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  • Is Service in Decline?
    by jdmanders on August 3, 2022 at 2:46 am

    Most service members are aware of the recent news that the Army failed to meet its recruiting goals for 2022 by more than 30,000. For the first time in decades, the active Army is now below 450,000 members. Yet it is not just the Army. Every branch of the military is struggling with meeting recruiting…

  • When An Atheist Came to Church
    by jdmanders on July 20, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    I recently read about an atheist who visited three London churches in 2015. He provided some surprising praise of churches, from which Christians can learn. Primarily, unlike in the past where atheists or Deists valued the church mainly for its moral instruction, his views suggest that what is much more important to unbelievers today is…

  • The Reprobation of America
    by jdmanders on June 28, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    I constantly hear about how America has changed since my peers were young. While some changes are good – few complain about improving racial and gender equality, for example – most people complain about the increased hatred, violence, sexuality, and political intolerance. Most people attribute these changes to the nation becoming more reprobate, that is,…

  • The Power of Children
    by jdmanders on June 20, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    I recently ran across a story about Adolph Hitler and a little girl. It was strange, a little macabre, and somewhat iconoclastic because it is not what one expects from a genocidal dictator. While some may see the episode as an anomaly and others as proof that there is good in everyone, I see in…

  • Trust Your Training
    by jdmanders on June 6, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    There is a saying in military and law enforcement circles – trust your training. We practice over and over again how to respond in difficult circumstances so that we will take the proper actions when placed under stress. The same is true in parenting. There comes a time when you have to trust that the…