Essays

Providence & The Berlin Wall

Thirty years ago this week, God brought down the Berlin Wall. Few expected he would, or at least not so…

Obama and Trump’s Mistakes in Syria: Green Lights and Red Lines
Obama and Trump’s Mistakes in Syria: Green Lights and Red Lines

As we continue to sift through the shrapnel of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Syria and green-light Turkey’s long-planned operations against Syria’s Kurds and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria, we need to keep in mind that what transpired in October represents only the short-term consequences.

Trump and Baghdadi: Moral Rhetoric in an Immoral Age
Trump and Baghdadi: Moral Rhetoric in an Immoral Age

Why wasn’t the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “happier,” even as many Americans are grateful his evil has been restrained?

Behind the Resurgence of Hindu Nationalism
Behind the Resurgence of Hindu Nationalism

On Jan. 30, 1948, during an evening prayer service in Delhi, India, Nathuram Godse fired three bullets into the stomach…

What Did Western Civilization Ever Do for Us?!? A Qualified Defense of the West

Perhaps one of my favorite tools in teaching Western civilization to undergrads at Arizona State University is to show clips…

Implications of Trump-Zelensky Phone Call
Foreign Policy and Moral Implications of the Trump-Zelensky Phone Call

What’s been overshadowed amidst all the talk of quid pro quos and impeachment—and understandably so—are the foreign policy, security, and even moral implications of the Trump-Zelensky phone call.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
A Terror to Bad Conduct: Christian Statecraft and the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

For his countless acts of callousness and injustice, Baghdadi deserved to die, and I can be thankful that the world is spared from his terror without sacrificing my Christianity to say as much.

China Silences Individuals’ Special Genius as America Nods

America believes “in the dignity of each man, woman, and child. Our entire system is founded on an appreciation of the special genius of each individual.”

Rejoicing & Baghdadi’s Death

Several Christian pacifists have warned against celebrating the death of ISIS terror chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who blew up himself…