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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Have Faith, Seek Understanding

Faith and reason go together for Christian people. Of course, sometimes even good Christian people believe wrong things about faith, but that’s what happens when there are two billion of you. You can find some Christian someplace who believes almost anything! I once met a fascinating chap who had confused a search for Atlantis, atheism, and [Read More…]

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Leaving a Proper Inheritance: A Lesson from “As You Like It”

Commercials still pitch “leaving something” for your family at death to people my age or older. I have yet, however, to meet a student who makes a single career decision in terms of inheritance, except for the few that expect to get one. We are not raising a generation concerned about what they will leave [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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On Killing Whales and Americans or Shut Up and Just Kill the Whale (3/3)

Moby Dick is one of the great American books and a good place to start for lessons for our time. The text wrestles with God, man, race, religion, social classes and has the wit to say: So ignorant are most landsmen of some of the plainest and most palpable wonders of the world, that without [Read More…]

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Bomfoggery : White, Angry, and Dying: What I learned from Moby Dick 2/3

Moby Dick is one of the best books for just this moment in American history. Melville is weary of the Christian American culture too compromised with money and power and by the time of Moby Dick has left Christian orthodoxy behind him.  In particular, the Protestant North struck him as hypocritical, though he also appreciated bits [Read More…]

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Learning to Love a Book: What I Learned from the Loathsome Moby Dick (1/3)

Moby Dick is one of the best books for just this moment in American history. Herman Melville makes mistakes about race, while trying to fight racism. He faces a broken political establishment and what seems to be a morally bankrupt set of Christians. The times were hostile to manual workers and republican virtues. The book anticipates [Read More…]

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Our Wills, Our Freedom, and Timelessness (Consolation of Philosophy Summed Up)

We can be happy, though not jolly, regardless of circumstances. Jolliness, a cheerful feeling, is excellent, and we are glad when it comes, but such a feeling cannot and should not stay. We are here in a school for souls, eager to become adults and not children. Adults are independent, love eternal things, and are not slaves [Read More…]

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The Consolation of Philosophy (III/III)

Happiness is the Goal Philosophy gives us a hard truth: money, power, glory, fame cannot make us happy. The entire Earth and all of human history are nothing compared to eternity. God loves us. Jesus entered our history. They have meaning, but they are not enough for a happy life. We need not hate them, [Read More…]

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The Consolation of Philosophy is Hard, but Good (I/III)

I. Two Truths: For the Overly Sad or the Overly Cheerful One cause of our sorrow is  we forget our true natures. If we think “we are just no good,” we lie. If we think we “should do as we will,” then we lie. Much of our sorrow comes from forgetting the truth. We are [Read More…]

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