Bella and Personhood

Bella and Personhood

This weekend I was travelling and visited a church in Central Florida.  At this church I met some of the individuals who were behind the 2006 film Bella. I strongly encourage everyone to watch this movie, which is available on Netflix and Amazon.  Allow me to share with you the behind the scenes of this […]

The Lord’s Prayer a Great Place to Start

The Lord’s Prayer a Great Place to Start

Clearly our country is divided.  Recently, my editorials have been about the clash of worldviews at play and the anger many in our republic are feeling and expressing.  My editorial on “Anger being a Non-Respecter of Person Issue” http://www.edgefieldadvertiser.com/2017/02/anger-is-a-non-respecter-of-person-issue/ highlighted how anger, when combined with other emotions and sound doctrine can be utilized to bring […]

Home Rule Means Local Rule

Home Rule Means Local Rule

South Carolina’s legislature has been in favor of “States’ Rights” for well over 150 years. In the past States’ Rights advocates demanded that the federal government not interfere first with slavery, then later with racial segregation. Advocates argue now about less racially charged issues, but issues that still involve perceived centralized government overreach. An extension […]

Anger is a Non Respecter of Person Issue

Anger is a Non Respecter of Person Issue

Last week (https://aikenindependent.com/2017/01/31/public-policy-debate-lead-worldviews-education-citizenry/) I discussed the divisions that exist in our republic not only politically, but in the faith based community.  I shared my hope that these divisions will lead to more citizens than ever before in recent history to study history and the worldviews at play. I believe individuals have the right to be […]

“It’s Not My Job”

“It’s Not My Job”

There are many reasons why I go to Church on Sunday, and one of them is the opportunity to pause and consider what is really important in life and what is just fluff. The Gospel reading this week in the Episcopal Church (and thanks to the “Common Lectionary,” in most liturgical churches nationwide) was the […]

What is the ACLU, and are they here in South Carolina?

What is the ACLU, and are they here in South Carolina?

This past weekend the Trump administration very controversially prohibited all refugee resettlement actions into the United States and suspended or prohibited entry into the country by any person with a passport from seven predominantly Muslim countries, countries where none (that’s right, none) of the people originated who committed terrorist acts in America from 9-11 to […]

Pain is a Non-Respecter of Person Issue, Part One

Pain is a Non-Respecter of Person Issue, Part One

Did you shop at Costco during the holiday season?  I did, and I want to relay something I observed on a Sunday afternoon. Prior to entering the restroom at Costco, I was already thinking about the theme of this series of editorials, that pain is a non-respecter of person issue.  In my mind I was […]

Lift Every Voice

Lift Every Voice

“God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way; Thou who hast by thy might, Led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we pray.” These are the opening lines of Verse Three of James Weldon Johnson’s inspiring hymn, Lift Every […]

Not State Government, but Local Government

Not State Government, but Local Government

It’s a new year, and not only that but a new odd-numbered year – which means that, like the federal Congress, our state Legislature is going into two year session until 2018, the next election year. During this session bills can be introduced, passed, signed by the Governor, and become law. Also at the beginning […]

Non-Respecter of Person Issues

Non-Respecter of Person Issues

In 2016 I wrote 36 editorials for The Edgefield Advertiser.  One third of them addressed non-respecter of person issues.  That theme, non-respecter of person issues, will continue to be prevalent in my writings in 2017 because when we boil humanity down to these issues; principles, laws, and relationships, one comes to recognize there is far […]