Love Your Enemies: Thanksgiving for “Those People”

Thanking God for our blessings is easy and we do not do that enough! Thanking God and blessing our enemies is much harder and so I begin my Thanksgiving season with those folk. Jesus said: 43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You must love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44But I say to you, [Read More…]

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10 Nice Things About Donald J. Trump

President-Elect Donald Trump, like President Obama before him, is not President by my vote. Of course, Secretary Clinton did not get my vote either! The whole election was what it was and what it was was depressing. Yet there is a family tradition of saying nice things about the souls created in the image of [Read More…]

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What were they going to do, kill me?

My Papaw Earl was a brave man. He once earned a coin by climbing to the top of a bridge. As Frank Capra might say, he worked hard and he prayed hard until Union Carbide killed him. They decided back when jobs were hard to get that they could hire men to cut asbestos and [Read More…]

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I was guilty by association.

When I was in seventh grade at a school I shall protect, I was not one of the Cool Kids. I have never been one of the cool kids, just as I am not now one of the Cool Codgers. Instead, I was a nerd. It was at the school, blessed memory, that I found Lord [Read More…]

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What could go wrong?

Nothing compares to the Third Reich. Nothing.  Nobody in American politics is Hitler: not President Obama and not President-Elect Trump. We do some very bad things in America, but the Holocaust is a unique evil. Because saying anything about the Third Reich makes people think you are making comparisons between someone and Hitler, the temptation is [Read More…]

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Don’t Beware the Super Moon

Tonight my family was having fun filming the Super Moon. You can see our (20161115_011546000_iOS) homage to Joss Whedon if you have the bandwidth and realize that Joss Whedon should be upset. We did the best we could. It reminded me: signs in Heaven matter, except when they do not. The strange thing is that [Read More…]

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Says the student: “I am Charlemagne.”

Today a first grader at The Saint Constantine School learned about Charlemagne. In a burst of enthusiasm for this great leader, he shouted: “I am Charlemagne. Become Christian or die!” This required some teaching. Atheist, Christian, Muslim, almost any group, has been tempted to use power to make people believe the right thing. Law can force [Read More…]

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Love not Passion

There is so much I want that I cannot have. What is to be done? We often confuse who we are with our desires. Desire is very powerful, but philosophers from Plato to CS Lewis have understood that reason must govern desire. What I want is not  necessarily what I should want. This is obvious [Read More…]

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Become Fully Human: A Film on the “Nones” and Christianity

To paraphrase Terry Mattingly: the film is the novel of the 21st century. And if this is so, then we should rejoice, because philosopher Nathan Jacobs has made a novel in light that speaks with those who respond “none” when asked about religion. His motion picture Becoming Truly Human listens, tells a story, and responds. People, [Read More…]

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We Are Living In World War I Today

Veterans’ Day is the day World War I “ended.” The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month was the start of the Armistice for a War that continues. The War to end all Wars became the War that keeps spawning problems yet most of my students know nothing about this debacle. The [Read More…]

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