Monthly Archives: March 2017

Amazing (dis)Grace

An amazing thing happened in the 2016 election. Donald Trump’s victory was, in large part, the result of overwhelming support from the Religious Right. Trump won 81 percent of the white evangelical vote, higher than George W. Bush, John McCain or Mitt Romney. An article in the April 2017 issue of New Republic magazine asks: “How did a thrice-married biblical illiterate like Trump hijack the Religious Right?” The article, titled “Amazing Disgrace,” quotes Russell Moore, a leader of the Read more [...]

Trump Supporters Take a Big Hit

Front page article in the LA Times today: "Obamacare replacement hits Trump voters hard."[i] Lower income, elderly voters in rural red states would be the hardest hit. In particular, 60-year-olds making as little as $30K will lose more than $6K/year in subsidies that they received under Obamacare. Most of those folks voted for Trump. But here’s the hilarious part: Higher income younger people in urban areas that mostly voted for Clinton will get more financial help with Trumpcare. Of Read more [...]

Thoughts on Mortality

If you live long enough, eventually you will experience the loss of a close friend or family member. When it happens, it is a reminder of your own mortality. I watched the widow of a close friend throw a handful of dirt on his casket last week. I had lunch with him a week before his fatal heart attack. We reminisced about old times and then he told me that he was having a stent operation in a few days. He had been experiencing chest pains on his daily walks. His cardiologist’s examination showed Read more [...]

Man’s Inhumanity to Man

Central tenets of the Christian faith include the ideas that God created everything from nothing, knows everything that can be known, and benevolently “watches over” his flock. A problem that believers have to deal with is the pesky fact that a lot of bad stuff happens, seemingly contradicting that benevolence. There are two kinds of bad things that happen: Natural disasters and Man’s inhumanity to Man. This, the second of two articles, addresses the horrible things that we inflict on each Read more [...]