About John Mark N. Reynolds

John Mark Reynolds is the president of The Saint Constantine School, a school that aspires to preschool through college education. He is also a philosopher, administrator, and joyous curmudgeon. He is a follower of Jesus and a student of Socrates. He is also an owner of the Green Bay Packers. Opinions here are his own ... even Hope doesn't agree with him always.

A Good Man Justifies a Wicked Deed: Grudem on Trump

We are not an age that likes absolutes. We temper, we hedge, we do not want to say a good man is doing a bad thing because we do not like conflict. I am thankful that a good man, Professor Grudem, has made his views known: he asserts a good man can vote for Donald [Read More…]

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Adulthood and the Limits of Power

When I was a boy, I thought my mom and dad could do anything. Like ZuZu in It’s a Wonderful Life, if my flower broke, I could just say: “paste it, Daddy” and he would. Part of growing up is learning (sad lesson!) that a flower cannot in fact be pasted and that Mommy and Daddy [Read More…]

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The Bigot is Blind and So Fails

Don’t pity Haman. Give him the Bronx cheer for his role in the drama of Esther deserves. As a Biblical character he is one the worst: a genocidal, conniving, vain man with imperial delusions. Thank God he was undone and his plans defeated. Esther did it: brilliant and beautiful. It was her beauty that blinded Haman as [Read More…]

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Pass a Policy: Ineffective Leadership

A dying business multiplies binders and policies endlessly. There is no problem that cannot be attacked head on by passing a policy to end the problem. If the workers are crabby, one can pass a policy mandating cheer. Even more effective, the dying corporation can place the policy in the Human Resource Department Handbook. A [Read More…]

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Finding Us

Don’t fix the problem that we do not have. Let’s fix the problem we have . . . I have been to summer camps where the emphasis was on me: be faster, stronger, smarter. I have been to summer camps where the focus was on “culture:” save it, fix it, study it. Both approaches may [Read More…]

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Finding Intellectual Grifters: Five Rules that Help

So called intellectuals can be a snobby bunch refusing to consider their own opinions and developing an insider mentality. For more than a century, contributions of African-American poets, writers, or scientists were ignored or downplayed, because the establishment did not want to see what had been done outside their guild. I once was chatting with [Read More…]

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City Upon a Hill: Salt Better Have Savor

They say the camera adds ten pounds, a situation I cannot afford just now. Worse, unlike radio, you cannot scratch your nose while on television. Everyone is looking at you ten-pounds heavier finger reaching up to scratch your ten-pounds-heavier nose. As one cameraman warned me: “Everyone is looking. Don’t blow it.” This was not as [Read More…]

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Finding a Good Plumber

Until I met Russ Keene I was at the mercy of the most wicked class of men: the bad plumber. The bad plumber explores those parts of the house we call shameful and gives them great honor by charging great fees to fix them. They smoke more than they work and when they are done, [Read More…]

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This is the most important election of my lifetime? Nuts!

Evidently I have lived in very bad times. Since I was a little boy, I have been told THIS ELECTION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF YOUR LIFETIME. We always stood one more term of “them” from TOTAL DOOM. Nuts. My hero Teddy Roosevelt told us “we stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord.” [Read More…]

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Truth Matters: And Almost Nobody Always Tells It

  Tell the truth. My dad told this to me as a boy and he was justified, because as far as I know, my dad has never told a lie. The rest of us are not so blessed. Most of us develop convenient memories or mess up at some point under pressure. The goal is [Read More…]

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