“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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Never Regret the Good Done, But Liberty

Liberty is rare in human history if you are not rich, powerful, or in the right group. That’s a very sad truth, because for a Christian, the more liberty a society can maintain, the closer we have gotten to God  . . . who is the author of liberty. Ideally, morality would be each person’s [Read More…]

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Plato, Math, and Doing Science

Growing up there was a certain sort of Christian scientist who would blame Plato or Platonism for anti-science attitudes. Karl Giberson, by all accounts a fine scientist, blamed Plato, Platonism, or neo-Platonism for anti-science views of Christian leaders in “the dark ages.” Take this example from many: We will look briefly at some of the [Read More…]

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“Staff” Can Be Beautiful Stuff, but It Does not Last

The City glistened by Lake Michigan and was so beautiful that visitors would cry when they saw it. The great Columbian Exposition of 1893 built a White City on the shores of Lake Michigan next to Chicago, a town better known for burning down after a cow kicked a lantern and for being, perhaps in [Read More…]

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Three Fashion Ideas that Should Trend But Will Not (Bright Week Party Post 3)

Once a man reaches a certain age, the young man clothes of his youth look like young man clothes on an old man. This is not good. Sadly, almost all fashion trends have catered to the man of less than Chestertonian bulk. We cannot wear track suits, because the notion of my running laps is [Read More…]

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Things My Adult Children Say I Should Not Say

A joy of having adult children is knowing the many, many things that I should never say, why I should never say them, and the penalties for saying them. One child threatens to “break me” if I ever again say that anything said three times  or containing chimps can be funny. This is not only false [Read More…]

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Have Faith, Seek Understanding

Faith and reason go together for Christian people. Of course, sometimes even good Christian people believe wrong things about faith, but that’s what happens when there are two billion of you. You can find some Christian someplace who believes almost anything! I once met a fascinating chap who had confused a search for Atlantis, atheism, and [Read More…]

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Leaving a Proper Inheritance: A Lesson from “As You Like It”

Commercials still pitch “leaving something” for your family at death to people my age or older. I have yet, however, to meet a student who makes a single career decision in terms of inheritance, except for the few that expect to get one. We are not raising a generation concerned about what they will leave [Read More…]

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