Welcome to Gridlock USA

 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. (Luke 23:34) If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you yours. (Matthew 6:14) Jesus had a few favorite topics he talked about all the time. The defenseless. Welcoming strangers. He didn’t talk much about politics. He was more interested in relationships. He talked a lot about relationships between Creator and created; neighbors and enemies; leaders and […]

Continue reading

November 9, 2016

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Luke 10:33) I write this on the morning after the night we elected the next President of the United States. I’ve been disappointed at the election returns in past political seasons. I’ve disapproved of positions some of our leaders have taken. I’ve been embarrassed about some of what I know of parts of our nation’s history. But this is the first time […]

Continue reading

Happy Holidays

I suppose it’d be asking too much to finish the relentless political publicity before we start in on the how-many-days-‘til-Christmas hype. It’s already started in my hometown of Houston where the Christmas lights are already coming on and the TV commercials are appearing for the annual consumer over-drive advertising campaigns. If anyone near and dear to you is about to run this gauntlet of relentless holiday over-functioning as a first time single-again adult, I urge […]

Continue reading

Let there be peace

[bs_well size=”md”]Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;     righteousness and peace will kiss each other. -Psalm 85:10[/bs_well] The spring of 1970 was a tense time on Ohio college campuses. I was two years post-graduation from Bowling Green State University that spring and working in the news service office there. From our 8th floor offices we could see the action below on the open quad of the campus. “Oh my God, is he carrying a gun!?” one of […]

Continue reading

Libraries – No Town Should Be Without One

Keep hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life. (Proverbs 4:13) Because my mother was a librarian, I spent many happy childhood hours roaming about in libraries waiting on her to get off work. I have always felt at home in libraries. I cherish the help I get from librarians. I glean ideas for magazine articles from browsing the periodical room.  I find great books to read. The audio […]

Continue reading