The Guns of August

My least favorite picture from the First World War era shows the start of the Russian Revolution in Petrograd. My eyes are never drawn to the protestors in the street, but to the office workers looking up from tasks to see what was happening outside. They seem unconcerned or at the least not nearly as [Read More...]

Lessons in Leadership (I): Steve Jobs

I am reading books on leadership with a group of friends at HBU and we began with Steve Jobs. Walter Isaacson is a better writer than Jobs’ a topic and at times the gap between talent and the subject’s pretensions shows in the book: Jobs was less consequential than he believed and Isaacson struggles to do more [Read More...]

For Joy’s Sake

Christians should never be motivated by hate and ideally do nothing we do not wish to do. If God’s will is our will, then evil is no temptation. It is the rubble of our lives that gets in the way of this happy reality. Some destruction comes from without from other hurting people who lash [Read More...]

On Minority Status in Sexual Ethics

Christians are a minority in the United States when it comes to sexual ethics in (at least) five critical areas. Traditional Christians view divorce as bad, something God hates, even if allowed in some circumstances in a fallen world. A majority of Americans have a more casual attitude toward this evil. Christians viewed the life [Read More...]

Hobby Lobby: Why Traditionalist Will Win Long Term

A prediction: If the Hobby Lobby case decided by the Supreme Court stands, then long-term traditional religious ideas about human sexuality will prevail in America. Why be so optimistic with such a limited case? After all, not much has changed. Nobody lost the freedom to buy contraception or have an abortion due to Hobby Lobby [Read More...]

Know the Mission

You work in a place, but you might not know the mission of the place where you work. Most have mission statements, but those generally are trumpeted on placards and websites, but languish unheeded in decision making meetings. Good mission statements in theory do not matter if ignored in practice. But if you work in a place [Read More...]

The Weed Agency: A Review

James Geraghty has written a book, The Weed Agency, that is not a novel, but it is novel for our time. Like Pilgrims Progress, it is a message bulking up a short story, unlike because it is not an allegory. Like Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, pointed political satire appears, but it is not purely fictional. Real people show up [Read More...]

Authentic Adulthood: It Gets Joyful!

If high school or college is the best time in your life, then either your life is oddly terrible or the problem of evil is insurmountable. Over a normal lifespan the time spent in high school and college is preparation for most of life. Life can be hard, and if the school is sound it protects from [Read More...]

Authentic Adulthood: Be Good for Goodness Sake

Jesus said: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” A cross is not a piece of jewelry or a slogan, but an invitation to death. Jesus knew that agony awaited the person who wanted to know God. Why would that be so? God [Read More...]

E Pluribus Unum

“Out of many, one.” Our national motto should remind Americans that unity is hard, disunity easy. Tyrants can command submission, but this is not true unity. Communists have no true “comrades,” since some comradeship is more comradely for some in a Soviet Union. Unity for humans is also not becoming homogeneous, since absorption by a political Borg is death [Read More...]


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