Observations on a Friday:
The human condition is summed up well by watching preschool children play. One minute they are hugging, laughing and sharing...the next they are crying, pushing and refusing to share.
Federal government leaders are like dieters confronting a box of doughnuts. They know they should walk away after eating one and sharing the box, but they end up eating all of them. Restraint is not an easy virtue.
"Redefining" marriage and family does not change the empirical and intuitive truth that humans are conceived by one man and one woman and children are best served by their biological parents staying together.
Just when I am about to embrace pacifism fully, Iran, North Korea and the Taliban do or say something that awakens a sensibility that we need military force in a fallen world.
But when the noxious odor of crusading and militarism appears, I realize that I am first a citizen of God's kingdom and must love and pray for my enemies even as nations try to resist evil.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam see the world very differently, even as they share certain monotheistic and moral concepts. Civil discourse with love and respect is a must; pretending that "they worship the same deity" is intellectually and spiritually dishonest.
Academics are a funny lot sometimes. They love to rage against capitalism while teaching in buildings funded by people that were productive and employed others...and, gasp! - made a profit.
Why do so many environmentalists express deep concern for obscure animal species while allowing the elimination of unborn humans? Conversely, good ecology is good economics...if we care for creation, it will care for our posterity.
The local church can be the incubator of spiritual and social transformation. As people connect with God and each other, they become creative and productive and the world is better.
We cannot regulate all risk out of our lives.
Warm homemade bread and butter shared with people you love is profoundly gratifying.