Authority, Responsibility, Accountability

Authority, Responsibility, Accountability

Experience as a military officer teaches values, and teaches them by a series of moves – with the early opportunity to see what works, what leadership is all about in a small unit, and to see what doesn’t work. As one progresses through a military career, first comes exposure to carrying out orders you might […]

Lottery Tuition Assistance

Lottery Tuition Assistance

It’s been well reported in recent years that a college education, or, at a minimum, some career-specific training after high school is going to become mandatory for the kinds of jobs that pay a livable wage. To a large extent, this is already the case, and study after study indicates that this trend is only […]

Make America Safe Again

Make America Safe Again

Now that the Trump administration and Congress have shown they can’t work together to craft a new health care act, they are about to take on an even more difficult task: crafting a federal budget that 50% plus  1  members of the House of Representatives can agree on. The aspect of the federal budget likely […]

God Still Works in The Affairs of Men

God Still Works in The Affairs of Men

Who says God doesn’t still work in the affairs of men? The powerful Nor’easter working its way through the Northeast has completely changed my travel plans this week. The rainstorms in the Southeast Sunday morning completely changed my plans for Sunday! Saturday afternoon as I re-worked this upcoming week, I was somewhat frustrated – but […]

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 […]