Sand in the Gears

Intolerant mercy

Thursday, November 19th, 2015 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 14 Comments »

Most of us have never endured war amidst our homes and so we can only imagine, if we care to, the terror that drives people to take their children and elderly parents and spouses and flee all they have known. ...

A Darkness That May Be Felt

Monday, March 9th, 2015 Posted in The Sermons | Comments Off

Some of you may like my latest essay at Image, about the 21 young men murdered by ISIS in Libya. Here's an excerpt: These stories are now fantasy to us, or nearly so. Abraham holds the knife to Isaac’s throat, Jacob ...

Honoring Muhammad

Saturday, September 15th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | 36 Comments »

The thing is, I didn't know we'd all gotten together and decided to officially call this guy "the Prophet Muhammad." I know that's what he is to 2 billion or so Muslims, but that leaves around 5 billion of us who ...

Lessons from the news to come

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

In case you don't have time to follow the news for the next week, here's a summary: 1. Someone insulted Mohammed. 2. Otherwise intelligent and civilized ambassadors for the Religion of Peace murdered some people for being American (they'll get around to ...