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R. James King

Servant, husband, father. Pastor in Minnesota.

Florida Chomps Gator Bait, Duluth Topples Chief, and Nothing Changes at all

Real change is hard. In the wake of a national cultural moment dedicated to combatting hundreds of years of racial oppression and imbalance, many institutions now desire to do something to show that t …

Defunding Police: an Unpopular Proposal That Thwarts Real Change

“Defund the police!” Previously unthinkable, this phrase has become the rallying cry of the moment. It has been painted on city streets, shouted by throngs of protesters, and the subject o …

Antifa, not White Supremacy, is Provoking Violence

It has been an awful, awful week. I am a Minnesota resident. The death of George Floyd at the knee of Derek Chauvin was horrifying, and in my mixed group of acquaintances I have rarely heard such univ …

Is Government Making Walmart and Amazon Rich?

The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent shutdowns have been difficult. Kids have been sent home from school, jobs have been lost, churches have closed, and life has changed. The sacrifice has been shared …

Ron DeSantis Torches the Media Narrative

For two months, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has been in the crosshairs of mainstream media for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They criticized the speed of his response, the scope of his resp …

Bernie and Kamala Want to Open the Bank Vault

It has been a tough year for everybody. Thousands have died from COVID-19. Millions have lost jobs. Kids are out of school, and adults are working from home. We all react in different ways. If you los …

As the NFL Plans for Fall, NASCAR is Ready to Start its Engine.

It is a big day in sports. Or, at least, it would have been. With this on our minds, two items of hope from two distinctively American institutions. First, NASCAR has announced that it will return to …

How Long?

Have you enjoyed the last month? Because we’re looking at 18-24 more just like it. A new study from the laboriously named Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) projects a lo …

Re-open or Die: Churches Struggle with Shutdowns

Churches are fighting for their lives. As concerns about COVID-19 have swept the nation, the vast majority of churches and faith assemblies in the United States have closed their doors. While not unpr …

2020 Strikes Again: North Korean Chaos Adds to Tensions in Asia

2020 keeps piling it on. It’s a hotly contested presidential election, it’s a once-in-a-century viral pandemic, it’s a once-in-a-century shutdown and economic collapse. Outside of ou …

Kemp’s View From Under the Bus

There’s a fine line between courage and stupidity. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced Monday that his state would begin allowing certain businesses to reopen starting this Friday, with others to …

The Convention Question

Get ready: The biggest political issue of the summer may be the status of the Republican National Convention. This week Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the DNC, suggested that is it unlikely that …

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