On Colin Kaepernick

I heard today Colin Kaepernick has still not been signed by any NFL team.

The rumor is that no one wants to sign Kaepernick because no one wants the baggage that comes with him.

The baggage is the need he feels to use television broadcasts on game day as a stage to make political statements.

Interestingly, if this is the reason NFL teams are refusing to sign him, I think they have stumbled into agreement with the kingdom view on the subject.

First, let me say I agree with Kaepernick’s views on racism in police departments. I am a civil rights lawyer, and I am convinced racism is still a major problem in America. It needs to exposed and opposed wherever it is found. Continue reading…

On Devotionals

I’ve never been much on devotionals.

In fact, I don’t think I have ever read one.

I suppose that means everything that follows is spoken out of ignorance.

However, since I have never considered my ignorance a sufficient reason not to blog, I will continue.

I’ve always considered reading a devotional like watching someone else eat and then describing the food to me. I didn’t see the point. Why not just eat?

Stated in relational terms: It is better to relate directly with Jesus through the Word than to have someone else describe their experience with Jesus through a devotional. Continue reading…

On Illegitimate Businesses

While I was on our Reformation Tour, I received a text from my office that a topless bar wanted to hire our firm to represent it in a wage and hour dispute.

We have represented individuals in lawsuits against topless bars in the past, and have succeeded in helping put a few of them out of business.

In the last few years, though, our firm has started representing more businesses in employment law litigation.

Nevertheless, it didn’t take me long to respond to whether we should represent the topless bar: “Pass”, I texted. Continue reading…

Historical Example: Holy Spirit Empowered Work

Before going on our Reformation Tour, I had been writing about work and what it mean to work inspired by the Holy Spirit.

In preparing for our trip, as is my custom, I began reading about those who had shaped the history of the places we were going.

In doing so, I came across Cyril and Methodius.

Constantine of Thessalonica, who would become known as St. Cyril, and his brother Methodius were born in Thessalonica in the early part of the ninth century.

They were both well educated and engaged in scholarly pursuits.

Cyril and Methodius had recently returned from a successful mission in the Crimea, when Prince Rastislav of Great Moravia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia) requested Byzantine Emperor Michael send missionaries to help his people, the Slavs.

At the time, the Slavs had a spoken language but did not have a written language. Ratislav wanted the Byzantines to help them develop a written language. Without a written language, higher learning and the real development of civilization is all but impossible.

Michael commissioned Cyril. It was a Herculean task, literally creating an alphabet, creating words to correspond with the spoken language, and then creating written words for which there were no corresponding spoken words. When Cyril expressed concern to the Emperor regarding the difficultly of the task, Emperor Michael replied, “If you desire it, God will grant it to you, He who gives to all who ask without doubting and opens up to those who knock.” So, Cyril accepted the task and got to work. Continue reading…

Reformation Tour—Epilogue

Luther statue in Dresden

Yesterday we said our goodbyes to those who had become our neighbors on the cruise, and to each other.

The Wife and I and Ann had the earlier flights with different stopovers. Terri left later.

Breakfast at the hotel was rushed because of the time of our flight. It was the first time I had felt rushed in nearly two weeks.

While at breakfast I asked if anyone could remember if at any of the Luther exhibits or sites we had ever seen or heard explained the foundational truth of the Reformation—salvation by grace through faith.

None of us could recall one instance.

Luther’s insight in reading Romans 1:17 and understanding salvation as a gift from God that comes through faith— we had never seen it explained, noted, or discussed at any of the sites. Continue reading…