A Hell of a Day: Holy Saturday

Today is the day that Jesus went to hell, the place of the dead, with hope. If everyone else rightly abandoned hope in the inferno, Jesus came full of hope, faith and love and set the captives free. Death fought Hope and Hope won. As a boy, I used to think of Holy Saturday as [Read More…]

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Today is a Good Friday

“Jesus looks asleep.” The first time I saw Christ on the Cross on an Eastern icon, that was my thought. My very wise pastor said this representation said many things, but that two of them were the fact that Christ was in control and that the central fact of Good Friday was not the evil [Read More…]

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Eating and Drinking with Your Friends: On Holy Thursday

One of the last things Jesus did before death was to eat and drink with His friends. In fact, during this last meal, Jesus served his students as if He were not the teacher and also transformed the relationship. Jesus said: Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: [Read More…]

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The Problem is Lazarus

A cartoon character doesn’t fall until he looks down. Evidently, cartoon physics requires knowing something is wrong before things go wrong. Reality is tougher. If you have never worked at a place where bad news is the problem and not the bad ideas that caused the bad news, count yourself blessed. I have seen leaders look [Read More…]

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In the Sure Hope . . .

To see a son help carry his mother’s casket out of the church is hard. To do so without hope would be harder. Instead, today Hope and I experienced: “hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast . . . ” We were sad, but not without hope. There are reasons [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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A Prayer, A Meditation, a Discourse

Prayer as Necessary to the Dialectic  Today just for once I would like to pray well, meditate deeply, and discourse sincerely. These are all hard to do and doing all at once seems even harder, but this (perhaps!) has been my problem. Prayer is not meditation is not discourse, but the man who can pray [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 Moral Advice: The Particular Need Not be Universal

The Saint Constantine School is starting a shooting team, but I will not be a coach. Why? I am too absent minded to be a good trainer when it comes to firearms. My shooting ability is limited any way and it would not be wise for me to pretend more expertise than I have. My [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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