They did it! (On Blame)

An important job for thinkers is to look for the root cause of cultural problems. If only we could find why we had this problem, got to the very bottom of the cultural weed, then we could not only pull it out, but make sure it did not return. That can be good, but it always is [Read More…]

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The Wind of the City: Civilization and Contents

The wind is blowing hard in New York City. Compared to Houston it is a cold wind, the air is thin here. In Sugar Land, Texas, the heavy air moans by the window when it blows, but here it is shrieking. The difference makes me just a bit nervous, but also awake. I am glad [Read More…]

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A Coming Problem: Far-Right “Christian Paganism”

A person I admire wrote on adoption and I said what a good book it was. This was a mistake, at least for the peace in my social media feed. Two years ago as a result of this innocent shout out, I started getting interactions with a group of “white nationalists” and they haven’t ended [Read More…]

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Why Lying is a Such a Serious Sin

Better to die than to tell a lie.  Why? Truth is out there, but it can be hard to understand, find, and even harder to know when we have found it! We embrace lies as truth and ignore the truth as if it is a lie. For all those reasons, truth is precious and so [Read More…]

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What do you think about . . . Three Rules for When to be Still

I often get asked why I do not write on every Big Story of the Day. This sort of question caused me to step back and think: “What should I write? What are my goals? What should my goals be?” If you like to think, and your preferred method is to process “out loud,” learning [Read More…]

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Twenty-Five Questions to Ask and Things to Do Before Picking a College

I have spent over thirty years in higher education, mostly in Christian higher education. I have known saintly presidents like the late Clyde Cook of Biola University, passionate Christians like Professor JP Moreland, and highly skilled Deans like HBU’s Doris Warren. For seventeen years, my joy was to work with the faculty at the Torrey [Read More…]

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Three College Half-Truths and How to See Through Them

One of my children got the mail and was excited. This young adult had received a financial package that made her dream school possible. Hope and I were excited until we read the letter very carefully. The school counted loans as student “aid.” At the end of our child’s time at this school, she would [Read More…]

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A brief, almost good word, about the Word of Faith Movement

Let’s face it: the church of a Cross, martyrs, and the school for souls is not the church where the right words can make all the pain go away. Once as a boy, I was in the car and my daddy was listening to one of the “name it, claim it” pastors. At one point, [Read More…]

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Time to Honor Engineers . . .

Let’s go back to the old custom of making heroes of our doers: engineers, scientists, teachers, and leaders. For some reason, we confuse our actors, a fine profession, with those people, so a doctor who plays one on television is often a better salesman for a dubious product than the family GP is for real [Read More…]

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Oh Tammy! (Debbie Reynolds RIP)

Rest in peace, Debbie Reynolds. She was actually a Reynolds and there aren’t many famous Reynolds (at least as pop culture goes). She even had the hair and skin coloring of many of the women in my family and so she seemed a bit like kin. That might have been one reason I liked her, [Read More…]

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