Oh Amy.

She says the expected, twists it, and then a sly smile, eyes half closing, appears with million dollar dental care. I have seen that smile almost all my life: Amy Grant in concert. Hidden in my office is an autographed picture of Amy that an awesome student had her sign for me. It includes a [Read More...]

Avoiding Liberal Arts Snobbery in Myself

I am a recovering liberal arts snob. Liberal arts advocates feel besieged for good reason. Many do not understand the value of the liberal arts, we are often the first cut and the last hired as schools, and people mock us with impunity. What are the liberal arts? They are the part of college ranging [Read More...]

Hope at 50

Marriage is glorious when married to a woman proud of turning fifty: Hope Elizabeth turns fifty and I am proud of her joy. Saint Paul urges Christians to follow his example. I honestly can urge all of us to follow Hope’s example in many areas. Hope is holy, but not sanctimonious, pious without prudery. Everybody [Read More...]

Things to Learn from Rotten Presidents

Today is the day Americans celebrate our chief executive. This is a bizarre thing to do since William G. Harding or James Buchanan hardly seem worthy of a holiday. If we can celebrate the Buchanan White House, then we can party for anything. Still as our head of state, they are worthy of respect even [Read More...]

On Meaningless Dialogue: Praying to Avoid Alcibiades in Me

An academic is willing to discuss anything. A human, perhaps, should not be willing to discuss anything with anyone. For those Christians who make Socrates a hero, a pre-Christian role model for Christians, critics of Christian Socratic discourse pose a puzzle: “Will you change your mind on anything? Will you discuss anything?” I would discuss [Read More...]

O the Bliss!

One of the most popular songs in American history has the following line: “My sin, O the bliss of this glorious thought, my sin not in part but the whole is nailed to the Cross and I bear it no more . . .” Americans no longer get to the end of the line. We [Read More...]

The Jelly Has Departed From You: A Logical Fallacy

Once, so long ago today’s young earth creationists were all young, I was at a church youth event preparing to eat. There are no church youth events where one does not eat, but this one gave me a choice I had never had before. “Will you have peanut butter or jelly?” the nice man asked. [Read More...]

The Achilles Challenge

The great warrior Achilles was given a choice: live long or live gloriously. He made a choice many heroes make and lived an intense, but short life. Others, safer souls, would choose differently, but Achilles very nature demanded an extreme life. We are, none of us, going to live forever and no matter what I [Read More...]

Peace! Peace!

Today the United States celebrates the work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., particularly his work toward ending the evils of government imposed segregation and toward furthering racial reconciliation. He looked forward to a time of healing, but I am reminded that he had to fight against evil in his own day: both public and [Read More...]

“Because of the Music”

Our most excellent friends sing for one of Southern California’s best churches, but are often disheartened to hear this: “I only come because of the music.” If you knew how good they were, then you would understand the sentiment, but also why the “compliment” distresses them. Beauty, especially musical beauty, is a great power in [Read More...]


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