With Eyes Wide Open: Death Comes to All (Phaedo)

A good man dies well, a great one makes his death matter. A leader looks after those around him right to the end. He will shift the focus from death to what comes next: eternity. The most human truth is that we are immortals in mortal bodies. Death, at least death as we experience it, [Read More…]

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Stay Strong (Crito)

A human reading this is going to die or is dead and is wasting the afterlife. Death is more sure than taxes and that is the surest thing not certain. Not all humans have died: Enoch, Elijah, and perhaps Arthur and a few others folk, but so many have that one need not plan on [Read More…]

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Do Not Be a Jerk for Justice (Euthyphro)

There is a West Virginia expression: “He is so straight, he leans a little.” God help us never to be such jerks for justice . . . The jerk for justice takes a good cause, a noble idea, and bends his whole life around that idea until he makes the truth, the cause, or the [Read More…]

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No Reason, No Justice (Apology)

Justice is hard to find in these perilous times. if you are a Christian in the parts of Syria no longer controlled by the government, martyrdom and God’s justice on the other side of the sword are your only hope. If you live in parts of the world, the rich can buy justice while the [Read More…]

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The One Clue of a School or College that is a Poor or a Good Choice

Picking a private school for your child or college for yourself is made difficult by marketing. Every Christian school looks good in the brochure and every Christian college shows you the best side of the program when you visit. How can you know if the school is right for you? One bad reason people pick [Read More…]

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What does God need with a Star Ship?

God has “needs” . . . which seems odd. In the worst of the original series Star Trek movies (still better than any of the Next Generation films), the aging crew goes looking for Eden and God. Since this feels like the plot of half the original series television programs, I need not explain further except to say that [Read More…]

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Oh General Custer (On My Birthday)

It was with great disappointment that I discovered that my birthday marked the Battle of Little Big Horn and the death of General Custer. Even greater disappointment came the more I learned about “cowboys and Indians.” I rode a stick horse around the house and yard in Clendenin, West Virginia, so often that the end [Read More…]

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John the Baptist: The Best Not Jesus in History

I have never taken John the Baptist as seriously as the Bible takes him. He was “the not Jesus” in the story, so he vanished in my imagination. This is odd since everyone else in the New Testament is the “not Jesus,” but even a fairly minor figure like Nicodemus played a bigger role in [Read More…]

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Will the Civil War ever really end?

Everything happening right now in the US, everything, has a piece of the Civil War in it. How could this be? Wasn’t it a long time ago? No. It was not. I am 53 this week and I knew a woman who grew up eating food paid for by her father’s Civil War pension. When an [Read More…]

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Accepting the Ending (The Tempest)

We aren’t very good at accepting “endings” as fans and cry for a sequel, reboot, or continuing adventures for our favorite stories. Sometimes this works well, but usually not so much. “The End” used to appear in films and perhaps it was better so. My dad told me that at camp meeting the time would [Read More…]

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