anglican Communion is probably unbridgeable.  It is reminiscent of a remark made about the Revolutions of 1848 that equally …

Quotable about America

Something about the U.S. that's worth repeating: "I am convinced that the future of America is rosier than people claim - I've been hearing about its imminent decline ever since I started reading. Take the following puzzle. Whenever you hear or read a snotty European presenting his stereotypes about Americans, he will often describe them …

There Are No Real Noncombatants

The wounding of U.S. Army Chaplain Barron K. Wester in Iraq is a reminder that there are no "noncombatants" in either physical warfare, or spiritual warfare for that matter. His account of his wounding says it all: Our unit has been in the process of setting up new forward outposts in the heart of Baghdad.  …

At the Inlet: July, Part 5 (Article XXXI)

Table of Contents and Overview for At the Inlet | Information and ordering instructions for all of our fiction Norman Cameron came into his office very early one morning later in the week.  He was expecting a special visitor who wanted to speak with him in confidence.  He heard a knock on his door, and …

Overcoming Obstacles: A Reminder For Us All

Back in 2000 there was a funeral for Nadezhda Shatova, a Ukrainian Pentecostal living in California.  As noted below, on the surface there wasn't anything extraordinary about it.  But one of her relatives shared the testimony about their lives--and the persecutions they suffered in the old Soviet Union--and this account was put into the piece …

Internationalism is a Two-Way Street

TEC House of Bishops' recent rejection of the Anglican Primates' request for a "primitial vicar" to help those parishes which could not stomach the church's left-wing agenda is an illustration of how it's easier to tell others to be internationalists than to be one yourself. Liberals--and not just Episcopal ones either--have been telling the rest …

Sell All or Shut Up

“And a man came up to Jesus, and said: “Teacher, what good thing must I do to obtain Immortal life?” “Why ask me about goodness?” answered Jesus. “There is but One who is good. If you want to enter the Life, keep the commandments.” “What commandments?” asked the man. “These,” answered Jesus:--“‘Thou shalt not kill. …

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