Gift of the University Wise Men: A Christmas Parody for April

One million and eighty-seven thousand. That was all. And sixty thousand of it was in pledges. Pledges collected one and two at a time by bulldozing the alum and friends and donors until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times the University President counted it. One [Read More…]

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Some Serious Concerns with the Gospel of John: A Memo

Lyons Christian College Lyons, New York RE: Life of Jesus 101 (Bible Department) TO: Professor Saint-John I know you must be excited that Lyons is soon going to be able to spread our ministry globally by taking our high quality education online. No more marketing tents while sitting in an agora. Imagine my disappointment when you [Read More…]

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Four Lessons from the Life of Jesus Regarding Education

Jesus was a great teacher. His teachings left such a great impact on His students that He did not have to write them down. This was because His life and the impact of knowing Him was enough. They might misunderstand what He meant at first or even for a long time, but being with Him would straighten a person [Read More…]

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Never, Ever, Every Hire This Man: On George B. McClellan

  If you are hiring a leader, avoid one type more than (almost) any other. Do not ever hire George B. McClellan to run your university, church, or non-profit. If so, you will regret it every day. If you presently work for McClellan, flee. Do not pass “Go.” Do not collect two hundred dollars. Flee. [Read More…]

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Challenges, not Suffering

Teach bright students, get great questions. Teach bright students and eventually they become peers and ask even better questions. Recently one such clever person asked: Does suffering build character and if it does, what is an appropriate way to educate in light of that? This is a tricksy question and requires some important clarifications before we can [Read More…]

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Don’t Ask for a Refund: Not Even Attacked

During the horrible circus fire of 1944, when many children were burned alive, this happened: Another officer had had a long day. He’d started before noon, doing traffic on Barbour for the big crowd coming in. Now he drew duty at the Brown School, becoming the officer in charge. Three adults approached him. “Where do [Read More…]

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Today I Go to the Circus

Right after I write this, I will go the circus and I hope to learn something from the experience of the Big Top while I still can. I have been to Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus twice, once as a child and once as a parent of children. I have also been to a few [Read More…]

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Three Ways Not To Start a Dialog

If you wish to get into a fight during dialog with a significant other or as the mattress commercials call them “your bed partner,” here are three ways to do so. In fact, after leading and participating in hundreds of Socratic conversations at the college level, I am confident that these conversation starters not only [Read More…]

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Just be Practical: Do Science, Have a Mind

“Faith” can be used to escape from reason and wisdom, but should not be. Even a leading atheist can agree that some kinds of theism are on team reason and that some kinds of atheists are not! This is good news and is a hopeful sign in our very divided Republic. I am thankful for [Read More…]

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Hear Every Idea You Can: on Charles Murray

Charles Murray was invited to speak at a college and his speech was shut down violently. This is dangerous in a Republic. A viewpoint bubble may already exist in mainstream campus life.  This can be deadly to liberal arts education, but even worse for civil discussions. If you begin to think there are no good arguments for [Read More…]

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