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...]

Knowledge needs Jesus

“Wisdom comes from God, knowledge from school. Seek wisdom and knowledge.” That is a jolly Christian bromide, but also cheerfully wrong. A twitter-able bromide is still toxic, even when decoupaged to a Christian plaque upon reading. Evil cannot be buried under any amount of glue. What happens with such errors? First, we feel good and then [Read More...]

Aspirations and the Problem of Purity

Aspiring to excellence, or at least goal setting, is a good thing but like every good can be distorted to cause harm. My present job is with the most aspirational group of people I have ever known: we want HBU to give our students the best education possible. We think about it every day and [Read More...]

Five Things I Should Just Stop Doing

If there is no fool like an old fool, then as an older American I have a duty to avoid folly. Tolerable errors in the twenties are insufferable stupidities in the fifties. Everybody tries to avoid foolishness, but the older’s foolishness stings, because by now I should be grownup. Growing old is easy, nobody avoids [Read More...]

Good-bye “Psych,” Good Luck Castle

Family favorite Psych has no new episodes having lasted about two years past its expiration date. The show starred a psychic detective who was a detective, but not a psychic and his partner Gus, a rare character who spoke Evangelical dialectic. The show gained tension from the romance between Jules and Sean (the not psychic) and humor [Read More...]

Handicapping 2016

My track record at picking Presidential winners is mixed: Obama 2008 was correct, Romney 2012 was not right. I do better at GOP party nominees. After two Democratic terms, 2016 is a mildly Republican year (as I thought 2012 was), but as 2012 proves candidates and strategy matter. Romney proved for my lifetime that the [Read More...]

Do you love me?

Only once, at summer camp, did I pluck a flower saying: “She loves me, she loves me not.” I do not remember what the daisy oracle said, but she did not love me. Perhaps my heart knew the truth and so I asked the flower instead of her. In Plato’s Symposium, love is described as a [Read More...]

Men in the Arena

Friday reminds me why HBU is a higher education: the school is doing things and not merely thinking about doing something, someday, somehow, if we just do another study. HBU is a place where leaders are encouraged to research, think, consider, but then act. Acting, drawing a line, doing something is impossibly hard for too many. [Read More...]

The Worst Evangelical Blog Post Ever? A Raw, Authentic, Vulnerable Attempt to Write It.

Authenticity* is hard, requiring vulnerability, openness, and an acceptance of the fact that we are all on a journey made up of unfulfilled dreams, dreams often inauthentic to who we would be if we could each just be the me God made me to be. To be authentic is to rip away the Band-Aids of [Read More...]

Where is God when it is fine?

Israel’s sacred history struck me as odd when I was a young man: the better Israel did, the less she loved God. No longer young, I live the problem and so understand. In my case at least, what is true of a community is true of me. When God is good to me, He can [Read More...]


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