No Umbridge, OR “How Potter taught me to go to Wheatstone this Summer” (Part I/III)

The Harry Potter books are better than anyone other than the insightful  John Granger believes. They contain many life lessons and one is that you should go to Wheatstone Academy this summer. (At least this is an implication I have drawn from the books . . . ) Don’t let “life lesson” discourage you: Harry Potter is [Read More...]

I know God exists.

It is an odd thing to be called on to defend something you think you know. It is disturbing at first, because it makes you simultaneously wonder about your own mental clarity and that of your questioner. Why would he ask such a question? Isn’t the truth of the matter obvious? Unfortunately, there are few [Read More...]

Change the School, not Sam Houston

Photography was still new and mysterious when this picture of Sam Houston was taken. Men would make a living claiming that they could show the spirits of the dead captured on the plates. Sam Houston, already a legend, looks as if he is daring any spirit to make an appearance. Brave soldier, congressman, governor, general, [Read More...]

Falling When You Never Stood Up

I have never posted a picture of a cute cat, but I shall do so today. Why? Because I am writing about those who have  not fallen, because they never stood up and it is difficult to picture this without causing offense. I am told that kittens never offend anyone so I shall illustrate my [Read More...]

Fight, Pray, Fight, Pray, Build Culture: A Plan

What should we do in difficult times? Today marks the celebration of a man with a plan we should emulate. He was a Georgian, but not the kind who plants peanut, the kind who plants one of the earliest just and Christian states on Earth. He was the equivalent of a duke (Tornike) and he [Read More...]

As Good As You: Redemption is Possible… Even for Me.

I have not lived as good a life as Hope. Generally, with far less going for her, she has made better choices and so she has fewer regrets than I do. One way to deal with this truth is to deny it. My sins were more obvious, but after all, Hope has . . . [Read More...]

What about the “least” of us? On the janitor. . .

My dad and mom did a lot right, but one of the best things they did is not the sort of thing that gets much attention. They both spent as much time with the “least important” or difficult members of the congregation as they did with the elders or the big donors. I am not [Read More...]

What Jane Didn’t Tell Rochester

Jane Eyre is a manual for Christian romance and anybody in love should read it. The lessons in it are many, but here is an unexpected one: the lover tells the beloved what he needs to hear and not always what he wishes to hear. Jane and Rochester initially are separated by God and Jane’s obedience [Read More...]

Lesson in Loving Well: Never, Ever Be St John Rivers

If you wish to be in love properly and have not read Jane Eyre, stop now. Read the book. If you are still reading, then you know that the worst moment in the book is when St John Rivers proposes to Jane Eyre. This proposal comes from a man who is called to a hard ministry in [Read More...]

Losing and then Winning: Marcellinus

Failure on a big stage is failure indeed just as triumph is true worldly triumph in fact. The rest of us watch and wonder, sometimes hastily opining, judging, forgiving, celebrating, doing something where we are called to do nothing, but acknowledge the failure or the victory. Yet all of us will fail, fall short of [Read More...]