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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Hope: Mostly It Is A Cheat, Except When It Isn’t (See Jesus)

The pagan Greeks were wise. They knew that life was tough and then you die. The gods used us for entertainment and then did not die. The problem from the gods’ point of view is that people might see this truth and quit. People who mope in despair are not entertaining. So when they unleashed [Read More…]

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Avoid Fraud School, Find the School of Wisdom: Theages and Education

About now colleges start begging for attention as the business of higher education cranks up. For parents, the entire process is confusing, expensive, and can be discouraging. When you add the choices for education before college: homeschool? government school? private school? a religious based private school? What to do? At that point, people ask experts [Read More…]

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Help Us Obi-Wan Kenobi: You’re our only hope.

I loved the film Star Wars from the start, because it was fun and too much of 1970’s film making was childish (looking at you post-Walt Disney Company) or “serious.” If you wanted a fairy tale, you were out of luck if you were over the age of eight and by the late seventies I was [Read More…]

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The Costume Party Is An Adult Activity

Some events are not for adults. Trick-or-Treating door to door is one of those things. Don’t do it. It’s good to have things that kids do that grownups do not. Somehow (maybe in the 1950’s?) we decided that many enjoyable activities were just for kids and adults should not. By the time the kill joys were done, “adult entertainment” [Read More…]

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Know the Name, Love the Person

If your pastor’s sermon doesn’t cry out for note taking, then you need a new pastor. The truth is simple and simple ideas are the hardest to understand. You can think about two words, say “amazing grace,” all your life and a good pastor is there to help. Father Richard is a good pastor. Today [Read More…]

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Now that Trump has Lost: Let’s Unite

Those that support Donald J. Trump for President of the United States should rejoice. I did not think he could possibly win the primaries (how could he?) and four years ago I thought Mitt Romney would win. Now that I am sure Donald Trump has lost, he will stage a miraculous comeback. But what if [Read More…]

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