When I was a child, one of my mother’s church lady friends kept describing me as a good little boy in a way that made me feel distinctively uncomfortable–because I didn’t feel even remotely “good.” Even then, I thought she was mistaking shyness for virtue. I was peevish, selfish, and prone to thinking (more…)
“I went to the White House shortly after tea where I found ‘the original gorilla,’ about as intelligent as ever. What a specimen to be at the head of our affairs now!”
– Gen. George B. McClellan
This evening, after a glass of wine, with a miserable chest cold keeping me aware of my mortality and unable to work out, I saw (more…)
There’s a little known encounter that took place shortly after Hernando Cortés’ band of soldiers gained victory over the Aztecs in 1519. After subduing Tenochtitlan, the native people began preparing for the festival of Toxcatl, in honor of their harvest god, Tezcatlipoca. When Cortés’ lieutenant, Pedro de Alvarado learned that this festival would climax in an orgy of human sacrifice, (more…)
The Idiot’s Guide to Political Battle Planning
My people are generally conservatives, church-goers, traditionalists and home-schoolers, the sort of people who fear God and fold their underwear neatly — which means they are usually idiots on the political battle field.
There are different standards, my gentle Christian friends, for warfare, courtrooms, and political elections. You had better learn them. Your enemies — as WikiLeaks (more…)
Al Mohler attaches more holiness to the presidency than he does to the Lord’s Table
Hey, isn’t it great that Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is getting so much time on MSNBC these days? I imagine he’s really winning some hearts for Christ there among the Rachel Maddow fans and the people who miss Melissa Harris-Perry’s pro-abortion tampon (more…)
This election is different from all others in that apparently God really is in control. I mean there’s no doubt about it this time.
Even my free will friends, after a difficult, heated discussion about our election choices, put a hand on my shoulder and say, “don’t worry about this; God is still on his throne.” Among believers struggling to vote for Donald (more…)
There is a pattern among Trump-loathers: ball busting women with daddy issues, Islamo-panderers, and — sadly — weak, effeminate men like Paul Ryan and Russell Moore
If as a young man, you spent a fair amount of time in Sunday School, as I did, being educated by ladies of both sexes, you might have found yourself rushing, Paul Ryan style, to (more…)
I suppose I should feel sorry for the poor, lithe beautiful kids who perform the aerial ballet at Cirque Du Soleil’s “Love.” Billed as a tribute to the music of the Beatles at the Mirage in Las Vegas, someone is using these performers as flesh props in a kind of black mass. It felt so profoundly evil, I stormed out, asking the (more…)
The most effective response to terror on 9-11 came from the regular folk, the “let’s roll” citizens of flight 93. To get America back, we need less faith in the professionals.
In the summer of 1769 the town of Boxford, Massachusetts was on edge. Jonathan Ames’ pretty young wife, Ruth, had taken (more…)
If your faith isn’t directing you to plant vineyards and guard them with the sword, it might not be faith at all.
If you’ve ever nurtured an apple crop through to harvest, enduring heat waves and hail storms and coddling moth infestations and property taxes, only to see a family in a brand new SUV stealing apples during a (more…)