by Sid Jansma, Jr.*

As a little kid, my dad took my brother, David, and me (ages 3 and 4) to buy our mom a Christmas present. We went to a lovely jewelry store and, after a while, Dad picked out a locket that sparkled to our great delight. We were told on the way home that this gift was our secret surprise to mom for Christmas. We all agreed to keep the secret.

Upon arriving home, like a puppy released from its leash, I gleefully ran into the house and up to my mom to assure her that we…


by Tom Leech ©2017 Tom Leech

Tom Leech is an author of books on a variety of subjects, including theillustrated children’s poem, The Curious Adventures of Santa’s Wayward Elves. His poems have appeared in many published anthologies.

T’was that night before Christmas, time for much prep,
But the reindeer sent Santa a legal rep,
Who came waving a contract and protest sign.
Now Santa was stuck, with that major deadline.

Santa had said, “It’s almost the magic hour,
When we soar ‘round the world on reindeer power,
Onward we go with my team and the sleigh,
Loaded with goodies for the kids’ holiday.”

But the rep said “Santa, it’s this way, you see,
Better look at this contract, line E2Z –
Although now’s the time to hitch up the sleigh,
Your reindeer don’t work…


a lifelong Christian Republican makes a case for Biden

authored by Sid Jansma, Jr.

Sid Jansma, Jr.

In a previous post, I said that Trump’s character defects should rule out any Christian from voting for him for President and that, given his integrity, Christians should instead vote for Biden for President.

I wrote:

If Trump lacks the wisdom, integrity, righteousness and compassion to qualify for Sunday school teacher, he lacks the qualifications for national leader.

And while I don’t support Biden because he’s a saint, he brings a basic trustworthiness and integrity and compassion to the table. Biden is good enough to be a Sunday school teacher.

I’d rather support a good Democrat than a bad Republican.


The day after the weekend of protests in response to the summary and public police execution of George Floyd, a thoughtful, Christian Republican friend wrote on Facebook:

Quick question to some of my fellow conservative friends: Have you ever taken the time and read anything on systematic oppression/racism? If not, perhaps take some time in the next couple of days and get familiar with the literature. I’m sure it will create more understanding and more productive conversations.

I have long admired this friend’s considered combination of conservatism and compassion. I have learned a great deal from him.

To my fellow…


choose love over fear

When I was a little boy, in the early 60s, my father directed The Community School at Lincoln Elementary School in Kalamazoo. Lincoln School was in Kalamazoo’s predominantly black north side, literally just over the tracks from Kalamazoo’s predominantly white south side. My brother and I spent a lot of time at Lincoln school — every weekday in the summer and, during the school year, at least one evening a week and most Saturdays. We played basketball, raced around, took swimming lessons, and just hung out with Charlie and Leroy and Debbie and Jimmie and Earl…


Protestors of Governor Whitmer at Michigan’s state capitol.

Dr. Kelly James Clark

The announcement that a poor, black city in Michigan was being poisoned as a result of governmental carelessness and subterfuge elicited barely a peep on social media. But when Michigan’s Governor Whitmer, during a once-in-our-lifetime unprecedented pandemic, issued stricter but temporary (2-ish weeks) guidelines to prevent the spread of a deadly and highly infectious virus, anglers and gardeners rose up in protest to protect their rights to fish and plant as they please.

Governor Whitmer had gone too far, they said, depriving us of our basic rights to feed our families and to our own happiness.


Kelly James Clark

As a first-year university student I had a humanities professor who dismissed the whole of Christianity, which he claimed was invented whole cloth by St. Paul, in a single, sneering, unsubstantiated and unprofessional medical diagnosis.

Before his conversion, St. Paul, then known as Saul of Tarsus, actively and officially persecuted Christians. On his way to Damascus, Saul, “still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples,”was surrounded by a sudden and brilliant flash of light that knocked him to the ground. Then he heard a majestic voice say, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” When Saul…


By Kelly James Clark and Shania Mason

On April 22nd, hundreds of people gathered for a wedding in Hajjah, a village in northwestern Yemen. As they celebrated during the night, US bombs dropped killing more than thirty. Sixty-three people were taken to the nearest hospital; since the only two cars in the village had been destroyed by earlier bombs, some were carried on donkeys. Most of these victims were women and children; the bride being among the dead. Most died upon impact, including the children who had been playing outside the wedding tent as their parents celebrated inside. …


Co-authored with Douglas Kindschi, director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute

They went to Charlottesville, they said, to peacefully protest the removal of a statue of Confederate War General, Robert E. Lee; they were simply exercising their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly. Western civilization itself, they said, was at stake. So they rallied defenders of our culture, our country and our heritage.

Yet the actual “protest” was curiously quiet about the removal of a statue. …


Charlottesville

Co-authored with Douglas Kindschi, director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute

They went to Charlottesville, they said, to peacefully protest the removal of a statue of Confederate War General, Robert E. Lee; they were simply exercising their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly. Western civilization itself, they said, was at stake. So they rallied defenders of our culture, our country and our heritage.

Yet the actual “protest” was curiously quiet about the removal of a statue. …

Kelly James Clark

Senior research fellow Kaufman Interfaith Inst. Author of many books including Religion & the Sciences of Origins, Abraham’s Children & upcoming God & the Brain

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