The Twilight Struggle: Lies We Believe

We are telling people horrible lies, peddling false hopes in the name of Jesus. Jesus is alive. He answers prayer, but he is not Genie Jesus that will give us what we want in the way we want it. He wants our long term good, not our short term good, and part of the good [Read More...]

Examine Your Life Not Test Your Life

Most of us should examine our assumptions more than  we do. There is a reason that the Socratic command about the examined life is repeated so often. Socrates was right: the unexamined life is not worth living. A man  who will not ask himself questions thinks he is a god, but has the mental life [Read More...]

Dreaming the Wonderful Dream: The Saint Constantine School

I left one job and turned down my dream job as president of a great school because I have an improbable dream. I hope it is God’s dream. Houston is a great city. I believe it is the American city of the twenty-first century. Here we have Christians with clout, but also diversity. One can [Read More...]

Three Things Christian Colleges Can Get Right

Students should look back on college with joy, but many are saddled with horrible debt that ruins their memories and harms the rest of their lives. What is to be done? Few Christian colleges are flush. Most struggle to do a good work with few resources and less acclaim. The hard working professors are overworked [Read More...]

Back to School: The Leap from the Lion’s Head

If there was ever a movie about the education of the soul, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is that movie. To gain the ultimate prize, more than gold or glory, Indy must become humble and stand on the the Word of God. Choosing wisely means passing on the mistakes of the educational grifter, the shiny cups, [Read More...]

Back to School: Only In the Footsteps of God

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a motion picture that deals with the formation of a human soul. To achieve the goal, the greatest goal of mythology which is the Holy Grail, will require character as well as courage. Courage and character are good descriptions of the desirable outcome of a Christian education. Students in [Read More...]

Back to School: Only the Penitent Man Shall Pass

Everything you need to know about education can be found in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. This is an overstatement, of course, but not much of one. Character will define the education you receive or give and character is the theme of the last Indy film: have it and you choose wisely and live, turn out to [Read More...]

The Shallow Education of America

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. So I was told in my childhood  by the television. I believed it then, and I believe it now.  Some waste their minds on purpose, some have waste thrust upon them, and some waste a mind after a good start. For the fool, the man who wastes [Read More...]

Real Education is Liberating and Will Thrive

Higher education faces imminent peril, but most schools are avoiding solutions the way a vampire avoids sunlight. The heart of the problem is the cost and the key to cost has been the explosion in administrators, but asking those very administers to solve the problem invites them (as they think) to hire more administrators to [Read More...]

“No limits,” he lied.

The worst liar I ever knew was my athletic trainer, though I doubt he meant to lie. He had been taught a series of slogans which he would break out at the drop of a barbell. . . and I dropped barbells frequently. One of my least favorite mottos he had was: no limits. I [Read More...]