Keep on the Firing Line!

Let’s never be sad sacks, instead find where God has put us and keep on the firing line.  If the enemy distracts, stand. If we feel discouraged, stand. If our heart is weary, stand. Thank God for this time, for God’s church, and for this nation. When called to a place and time, even when we [Read More…]

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He is Doing His Duty: One Reason for Hope

  I have never heard him be vulgar. I have never heard him be crude. If you hurt him, he will forgive you, pray for you, and move on. If you think that gentleman are no more, you need to know: there is one cavalier left. We can still make gentlemen like Daniel Reynolds. Why [Read More…]

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Get a Dumb Phone for Smart Kids

Can you live with a dumb phone instead of a smartphone? Before giving my opinion, I wanted to try and the answer is “yes.” Ten dollars a month got me a flip phone that texts (unlimited) and calls numbers. It had a rudimentary browser, but I had them shut even that off. That’s all the [Read More…]

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“Don’t Do Drugs!” and Other Bromides

Bromiders don’t–or cannot–explain their moral reasoning. Bromiders only pick targets that are socially safe for their friend group. Bromiders never show why people might choose the bad instead of the good. [Read more…]

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Marriage Taught Me 31 Things in 31 Years

Marriage is a bloodless martyrdom, dying to self, the false self we have constructed so that we can live together as our true selves. That’s a good, hard, joyful process! Over time I have been taught so much by Hope, but a good list must have limits, so here are thirty-one truths for our thirty-one [Read More…]

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Confessor

He died as he lived and Father Michael Trigg lived as a confessor. From Oxford through Canterbury on to a small parish in Whittier, this pastor was willing to confess his faith against all kinds of opposition: a confessor. He left me his papers and his massive medical bills show that his confession contributed to his [Read More…]

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Beauty and the Beast: A Response to a Response

Opine and the world opines with you, but attack Beauty and the Beast and you will opine alone. Having taken on the animated classic more than once, I have received some spirited responses, though saying I was shaped like LeFou with the romance of Gaston seemed harsh. Fortunately, an excellent critic has arisen to defend the film and [Read More…]

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“Wisdom” from Bud Plays Junior High Football: A Message to our POTUS

This Presidency needs some advice and it is time to look to the President’s childhood to find it. There are serious issues in our times and then there is Bud Plays Junior High Football. If there was ever a book in which one could rest one’s weary mind, this is that book. Bud plays junior high [Read More…]

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Family AND Community

Family is and always has been a central part of my life. When George Bailey saw a sign that said: “Ask Dad, he knows.” I understood. I still ask Dad, because he knows. There is not a single class where Mom’s loving determination to know does not motivate my life. Daniel, my brother was, is, and always will [Read More…]

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The Seventeenth Century speaks on the Twentieth to the Twenty-First Century

I could not stop listening. The instrument, the program said, was a Stradivarius from 1699 and the music was Prokofiev, the man who saw the nineteenth century commit suicide and watched the twentieth century commit genocide. I was there in the twenty-first century listening to the sublime Houston Symphony work with an animated Gil Shaham, a [Read More…]

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