The essential basis of an economy is trust. As the founding father of economics, Adam Smith noted an economy “. . . can seldom flourish in any state in which there is not a certain degree of confidence in the justice of government.” Our modern world subsists almost wholly on a high degree of trust in the justice and capacity of government, business and households.
Two deaths impacted our lives last week. One was a fellow pastor who was killed in a tragic accident at work. Another was of a friend who had suffered pain for several years. Grief and loss are such a part of life. Grieving well is an art. Jesus can use it in our lives to shape us and bring us into great maturity and joy.
Year after year, thousands of Americans attend the March For Life -- marching past the U.S. Capitol in late January, close to the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
The politics surrounding COVID-19 have simmered down considerably, and a recent push by our family, friends and neighbors is showing some promise in our fight to keep Wabash County out of the red zone according to Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) metrics.
When Twitter decided to remove President Donald Trump’s account from its social media platform, it sent off a firestorm of reactions. Some of these concerns are justified, but some of these concerns are not based in sound judgment.
If President-Elect Joe Biden is serious about addressing climate change, preventing future outbreaks of zoonotic disease or minimizing animal cruelty on factory farms, he should support the nascent cultured-meat industry.
Trump exhorted his followers in the crowd at his rally on Jan. 6 to march to the U.S. Capitol and express their anger with the election.
On the morning of Jan. 5, a best-selling Christian author posted a picture of the Egyptian Coptic martyrs who were beheaded on a beach in Libya in 2015. Above the photo, the author asked: "What price are you willing to pay for what you believe in?"
With Congress poised to consider articles of impeachment this week, lawmakers should be mindful of a poll showing that Americans want President Donald Trump removed immediately for inciting Wednesday’s deadly violence in the U.S. Capitol.
Trump continues to try to overturn the presidential election by intimidating, coercing and threatening state officials in an attempt to change the votes of the people. He recently spoke to the Secretary of State in Georgia and asked him to come up with almost 12,000 votes for Trump so he can…
George Santayana (1863-1952) an American philosopher said, “People who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Looking back into 2020, there are three things we experienced that we don’t want to repeat in 2021: Fear, hate and greed.
It seemed that whenever the Rev. Daniel Darling ventured into social media, he saw the same red flags -- so he posted a commentary on "Christians and Conspiracy Theories."
I apologize, but this is the time of year when I must do my annual beating-a-dead-horse ritual of imploring the Indiana General Assembly to go to every-other-year sessions.
The current president of Planned Parenthood is unafraid to use the word "abortion." In a Christmas-season interview with The Washington Post, Alexis McGill Johnson scolded those who would downplay the importance of abortion in her organization's work. She says it is "stigmatizing" to do so.
As Congress prepares for what should be a routine confirmation of the results of the 2020 presidential election, its Republican members are divided between those who will do their constitutional duty and ratify Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' victory and those who will abet President Trump’s unhinged and self-serving attack on the democratic process.
As U.S. president, Donald Trump has specialized in bullying and berating allies. By contrast, Joe Biden has promised that he will treat U.S. allies with respect and consideration. This is more than a matter of common courtesy. Allies are a crucial American asset in pushing back against unwel…
Trust, something that seems hard to come by nowadays. Trust can be achieved with some hard work and a pinch of effort. When I think about what trust means, it brings the word faith to my mind. We have faith that when we go out to our car and turn the key, that it is going to start for us, and when it doesn’t we are surprised and a bit disturbed at the disruption of time.
For me, a highlight of 2020 has been chairing the Indiana Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission. The commission was created to commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Indiana's ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed that the right to vote could not be denied based on gender. By preserving the collective work incredible Hoosier women and men made throughout this movement we are inspiring future generations.
"In times of trouble, it's always the most vulnerable who suffer the worst," Archbishop Bashar Warda, Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Erbil, Iraq, said just before Thanksgiving, at a mostly virtual global conference focusing on persecuted Christians and other religious minorities around the globe.
I started my academic career in coal country, working in an economic research center at Marshall University in West Virginia. It was exciting work that touched on far more aspects of the coal industry than I thought existed. Some of the best known work was with two other economists to estimate the effect of changes to environmental regulation on the communities in which coal was mined. That work made its way to Congress and to at least one Supreme Court case.
On Saturday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported the 37th COVID-19 death in Wabash County. And on Tuesday, the ISDH reported the 38th local COVID-19 death. Meanwhile, free and paid testing will continue in various forms at Parkview Wabash Hospital.
“It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds,” said Donald Trump in 2016 about the hack of the Democratic National Committee, undermining the then-confirmed fact that it was Russian intelligence operatives.
This is the year of Joe. Not Biden. But the main man in the Nativity scene nearest you (since Jesus is but a baby, albeit divine). Pope Francis delivered the news of a year dedicated to St. Joseph earlier this month on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8. So, we are already a few weeks in.
The holiday season looks a little different this year, and stress levels may be at an all-time high for many of us. But the new year is here, and it’s a great time for fresh starts.
Last Sunday night I sat in front of the TV a few extra minutes basking in the Colts victory. Much to my delight, the venerable “60 Minutes” teaser announced they’d profile the civil anti-trust case of Sutter Health in Sacramento California. This reporting should be interesting to Hoosiers and their elected leaders. Here’s why.
Need a gift idea for Christmas? The price is right. It will cost a little effort but can bring great rewards to you and the recipient. It is not gold, frankincense or myrrh, the gifts given to the baby Jesus. Yet, this is a gift God still likes to receive today. This gift will feed your soul and the souls of those you give it to. This gift is “thank you.”
Chanukah, the festival of lights, is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the victory of the Maccabees (or Hasmoneans) over the powerful armies of the Seleucid (Greek) Empire under King Antiochus IV. King Antiochus, in 167 BC, in a show of force, forbade important Jewish observances such as keeping the Sabbath and circumcision and dedicated the ancient temple in Jerusalem to Zeus.
Our Congressman, Jim Banks, chose to support the Texas lawsuit overturning votes from the November 2020 election in the states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Remember that '80s song "I Need a Hero"? This whole year has me singing the chorus quite a bit. That's why Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are Time magazine's "Person of the Year." Meanwhile, the fact of the matter is the kind of salvation people are looking for does not come from politics, no matter how much we may want it to.
President Trump’s inability to endure his election loss, an eventuality that a long list of politicians have tolerated with equanimity, has transformed a discrete defeat into an improbably long losing streak. His legal, political and rhetorical campaign against the first loss, far from overcoming it, has yielded a sea of losses stretching from Carson City to Capitol Hill.
With America facing a bitterly divisive election, Episcopal Church leaders did what they do in tense times -- they held a National Cathedral service rallying the Washington, D.C., establishment.
Nearly all can agree that it is time to put 2020 in the rear-view mirror. But we can’t close the books on what we must do to make the new year as healthy and prosperous as possible.
Vindictive Trump attacked our country for not reelecting him. Trump lost his cases in the courts, and then the corrupt president tried to circumvent the will of the people by coercing Republican lawmakers in swing states to overturn the election and appoint pro-Trump electors to the Electora…