Moderation and Meekness: Just What We Need

Christians need leaders who are moderate and meek. Saying that sounds like advocacy for impotence,  but Moses, the meekest man who ever lived, was no wimp. Moderation is a virtue and it ought to go without saying that it is good to be good. Extremism in defense of liberty is tyranny with good rhetoric, moderation [Read More...]

The Best Of Times

Nobody needs me to list reasons for worry. I am worried about the state of the Union, the direction of the global economy, and the rise of Christian persecution. All true, all requiring prayer, and none of it going away. And yet Jesus is Lord. Think of it: history is moving in His direction, not [Read More...]

Gratitude: An Intellectual History (A Live Reading Part IV)

Gratitude: An Intellectual History is a book on an important topic that pays a careful reading. The impatient, or reviewers with deadlines, can read an Introduction that deftly summarizes Western civilizations’ views on gratitude in very few pages. The gourmet can sup deeply into chapter one and chapter two, well-researched enough to withstand the palate and spicy enough to stay fascinating. [Read More...]

Gratitude: An Intellectual History (A Live Reading Part III)

Gratitude: An Intellectual History is an intellectual feast that gives you choices: you can consume the content in several different ways. The impatient, or reviewers with deadlines, can read an Introduction that deftly summarizes Western civilizations’ views on gratitude in very few pages. The gourmet can sup deeply into chapters well-researched enough to withstand the palate and spicy [Read More...]

Gratitude: An Intellectual History (A Live Reading Part II)

Gratitude: An Intellectual History is a very good book (thus far) written by an interesting intellectual. Good books are rare, interesting intellectuals not so common, and good books by interesting intellectuals are like a clean comedienne who is funny: scarce and worth celebrating. So I celebrate this book and the author Peter Leithart by doing a [Read More...]

Gratitude: An Intellectual History (A Live Reading Part I)

When the publisher sent me Gratitude: An Intellectual History, I felt sure this would be a book worth reading. First, the topic is needed if my own life and the lives of my students are any indication. Grateful? Not so much. Second, the author writes like an angel and thinks from different angles than the normal [Read More...]

Fantasy Football, Thucydides, and Me

I love fantasy football even though it can never love me; not being a person or even Richard Dawkins. I love fantasy football, even though I am not good at it. I have won a league regular season, but never the championship. I do not stink, no Jerry Jones I, but I am no Ted [Read More...]

Happiness: My Goal

Being sad, even depressed is in the news, but whether we know it or not depression is always in the news. Hidden from view leaders, celebrities, teachers, and many of us suffer from seeming sorrows that constantly threaten to overwhelm us. I cannot help with the biological basis of depression or stress: this best left [Read More...]

For Joy’s Sake

Christians should never be motivated by hate and ideally do nothing we do not wish to do. If God’s will is our will, then evil is no temptation. It is the rubble of our lives that gets in the way of this happy reality. Some destruction comes from without from other hurting people who lash [Read More...]

The Weed Agency: A Review

James Geraghty has written a book, The Weed Agency, that is not a novel, but it is novel for our time. Like Pilgrims Progress, it is a message bulking up a short story, unlike because it is not an allegory. Like Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, pointed political satire appears, but it is not purely fictional. Real people show up [Read More...]


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