Take Hope and Do Something

The Great Depression could be greatly depressing or so my grandparents told me. One grandfather would still choke up a bit when he talked about finally finding a job (parking cars) for “wages.” When government relief (as it was called) came to West Virginia, my Nana knew a person who just went to bed and let [Read More…]

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All Hallow’s Coming- On Devils and a Party

I lived between two Halloweens: the time when Christian kids dressed up and had fun and the time when Halloween celebrations could destroy a church. It was nice to have parents who understood reality: demonic powers exist and are not to be feared or trifled with and kids dressing in costumes saying “trick or treat” [Read More…]

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“Not My Game” is Historically Powerful

When Joshua was faced by the Captain of the Lord’s Army, the new leader asked the Captain: “Are you on our side or our enemies?” The answer is one for this time: And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” Many evils have been [Read More…]

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All Mom Has to Do Is

My mom put up with a great deal, including a son who thought he could build a house in the yard. “All you have to do,” I would say and she would smile and listen. This seems to be common as recently a student developed a variation. This young person said that he was unworried [Read More…]

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Living a Good Life in a Real City Requires Thinking

Recently a nice fellow on social media suggested my advice on some practical question proved I should move to the Shire and write books for children and on Plato. I would if I could. The Shire would be an excellent place to live, Thorin and Company always welcome, while the chance to write books for [Read More…]

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In Which I Dialog with Not Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What follows is the correspondence between myself and a person who is Not Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Sadly, Not Dietrich Bonhoeffer is unavailable for further interviews, but I thought in this time of moral confusion that this dialog with Not Dietrich Bonhoeffer might prove helpful. My concern began when my social media feed began to explode with [Read More…]

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A Glutton for Argument: Feast But Do Not Gorge on Words

Argument can help save your soul (by God’s grace) or be a way to damn it. Bad arguments happen when a husband and wife who disagree disagreeably. He cannot see why she cannot see what is obvious while she cannot understand why he does not understand the truth. Each pound away to win. Sometimes one will [Read More…]

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Give Me Wax for My Board, Even If I Cannot Surf for the Lord

Church songs are many and varied. As a pastor’s kid, I sang them all and made even the sublime ridiculous with my piping little voice. The worst of the songs were the ones with infinite verses, tunes so flexible anyone could design new words, and everyone did,  especially at summer camp. A particular sin against [Read More…]

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Debate Prep and Live Blog of the Presidential Debate

Perspective:  This is not the most important election ever. There will be another election in four years. A Republic that survived Richard Nixon, Warren G. Harding, James Buchanan, and Woodrow Wilson will survive President Clinton or Trump. Still we should hope for the best, even if we often do not get it. The leader of [Read More…]

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Let’s Be Perfect!

Jesus said a hard thing when He said: Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. I don’t know about you, but I am not perfect. In fact, we pass off our failure by saying to ourselves: “Nobody is perfect.” This is wrong since at least the God-Man, Jesus, is [Read More…]

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