We need to differentiate between experiences and facts. We know that our individual perspectives affect how we experience events, but do they also affect the underlying facts?
The answer is no. Facts are facts.
So, for example, one person might experience exceptional service at a restaurant, but another person might experience terrible ...Read more
Late last January, a short video showing Catholic high school boys and an indigenous drummer in Washington created a media and social media flurry. The video documented a confluence of two marches (the March for Life and the Indigenous Peoples March) near the Lincoln Memorial. It showed a group of teenage boys standing and smiling as the ...Read more
If you have 20/20 (or better) vision, you probably don't even think about seeing -- unless you previously had worse vision. If your vision has declined over the years (as mine has), you probably wish for the times when you took your vision for granted.
That applies to more than vision; we often take all sorts of things for granted. To be ...Read more
Christmas is a special time in our family. Our daughter, Maggie, loves decorating the tree, and her brother, Robert, is now tall enough to decorate the top third -- that Maggie and I cannot reach. The highlight of the season is the Christmas Eve service. The pageant, led by children of our church, includes Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, along with...Read more
This is the season of Advent for Christians. The season is not just about the event but about the expectation, the waiting, the preparation, the everyday events through which you can see God's grace shine. In today's polarized political environment, this might appear to be impossible to achieve. But I believe it is possible -- it just requires...Read more
By Tuesday night, the week's national political news was already too much to grasp. On Monday, the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, released the 436-page report "Review of Four FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation."
"Crossfire ...Read more
This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for learning about and working with Our House, a homeless shelter for newborn babies and their families. I first became involved in this organization after the birth of our second child a few months before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. I can remember rocking my baby during the night as planes flew over my ...Read more
The political world is mired in must-watch political impeachment theater in Washington, with a second focus on this week's Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta.
But with those two sideshows going, the world continues to spin. People get up and go to work; students go to school; mothers and fathers care for their children; people go...Read more
With the public phase of the House of Representatives' impeachment hearings beginning this week, the national drama meter is going to accelerate exponentially.
Unfortunately, the current news structure (more opinion than news), combined with social media and the fact that few people have friends on the other side of the aisle, will lead to a ...Read more
Here's what you can expect to see between now and the 2020 elections, which are less than a year away: an endless parade of so-called experts who will strain each day's political events through their ideological sieves in attempts to give them meaning.
This is nothing new. We all do it, not only with politics but also with life in general. We ...Read more
While many in our country are following the daily national soap opera of Washington Democrats attempting to throw President Donald Trump out of office, Newt Gingrich, my father, is attempting to raise our collective vision to focus on a national threat that exists outside our borders.
In his recent book, "Trump vs. China: Facing America's ...Read more
German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that more should have been done to make immigration and refugee assimilation successful. "Germany's attempt to create a multicultural society has 'utterly failed,'" she told members of the Christian Democratic Union party in a speech in 2010, Reuters reported at the time.
Some blamed Merkel's shift ...Read more