This Musing is drawn from some highlights from chapter 7 of my “Let’s Talk” book, titled “Planting Tiny Seeds of Redemptive Conversation.” We should all aspire to practice politeness, which seems to be in short supply these days. But, in our increasingly tribalistic culture, being polite is not enough. In a conversation with another person […]
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This Musing is abstracted out from a longer narrative, titled “Major Obstacles to Inclusive and Respectful Conversations, With the Essential First Step,” presented in chapter 1 of my book “Let’s Talk.” I believe that God knows the truth about all things. And, as one who aspires to be a follower of Jesus, I embrace with […]
The following Musing is the first in a series of eleven weekly musings that are abbreviated versions of various portions of my recent book “Let’s Talk: Bridging Divisive Lines Through Inclusive and Respectful Conversations.” It is my hope that you will find my sequence of Musings to cohere and flow well toward the goal of […]
I look back with horror at the prevalence of slavery in the history of America. Someone once asked me to conjecture as to what Americans may look back at with horror a hundred years from now. My answer was and still is the disparity in wealth and well-being between the rich and the poor. This […]
Much of my work over the years has focused on my calling into question either/or binary positions on contentious issues; choosing, rather, to formulate both/and positions that seek to capture the best insights from those adhering to the two either/or poles It all started many years ago, during my days as a Vice President for […]
The following was published in the September 8 issue of the Capital Democrat in Orange City, Iowa It has been accurately suggested that a rapidly emerging problem among Americans is that half of us don’t want to talk to the other half. As some readers of the Capital Democrat may recall from previous pieces I […]
The impetus for my invitation is the speech recently given in Philadelphia by President Biden on the topic “The Soul of the Nation” and two criticisms of that speech, one by a Biden supporter and one by a non-supporter. Biden’s speech was a blistering criticism of those he views as extreme MAGA Republicans; while acknowledging […]
The Supreme Court has spoken, voting 5-4 to overturn Roe vs. Wade, thereby turning over to the various states the right to enact their own abortion laws. I fear that this decision will lead to an unprecedented level of vitriolic political discourse, and even to violence, as different states enact laws ranging from banning abortion […]
I applaud the imminent passage of bipartisan gun legislation that is long overdue. This is not the first time that a small bipartisan group of legislators has been able to forge bipartisan legislation. Two other examples come to mind, one old and one relatively new. In 2013, a small bipartisan “gang of eight” senators, four […]
Dear Mr. Musk: News of your purchase of Twitter has elicited numerous reactions, both positive and negative. I am responding positively, with some qualifications. I applaud your commitment to foster “free speech” that will give voice to the expression of any belief about any contentious issue. My applause is prompted by a very painful experience […]
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