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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Screen Time: Too Much is Too Much

Kids are not smoking so much. That is good, but schools and colleges are seeing a problem that may be as serious as smoking.  We see kids who have never been outside for more than ten minutes. We see kids that do not know how to play with toys. We see kids that have never played with [Read More…]

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A Story of 9/11 by a Friend from Libya

I did not write today’s piece. It was given to me by a friend from Libya. The opinions are his, unfiltered, and not (necessarily) my own. Here is an insight into both the world outside of the United States and what God is doing in the world: As 9/11 this year coincides with the Great [Read More…]

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Passion and Liberty!

We are simultaneously in a time that celebrates passion, but is pushing technology on us that reduces genuine passion. Whatever your deeply held feelings are, as long as you harm no person but yourself, then you will be celebrated, if you can also claim happiness. What about the spiritual happiness of Plato, Aristotle, Jesus, the [Read More…]

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God Will Use Even Our Fakery

“Fake it until you make it” sounds like bad advice. Pretending to something you do not have is bad, but I think the advice is sound if understood as this: carry on, do your duty, until your feelings match your actions. Don’t pretend, because pretending is dangerous, but do carry on with virtuous deeds even [Read More…]

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Do Not Expectorate: Confusing Social Norms and Moral Law

My Mother likes to tell us about the noble effort of the town of Clendenin, West Virginia, to stop spitting outside the Smoke Shop.  They put up a sign that said: “Do Not Expectorate,” since a sign that said: “Do Not Spit” would have been vulgar. Needless to say, those old boys at the Smoke Shop [Read More…]

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Don’t Be Bored: 9/11 Continues even on 9/12

I got up to teach the morning the Twin Towers fell. The buildings were burning when I had to walk to work stunned. Who did it? How many were dead? Were we at war? As I got to my office, two college students sat at a fountain and I heard them speaking: “Twin Towers. Twin [Read More…]

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Trek to the Stars: Thank you Gene Roddenberry, fellow humanist

I know: he was a secular humanist, taking the Christian humanism of Erasmus and stripping it of Jesus. A good guess is that he confused secularism with short skirts on women and a rejection of sex rules. Gene Roddenberry was no saint of the Church. Still: thank you Gene Roddenberry, because you were a humanist: better secular [Read More…]

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