Politics

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What are your priorities? Who are you going to serve?

Proper 20 (25) (September 22, 2019)Good Shepherd, LexingtonFirst reading and Psalm Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Psalm 79:1-9Second reading 1 Timothy 2:1-7Gospel Luke 16:1-13 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name’s sake. (Ps. 79:9) Amen. ✠ On the way into work this week I was tired of the news so I put on a 1970s playlist with some of my favorites that I […]

Billy Graham Warned Us: “The hard right has no interest In rellglon except to manipulate It.”

Billy Graham was a great man, by any estimation. It is often assumed that he was very conservative politically and his son Franklin certainly takes that position. But in many things in life Franklin has not listened to his father. As Franklin calls for his followers to align themselves with the political agenda of the President, many are sharing a “meme” with the above quote from his father Billy. As Abraham Lincoln once famously said, […]

To every thing there is a season.

A Prayer for Our Leadership

This morning is the day after the 2018 mid-term elections. It was a mixed result in that the Democrats took the House and Republicans retained the Senate but (likely) increased by 3 seats. The state elections went similarly. Some from both parties are devastated and others will no doubt declare the further death of our democracy.  The Psalm assigned for Morning Prayer today is Psalm 72. It is entirely fitting and even providential. It calls […]

Podcasts I am listening to now. #TryPod

Never one to be prompt, I am late to this game of sharing my favorite podcasts. “Informally led” by NPR March was the month to declare your love for podcasts with the hashtag #TryPod. According to Edison Research, one in five Americans listened to podcasts every month as of early 2016 – a number that has grown by double-digits for five years. I haver periodically shared my favorite pods in the past. Most haven’t changed, […]

God’s Will in Civil War

My good friend DS shared this quote from Abraham Lincoln regarding God’s will and the Civil War. It seems particularly applicable today, not just in the obvious tensions, but the subtle as well. It also is a very good reminder of the difficulty of discerning “God’s will.” The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. […]

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A few of my favorite things: Podcasts

Continuing my list of favorite things as my present to you, today I want to share some of my top picks among podcasts. I spend a lot of time traveling and doing dishes and podcasts are how I keep sane and learn along the way. So, by category, here are the podcasts I listen to regularly. News & Knowledge The Bugle – Warning: Explicit language. John Oliver (lately of the Daily Show) and his long time […]

This is not satire, it is a satyr.

Satire, what is it good for?

From my occasional blog for the Presidential Leadership Academy There was an exciting announcement that went out via email this past week. A member of the Presidential Leadership Academy, Remy Maisel, and Penn State professor Dr. Sophia McClennen will be co-authoring a book titled, Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Mockery and American Politics. For those who know Remy this should come as little surprise since she regularly writes for the Huffington Post on political topics and loves the Colbert Report, […]

The Daily Show – Fighting for a traditional Purim

The story starts here, with a NY state assemblyman from Brooklyn, Dov Hikind dressed in black face as a basketball player at a Purim party. Now watch this. The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook  

Rhetorical Aside

Rhetorical Aside Warning: This is not a statement about the current immigration debate in the US. This is a statement about rhetoric and the use of language. I have often heard people say “we shouldn’t use the term ‘illegal alien’ because there are no other instances where we label the person as ‘illegal’ rather than the action.” Not true. Two examples immediately come to mind: thief (“illegal taker of things”) and murderer (“illegal taker of […]