Gift of the University Wise Men: A Christmas Parody for April

One million and eighty-seven thousand. That was all. And sixty thousand of it was in pledges. Pledges collected one and two at a time by bulldozing the alum and friends and donors until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times the University President counted it. One [Read More…]

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Doubt! Or Not

The news was so good, he could not stand to believe it. If he did, and it turned out to be wrong, Thomas would not be able to stand the pain. The man he admired and loved was dead. He could go on living, maybe, but if they convinced him that his friend was alive [Read More…]

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A Bit More Obscure Christian Writers that I Enjoy Reading (Bright Week Post 6)

CS Lewis? I have read some Lewis every year of my life since I was in single digits. Tolkien? When I found him in seventh grade, I lost a weekend on Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Since that year, Tolkien has been a constant source of joy. John Chrysostom, Augustine, and John Bunyan keep teaching me. [Read More…]

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They were almost great . . . Five Remarkable Writers (Fifth Post of Bright Week)

Most college students I meet have not heard of Agatha Christie or Ray Bradbury. This is not tragic, like going to a school that cannot afford textbooks or starting the school day with no breakfast and little chance of lunch. It isn’t even educational fraud, like paying for an undergraduate degree (and getting debt) at [Read More…]

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The Worst Book I Read as a Child (Bright Week Post 4)

There are some really evil books out there: think Mein Kampf. There are also books that are just wretched: try Star Wars: Aftermath. There exists a select group of books that are both wretched and evil and I had the misfortune to read one as a child: Mimi’s House Party.  If you think there was a Golden American Age before [Read More…]

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Three Fashion Ideas that Should Trend But Will Not (Bright Week Party Post 3)

Once a man reaches a certain age, the young man clothes of his youth look like young man clothes on an old man. This is not good. Sadly, almost all fashion trends have catered to the man of less than Chestertonian bulk. We cannot wear track suits, because the notion of my running laps is [Read More…]

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Things My Adult Children Say I Should Not Say

A joy of having adult children is knowing the many, many things that I should never say, why I should never say them, and the penalties for saying them. One child threatens to “break me” if I ever again say that anything said three times  or containing chimps can be funny. This is not only false [Read More…]

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Bright Week!

Lent is over, as is Super Lent (what my kids, when they were kids, called Holy Week) and now we are commanded to Feast. If you do not wish to Feast, too bad. Most of us did not wish to fast, but we did. Let’s party. Never, ever, ever join a movement defined by opposition to something [Read More…]

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Truly, He is Risen and is Reigning

Truth matters and the truth is this: Jesus died and now is alive. The body that went into the tomb came out different and Jesus ascended to God where He rules. He defeated death to become High King, not just to win a victory over death. He earned the right to be King of Kings and Lord of [Read More…]

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A Hell of a Day: Holy Saturday

Today is the day that Jesus went to hell, the place of the dead, with hope. If everyone else rightly abandoned hope in the inferno, Jesus came full of hope, faith and love and set the captives free. Death fought Hope and Hope won. As a boy, I used to think of Holy Saturday as [Read More…]

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