No Apocalypse Now: Be Calm, Be Joyful

We are in difficult times, as we always are. The church needs revival, but the revival we need will not come with panic or demonizing our foes. We will not “win” by adopting a “by any means strategy” so becoming the people we fear, but by love, prayer, and work. A great failure of modern [Read More…]

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No More Meat Until Easter: Why that is Good For Me

My wife took one of those social media challenges where you describe your husband. When asked my favorite food, she said: meat. This is true and by “meat” she meant bacon or beef or salmon or any other meat product up to and including Spam. I am not a medical doctor and I have never [Read More…]

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The Two Atheisms: How to Know Smart People Cannot Get “Is” From “Ought”

When I was a boy, so long ago the New Atheists were young men, atheism was sold to us in many a science fiction book as freedom from the sexual repression that was killing us all. Someday, writers like Isaac Asimov promised, sex would be less of a mystery and a great deal more available. [Read More…]

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Genius that Isn’t Sure: Canterbury Tales

Chaucer did not wrote a book called Cranberry Tales despite what one of my students thought. Instead, he wrote Canterbury Tales, and then came to regret it. He said (translated from Middle English): Now pray I to you all that hear this little treatise or read it, that if there be anything in it that likes them, [Read More…]

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We are Running Away Naked

When Jesus was arrested, not many people covered themselves in glory, but one person in particular wasn’t covered at all. The  historical records note: And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body; and they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked. This odd [Read More…]

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Holmes, Houdini, and Looking for Mystery in all the Wrong Places

I love Sherlock Holmes stories. On any given night, I go to sleep hearing Charlton Griffen read the stories to me. Somewhere in my heart, it is always 1895 and the game is always afoot. Thank you, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Oddly, this bright medical doctor went off into an odd mental corner. He became [Read More…]

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Knowing What the Card Means: Valentine’s Day

When I was a boy, so long ago that you could play outside all day without adult supervision, there was an odd custom. At Clendenin Elementary School, we would hand out cards to everyone in the class. These cards were sometimes homemade, but most often purchased in boxes from Kroger’s. There were Peanuts gang cards, [Read More…]

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By Any Means Necessary: A Worldview Failure

The greatest danger is not that we will lose, but that we will win having become what we fight in winning. What will it profit us if we win the whole world and lose our souls? Yet I am told, very often told, that this is merely weakness and defeatism. “We must fight as we must [Read More…]

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Father is Waiting: All Can Be Well

There is hope if we feel lost. Oddly, the first thing that happens when I say this is for someone to shoot out a message saying they do not feel lost. My response is to be very happy for them. If you are happy with how things are, then my job is not to make you [Read More…]

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Don’t Let the Culture of TV Evangelism Into Christian Ed: Do Online Well

Around 1986, I discovered that my Commodore 64 could link to other computers in a service named Q-Link. The speed of conversation was so slow I could see the letters of each word forming as the other person wrote his question. I would try to guess the question and start sending the answer at the [Read More…]

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