But if anyone is disposed to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God. Now in this instruction that I give you I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. For, to begin with, when you come togetherContinue reading “Divisions and factions”
Monthly Archives: January 2023
Angela Rigas and the “God-given right” to possess and use guns with no restrictions whatsoever
So Angela Rigas, Michigan state representative for the district in which I live, considers red-flag laws (extreme-risk protection orders), universal background checks, and requirements for safe storage of guns to be violations of the Second Amendment. Most Americans do not. Americans (and Michiganians) have differing opinions on all sorts of things. On some questions relatingContinue reading “Angela Rigas and the “God-given right” to possess and use guns with no restrictions whatsoever”
Unofficial notes on the 1/16/2022 Caledonia Community Schools board meeting
I attended the January 16 meeting of the Caledonia school board and took notes. These are my personal, unofficial notes. There are certainly omissions, and there may be errors. The videorecording of the meeting was posted yesterday, so you can verify anything there. For the public comment section, I have added the hour/minute/second reference forContinue reading “Unofficial notes on the 1/16/2022 Caledonia Community Schools board meeting”
Fears and hopes
These are the remarks that I read during public comment time at the Caledonia Community Schools board meeting this evening. First, to the three elected in November: congratulations. To the four continuing: you have served well. Thank you. Here is what I fear, and what I hope. First: what I fear. I am one ofContinue reading “Fears and hopes”
Propaganda and news: there’s a difference
Printing a disgruntled partisan politician’s one-sided press release as a news article? Five points off for the Sun and News (an excellent local newspaper).
Pay your democracy tax: support newspapers
I delivered the Richmond Times-Dispatch to two routes in my hometown by bicycle six days a week throughout my middle school and high school years. After I added the second route my father insisted on driving me around the route in the ’63 Fairlane on Sundays and when the weather was horrible. I was upContinue reading “Pay your democracy tax: support newspapers”
No, you do not have a right to your own opinion
Habitual insistence on the sovereignty of one’s own (or one’s own faction’s) opinion is incompatible with Christian discipleship and culpably destructive of Christian community.
Better than “happy new year” . . .