Options Man

Here is the fifth in a lovely list of ten lessons essential for every high school graduate preparing to venture out into the “real world.” While Elaine Bransford, the AP literature teacher who composed them did so for students, they carry applicability for us all. Number 5: You should not be afraid to change your mind from [Read More...]

Ha Ha Ha

Here is the fourth in a lovely list of ten lessons essential for every high school graduate preparing to venture out into the “real world.” While Elaine Bransford, the AP literature teacher who composed them did so for students, they carry applicability for us all. Number 4: You should understand the importance of s sense of humor. [Read More...]

Be Responsible

Here is the third in a lovely list of ten lessons essential for every high school graduate preparing to venture out into the “real world.” While Elaine Bransford, the AP literature teacher who composed them did so for students, they carry applicability for us all. Number 3: You should feel  sense of responsibility for your role in [Read More...]

Collision Course

A few weeks back I ran across a lovely list of ten lessons essential for every high school graduate preparing to venture out into the “real world.” While Elaine Bransford, the AP literature teacher who composed them did so for students, they carry applicability for us all. Here’s the second: You should know that, however infuriating it [Read More...]

The Middle of the Earth

A few weeks back I ran across a lovely list of ten lessons essential for every high school graduate preparing to venture out into the “real world.” While Elaine Bransford, the AP literature teacher who composed them did so for students, they carry applicability for us all. Here’s the first: “You should know that the [Read More...]

I Forgot My Phone

Now that summer is over and a new academic season commences, it seemed to me a good time to set about weekly blogging again. I do so amidst much that fills our culture, from the rattling of sabers in Syria to the worries of climate change and Obamacare. Somewhere in all of this the spirit [Read More...]

Twister

In the aftermath of another horrific natural disaster, I include a few comments from my book Nature’s Witness reflecting on the theological implications, with no intent to address the deep pastoral concerns for the people in Moore (for that see Rachel Held Evan’s recent tet-a-tet with John Piper). In fact, if you’re suffering in Moore, read this [Read More...]

Minnesota Rice

Friend and law professor Mark Osler wrote yesterday about the climate in Minnesota, both the meteorological and the political. As for the weather, it went from snow one week to 102 degrees the next. Today it’s back in the 50s. I don’t know what clothes to wear. As for the politics, Minnesota is now the [Read More...]

Kierk Out

I may have been one of a handful of ministers who devoted his/her sermon this past Sunday to existentialism, but it was Soren Kierkegaard’s 200th birthday. Søren Kierkegaard is the ascribed father of modern existentialism, that philosophical theory which emphasizes the existence of the individual as a free and responsible agent acting in accordance with [Read More...]

The Will to Live

Archaeologists excavating a trash pit at the Jamestown colony site in Virginia have found the first physical evidence of cannibalism among the desperate population, corroborating written accounts left behind by witnesses. Cut marks on the skull and skeleton of a 14-year-old girl show that her flesh and brain were removed, presumably to be eaten by [Read More...]


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