Twenty-Five Questions to Ask and Things to Do Before Picking a College

I have spent over thirty years in higher education, mostly in Christian higher education. I have known saintly presidents like the late Clyde Cook of Biola University, passionate Christians like Professor JP Moreland, and highly skilled Deans like HBU’s Doris Warren. For seventeen years, my joy was to work with the faculty at the Torrey [Read More…]

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Three College Half-Truths and How to See Through Them

One of my children got the mail and was excited. This young adult had received a financial package that made her dream school possible. Hope and I were excited until we read the letter very carefully. The school counted loans as student “aid.” At the end of our child’s time at this school, she would [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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Graduation is Christmas

Christmas is a chance for a profound change: rebirth. One moment our broken being makes perfection impossible and the next everything good is possible. Jesus chose to become a man so all of the rest of us could become like God. When the angels announced Jesus coming down, we gained the ability to hope for [Read More…]

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Stop Failing: Lessons from Virgil and Lucas

Don’t Rejoice in Failure Dad knew a man who preached the same sermon every week. People left his church until only a few faithful were hanging with the congregation to try to save the church after the pastor would (hopefully) wear out and leave. Was Pastor Tedium worried? No. He had, from his point of [Read More…]

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Build a New City: At My Last First College Class Ever

Let’s build a new city for the remnant of the people of God! That’s a good, big, and honorable call and it can be done. People have gone to new lands and built something out of almost nothing. How much easier to create a community in this land! If you are building a new business, [Read More…]

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I was guilty by association.

When I was in seventh grade at a school I shall protect, I was not one of the Cool Kids. I have never been one of the cool kids, just as I am not now one of the Cool Codgers. Instead, I was a nerd. It was at the school, blessed memory, that I found Lord [Read More…]

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Hume Reminds Me: Take Me as I Am

When it comes to hard thinkers, it is all too easy to read them as judges. Does this guy line up with what I think? If so, then I can strip mine his writing for pithy quotes that make me seem smart! If not, then I can take him down and a critical essay is [Read More…]

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Not a Timber Wolf. . . It was a Fox. Sigh

Papaw Earl was hard to beat. He would appear broke in Monopoly and my hopes would rise and from somewhere the money would appear. I never won. Once I played more than thirteen games of checkers with him to beat him once when he grew distracted. I would like to tell you I was ashamed, [Read More…]

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Going Forward in Beauty: Be of Good Cheer!

I am joyful just now, because this is a great moment for God’s people. Too many around us are abandoning beauty as a value. Instead, we are rushing after what we like and it is killing us. This is the bad news, but the good news is that if the world, the flesh, and the devil insist we [Read More…]

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