Sen. Ted Cruz is getting close to announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. The Texan is spending almost as much time in Iowa and New Hampshire as he does on Fox News; he’s hired a staff and collected a long list of fiercely conservative supporters. There’s at least one hitch: Ted Cruz was […]

The Supreme Court frequently ponders arcane matters. But this week, however, in oral arguments concerning two cases, the justices’ task will be to teach remedial reading to Congress and to Arizona. On Wednesday, the justices will consider this: Did Congress mean what it said when, with patently coercive intent, it stipulated in the Affordable Care […]

“[M]an’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols. Man’s mind, full as it is of pride and boldness, dares to imagine a god according to its own capacity; as it sluggishly plods, indeed is overwhelmed with the crassest ignorance, it conceives an unreality and an empty appearance as God.” John Calvin in […]

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has summed up today’s global threats this way: “Unpredictable instability is the new normal.” In an assessment to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 26, he noted that last year there were more deaths from state-sponsored mass killings, more people displaced from their homes, and a higher rate […]

Every now and then, paradise calls in the form of Jay Bell, my good friend from “Bradenton-Fun-in-the-Sun-Baby-Florida.” “Morris, Morris, Morris,” he said this past October, “that band you like is playing down here.” I’d introduced him to the Flaming Lips during one of his visits. He’s not a fan, but he appreciates that I appreciate […]

These voices “speak through time and space,” he promises, and it is true. They penetrate with the authority of earned perspective. An oral historian named Louis Kyriakoudes gives us a true gift one mild night in February, Black History Month. And he let others do most of the talking. In this town’s library, Kyriakoudes shares […]

Today is a significant milestone in what will be a very full election year in Northeast Mississippi. It’s the qualifying deadline for candidates in every state, district and county election from governor to constable. Every sheriff, supervisor and legislator – among others – has to go before the voters again. Some races have had contested […]

Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is taking some heat – and winning praise in some quarters – for remarks he made at a private dinner last week at which he questioned President Barack Obama’s love for America. Speaking at Manhattan’s upscale “21 Club” at a gathering of economic conservatives hosting potential […]

Despite having written about Kairos Prison Ministry four times in the past few years, I don’t mean to sound like a one-note horn. It’s just that I’ve never experienced any other place and time where God works as visibly as behind razor-wire fencing. It’s hard to keep quiet about that. Too often, my Kairos friends […]