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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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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