A Letter on Patriotism

John Newton, author of the hymn “Amazing Grace,” wrote this letter to a friend about what he calls “true patriotism.” Continue reading



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I’m home on furlough, waiting to return to work, while the nation’s leaders are in deadlock over funding for a border wall. There’s no better time for me to reflect on nationalism. The word nationalism was one of the top searched words in 2018 according to Merriam Webster Company, undoubtedly because of President Trump’s use of the word in his October speech. [a] Continue reading

Judging the World, cont.

This past Sunday my family and I were at church small group meeting. At the end of the night our group leader loaned me some books and other reading material that he had accumulated over the years, related to our topic of discussion that evening. Unrelated, but in the bag was an article from 1987 written by another man at church who I’ve really come to respect and admire over the past 5 months since I’ve known him. The article he had written was about jury duty. When I read it I was struck by the similarity of our experiences, but he also gave me more things to consider, for example:

“we all make judgments in many ways. In cases of church discipline, however, it is never to be punitive, as courts must be, but redemptive.”

“Might justice be perverted if good people refuse to be involved?”

I was unable to include his published article in the comments from my previous post (Judging the World), so you can read it by clicking on the pdf links below:

Justice, the Jury, and Jesus -Page 1

Justice, the Jury, and Jesus -Page 2