Crossing the divides

Promoting Dialogue Between Generations

Beauty and the Beast Within

The juxtaposition was stunning. On one side of my television’s split screen were the breathtaking images of the SpaceX Crew’s Dragon capsule speeding 16,000 miles per hour toward a space station rendezvous. On the other were disturbing images of protests turned violent…

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When the Wolf Comes

Some 24.7 million kids will go to sleep tonight in a home without their biological father. One-third are being raised by a single mother. Another 10-20 percent are raised by their grandparents. The U.S. Department of Education says…

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Laying Down Memorial Stones

Boomers may remember this golden oldie from Sam Cooke: “Don’t Know Much About History.” He could have been singing about today’s kids. In a January 21, 2017 New York Post article, “Why schools have stopped teaching American history,” Karol Markowicz cites studies that show…

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The Hedgehog and the Fox

Don Quixote attacked windmills he thought were dragons. Too many Evangelicals do the same. Just as people mocked the Man of La Mancha for his delusions, they scorn us for flailing at imaginary dragons. Yes, there are wrongs to be righted and battles to be fought…

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Caught Between Two Paradises

An April 6, 2020 New York Times headline screamed, “A New COVID-19 Crisis: Domestic Abuse Rises Worldwide.” In the U.S., calls to suicide hotlines spiked 300 percent. Even though the curve has been flattened, there is fear of a second wave of COVID-19 as well as an economic depression…

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Charlemagne and the Crisis for the Evangelical Right

In the late 1700s, every nation on earth had a state-sanctioned religion. In England, the monarch was head of the Church. In Istanbul, the sultan was both ruler of the Ottoman Empire and pope of the Islamic world. But those who hammered out our U.S. Constitution knew the sordid history of unholy unions between Big Religion and Civil Government. So, they crafted a separation of Church and State…

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Coach or Cheerleader?

Philosopher Will Durant quipped, “Our children arrive as barbarians, and we have about eighteen years to civilize them.” God has given this unenviable task to parents. Even our little barbarians understand that. Every poll reveals that Millennials and Gen Zs say parents are the most important people in their lives. Yet, grandparents are their favorite people…

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The Folly of Unnecessary Battles

There are battles that need to be fought. Our world is now engaged in a war against a pandemic. This may pale next to the upcoming battle for economic survival. Political candidates are poised to exploit both of these wars in their quest to win the upcoming elections. As politico Rahm Emmanuel said to his operatives, “Let no good crisis go to waste.” So, the culture wars that have polarized America will continue unabated…

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