The Mentalist is a Good TV Show Like Life is a Good Cereal

Sometimes a man wishes for great television and sometimes he just wants to enjoy some sound entertainment. The best of all cold cereals, Peanut Butter Crunch, is too  good for daily use, it is for the Holidays. However, Life cereal combines just enough sugar and oat goodness to endure the breakfasts of February. Life is [Read More…]

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What Love Says to Perfect Love

Faith is the voluntary response of our souls when God reveals Himself to our inner being. We know. It is intellectual, emotional, and physical! Of course, then (as Plato pointed) out, reason and experience can help us understand what God has shown us, but it is in the very nature of God, His goodness and [Read More…]

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Forgiveness is Not Cheap

Charlotte Bronte was right: forgiveness is the mightiest sword. Forgiveness cuts away the hate and leaves us dead to evil and alive to God. We are starting Lent this week: a time to focus on our own sins and not on the sins of others. Christianity teaches us to love our enemies  and to be forgiving.  Forgiveness is [Read More…]

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American Slavery Was Particularly Bad: We Should Have Known Better

Change that comes too quickly can do more harm than good. Ask the Russians of 1917. Sadly, this general truth can be used by bad men to justify no change. Washington knew slavery must go, but he chased his runaways and lacked the moral courage to free his slaves in his lifetime. In an otherwise great [Read More…]

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Getting Better Words

Part of teaching gifted and talented students over the last thirty years (!) has been making observations. Here is one: students get the main point of a chapter, but often do not know the meanings of most of the words. Try this experiment yourself. Read the following from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: From the foldings of its [Read More…]

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Dickens on Education: Let Charles Dickens Save Us From Edu-Doom

Charles Dickens might save us from producing a Christian church ripe for destruction by zealots and revolutionaries. Before we get to how that is possible from a fellow long dead, and of questionable personal orthodoxy, understand what he did in his time. France wallowed in Revolution and Russia was consumed by it. England, Merrie Olde [Read More…]

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In Which Hugh Hewitt Meets a Live Blog for His Fourth Way

If there is a new Bill Buckley, his name is Hugh Hewitt. He is a calm and thoughtful voice and if he is partisan, then it is with good cheer. He bets his hopes and not his fears. I was (and remain) NeverTrump, part of the loyal opposition of Republican in exile from power. Hewitt [Read More…]

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Dear Milo

Dear Milo, I am not a fan. I could be a friend. You can check and see that I have opposed what you have said and done to date. Still, you are smart and have been hurt. You are a sinner, but then I am a sinner. You were hurt horribly, but yet you persist [Read More…]

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No Apocalypse Now: Be Calm, Be Joyful

We are in difficult times, as we always are. The church needs revival, but the revival we need will not come with panic or demonizing our foes. We will not “win” by adopting a “by any means strategy” so becoming the people we fear, but by love, prayer, and work. A great failure of modern [Read More…]

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No More Meat Until Easter: Why that is Good For Me

My wife took one of those social media challenges where you describe your husband. When asked my favorite food, she said: meat. This is true and by “meat” she meant bacon or beef or salmon or any other meat product up to and including Spam. I am not a medical doctor and I have never [Read More…]

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