In Which I Learn Black History From President Trump

President Trump has turned the Bully Pulpit, the bulliest pulpit that ever was, into a podium from which to educate America on Black History (a month dedicated to the history of African-Americans). There is a reason we have Black History Month. What is that reason? There are, President Trump points out, many of them and [Read More…]

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All Is Well or Can Be

The hard thing about the truth is that it offends every kind of error. Some people in some places at some times blame Christianity for having a low view of humankind. Some people in some places at some times have attacked us for being too optimistic about human redemption.* If you think you are the [Read More…]

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Delenda Est Bannonism: Bannonism Must Be Destroyed

Sometimes clarity is needed. A problem is so bad that we must speak out: Bannonism exists, is in the White House, and must be destroyed. If it is not, then the Trump Presidency slowly will lose the support of decent citizens. If Bannonism is not removed, we face the peril of a Constitutional crisis. For [Read More…]

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Finding Some Sense in My Sensibility

If one were to develop a clickbait test for Austen nerds, What Austen Character Should You Marry?, then teenage me would (almost) surely end up in love with Marianne Dashwood, the romantic, dramatic, frenetic character in Sense and Sensibility. Marianne adds the biggest dose of the sensibility to the text and most of the fireworks. Marianne might burnout or [Read More…]

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On Being Margaret: Have Sense and Sensibility

There are three daughters in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and on the surface that is one too many. If you have only watched the movie (and it is worth watching), you may not realize the work done by the film to create a character out of Margaret, the book’s forgotten child. For pages of the book, [Read More…]

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Never Forget the Editor: Caesar and a Millionaire

The best failed movie Disney ever made was The Happiest Millionaire.  The talent is there and the movie begs to be compared to the practically perfect Mary Poppins,  but Poppins has London and the Millionaire has Detroit. QED. How you can fail to entertain with Greer Garson and Fred MacMurray is hard to imagine. The music by [Read More…]

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The Teddy Kennedy Exemption

For a good portion of his life, Ted Kennedy was not so good to the women he knew. One woman ended up dead through her association with the lothario and at one point, the definition of roue had his picture next to it. I recall a breathless tribute to him that said: “now we know what [Read More…]

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You cannot get the graduates of Christian Oxford with the Pedagogy of Bob Jones

I am a Christian school graduate. Thank God. Thank God Mom and Dad helped start a Christian school that did not begin by cramming answers down our throats as kids, but made us think. Our education did not start with authority or power, but with love. Our school wasn’t a form of Christian propaganda (“straighten the [Read More…]

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On Scale of Crimes: Don’t Buy Some Gnats, Because You Will Not Swallow a Camel

People are always doing wrong things to avoid doing another wrong thing. This is a very bad idea, but it is an especially bad idea when the evil done is worse than the evil avoided. Jesus said: Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you tithe mint, and anise, and cummin, and have left [Read More…]

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Avoid Self-Deception in News Reading: With an Example!

I am tempted to like stories more that fit what I wish was, is, and will be. If there is a headline that says “Evidence Shows Bible True!,” then I am tempted to click on it and be (just a bit!) less skeptical about what it says. Nobody rational thinks this bias is all good, [Read More…]

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