Sweet Protestant Poetry

Ignorance of Protestantism is vast and ugly assumptions common. Even amongst Protestant evangelicals, one can meet an almost apologetic tone when it comes to Evangelical culture. This is quite unnecessary. The bombastic televangelist or the slick grifter mega-church pastor is not the heart of cultural Protestantism, just an American outlier. As a non-Protestant evangelical, when I [Read More…]

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God: Think Great

God is great. How great? Think great and then imagine greater. There is no possible world where God does not exist and no human that God does not love. You and I might not have been born, but now that we are born, we exist. Nothing can change that. There was a time when it [Read More…]

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To See God: I Believe in Order to Understand

People know there is a Divine so deeply that it frustrates us. God is so obvious that if you try denying the truth, you end up spending all your energy fighting Him. Check any secular website and you will find content that is God obsessed. Yet one need not be in the tiny, fading minority [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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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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