The 100% Debt Club

Being part of the 100% debt club is not a designation that countries should strive for, as significant debt has been shown to slow economic growth. Slower economic growth leads to slower job creation and expansion. That said, being a member of the club does not, by default, lead to economic disaster. Some countries’ economies can handle the amount of debt while they work to decrease their debt-to-GDP ratio.

Kanye West, Childish Gambino, and Woke Black America

In the past couple of years, there has been a palpable shift in the black American mind. It is reflected most clearly in recent pop culture trends with the rise of films like Get Out and Black Panther and musicians like Donald Glover and Kanye West. The movement is not reactionary but contemplative and introspective, and it is beginning to gain traction politically.

Crossing the Threshold of Hope: Why Smiling is Great

I’ve proclaimed this theme quite often over the past few articles. This is not an accident. I want to urge you, dear reader, that while this world may seem cold and hard (which it can be), that you are capable of more. The joy of life is to be found today, here, now! It’s to be found as we engage in the world around us, in perfecting and working amid the work of creation, no matter how dark and stormy it may become. If we are truly encountering the Gospel, the good news, we want to do something with it.

Is This Really America, Donald Glover?

While Glover does not goes so far as to offer suggestions about what should be done to realign our moral compass, "This is America" does take that first step to finding a solution: recognizing there is a problem. In this age of media misguidance, celebrities and tragedies are merely American spectacle. One day, the public can care so deeply about a tragedy and then the next, allow it to be forgotten just like the latest trend.

LeBron James and the Quest for Excellence

The excellence of LeBron James is something all basketball fans ought to relish. We have never seen a player like him before, and we may never see another again. Standing at 6’8,” 250 pounds with a vertical jump well over three feet, LeBron’s renowned athleticism and physical ability are what have allowed him to put together the most prolific basketball career of all time. Few realize, however, the dedication this also requires off the court.

In Defense of the Founders: Why their Monuments Should be Preserved

It is important that their monuments stand as a reminder to future generations that liberty is the base on which this country was built, and that it must be defended. If those who advocate for the removal of the monuments to the founders really want equal justice under the law, and freedom for all, they should defend the monuments against the sledgehammer.  They should embrace the words of those men whom they seek to dishonor. Dr. King, Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln did just this, and so should modern day Americans.

Another 50 Years Hence

In Great Britain, Churchill’s prophesy from “Fifty Years Hence” has already come true. Science is on its march to “destroy all that makes human life majestic and tolerable.” Perhaps the link of the English-speaking peoples means that America is doomed to a similar fate. Or perhaps that ancient tradition can endure even this trial. If it is to do so, it will again need defenders. It will need heroes. It is not a matter of Right vs. Left, but of Good vs. Evil.

The Brushworks of Politics

There is a deep bond between the painter and his work, just as there exists a connection between the statesman and his nation. The skills gained from one can be easily transferred to the other. This does not mean that every painter is a statesman, or that every senator could tell the difference between a fan and a filbert brush. What this does mean, however, is that the virtues gained from properly studying the art of politics and the art of painting are similar.

In The Midnight of the Mind

Lincoln is heralded as America's martyr, and rightfully so; but what has made him such an inspiration to countless people is that he was able to accomplish so much while harboring a sometimes crippling melancholy. He emancipated slaves, encouraged Congress to pass the 13th Amendment, and lead the Union to victory in its only Civil War; yet, it was the secret sorrow that haunted his lips and the tears that filled his eyes noticed by the tribesman half a world away, and the more one reads of him, the more one is able to relate to his humanity and his determination to harness the best of his ability to create a force for good.

Patience for the Iran Deal

America can toe the line between “pie in the sky” diplomacy and fatalistic rhetoric. We can understand the severe limitations of the Iran deal, and the bad faith it was created under, while still allowing nations to build their own allegiances. We can distrust the Iranian regime, yet know that we are not best situated to pressure it. Patience, in this step of the process, is the best prescription.

Character Still Matters: Why the Browns Messed up the Draft Again

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that the Cleveland Browns, always in possession of a good draft pick, will find a way to screw it up. This year was no different. The 2018 NFL Draft began with Cleveland having the first pick. For a team desperately in need of a quarterback, this draft was full of them. Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson all showed promise of being able to play at an elite level. Because of this, the secondary qualities of each quarterback, namely their character, should have been taken more into account by the Browns organization when making the decision to go with Baker Mayfield.

What to a Christian is the Death of a Murderer?

The residents of Ashland County have been deeply disturbed by the Grate case. The killings themselves are shocking enough to the people of a quiet Midwestern town. Now a jury of those townsfolk is being asked to consider whether or not the perpetrator of those heinous crimes is fit for death. With most county residents identifying as Christians, the humble community is asking itself: what to a Christian is the death of a murderer?

Alfie and the Aristocracy

Would they, as they have done to Alfie, after removing the ventilator and finding the child able to breath on his own, refuse even basic nutrition? Would a judge look the Duchess of Cambridge in the eye and tell her that the court had decided this was her son’s “final chapter”? Surely not.

The Glory of Work and the Joy of Living

This virtue of Roosevelt has been lost in the America of today. Rarely do we see our generation simply putting their nose to the grindstone with a reckless abandon. It seems that today, to work is license to complain. Yet, Roosevelt reveled in the challenge of the daily. We must hearken back to his example. There is a stark need for balance in our lives—a balance of joy and work, beauty and courage. There is glory still to be found; we can find it.

A Forgotten Tale: Christian Lessons in C.S. Lewis' The Silver Chair

The principle Narnian character, Puddleglum, is neither a lost prince nor a valiant, sword wielding mouse; instead he appears to be an average citizen of Narnia chosen for the quest simply due to his knowledge of the territory. As the story progresses, however, Puddleglum proves to be one of the best examples of faith in the whole series and a model for Christians to follow.

Birth of an Empire: A Review of The Landmark Julius Caesar

Over the years, the Landmark series has quickly grown into an authoritative position among students and teachers, for reasons obvious to anyone familiar with Strassler’s work. The latest addition to this series, The Landmark Julius Caesar: The Complete Works continues that tradition. For the first time, Strassler’s series steps out of its comfort zone of Greek writers, entering the ferocious Imperii Romani. This new work is comprehensive, including all the trademarks of the series that readers have come to know and love.

Silence and a Still Heart

If we Christians are to be the counter culture, let’s start by showing the world how to be silent, how to be still. If we want to bring Christ to others, we can’t bring Him if we don’t know Him; and that takes conversation. Take example from Mary and learn to cultivate a daily period of silence before God, perhaps starting with the daily readings. And in doing so, we may hopefully become better contemplative souls in a world that has sadly forgotten how to be contemplative. 

Baseball's Classical Music Problem

Take time to reveal paradise to a friend by taking them out to a ballgame and sharing with them the joys of baseball. Similarly, open up the ears of others by introducing them to classical music--how it works, what it means, and the lives of the composers. These noble institutions can only survive if passed on to the next generation. Only by remaining authentic and making converts will baseball and classical music become healthy again and live on far into this century.

If I Never Get Back

For us fans at the ballpark, we would do better to close out Snapchat and pull out a scorecard. Phones have no place in church. Perhaps the same manners ought to be extended to a game sacred to the American people. Maybe then we might understand the game wholly; maybe then we’ll be less inclined to demand the game change; maybe then we’ll start to recover some of the virtues that have been forgotten in the chaos of modernity. If we cannot find joy in baseball, then it ought to be a signal to us that there is some corruption within ourselves.

There is Goodness in Fraternity

Christian men need fraternity. All men do, but in a special way, Christian men desperately need it. We need a group of male peers who can support us, advise us, lift us up, and rejoice with us. With recent reflection, I’ve realized how many men have lifted me up or inspired me to greater heights simpler with their friendship. Men who ask each other about life, relationships, goals, and even as one asked me this summer “hey bro how has your faith life been?”