Considering Grace for Our Candidates

Considering Grace for Our Candidates

It’s a fact. We all need grace. One of the highlights of this election season is how divided we are as a nation. The division is at a level where hatred has been exposed in sad and unproductive ways.  Some believe the division is actually fostered and encouraged by some within the leadership structure of […]

Pope Francis, Christian Teachings, and Helping Muslim Refugees

Pope Francis, Christian Teachings, and Helping Muslim Refugees

One ancient Chinese curse, we are told, is “May you live in interesting times.” This political year, with its flawed candidates on both sides, is proving to be one of those interesting times. Those of us who have studied history know that the biggest split in the Muslim world happened in 661 A.D., when Islam’s […]

The Stranger’s Among Us, Part Four

The Stranger’s Among Us, Part Four

This is the fourth piece in the series “The Stranger’s Among Us.” I hope you will look online for the earlier editions as the foundations laid are critical to understanding my two concluding pieces. This will not be the last time I write about refugee resettlement. Refugee resettlement is a complicated, multi-faceted issue. I wanted […]

Time for a Breather, Revisited

Time for a Breather, Revisited

With all the political and meteorological news this past week, from the Vice Presidential debate last Monday to the literally unprintable language on the Donald Trump tape released this past weekend, to still more email hacking by the Russians (this time including some Hillary Clinton speeches and private emails of her campaign manager), to a […]

The Strangers Among Us, Part Three

The Strangers Among Us, Part Three

This is a continuation of my previous two columns discussing the context of Matthew 25, which is being used by the religious left in a well-intentioned, compassionate desire to harness four verses, Matthew 25:35-38, out of context, as biblical justification for use of public funds to “welcome the stranger” into our republic, specifically justifying publicly […]

Expecting Something Different

Expecting Something Different

Most of these columns in recent months have addressed issues of national concern: the state of our national security, our increasing prosperity unfairly shared by just a few, our historic New World commitment to welcome refugees from the Old. But not all issues are national issues. A favorite bit of homespun wisdom gives one definition […]

“I was a Stranger, and you took me in.”

“I was a Stranger, and you took me in.”

We have an immigration problem in our country and in our state. What should we do to solve it? One of the first things that our politicians want to talk about is whose fault it is. It’s the fault of Democrats in the Senate for passing an Immigration Reform bill, one that just attracts more […]

The Strangers Among Us, Part Two

The Strangers Among Us, Part Two

Last week I started a series titled “The Strangers Among Us.” I provided the online link, because this series is going to build, and it is important you know the foundation. In May, Robert Scott, a regular contributor to The Edgefield Advertiser, who is also a friend and neighbor, did a two-part series titled “Welcoming […]

A Letter of Thanks

A Letter of Thanks

The 2016 Edgefield Heritage Jubilee saw another successful event this past Saturday. We had a great crowd of people and had a good many vendors and entertainment. It takes a tremendous amount of time, work, and volunteers to have such an event. I am grateful for the many people who took the time to give […]

Expecting Something Different

Expecting Something Different

Most of these columns in recent months have addressed issues of national concern: the state of our national security, our increasing prosperity unfairly shared by just a few, our historic New World commitment to welcome refugees from the Old. But not all issues are national issues. A favorite bit of homespun wisdom gives one definition […]