When Bruce Springsteen wrote The Rising, he was thinking mostly about the first responders who ran heroically into peril after 9-11. But he also sensed there was a resurrection quality to the anthem. His song came to mind again today as I thought about the Church here in the USA. After years of decline and … More The Rising: Has it Begun?
This is not a rebuke to the Church by any means. This is a confession. There is no excuse for hatred, not even patriotism. … More No Excuse for Hate
And now, we have riots in England by mainstream young people who have plenty to eat, lots of leisure time, but no foundations for moral living. In American, we can watch security video of flash mobs robbing 7-11 or Victoria’s Secret stores! Now we have liberal publications like The Economist, wailing in despair. “It turns out that if sufficient numbers of criminals want to create havoc on the streets, they can, ” an editorial concluded after the rioting. ” In the absence of internal moral restraints, external ones can only do so much.” In other words, a civilized nation can’t hire enough policemen or build enough prisons if most citizens aren’t already controlled by morals from within. … More The Return of the “M” Word
In his new book, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, author Jason K. Stearns recounts the true story of a pygmy who was brought to the USA from the Central Congo in 1904. The poor man, Ota Benga, was displayed in a monkey house at the Bronx Zoo. Every day some 40,000 guests visited the exhibit, which also featured an orangutan in order … More True 2 the Gospel