Be Content, Know My Place, Avoid a Lust for Power (Macbeth)

God exalts the humble and Satan tempts us with the kingdoms of this world. American self-help or business books may not like this truth, but true it is nonetheless. We are eternal beings and striving, coveting, lusting after place and position will destroy us. In this Presidential year, when we are apt to judge the [Read More…]

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Woe is not Romantic: Just Ask Juliet and Romeo

Woe is not romantic, but art can make it feel that way. If a piece of literature, a movie, or a play is true to life, woe or sorrow or misery are good signs that you are in trouble. If nothing else, when romance hurts, physically or mentally, it is time to step back, get [Read More…]

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Lovers Win, Wise Guys Lose (Living “As You Like It”)

Love can make you stupid . . . or seemingly stupid. People in love believe all kinds of things and have hope that kingdoms can grow out of the wilderness. Shakespeare made kingdoms grow out of nearly nothing on the stage, surviving critics, censors, and plagues to achieve unmatched greatness . . . and yet [Read More…]

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Ending Envy and Revenge in Redemption (Learning from The Winter’s Tale)

It should be a tragedy, because envy and revenge always end in tragedy. They are the work of devils and Satan always comes to steal and destroy.  The Winter’s Tale does not end in death, but in marriages, the mark of a classical comedy, and so the author, William Shakespeare, reminds his audience that all tragedy [Read More…]

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Hail to Baseball!

I love watching football . . . to the point that I once gave the Green Bay Packers money for “one share” of the team . . . but the movie Concussion and an examination of the facts has given me pause about the game. Can I enjoy a sport that is killing the men who play [Read More…]

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It is April 15: It can be a good day.

Today your taxes are due. Yesterday in 1865 Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Last night in 1912 the good ship RMS Titanic sank with hundreds of souls. What do you do the day after a bad day? Most of us have them, but what comes next? The day after a very bad day is hard, but [Read More…]

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You Give Material Goods Meaning and Value: RMS Titanic Day

Human beings have a power that comes from the Almighty and this power can do great good. Use it today and you cooperate with God in giving deeper meaning to every place you visit, every object you own, and even to past events. Nature and Nature’s God makes the mountain, but we give it a [Read More…]

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Be Calm, But Don’t Carry On: Three Rules for the Gentleperson on the RMS Titanic of Life

Life, like the RMS Titanic, is quite wonderful, though not equally so for all of us. Beauty is all around, yet the marvelous voyage ends in the cold waters of death. Nobody “wins” at life and so preparing for the final challenge is essential. You don’t want to be a coward and leave behind a [Read More…]

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Heading to an Iceberg- Avoiding Being on RMS Titanic

The year is steaming toward April 14 and 15 . . . one hundred and four years ago the good ship RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic and on this date many of the passengers had days to live. When the ship hit the iceberg many people behaved like heroes and some like cowards, [Read More…]

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Head and Heart: Blend Both and then Use Your Hands to Act

Whether you watch the movie Metropolis or read Republic or simply sit with the Psalms, recall that you can be wounded in your heart or your head. Both wounds matter. God designed both your heart and your head to give you direction and being disabled either place is dangerous. Take time to get better. We cannot live [Read More…]

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