Tag Archives: 4th of July

Our Quietly Quirky 4th of July

It’s the 4th of July in the U.S. Come to think of it, it’s the 4th of July in lots of countries, except those who take the 5th (that’s a pun, sort of…I didn’t say it was a good one). … Continue reading

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Independence and Dependence

Today is Independence Day in my country. I’m proud of this country and of the freedoms its founders proclaimed. But I’m under no delusion that it can grant me the kind of freedom for which my soul truly hungers. Indeed, … Continue reading

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Independence Day?

Today is Independence Day in my country. Independence seems like an odd thing to celebrate at a time when we feel anything but independent, when so much of our independence is curtailed: The right to choose when and where we … Continue reading

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What is Freedom?

July 4th is Independence Day in my country, the date on which we officially celebrate our freedom. But that’s not enough. Freedom must be celebrated, protected, and exercised every day. Freedom is Necessary “Life without liberty is like a body … Continue reading

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Freedom

It has a price: “The secret to happiness is freedom. And the secret to freedom is courage.” ~Thucydides “None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not … Continue reading

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My Declaration

(See below for video) Who doesn’t love fireworks? As a kid, I loved to watch things burn. No, I wasn’t a pyromaniac. Just a boy. (Is there a difference?) I’d douse my old model planes in lighter fluid and stage … Continue reading

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To Celebrate…or Not?

Today is the day America celebrates its founding. I wasn’t going to post anything. But then a Facebook friend announced that, as a follower of Jesus–and therefore as a citizen of no earthly kingdom but rather of God’s kingdom–he steers … Continue reading

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