I have met Tolkien’s Eagles . . . the ACCS

We have loved being in Pittsburgh, but we would have come even if the Conference was in Newark, New Jersey. Where were we? We have been meeting with the Association of Classical Christian Schools and if you lack hope, know hope. All my life I have wanted to bring the best possible education to everyone. I [Read More…]

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Marriage Taught Me 31 Things in 31 Years

Marriage is a bloodless martyrdom, dying to self, the false self we have constructed so that we can live together as our true selves. That’s a good, hard, joyful process! Over time I have been taught so much by Hope, but a good list must have limits, so here are thirty-one truths for our thirty-one [Read More…]

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Therefore Let Us Keep the Feast –Questions from M

They tell me I do not wish to know how sausages are made. That is fine with me since I wish to eat and not make sausages. If the sausage is sufficiently delicious, then the messiness of the process means little to me. Assuming rudimentary morality in the making, the sausage is the thing that [Read More…]

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Why Seeing is not always Believing –Questions from M

“Show me God!” used to be a demand from the reality challenged. This is rather like saying: “Please point out the number one” or “Draw a picture of love.” We can represent immaterial objects, but we cannot show their essence materially. Given infinite red Lego building blocks over infinite time, you will never build a [Read More…]

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Fight Like a Gentleman: Wisdom from Dad

I hope I have learned more than one thing from my dad, but here is one lesson for today. Over the course of his life, I have seen my dad “lose” in a power struggle rather than go fully public, fight as hard as he could, and win. Dad is no weakling. He will tell [Read More…]

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Who Were the New Testament Authors? Who Cares? –Questions from M

We are a culture that likes celebrities. Making art is one way to become a celebrity, though not the easiest. Fans gather around writers whose weaker works even find defenders in fandom: see Joss Whedon about Dollhouse.  Yet in another way, the artist, even the biography of the artist, is less important than the work. I was blessed [Read More…]

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Does the Bible Contradict Itself? Who Cares? — Questions from M

Whenever I talk about the Bible, I am asked about the contradictions**.  Aren’t there lots of them? Maybe, but probably not. Let’s assume there are. Does that count against divine inspiration? I am not sure why it would. We have many books in the collection called the Bible with the same essential message. The books were written over [Read More…]

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How to Find God in Every Book—Questions from M

Once I had a customer return a computer to the store where I worked. She was very frustrated and wanted her money back. Why? The battery on the computer was broken and would not power the computer. She was the owner of a desktop and had read a good bit about her computer before purchasing. [Read More…]

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Why You Can Taste and Never Hunger Again –Questions from M

Beef jerky is a rare treat in our house. If we ask about this snack, the answer is always “we need more.” If we go to Costco and buy some, then the response is: “we need even more.” So it is with evidence regarding the life of Jesus. If you testify to His awesome life, then [Read More…]

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Why did Jesus come then and not now? –Questions from M

Every year I dreamed of warning the last Russian Tsar of what was to come. In the dream, I would debate what to say to Nicholas II to convince him that Russia was on the edge. The direction had to change. What would convince him? Was there any way to avoid the basement room in [Read More…]

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