No Apocalypse Now: Be Calm, Be Joyful

We are in difficult times, as we always are. The church needs revival, but the revival we need will not come with panic or demonizing our foes. We will not “win” by adopting a “by any means strategy” so becoming the people we fear, but by love, prayer, and work. A great failure of modern [Read More…]

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The Two Atheisms: How to Know Smart People Cannot Get “Is” From “Ought”

When I was a boy, so long ago the New Atheists were young men, atheism was sold to us in many a science fiction book as freedom from the sexual repression that was killing us all. Someday, writers like Isaac Asimov promised, sex would be less of a mystery and a great deal more available. [Read More…]

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Holmes, Houdini, and Looking for Mystery in all the Wrong Places

I love Sherlock Holmes stories. On any given night, I go to sleep hearing Charlton Griffen read the stories to me. Somewhere in my heart, it is always 1895 and the game is always afoot. Thank you, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Oddly, this bright medical doctor went off into an odd mental corner. He became [Read More…]

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Knowing What the Card Means: Valentine’s Day

When I was a boy, so long ago that you could play outside all day without adult supervision, there was an odd custom. At Clendenin Elementary School, we would hand out cards to everyone in the class. These cards were sometimes homemade, but most often purchased in boxes from Kroger’s. There were Peanuts gang cards, [Read More…]

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By Any Means Necessary: A Worldview Failure

The greatest danger is not that we will lose, but that we will win having become what we fight in winning. What will it profit us if we win the whole world and lose our souls? Yet I am told, very often told, that this is merely weakness and defeatism. “We must fight as we must [Read More…]

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The American Story for the Loyal Opposition

Is the story of America one of manifest destiny? God forbid. Is the story of America so great that a global church should cry: “America first!” Never. Yet the story of the United States of America is also not the story of oppression that my college students bring to me. Every nation needs a myth to [Read More…]

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A Book for this Time: Watership Down

This is not a gentle time. People of the Word turn to words to step back from the events in the hopes of making sense of them. What to read in such a time as this? 1984 is too late, Brave New World still a bit early. Ugly times demand a good work and It [Read More…]

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This Post Could Be the Last Post You Will Ever Read

I hope not, but this post could be the last one you will ever read. It is possible and if my media feed is any indication, what is possible is now probable if it is one of the worst conceivable outcomes. It is very possible that this will be the last post I ever write or [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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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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