They did it! (On Blame)

An important job for thinkers is to look for the root cause of cultural problems. If only we could find why we had this problem, got to the very bottom of the cultural weed, then we could not only pull it out, but make sure it did not return. That can be good, but it always is [Read More…]

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The Wind of the City: Civilization and Contents

The wind is blowing hard in New York City. Compared to Houston it is a cold wind, the air is thin here. In Sugar Land, Texas, the heavy air moans by the window when it blows, but here it is shrieking. The difference makes me just a bit nervous, but also awake. I am glad [Read More…]

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A Coming Problem: Far-Right “Christian Paganism”

A person I admire wrote on adoption and I said what a good book it was. This was a mistake, at least for the peace in my social media feed. Two years ago as a result of this innocent shout out, I started getting interactions with a group of “white nationalists” and they haven’t ended [Read More…]

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Why Lying is a Such a Serious Sin

Better to die than to tell a lie.  Why? Truth is out there, but it can be hard to understand, find, and even harder to know when we have found it! We embrace lies as truth and ignore the truth as if it is a lie. For all those reasons, truth is precious and so [Read More…]

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Go ahead and build on the sandy land . . . sort of.

Jesus said a smart thing: 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been [Read More…]

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Rankin and Bass Solve the World’s Problems

Why read a book when you can find solutions to all the world’s problems in Christmas holiday specials? Why struggle through the complex plotting of the typical Hallmark movie, when you can learn it all in soothing stop-action animation? Don’t watch black and white Capra, when you can be dazzled with full color. If you have [Read More…]

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The Christmas Cantata: A Short Story With a Remarkably Fecund Ending

Does anyone perform a cantata any more? What is a cantata anyway? When I was young, they were everywhere: a strange blend of musical theater, opera, and Handel if Handel had written for Evangelicals who sang SATB. John W. Peterson was the Man of Many Cantatas and oddly enough I enjoyed them. One year in [Read More…]

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Lucy Saw Clearly: Give and It Will Be Give to You

Lucy was a young girl who gave all she had to Jesus and so she has lived forever in the mind of the church. On the short, cold days just before Christmas, Christians still remember this girl whose name means “Light.”   On the darkest days, Lucy’s example is light. Jesus was always saying something [Read More…]

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Rest Merrily

Be merry, God says, though perhaps I should start by being a gentleman! The least important life mission I have adopted is to remind singers that God Rest You Merry, Gentleman has a comma.  Gentleman are being commanded to be merry, not already jolly. This is important, to the extent that such things can be important, [Read More…]

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She Makes Bleak Golden

If you do not read Christina Rossetti, stop reading this now and go buy a book. I can wait. Those who know that Rossetti is the poet still standing against the alt-Left and the alt-Right, politically incorrect and yet a Lady, welcome you to the resistance. Rossetti wanted beauty more than wealth, virtue more than [Read More…]

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