God is so Good —Questions from M

  The small child in a dark room knows that somewhere out there is a switch that will turn the light on, but he cannot reach the light from his crib. He is afraid of the dark and knowing the dawn will come in a few hours does not help at all. You can know [Read More…]

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Going to Bed With Tacitus —Questions from M

My mind churns away and keeps me awake as I think about what needs to be done at The Saint Constantine School and College and so a good audiobook helps me relax. My favorites are That Hideous Strength, A Child’s History of England, and The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes. It was while listening to Holmes that I heard the best audiobook reader [Read More…]

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You are Biased! –Questions from M

Opening one’s mind to other points of view in religion has not made me less sure of Orthodox Christianity, but more sure. [Read more…]

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“Wisdom” from Bud Plays Junior High Football: A Message to our POTUS

This Presidency needs some advice and it is time to look to the President’s childhood to find it. There are serious issues in our times and then there is Bud Plays Junior High Football. If there was ever a book in which one could rest one’s weary mind, this is that book. Bud plays junior high [Read More…]

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Words Always Fail (A Bit) and the Life Giving Cycle of Love

When I want to say “I love you,” I often give a gift. Why? Saying “I love you” seems like what everyone says, what I have said before now, and not big enough for the feelings I have inside me. How do I get the experience out of me using words? Even a tiny experience makes [Read More…]

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What We Must Forget (Dante and Purgatory)

Dante did not love Beatrice, not the way he believed he loved Beatrice. For a romantic like I am, that is a hard sentence to write. If you haven’t read the whole Divine Comedy, just the Inferno, you might believe that Beatrice was Dante’s real love. Isn’t he constantly talking about her all through Hell? Doesn’t she help [Read More…]

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The Complete Guide to Becoming a Great “Great Books” Teacher

Having led hundreds of great books discussions, I am often asked how to lead a good discussion. Years of labor can be boiled down into five commands that I cannot ignore. When I get afraid (as I do at the start of term), I remind myself to make it simple. What should I be doing? [Read More…]

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A Bit More Obscure Christian Writers that I Enjoy Reading (Bright Week Post 6)

CS Lewis? I have read some Lewis every year of my life since I was in single digits. Tolkien? When I found him in seventh grade, I lost a weekend on Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Since that year, Tolkien has been a constant source of joy. John Chrysostom, Augustine, and John Bunyan keep teaching me. [Read More…]

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The Worst Book I Read as a Child (Bright Week Post 4)

There are some really evil books out there: think Mein Kampf. There are also books that are just wretched: try Star Wars: Aftermath. There exists a select group of books that are both wretched and evil and I had the misfortune to read one as a child: Mimi’s House Party.  If you think there was a Golden American Age before [Read More…]

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Things My Adult Children Say I Should Not Say

A joy of having adult children is knowing the many, many things that I should never say, why I should never say them, and the penalties for saying them. One child threatens to “break me” if I ever again say that anything said three times  or containing chimps can be funny. This is not only false [Read More…]

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