As I write this, Galveston, Texas, is still a sodden ghost town. ¾ of its population has fled, and local government really wishes that the remaining ¼ had fled, too. Electricity and running water are still days away. Many homes, especially those right on the Gulf, were destroyed. What is even worse, Hurricane Ike destroyed the 4-6-foot dune that buffered Galveston Island. The State of Texas might have to seize and condemn all houses that no longer sit behind the... Read More
If you have a Y-chromosome, how do you know when you’ve made the transition from boy to man? In the world in which I grew up, it was when you finished acquiring three things—a wife, a house, and a kid. In 1960, according to Michael Kimmel’s new book, “Guyland,” 70% of men had reached those three milestones by age 30. Today the percentage is less than 33%.
“Guyland” both scares and explains. Let’s call “guys” the tweener stage between boys... Read More
What a rollout! John McCain must have thought that he would get at least one day of Wow Factor when he decided against an older guy (Joe Lieberman) in favor of a younger woman (Sarah Palin) as his running mate. Instead, the chattering class buzzed all day about Bristol, Mrs. Palin’s 17-year-old daughter, who is pregnant.
Several media geniuses opined that Mr. McCain must not have “vetted” his V.P. candidate very thoroughly to have picked one with such an immense... Read More
Are you a TV Olympics junkie or are you exceedingly glad that it all went away? Gosh, who would have thought that Team China would haul away so many golds? My personal good vibe is to see this massive country take a few steps closer to the family of nations. The China of my youth seemed aloof and perpetually revolutionary, dressed in lumpy Mao jackets and clutching their little red books. Kind of cool to see Chinese kids last week... Read More
Pirates of the Caribbean is a perfect movie for our times. It flows from our culture and then flows back and nourishes that same culture. It will join Star Wars and Lord of the Rings as a popular mythology that everybody in the youth generation knows. It will become a permanent point of reference.
For the last couple dozen of you in America who haven’t seen any of the “Pirates” trilogy, permit me to fill in a couple details. Captain... Read More
It has truly been an odd summer in Wisconsin. In spite of all the drumbeating about global warming, the temps have not cracked 90 degrees yet. In a “normal” year by now we would have had at least ten.
The Janesville GM plant isn’t making many Suburbans or Yukons any more. $4.00 gas makes them about as hot as the big Hummers. The huge plant will close in 2010.
Up here we’re pretty safe from hurricanes, but we have had... Read More
One of the nasty little side stories of the national 9/11/01 panic was the anthrax scare. Anthrax is a terrible disease, spread by the bacterium bacillus anthracis. Just as we were reeling from multiple mysterious air assaults, anthrax spores were turning up in the postal system. Five people were killed and 17 others infected. Was this another form of enemy attack? Could there be deadly spores on the letters you would open in your mail today?
After almost seven years... Read More
If you are black and more or less of Baby Boomer age, you probably grew up loving the Temptations and the Supremes. If you are white, you were probably a Beatles fan. I was and still am. A couple days ago I had a chance to see one of the many Beatles tribute bands play a concert in a park setting. It is amazing to me how music has the power to evoke feelings and memories of long gone years.... Read More
People who struggle, especially people who are ill or have chronic disabilities, look at the stories of Jesus’ miracle healings and they sigh. “Oh, if only he would do that today.”
I think it’s good to take a balanced view of the things that Jesus was doing.
ng, he is still healing today. God always prefers using people rather than doing everything through miracles. Jesus’ main goal for being on earth was bringing people the saving Word to save their... Read More
Is it possible that your salvation is ever at risk once you’ve come to know the Lord?
In a sense, “once saved, always saved” is true, because the Gospel’s message begins with universal forgiveness. Jesus bought forgiveness for the world, past, present, and future with his blood on the cross. One hundred percent is Christ’s work. Satan himself can’t mess with it. It has happened, and cannot ever be undone.
God’s salvation comes to us by grace, through faith, he... Read More