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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On Elections: A Letter from My DOD (Dear Old Dad)

Dear John Mark: Our household has mixed feelings this morning.  We are glad that HRC will not be President of the United States. She and Bill suffered a demoralizing defeat. We are glad that Republicans maintain control of Congress. We are glad that the Supreme Court will be presided over by constitutionalists. The Obama legacy [Read More…]

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Wonderful to be An American in 2016: 10 Good Things

The United States of America is, taken as she is with all her faults, a wonderful nation. This does not mean we are perfect. We were not, are not, and will not be perfect. The United States is not “special” like ancient Israel was special: God’s chosen people. Our national history is stained with hypocritical [Read More…]

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Five Things to Watch on Election Day

Here are five things to watch today that will tell you about the next four years. Is the GOP staying close in the Senate? The GOP had a tough hand to play this year. They had to defend the worst senator in America (Illinois . . . shiftless Kirk who betrayed conservatives and turned out [Read More…]

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A Good Pastor: Three Ways to Spot One (And A Clue to Any Good Leader)

Over the weekend our pastor, Father Richard, was honored for his work and character. His elevation reminded me how blessed I have been with pastors . . . starting with my Dad and now Father Richard. So many of my present students do not have great pastors, while I know so many! How can you [Read More…]

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A Hearty Cheer for Paganism!

We can learn from Athens, but Athens would be wise to pause and realize that she needs Jerusalem too. Paganism and Christianity have not always gotten along. When either group is given state power, both have fallen for the temptation of persecuting their enemies. Still, good pagans could speak the truth as Saint Paul witnesses and [Read More…]

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Recovering Part of a Discarded Image

CS Lewis wrote an outstanding introduction to Medieval thought in The Discarded Image.  Perhaps we should recover a piece of that image. We can begin by ending what Lewis labels “chronological snobbery,” but since his time has become “chronological bigotry.” He was attacking the disposition of some in his time to think new ideas were automatically [Read More…]

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Cubs win! (We should all be thankful for Chicago)

My birthplace was just outside of Chicago, a fact for which I have always felt a degree of shame. How could I be born outside of West Virginia? Yet it is so . . .and I sometimes find it hard to recall just which of the towns around Chicago heard my first whine. Still, all [Read More…]

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