To See God: I Believe in Order to Understand

People know there is a Divine so deeply that it frustrates us. God is so obvious that if you try denying the truth, you end up spending all your energy fighting Him. Check any secular website and you will find content that is God obsessed. Yet one need not be in the tiny, fading minority [Read More…]

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A Prayer, A Meditation, a Discourse

Prayer as Necessary to the Dialectic  Today just for once I would like to pray well, meditate deeply, and discourse sincerely. These are all hard to do and doing all at once seems even harder, but this (perhaps!) has been my problem. Prayer is not meditation is not discourse, but the man who can pray [Read More…]

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Some Serious Concerns with the Gospel of John: A Memo

Lyons Christian College Lyons, New York RE: Life of Jesus 101 (Bible Department) TO: Professor Saint-John I know you must be excited that Lyons is soon going to be able to spread our ministry globally by taking our high quality education online. No more marketing tents while sitting in an agora. Imagine my disappointment when you [Read More…]

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Four Lessons from the Life of Jesus Regarding Education

Jesus was a great teacher. His teachings left such a great impact on His students that He did not have to write them down. This was because His life and the impact of knowing Him was enough. They might misunderstand what He meant at first or even for a long time, but being with Him would straighten a person [Read More…]

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Have Faith, Seek Understanding

Faith and reason go together for Christian people. Of course, sometimes even good Christian people believe wrong things about faith, but that’s what happens when there are two billion of you. You can find some Christian someplace who believes almost anything! I once met a fascinating chap who had confused a search for Atlantis, atheism, and [Read More…]

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Leaving a Proper Inheritance: A Lesson from “As You Like It”

Commercials still pitch “leaving something” for your family at death to people my age or older. I have yet, however, to meet a student who makes a single career decision in terms of inheritance, except for the few that expect to get one. We are not raising a generation concerned about what they will leave [Read More…]

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Never, Ever, Every Hire This Man: On George B. McClellan

  If you are hiring a leader, avoid one type more than (almost) any other. Do not ever hire George B. McClellan to run your university, church, or non-profit. If so, you will regret it every day. If you presently work for McClellan, flee. Do not pass “Go.” Do not collect two hundred dollars. Flee. [Read More…]

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On Moral Advice: The Particular Need Not be Universal

The Saint Constantine School is starting a shooting team, but I will not be a coach. Why? I am too absent minded to be a good trainer when it comes to firearms. My shooting ability is limited any way and it would not be wise for me to pretend more expertise than I have. My [Read More…]

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On Killing Whales and Americans or Shut Up and Just Kill the Whale (3/3)

Moby Dick is one of the great American books and a good place to start for lessons for our time. The text wrestles with God, man, race, religion, social classes and has the wit to say: So ignorant are most landsmen of some of the plainest and most palpable wonders of the world, that without [Read More…]

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Bomfoggery : White, Angry, and Dying: What I learned from Moby Dick 2/3

Moby Dick is one of the best books for just this moment in American history. Melville is weary of the Christian American culture too compromised with money and power and by the time of Moby Dick has left Christian orthodoxy behind him.  In particular, the Protestant North struck him as hypocritical, though he also appreciated bits [Read More…]

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