Trusting with Knowledge: How to Form a Real Community

At one point in my life if anyone mentioned “building community,” I would run away. This phrase is the equivalent of someone saying: “Let’s talk.” My mind goes blank and I have nothing to say . . . as hard as that is for some of my past bosses to believe. In the same way, [Read More…]

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Keeping Going While There is Still Light

When I was a boy, my brother and I would be sent to do a project for Dad outside. When were we done? We were done when the job was done or if it was a long-term project, when it was dark. While there was light, we kept working. There is something in this for [Read More…]

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Hoping Our Leader Drops Down from the Clouds (Henry IV Part 1)

The most pathetic of political partisans is the man who hopes his hapless candidate will turn out better than he has reason to believe he or she will. They hope to vote for what seems to be a vulgarian and then have an angel drop down from the clouds. This will not happen. Shakespeare tells [Read More…]

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Loving Rich Men, Needing Patrons (Timon of Athens)

Great Solomon, son of David, was a patron to artists because he was wise and rich. Serving his wisdom ennobled the man blessed enough to serve him. Wicked Jezebel was a king’s daughter, but her wealth corrupted those who honored her for her power. Christian culture is one that honors the patron: the noble man, [Read More…]

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Slander Gives Way to Truth (Cymbeline)

Want to spot an evil place? Find an organization where the “king” is always in place, but the “inferiors” change out quickly. You can be sure that slippery, slanderous, sneaks are whispering lies. There are “tricksy” souls intent on protecting or enriching themselves by slandering others. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings has the good king [Read More…]

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