Tag: politics

Understanding the Jerusalem Issue: A Brief Reading List

For decades, presidents have vowed to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move would not-so-subtly signpost Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It would also severely strain relations with...

/ December 22, 2017

My president was good

There have been scores of black presidents in history. But America only had one. It will never have another like him. On the last day of Barack Obama’s presidency, I don’t look back embracing all...

/ January 19, 2017

Valor without renown

Eowyn: My Lord! Aragorn! I am to be sent with the women into the caves.  Aragorn: That is an honorable charge.  Eowyn: To mind the children, to find food and bedding when the men return....

/ January 16, 2017

Resistance as an act of Christian hope

Two weeks ago I wrote about our ultimate hope being in the gospel and the person of Jesus, not in votes or earthly powers. Last week I wrote about practical hopes—silver linings for today held...

/ November 22, 2016

Aleppo, presidential perfection, and what must be known

The life of a candidate for president of the United States is lived under the microscope. Candidates are constant media fodder, the subject of skeleton-seeking investigations, and the unfortunate darlings of an overeager paparazzi. There’s...

/ September 9, 2016

25 ways you can support refugees

A week ago, I published a post called “Do something” urging readers to not be passive in the shadow of modern refugeeism—a phenomenon that has displaced nearly 70 million people worldwide. To put it plainly, everyone...

/ September 7, 2016

Do something

In fifty years, we’re going to look back at the first half of the 21st century and remember again that the Syrian crisis—the apex of larger regional and international conflicts—was the defining struggle of a...

/ August 30, 2016

Not my voice

The final speech of the Republican National Convention painted a bleak, Blade Runner-version of America. The only solution, according to Trump, is himself. “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone...

/ July 22, 2016

Come November, I’m voting for democracy

Here is the bottom line: Donald Trump does not represent the ideals of democracy. He is an authoritarian egoist, a celebrity of insolence, a self-made cult of personality. Many of the values he openly professes...

/ June 9, 2016

Syria in summary – February 2016

The third attempt at a peace conference in Geneva pretty much started off already on a downhill slide. The opposition, championed by the Saudi-founded High Negotiations Committee, was immediately irritated by an unprecedented uptick in...

/ March 4, 2016