Going Forward in Beauty: Be of Good Cheer!

I am joyful just now, because this is a great moment for God’s people. Too many around us are abandoning beauty as a value. Instead, we are rushing after what we like and it is killing us. This is the bad news, but the good news is that if the world, the flesh, and the devil insist we [Read More…]

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Going Forward in Virtue

Christianity is not a religion of retreat and the Faith is thriving, growing around the globe. How can we grow wisely? Wisdom begins by fearing the Lord and not fearing the world, the flesh, and the devil. The servants of God do not lose even in martyrdom. If they kill us, they send us to [Read More…]

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A Story Will Save Us

A story is powerful enough to make something false appear attractive. Just now I am listening to the soundtrack from Les Miserables and whatever the musical is teaching, I am buying. Why? The story, the music, and the performances are captivating my imagination, conquering my mind, and filling me with passion. That is the power of story, [Read More…]

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Fandoms are the Only Good Video Viewers . . . or Not

Meet a fan of a show like Buffy, Firefly, or Star Trek and a great many people are willing to sneer: “It’s just a television show.” Regular folk look at people who go to TV Land Conventions (ahem) and wonder about their priorities. Yet Plato thinks about education in Republic Book VII and challenges us: most people look [Read More…]

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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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“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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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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The Bears versus the Raiders: Do I have to pick?

When our annual blow-out Super Bowl party comes around, there is pressure to root for a team. This is normally easy: the Panthers had a feel-good story. Cam Newton and Denver had the old guy going out looking for a win. I am an old guy, so I picked Denver (and this made my two brother-in-laws happy [Read More…]

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