March 13, 2019

I asked for some new voices from social media chums. Here is a Daniel Larsen, a former student. ————————————————— Recently, a friend asked on social media what people thought about the church being criticized for saying “God will not give you more than you can handle”. The argument goes that the church should not be saying this because God will give us more than we can handle, but He will empower us to endure it. My friend then argued that… Read more

March 12, 2019

I asked for new voices and got some outstanding writers! Today we hear from the erudite James R. Harrington. James R. Harrington earned his M.A. in Ancient History at California State University Fulleron and is a member of the Torrey Honors Institute. James has been a classical educator in a variety of settings over the past thirteen years. He lives in Houston with his wife, Sharon, and their daughter. Mr Harrington: “Ancient Greece” covers hundreds of years and miles so… Read more

March 11, 2019

I went looking for different voices. Some I agree with, some not so much. All are younger than I am and are interesting. This argument comes from John Lepp. He has an MSc in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, specializing in the Philosophy of Science. He resides in Boca Raton, Florida, with his beautiful wife and cat. The argument is also elegant. ——————————————- Stephen Law states his “Evil God Challenge” as follows: “We can be pretty sure there is no… Read more

March 10, 2019

We need some new voices . . . And so I went looking. Some I will agree with utterly, some not so much. All are bright, younger than I am, and worth reading. Here is a former student of mine in a university honors program: Micah Hoover. Micah Hoover is a student of life, a servant of Jesus, a happy husband, a thankful father of three, a software developer by day, and a devotional writer. You can find his book Mere… Read more

March 9, 2019

Strange fruit. Billie Holiday. This is perhaps the most powerful song ever recorded by an American. Written by a Jewish person reacting to lynching and sung by Lady Day; Southern trees bear strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees Pastoral scene of the gallant south The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh Then the sudden smell… Read more

March 8, 2019

Imagine creating a fairy tale. Early published folk tales, lumped together as fairy tales, were ancient stories collected by researchers like the brothers Grimm. The King of the Golden River was a fairy tale created by an eccentric genius, John Ruskin, and a great illustrator, Arthur Rackham. John Ruskin may have faded into genteel obscurity as much as anyone ever proclaimed one the “greats.” If you are not an academic writing on the Victorian, you might ignore him. Do not. John… Read more

March 7, 2019

The Jewish people heard God and God promised them a King, not just any king, but a king in David’s royal line. Jerusalem was David’s city and for hundreds of years as Judean power rose and fell, Jerusalem remained safe. God had promised, right? Yet the prophets began to suggest something deeper. Jerusalem better beware. Having become wicked, something wicked was coming. God’s city was going to fall, but God’s City would be restored. A remnant would return and Jerusalem… Read more

March 6, 2019

Socialism may have never been tried, having been tried often, just not properly, with bad consequences, but this does not decrease the confidence of socialists. They are the coming thing and just what the American young people want. Like Pepsi, socialists are always selling us that they are the choice of the next generation. If present trends continue … is the intellectual argument of secular socialism. And they might be right, eventually. Consider this situation. A dynamic American socialist has… Read more

March 5, 2019

Hero. Servant of the Savior, so the savior of France: Joan. Here in the play Triumphant, her mother (Isabella) learns of Joan’s calling. Saints Catherine and Margret are there, but Isabella cannot see or hear them. Triumphant Act I, Scene 2 Isabelle: Joan? Joan: Mother. Isabelle: You are staring at that tree again. Joan: Not the tree, but the beautiful ladies in the tree. Isabelle: I cannot see anything. Joan: I can. Isabelle: I know. Am I too sinful? Or… Read more

March 4, 2019

On Literacy  I am just old enough to have met men, and they were mostly men, who did not read much, if at all, but were very bright and successful members of society. You did not have to be (very) literate to run a business or a farm for much of human history. The West Virginia of my childhood prized literacy and education, but not everyone had the same chances. Some successful people simply never learned to read or learned… Read more

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