Trinity Academy: A Prophetic Complement to Public School Education

This blog post is part of a series of entries on education in contemporary society.Education is essential to human formation and flourishing. So, too, are mentorship and friendship. In fact, the best kind of education includes mentorship and friendship in various ways. In view of such education, human society forms and flourishes best.Trinity Academy in Northeast Portland seeks to embody these qualities in its approach to education. Trinity is a classical Christian middle and high school … [Read more...]

Interstellar: Beyond Scientific and Everyday Positivism


Interstellar deals with real science. See the following clips, which address the scientific claims and musings that pertain to this science fiction movie: Discovery Channel: The Science of Interstellar; Science of Interstellar—Interstellar Explained; Movie vs. Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson on “Interstellar”; Bill Nye’s Problem with ‘Interstellar’; Exclusive: The Science of Interstellar—Wired; and Movie Science: Interstellar.[1] For all the science behind the movie, Interstellar does not fall prey … [Read more...]

“Blessed are those who mourn”—not those who are spiritually comfortable


Have you heard the expression, “God comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable”? It does not originate from Jesus or from Monty Python’s cult classic Life of Brian, for that matter; rather, it originates from journalism. According to blogger Tim Stewart, journalists referenced it in terms of the “watchdog” role that they felt newspapers were obligated to have. To journalists, the “afflicted” were the victims of crime or corruption in the big city. The “comfortable” were the fat cats in … [Read more...]

Droning on about Drones in Warfare: To Use or Not to Use? That is the Question

Armed RAF Reaper Aircraft Approaches Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan Source: RAF © Crown Copyright

Science fiction often gives us a sense of the future, as a Complex article notes. Britain’s Ministry of Defence alluded to science fiction’s The Terminator in its discussion of drone warfare back in 2011, according to the UK’s Guardian.  As noted in The Guardian, The report warns of the dangers of an “incremental and involuntary journey towards a Terminator-like reality”, referring to James Cameron's 1984 movie, in which humans are hunted by robotic killing machines…“It is essential that before … [Read more...]

“Blessed are the poor in spirit”—not those with spiritual bravado


I suppose it is easy for many people to feel a sense of superhuman capability when entering the New Year. After all, a new year of life brings confidence and hope and new beginnings. Couple this with the American “can do anything” attitude and one can feel like Superman or Superwoman. A sense of optimism and an unconquerable spirit certainly have their place and can be of great help when facing significant obstacles and overwhelming odds.Against this backdrop, it might appear deeply coun … [Read more...]

Laugh in the New Year

Trudi Laughing

Laughter is good for one’s well-being, as some researches will tell you. But not any kind of laughter, I’m sure. Mocking, cynical and disbelieving laughter only poison one’s being. Laughter bound up with joy, gladness and thanksgiving are very powerful forces. Just think of the following text: “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22; ESV).I was reminded of this reality when reflecting upon the lives of Sarah and Abraham in the Bible. Perhaps … [Read more...]

The Neglected God Calls Us to Reach Out to the Neglected at Christmas: God with Us and Them—Immanuel

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You have heard the saying, “Misery loves company.” How about loneliness, or is that a contradiction in terms? Still, I thought I would reflect upon the subject given that Christmas is likely one of the loneliest days of the year. How can this be given that Christmas is considered perhaps the most joyous and communal holiday for a great number of people across the world? No doubt, all the emphasis on joy and community highlights all the more the social isolation many people feel.The Daily Mai … [Read more...]