July 11, 2011

As John Dickson, one of the most difficult concepts to get across to late Western students is the concept of an ancient honor and shame culture, a culture where not truth nor life is the top value in the hierarchy of values, but rather obtaining honor is.  The Greek word is philotimia literally the love of honor, and it dominated the matrix of values in the Greco-Roman world, in particular the male part of that world tasked with obtaining, maintaining… Read more

July 10, 2011

There are some artists dedicated to perfecting their craft.  They know their genre, they know their abilities, they know their limitations, and they stick to their strengths, refining and perfecting as they go. They do not tour just to make more money, indeed they may tour very seldom, as is the case with Helen ‘Sade’ Adu.  It has been a full decade since there was an album from Sade, much less a real tour.   The reason?  Sade was at home… Read more

July 10, 2011

The Fourth Chapter has a simple premise— humility is winsome and beautiful, and arrogance is repellent and ugly.  Dickson thus suggests that there is an aesthetic dimension to humility and I mostly agree with him.  I do however think that there are plenty of persons out there who are wicked enough or narcisstic enough that they would not see humility as beautiful at all.  They would see it as weakness.   In other words, many would not find humility inherently… Read more

July 9, 2011

The following is a repost by kind permission of Trevin Wax and his blog. Work and the Church: A Conversation with Gene Veith & Ben Witherington (Part 1) By Trevin Wax on Jun 21, 2011 in Interviews | Edit |  Print This Post | Share (Twitter, Email, Facebook) Not too long ago, I was reading a new book by Ben Witherington entitled Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor. Midway through the book, I saw that Witherington was interacting with Gene Veith’s book, God at Work: Your… Read more

July 8, 2011

In this chapter John Dickson begins to mount his case for humility being not merely a virtue but being plain common sense.  After all, no one knows everything.     Dickson then explores the concept of  competency extrapolation.   But first he tells the following joke.  Four persons are on a plane whose engines suddenly quit.  The pilot comes back from the cockpit with three parachutes and says  “There are four of us, but only 3 parachutes. I am the pilot of… Read more

July 7, 2011

Iznik tiles are wonderful, and one of Turkey’s real contributions to art and artisan culture that becomes part of home decor. Below you will also find a cylindrical marble column carved out of a single huge block of variegated marble. It has almost a grey-green line interspersed in it.  Note the hole in the bottom.  These sorts of columns were mounted on metal poles of a sort so they would stay permanently upright. The statue is at the entrance to… Read more

July 6, 2011

~~~~~~~ To Those of Us  Born 1925 – 1970 : At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don’t read anything else, please read what he said. Very well stated, Mr. Leno. ~~~~~~~~~ TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s!! First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna… Read more

July 5, 2011

There are many spectacular sights to see in Turkey, as its natural beauty is off the chart, but its museums are quite good as well. There are about 100 public and a 100 private museums in Turkey, and I have barely scratched the surface.    The mountains and waterfalls and flowers are hard to beat. Read more

July 4, 2011

Here is my favorite 4th of July music, by one of America’s greatest 20th century composers—  Aaron Copeland. Read more

July 3, 2011

The literature on leadership issues, both within and outside of Christian circles is vast.  Indeed, the subject has been overdone and over-worked at this point.  Early in this second chapter John Dickson gives us a description of leadership— “the art of inspiring others in a team to contribute their best toward a goal.” (p. 33).   He is certainly right that it is an art, not an exact science as is always the case when you are working with other human… Read more

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