American Soundings

After school, I was milking the cow and listening to the radio when I heard a menacing baritone intone the words, "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die." It made an impression.
October 30, 2012
Halloween's tradition of shadowy characters makes it as good a time as any to think on the reality of evil, sin and death that besets us.
October 10, 2012
If agriculture survives at all on the Great Plains, it will be very limited. What will take its place? Not many people, that's for sure.
September 7, 2012
I am confident that the new creation will include animals. I hope that it will include Merle, my deceased smooth-coat collie.
June 15, 2012
If anything remains sacred in our culture, it’s the family. Yet Jesus challenged the family’s ultimacy.
April 20, 2012
My wife and I used to visit a bookstore at least once a week. We can’t anymore, unless we drive 20 minutes to the now nearest one.
March 23, 2012
Since the years of Reagan and Thatcher, we have heard a steady drumbeat about the limitations of government. But what about the limitations of the free market?
January 3, 2012
We owe our homeland patriotism, but not just any kind of patriotism—because just as we don't choose our parents, neither do we choose our country of origin.
December 6, 2011
It's not primarily the financially shady elements that make me ambivalent about my favorite sport. It's the sometimes dangerous levels of violence.
October 10, 2011