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With midterm elections less than a week away, it’s imperative that you make the time to vote. It’s your privilege and your responsibility. Here are 5 questions to ask about your candidates as you enter the voting booth. […] Read More

Two sets of ‘boundary’ symbols paint clashing portraits of our nation’s character. One denotes liberty and responsibility; the other is protectionist and inhospitable. Which will you heed? […] Read More

I can remember once being told that it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. It was said tongue-in-cheek, but only slightly. The premise for that maxim is that getting permission can be time-consuming and requires a degree of tact and diplomacy. You also have to be adept at patiently explaining yourself, so it […] Read More

Why We Are So Quick to Condemn

In the United Kingdom, we are acutely conscious of the rising cost of electricity, and electric providers are replacing banks as “Public Enemy Number One.” Two thoughts occur to me as I reflect on this media-led vilification. First, a sizeable proportion of our electricity consumption is for gadgets and appliances on standby. If we all […] Read More

The soft rain slowly fell just beyond the edge of the balcony. Because of its larger size, this blessed appendage – which hangs out over the street, four stories below – is referred to by the Greeks as a veranda. How cool was my elevated seat at noon on this October day in Athens. How […] Read More

A few weeks ago, when Dzhokhar Tsarev, the youngest brother of two suspects, was captured for bombing the Boston Marathon, a public debate erupted about the type of rights he was afforded. For days, authorities hesitated to read him his Miranda rights and debated whether to treat him as an enemy combatant. When I taught […] Read More

I have been blessed with the ability to sing and also blessed to participate in church choirs for many years. During that time, I have sung under a number of choir directors. Some of these ministers of music have been extraordinary in their use of their talents in service to God. Singing under their leadership […] Read More

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of co-authoring an op-ed with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon titled “Standing in the Gap for Working Missourians.” It was written in support of providing health coverage to 300,000 working Missourians through the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. Under the proposed expansion, low-income Missourians who can’t afford […] Read More

Our recent celebration of Independence Day has brought out all the rhetoric of liberty, and rightly so, as we give thanks for a national context where we can live and enjoy many kinds of freedom. It is also a good reminder, especially this year, that some of life’s most precious things are also fragile things […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., May 22, 2011. Romans 8:28 Morning Prayer: O, Lord, we confess that we live in a world where your goodness and presence is easily hidden.  Like the psalmist, we sometimes wonder where you have gone and why you are so far away from […] Read More