What Love Says to Perfect Love

Faith is the voluntary response of our souls when God reveals Himself to our inner being. We know. It is intellectual, emotional, and physical! Of course, then (as Plato pointed) out, reason and experience can help us understand what God has shown us, but it is in the very nature of God, His goodness and [Read More…]

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American Slavery Was Particularly Bad: We Should Have Known Better

Change that comes too quickly can do more harm than good. Ask the Russians of 1917. Sadly, this general truth can be used by bad men to justify no change. Washington knew slavery must go, but he chased his runaways and lacked the moral courage to free his slaves in his lifetime. In an otherwise great [Read More…]

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Getting Better Words

Part of teaching gifted and talented students over the last thirty years (!) has been making observations. Here is one: students get the main point of a chapter, but often do not know the meanings of most of the words. Try this experiment yourself. Read the following from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: From the foldings of its [Read More…]

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Dear Milo

Dear Milo, I am not a fan. I could be a friend. You can check and see that I have opposed what you have said and done to date. Still, you are smart and have been hurt. You are a sinner, but then I am a sinner. You were hurt horribly, but yet you persist [Read More…]

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No More Meat Until Easter: Why that is Good For Me

My wife took one of those social media challenges where you describe your husband. When asked my favorite food, she said: meat. This is true and by “meat” she meant bacon or beef or salmon or any other meat product up to and including Spam. I am not a medical doctor and I have never [Read More…]

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Genius that Isn’t Sure: Canterbury Tales

Chaucer did not wrote a book called Cranberry Tales despite what one of my students thought. Instead, he wrote Canterbury Tales, and then came to regret it. He said (translated from Middle English): Now pray I to you all that hear this little treatise or read it, that if there be anything in it that likes them, [Read More…]

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We are Running Away Naked

When Jesus was arrested, not many people covered themselves in glory, but one person in particular wasn’t covered at all. The  historical records note: And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body; and they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked. This odd [Read More…]

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Father is Waiting: All Can Be Well

There is hope if we feel lost. Oddly, the first thing that happens when I say this is for someone to shoot out a message saying they do not feel lost. My response is to be very happy for them. If you are happy with how things are, then my job is not to make you [Read More…]

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It Began With One Academic Falsehood: The Descent into Hell

The road to hell is a broad, paved, smooth gradual slope. By the time a man must abandon hope of redemption, his little graft, his passive aggressive anger, or his little bigotries have become monstrous. Does it really matter if I tell that racist joke? Is it so important that I gossip a bit or [Read More…]

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Before You find Obi-Wan, Know You are Luke

The speeder driving, womp rat killing Luke Skywalker had not done anything to be ready to learn. He was undisciplined and unfocussed. He wasn’t brave enough to defy his Uncle and go to the Academy or loving enough to be patient knowing he would get there eventually. Why would he be ready for the chance [Read More…]

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