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Columns

  • Let’s find the holiday spirit out there somewhere

    Today we pause to shake our heads sadly at the woman in Arizona who, saying she was frustrated by the re-election of Barack Obama, tried to drive over her husband because he had neglected to vote. I’m guessing she was expecting him to vote for someone other than Obama.

    Think about that for a moment. You live in Arizona, where you knew who had won the election before the last bites of early bird specials had been gobbled at your neighborhood Denny’s, and you are so irate at one vote not cast that you are trying to injure your beloved.

  • 3 men and an Election Day

    Election Day means the end of the debate for a couple of men I respect very much. Unfortunately, neither of them was on the ballot.

    To be sure, though, their views are aligned generally with those of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, which is to say the bubbles they filled almost certainly weren’t on the same side of the ballot.

    It’s understandable, really. One of them has worked in the auto industry, and the other is a Marine.

  • SOUDER: Putting politics into the proper perspective

    By this time next week the elections will be over, and as a nation we will again have chosen those who will govern us for the next 2 or 4 years. One side will claim a hard-fought victory; the other will be left trying to figure out what went wrong. But regardless of whether the candidates you vote for win or lose, it is important to keep a proper perspective and realize that no matter who is elected, problems will still exist.

  • SOUDER: In elections, asking the right questions matters

    Whenever an election approaches, as the 2012 presidential race now quickly is, some (though not nearly enough) Christians begin to consider prayerfully for whom they should vote.  And many begin by asking questions like, “Whose side is God on?” or “Is God a Republican or a Democrat?”

    However, let me suggest that, for the Christian, these are the wrong questions.

  • Introducing, a new friend

    Let me tell you something about the newest critter on our farm.

    No, this isn’t the magnificent, golden-tailed hawk that comes to sit on the black wooden fences separating two of our paddocks, more or less watching the horses eat their fill.

    This isn’t about the smudge-sized black field mice I saw scurrying under the leaves of the decaying melon patch as I was turning over the garden for fall – one of whom, I must confess, met an untimely interface when he was unearthed by the blades of my tiller, God rest his little vermin soul.

  • Can you recall the fears of an October long ago?

    Perhaps the scariest time of my life came during a few weeks when I didn’t know how scared I should be.

    I was a third-grader, and at a time when most boys my age were concerned with being liked by classmates, having to take a regular bath and making the starting lineup, what I didn’t quite grasp was that the security of my world was teetering on the brink of total annihilation.

  • SOUDER: Part 3: Why you can’t separate politics and religion

    In my last two columns, I have waded into the often-perceived-as-controversial territory at the intersection of politics and religion. Though many try to keep them separate, it is my firm belief that because God established the idea of government (Romans 13) and because governing is first and foremost a moral and spiritual enterprise (making laws that determine right and wrong), trying to separate politics and religion is not only undesirable, it is impossible.

  • This man's virtuoso performance can't be overlooked

    Leon Mooneyhan has taken on the role of the “music man” in Shelby County, trumpeting his vision for a downtown performance and convention center and scoring his own little symphony out of the sometimes discordant notes he hears.

    When I first chatted with Mooneyhan about his concept of a “City Center” for Shelbyville, about three years ago on a Saturday morning in the historic home of a mutual friend, it was – mixing my metaphors here – as if he were preaching a sermon while I was right behind him, wearing a robe and singing bass.

  • Hey, UK fans: This is all a matter of perspective

    A cousin called from Mississippi on Saturday morning to say that my beloved alma mater and her favorite team, Southern Mississippi, should get a new football coach.

    “A new coach?.” I said via an intermediary. “The guy only has coached two games. How can you dislike a coach after two games?”

    Did I mention this cousin was of a mature age, a God-fearing, church-going woman who speaks in a quiet, honey-thick Southern drawl that Andy and Gomer surely would appreciate, that her mother was my Aunt Bea? Well, that’s a side point.

  • SOUDER: Part 2: On politics and religion

    In my last column, I jumped right into the usually taboo subject of the intersection of church and state, suggesting that because governing is first and foremost a moral enterprise (making laws that determine right and wrong), trying to separate politics and religion is not only undesirable, it is impossible.

    I then went on to say that because the Bible spoke directly to most of our social and political issues, and because followers of Jesus should be governed by what the Bible says, all Christians should have similar positions on those issues.