The Mystic River Rolls On

By Charlie Johnston In Massachusetts there is a relatively short river that has played an over-sized role in popular culture. Only seven miles long, it is the river that abolitionist Lydia Maria Child speaks of in her classic Thanksgiving song, “Over the River and Through the Wood.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s popular poem about Paul Revere’s […]

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Crises and Hope

By Charlie Johnston ‘Twas the week before voting and all through the house, All the creatures were spinning, especially the louse, The ballot collection boxes set by the courthouse with care, While the lefties all prayed the Great Mule soon would be there… Ah, the week before an election like none I have ever seen […]

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War and Peace

By Charlie Johnston Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re wondering: does this title refer to the subject Charlie is going to cover today or to the length of the piece? Well, let’s get to a few ancillary observations, then the subject and see how long the piece ends up being… The left is in a […]

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In Memoriam: Dr. Bill Hammer

Our dear friend, former Region 7 Coordinator Dr. Bill Hammer will be laid to rest this Thursday in Ankeny, Iowa near Des Moines. Bill was an energetic leader who worked tirelessly to build CORAC and stand with those who were working together to help each other and their communities. Bill got around: not only was […]

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Roses in the Cultural Desert

By Charlie Johnston It is not just because the above picture is a beautiful shot that I published it (though that helped). I first met Tony and his wife, Amanda, Trippi six years ago. They hosted a talk just north of Dallas for me. The night before, I had dinner with the volunteers who had […]

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On Dangerous Ground

By Charlie Johnston I was involved in an auto accident Sunday that could have been – and possibly should have been – fatal. I came out of it unscathed – and my car came out of it practically unscathed, too. I was eastbound on I-40, around 10 miles out of Amarillo. I was going 75 […]

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Desolate No More

By Charlie Johnston I have come to believe that when an eternal heavenly decree becomes operative in time, it does not usually change things all at once. Rather, it sets a process in motion which will accomplish what God intends. As it is written in Isaiah 55:10-11, “For as the rain and the snow come […]

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Just Say No (Updated)

By Charlie Johnston Arghhh! I was supposed to note yesterday that I will give my last presentation of the spring this Sunday, April 10. It will be in the St. Louis area. Actually, it will be in downtown Belleville, Illinois – where I lived for five years. That will give me a chance to visit […]

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The Cry of the Poor

By Charlie Johnston The late Tom Clancy’s thriller novel, Rainbow Six, was published in 1998, 24 years ago. It is about the creation of a multi-national NATO-based elite anti-terrorism unit. The book imagines a series of terror incidents and how the elite team handles them. The meta-narrative, however, is about a cadre of elite scientists […]

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