Humilitas— Part Four


The Fourth Chapter has a simple premise--- humility is winsome and beautiful, and arrogance is repellent and ugly.  Dickson thus suggests that there is an aesthetic dimension to humility and I mostly agree with him.  I do however think that there are plenty of persons out there who are wicked enough or narcisstic enough that they would not see humility as beautiful at all.  They would see it as weakness.   In other words, many would not find humility inherently attractive or beautiful or som … [Read more...]

Veith and Witherington at Work on 'Work'

The following is a repost by kind permission of Trevin Wax and his blog. Work and the Church: A Conversation with Gene Veith & Ben Witherington (Part 1) By Trevin Wax on Jun 21, 2011 in Interviews | Edit |  Print This Post | Share (Twitter, Email, Facebook)Not too long ago, I was reading a new book by Ben Witherington entitled Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor. Midway through the book, I saw that Witherington was interacting with Gene Veith’s book, God at Work: Your Christian Vocation i … [Read more...]

Humilitas—- Part Three


In this chapter John Dickson begins to mount his case for humility being not merely a virtue but being plain common sense.  After all, no one knows everything.     Dickson then explores the concept of  competency extrapolation.   But first he tells the following joke.  Four persons are on a plane whose engines suddenly quit.  The pilot comes back from the cockpit with three parachutes and says  "There are four of us, but only 3 parachutes. I am the pilot of this plane and it's my plane, so I must … [Read more...]

More Images from Turkey

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Iznik tiles are wonderful, and one of Turkey's real contributions to art and artisan culture that becomes part of home decor. Below you will also find a cylindrical marble column carved out of a single huge block of variegated marble. It has almost a grey-green line interspersed in it.  Note the hole in the bottom.  These sorts of columns were mounted on metal poles of a sort so they would stay permanently upright. The statue is at the entrance to the Trabzon museum, which is a small museum, w … [Read more...]

Memo to the Computer Generation— Your Parents Were B.C. (Before Computers)


~~~~~~~ To Those of Us  Born 1925 - 1970 :At the end of this email is a quote of the … [Read more...]

More Images from Turkey

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There are many spectacular sights to see in Turkey, as its natural beauty is off the chart, but its museums are quite good as well. There are about 100 public and a 100 private museums in Turkey, and I have barely scratched the surface.    The mountains and waterfalls and flowers are hard to beat. … [Read more...]

Aaron Copeland's A Lincoln Portrait— a 4th of July Treat

Here is my favorite 4th of July music, by one of America's greatest 20th century composers---  Aaron Copeland. … [Read more...]

Humilitas— Part Two


The literature on leadership issues, both within and outside of Christian circles is vast.  Indeed, the subject has been overdone and over-worked at this point.  Early in this second chapter John Dickson gives us a description of leadership--- "the art of inspiring others in a team to contribute their best toward a goal." (p. 33).   He is certainly right that it is an art, not an exact science as is always the case when you are working with other human beings.   One has to be flexible and even in … [Read more...]

Images of Turkey– Part Two

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In this post we have panoramic shots from Ani,  Ararat, and from the area of the Pasha's Palace near Ararat as well.   Notice the crosses on the walls of Ani  and the detailed Armenian inscription over the door of one of the churches at Ani. … [Read more...]