Human Dignity for Workers in the Global Supply Chain


In the global marketplace, many workers are required to work for long hours at low pay in deplorable conditions and often unsafe settings.  There are various types of forced labor.  Child labor is more common than we would like to admit.  Human dignity is denied to the workers through such injustices as discrimination, sexual harassment,Continue reading “Human Dignity for Workers in the Global Supply Chain”

Proposal for a Mission to Jupiter and Europa


Now that Curiosity is safely on Mars and ready to begin its exploration, an exploration that could go on for decades due to its nuclear power plant, I would like to propose the next major NASA endeavor. It is time to return to Jupiter.  The Galileo mission (1995-2003) was a tremendous success even though theContinue reading “Proposal for a Mission to Jupiter and Europa”

Preaching on Noah’s Ark Without Falling Into Fundamentalism


I will begin by saying that the story of Noah’s Ark is patently absurd by any standard.  I have no trouble teaching or preaching this story as mythology.  I believe that the most significant portion of this story is the rainbow covenant at the end.  The rainbow covenant is a symbol of God’s grace andContinue reading “Preaching on Noah’s Ark Without Falling Into Fundamentalism”

America’s Addiction to Violence


This is the aftermath of the tragic and senseless shooting in Theater 9 in Aurora, Colorado.  Our country has witnessed yet again another act of mayhem brought on by gun violence. This is not exclusively an American issue.  We are not the only country with gun violence, but we are at the epicenter.  Norway, aContinue reading “America’s Addiction to Violence”

Churches, Politics and 501(c)(3) Status


Churches and other non-profit organizations organized as IRC 501(c)(3) organizations are forbidden to support or oppose political candidates, to involve themselves in legislative issues, or to support or oppose ballot initiatives.  And yet this very clear demarcation in the law often goes ignored with impunity.  Some churches appear to operate as national political parties inContinue reading “Churches, Politics and 501(c)(3) Status”

Trustworthy Leadership


TRUSTWORTHY One of the most important lessons that I have tried to teach my teenage son is that I want him to grow up to be the kind of man upon which people can depend. If he has promised to mow someone’s yard, or fix a computer, or help out at the community theater, thenContinue reading “Trustworthy Leadership”

Kaiser Permanente – The Perfect Model for a National Health Care System


Kaiser Permanente has created the world’s most integrated health care system.  It is able to offer tremendous coverage at a reasonably modest price due to a large list of compelling features built into the Kaiser Permanente design. Let me state that I have no relationship to Kaiser except as a satisfied patient for over twelveContinue reading “Kaiser Permanente – The Perfect Model for a National Health Care System”

Health Care Crisis in the US


Health Care Issues The Unites States spends 17% of GDP on healthcare, or over $8,400 per capita, more than any other nation.  No other developed country spends more than 12% of GDP on medical care. And yet our people have some of the poorest healthcare outcomes in the developed world.  Some 46 million Americans areContinue reading “Health Care Crisis in the US”

It Is Time for Civil Discourse


Nothing can be accomplished in government today because of the polarization and dysfunction that has gripped our nation.  It seems like those who seek to steer the ship of state would rather sink it than give up their desired course and heading.  How did we get into this mess, and more importantly, how can weContinue reading “It Is Time for Civil Discourse”

Same Sex Marriage


Below is a comment that I posted to a Roman Catholic blogger and legislator, Rebecca Hamilton, who opposes same-sex marriage.  Her blog site can be found at PublicCatholic.com. Rebecca, There are a number of reasons that I will disagree with you profoundly. 1) My wife and I married when we were both in our lateContinue reading “Same Sex Marriage”