Southern Baptist Story 2018

A few weeks ago we learned that the Social Justice Warrior element in the Southern Baptist Convention is much more powerful than we had thought. The Southern Baptist Convention is hugely influential on the population of “Evangelical voters,” so all of us have an interest in this unsettling development.

Paige Patterson was dismissed from his job as head of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He was caught up in the #MeToo-for-Evangelicals excitement. In part, the fallout from anti-Patterson social media activism resulted in the election of J.D. Greear as the new President of the Southern Baptist Convention.... [Read More]


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Just thinking

I just had a connect-the-dots thought. When I worked at the university one of the common complaints we often heard, especially from really outstanding Black students, was, “Everyone assumes I only got in by Affirmative Action.” I wonder if America’s lackadaisical attitude about enforcing its borders and immigration laws puts all Hispanics in a similar situation? Because Affirmative Action makes second-class status a matter of policy, and failure to control our borders and immigration does the same thing. You can say it shouldn’t, but it does.


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On Churchill’s Darkest Hour, and Ours

On Monday evening I took the time to watch Darkest Hour, wherein Gary Oldman gives an epic performance as Winston Churchill during the days and weeks after he rose to the prime ministership on May 10, 1940. Toward the end of the film, there was a scene where Churchill decides to ride the London Underground to Westminster. While on the subway, he speaks with a woman carrying a five-month old baby on her lap. Now while that woman and her baby were likely fictional, it struck me that were that baby still alive today, he would be five months younger than my own father, who turns 79 next month.

As William Faulkner wrote in Requiem for a Nun, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”... [Read More]

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A Question on immigration

Y’all no doubt have opinions on the broad topic of immigration.  I have a very long-time friend, now retired from a very successful career as a corporate atty., who sends me questions from time to time.  If you’ll forgive the conceit that anyone else might care, his question and my answer:

The European Union is being inundated with Muslim immigrants, and the US has a growing immigration problem along the border with Mexico. What is the answer? Does Scripture provide wisdom and direction? You know my feelings, but I am concerned that I may be unduly harsh and judgmental.... [Read More]

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TOTD 2018-6-19: Rat Razors

For many of us we face the mirror every day and take a sharp object to our cheeks and chins. Others take pains to make legs and other parts less forestry. This post will not cover the why but the how. What sharp object do you use? Is it electric or manual? Cream or lotion?

Due to the nature of this post, cutting remarks will be allowed.


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More Signs and Portents…enough already!

In the last 48 hours, two people who have not been in the POTUS camp by any stretch of the imagination have very publicly changed their position on the need to end the Mueller probe/hit job.

Mitch McConnell AND James Clapper both have publicly stated the probe ‘needs to wrap up soon’ for the good of the country.... [Read More]


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Toronto, Canada’s Heart of the City

Anne suggested Heart of the City (2017), by Robert Rotenberg, in February as our Book Group’s Book of the Month for June. This gave me time to read it, and also read Rotenberg’s first book, Old City Hall (2009). He is a criminal lawyer in Toronto, Canada. This, obviously, has given him a good background to write crime fiction. Apparently he is moving out of Law so as to devote more time to writing. It would appear his books are becoming commercially successful, which is quite unusual. Very few people can make a living writing books.

Anne gave us a fascinating presentation with an in depth analysis of the characters and storyline. Admitting that this is not great literature, she pointed out that is well-written and a good read. The characters are memorable, and we find ourselves interested in them. It was agreed that it would make a great airplane, or summer beach, book. This opens it up to a larger market.... [Read More]


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