Hardly a day goes by that I don’t hear or partake in a conversation about fuel prices. At this point in time, it’s replaced the weather as the entry-level topic of conversation around the proverbial water cooler. More often than not, there’s at least one person involved in such a conversation who complains about the fuel mileage he [...]

This past weekend, the United States of America celebrated Independence Day. As is my family custom, my wife, the kids, the dog and I spent the weekend with my wife’s parents in northeastern Ohio. Since my wife and I have been married, I’ve spent many holidays with my in-laws, and I generally can’t complain. But something has happened the past several years on Independence Day weekend that has made me extremely uncomfortable. I went to church with them. For those of you who don’t know me, I am indeed a Christian, so it’s not the act of going to church that bothered me. Nor is it the church itself, which is a tiny Baptist congregation which is as friendly as they come. [...]