100 Days Until Christmas: God of Waiting and Hiding

There are only one hundred days until Christmas and I can wait. This is not because I do not love Christmas, but because I do. Christmas is coming, the holiday will happen, and all of it is coming soon!  I was never tempted to peek at my Christmas presents. My parents told me where they were, more or [Read More…]

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Avoiding Spiritual Plagiarism: A Damnable Offense

Stealing another person’s work is bad enough that it can damage a Presidential campaign, ask Joe Biden. Creating anything is hard enough without the fear that an intellectual or cultural pirate will hoist his flag over your creation. There is money to be made with a great art work and so the temptation will never [Read More…]

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Nahum versus Nineveh: Take Nahum with the Points

Some Bible names are everywhere: forms of John and Mary have gone global, but at least in the English speaking world I have yet to meet a man named Nahum. He was God’s messenger called to take on the power and corruption of an imperial power: Nineveh. We ought to remember Nahum just now because [Read More…]

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The Napoleonic University

Napoleon seduced much of Europe to his Empire by speaking of liberty, equality, and fraternity. He was a grand leader capable of making artists, academics, and artisans forgive his faults for his vision. Napoleon would bring freedom through the force of his personality, his star, and his will to power. He made many men feel [Read More…]

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Don’t Be Bored: 9/11 Continues even on 9/12

I got up to teach the morning the Twin Towers fell. The buildings were burning when I had to walk to work stunned. Who did it? How many were dead? Were we at war? As I got to my office, two college students sat at a fountain and I heard them speaking: “Twin Towers. Twin [Read More…]

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