Elephants and Ants

ELEPHANTS AND ANTS© 2014 Robert OsburnAn old African proverb goes something like this: “When the elephants fight, the ants get crushed.”  Translated, this means that the small and weak are especially vulnerable when the big boys thunder their way through...

Happy or Human?

© 2014 Robert OsburnSince the turn of the century about 14 years ago, it’s become commonplace for campus ministers in the USA to describe a radically new phenomenon that no one would have predicted a century earlier: Anglo (white) students are joining and taking over...

Another Puritan Gift

   © 2014 Robert OsburnFather and son duo Ken and William Hopper introduced us in 2007 to the idea that the Puritans’ core values, such as thrift and an individualism balanced by the need to cooperate, helped created create US America’s dynamic managerial...

The Economics of Flourishing

Mass Flourishing by Nobel Laureate Edmund Phelps is a phenomenal book about the essence of modern capitalism.  At its core, Mass Flourishing argues that the ability of a nation’s economy to deliver on its promises of employment, wages, and job satisfaction is...

Nihilism, Inequality, and Loss of Agency

Editor Ron Reno penetrates the essential core of the problem of inequality in the March 2014 issue of the journal First Things (“Inequality and Agency”).  Inequality is not just about the masses in the growing lower and barely-middle class struggling to survive...