No Reason, No Justice (Apology)

Justice is hard to find in these perilous times. if you are a Christian in the parts of Syria no longer controlled by the government, martyrdom and God’s justice on the other side of the sword are your only hope. If you live in parts of the world, the rich can buy justice while the [Read More…]

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The One Clue of a School or College that is a Poor or a Good Choice

Picking a private school for your child or college for yourself is made difficult by marketing. Every Christian school looks good in the brochure and every Christian college shows you the best side of the program when you visit. How can you know if the school is right for you? One bad reason people pick [Read More…]

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What does God need with a Star Ship?

God has “needs” . . . which seems odd. In the worst of the original series Star Trek movies (still better than any of the Next Generation films), the aging crew goes looking for Eden and God. Since this feels like the plot of half the original series television programs, I need not explain further except to say that [Read More…]

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Oh General Custer (On My Birthday)

It was with great disappointment that I discovered that my birthday marked the Battle of Little Big Horn and the death of General Custer. Even greater disappointment came the more I learned about “cowboys and Indians.” I rode a stick horse around the house and yard in Clendenin, West Virginia, so often that the end [Read More…]

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John the Baptist: The Best Not Jesus in History

I have never taken John the Baptist as seriously as the Bible takes him. He was “the not Jesus” in the story, so he vanished in my imagination. This is odd since everyone else in the New Testament is the “not Jesus,” but even a fairly minor figure like Nicodemus played a bigger role in [Read More…]

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Will the Civil War ever really end?

Everything happening right now in the US, everything, has a piece of the Civil War in it. How could this be? Wasn’t it a long time ago? No. It was not. I am 53 this week and I knew a woman who grew up eating food paid for by her father’s Civil War pension. When an [Read More…]

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Accepting the Ending (The Tempest)

We aren’t very good at accepting “endings” as fans and cry for a sequel, reboot, or continuing adventures for our favorite stories. Sometimes this works well, but usually not so much. “The End” used to appear in films and perhaps it was better so. My dad told me that at camp meeting the time would [Read More…]

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This Magical Island: On My Anniversary (The Tempest)

This will first be published on the day, thirty years ago, when I married Hope Lancy. If all has gone as planned, we are on an island now, far away from troubles, and full of love. Whatever is the case, and wherever we are, there is a magical place where love endures that we reach [Read More…]

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Friendship: Don’t Underestimate It (Two Noble Kinsmen)

If we eliminated the popular music, theater, and video dealing with romantic love, there would be little left. This would strike our ancestors as odd. They valued friendship at least as much as romantic love and certainly more than erotic love. In fact, they would have valued the duty and love owed to any guest [Read More…]

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Even A Blot of Grease Can Be God’s Man (Henry VIII)

Do not flatter the great. That’s easy to say, but hard to do and even William Shakespeare fell for the desire to simplify history and tell a patron what they wanted to hear. Charles Dickens had Henry VIII dead to rights: The plain truth is, that he was a most intolerable ruffian, a disgrace to [Read More…]

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