J.D. Manders Faith, Family, and Faithful Service

  • Do Atheists Really Exist?
    by jdmanders on March 20, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    Social critic and author G.K. Chesterton famously said, “It there were not God, there would be no atheists.” The quote observes the great irony that what most marks atheist thought is a strenuous objection to God, and that there would be nothing to distinguish them if there was nothing to oppose. Yet a recent article…

  • The Value of Service Members
    by jdmanders on February 28, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    A leader I admire recently spoke of the value that the nation places on service members. While I’ve never thought about it that way, I can see the amount of time and money that the military invests in service members. There is a monetary value on the recruiting, training, and equipping of personnel. Yet more…

  • Love and Denial
    by jdmanders on February 13, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    The saying is true, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” It has been my habit to write about love in the weeks before Valentine’s Day because of the important role it plays in resiliency for military families. All romantic love at times includes self-denial and suppression of passion for a greater good. Although it’s unpopular…

  • The Flag Still Moves Me
    by jdmanders on February 3, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    It amazes me that after all of these years, I still get goosebumps when I see the flag and hear the national anthem played. Although some people despise the U.S. flag and all that it stands for, most veterans, including myself, are still moved by the flag. It reminds us, not only of all that…

  • Faith, Family, and Faithful Service (and Fiction)
    by jdmanders on January 23, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    This year marks the sixth anniversary of when I started my blog. Since the beginning, I have re-posted my first blog explaining the purpose of this forum from time to time in case new readers have joined. As it’s been nearly two years since the last time I did so because of COVID and other…