Bear Fruit That Will Last

By Charlie Johnston A friend who is a very effective activist said to me the other day that he was worried that we were going to go around kicking every barking dog so much that we miss the central point and come unprepared to the critical moment. I was delighted, for that concern has been […]

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Just a Couple of Things…

By Charlie Johnston Over a decade ago I was running two Congressional campaigns at opposite ends of the state. I would bounce back and forth. On a Monday morning when I was opening a weekly meeting at the western one, I was furious at some things that had been bobbled over the weekend – several […]

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May the Love of Christ Go Viral

By Charlie Johnston “And so we go on, into the storm, through the storm” -close of Winston Churchill’s radio address after the fall of Singapore Some of my friends have taken me to task for not taking the Wuhan Virus more seriously. More have thanked me for not succumbing to the panic. I had a […]

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Leaving the Shire

By Charlie Johnston Things are speeding up yet again. The runaway train our culture, politics and formal religion has become shows no sign of applying the brakes in time to avoid a crash. If it is now unlikely that anyone driving this dysfunctional train can get things back under stable control, panic can cause those […]

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The Road to Perdition

(I published this piece in the summer under the title of “Fireworks in Our Future.” It seems very appropriate to me now. I am in the midst of a very busy period of my journey – just left Los Angeles, heading for San Francisco and Sacramento. I expect to be in court this week for […]

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The Grace of a Single Step

By Charlie Johnston I’m on the road again – and this time I did not have a storm chasing me out of Colorado. Mild sunny weather all day – and another gorgeous morning today. When I left on my pilgrimage on Feb. 11, 2011, I had given away most of my meager belongings and departed […]

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From the Ground Up

By Charlie Johnston To accomplish superior achievement, it is not enough to simply defer to legitimate authority: you must actively work to make the strategy work, even when it is contrary to your own judgment. If you are a wide receiver on a football team, though you don’t call the plays, you are obligated to […]

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Harry Potter and the Vigilant Vicar

By Charlie Johnston Fr. Daniel Rehill, pastor of St. Edward Parish in Nashville, Tennessee, is at the heart of a tempest in a teapot that has reached international proportions. His offense? Banning the Harry Potter book series in his Parish school after consulting with exorcists in the US and the Vatican. (Disclosure – I know […]

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