On Scale of Crimes: Don’t Buy Some Gnats, Because You Will Not Swallow a Camel

People are always doing wrong things to avoid doing another wrong thing. This is a very bad idea, but it is an especially bad idea when the evil done is worse than the evil avoided. Jesus said: Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you tithe mint, and anise, and cummin, and have left [Read More…]

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The Wind of the City: Civilization and Contents

The wind is blowing hard in New York City. Compared to Houston it is a cold wind, the air is thin here. In Sugar Land, Texas, the heavy air moans by the window when it blows, but here it is shrieking. The difference makes me just a bit nervous, but also awake. I am glad [Read More…]

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What do you think about . . . Three Rules for When to be Still

I often get asked why I do not write on every Big Story of the Day. This sort of question caused me to step back and think: “What should I write? What are my goals? What should my goals be?” If you like to think, and your preferred method is to process “out loud,” learning [Read More…]

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A brief, almost good word, about the Word of Faith Movement

Let’s face it: the church of a Cross, martyrs, and the school for souls is not the church where the right words can make all the pain go away. Once as a boy, I was in the car and my daddy was listening to one of the “name it, claim it” pastors. At one point, [Read More…]

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Time to Honor Engineers . . .

Let’s go back to the old custom of making heroes of our doers: engineers, scientists, teachers, and leaders. For some reason, we confuse our actors, a fine profession, with those people, so a doctor who plays one on television is often a better salesman for a dubious product than the family GP is for real [Read More…]

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The Pleasant and Unpleasant Sides of Being Lost

Terrifying to be lost as a child . . . looking up in the mall and realizing my parents are gone. Where to go? What to do? Bliss when Mom and Dad found me! I once was lost and now I am found. The Bible uses that image a good bit and it works for [Read More…]

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The Ethical Problem with Trump’s Plan: Help me Hugh?

The Trump administration is stillborn if he does not change his plans for his business. He is morally unfit for the office he holds, but a narrow majority of electors gave him the job. He is my President, but he is not one bit less the roue and misogynist than he was before the election. [Read More…]

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These are not the mermaids we expected. . .

Today Columbus, the sailor and not the city, had a disappointing day. The report says: On the previous day, when the Admiral went to the Rio del Oro, he saw three mermaids, which rose well out of the sea; though they are not so beautiful as they are painted, though to some extent they have the [Read More…]

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The Greater Erotic

Reason is a harsh corrective to fantasies and dreams. Some dreams cannot be. No matter how much we might hope that death is an exit from all our problems, reason and human experience suggests death is no escape. Instead, dying gives way to life. Life (as the Phaedo demonstrates) never ends. We must live by reason to [Read More…]

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Water First, Lecture Later: Let’s Give Water and then Preach

If you’ve ever been really thirsty, and found something to drink, that is the wrong time for a kind person to remind you of the problems with water bottled in plastic. I am sure such problems exist, and even wish that plastic water bottles would vanish, but at that very moment I am thirsty. It is [Read More…]

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