February 2017

Family Inclusive . . . But How?

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There’s didn’t used to be a name for it; families just did it.  There was no children’s church or kid’s club–except for crying babies, who had their time out in the “cry room,” all ages sat through worship together.  I sat by my grandfather and begged cough drops and Juicy Fruit gum, studied the glossy […]

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On to the Next Victim, or, Where's Milo?

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I started hearing of Milo Yiannopoulos a couple of years ago, probably on the Corner at National Review.  Even then, I kept getting him confused with Matt Yglesias (same initials, different ethnicity and politics).  The picture gradually came into focus: editor at Bretibart News; gay, outrageous, mean, flamboyant, opportunistic. My first online encounter was this […]

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Tabernacles in the Air

And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.  And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here!  If you wish, I will make three tents here, one or you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  Matt. 17:3-4 I’m the world’s most distractible pray-er.  This is […]

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Shake It Up, Betsy!

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Here’s the thing: Education is hard.  But it’s not complicated. Great thinkers, most of whom have never actually tried to educate a turnip, have proposed all kinds of theoretical education reforms: see Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, etc.  From some of these theorists you get the idea that a child is a laboratory for experimentation. Actually, […]

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Pharaoh's Heart: a Case Study

Ex. 3:19-20: “But I know that the King of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand.  So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders I will do in it; after that he will let you go.” The subject came to our evaluation facility after […]

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Can We Talk?  State-Supported Healthcare, Round One

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Janie and Charlotte are best friends from college who have diverged spiritually and politically until we don’t agree about anything (almost).  But as friends, we occasionally get together to talk over some of the issues of our time.  Our first discussion was about religious liberty, beginning here.  Today we begin a debate about a very hot […]

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Faith Like a Dollar General Knockoff

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She goes to church, loves her parents and Jesus, posts appreciative Instagrams about the latest homily she heard from the pulpit. She sings about Bad Romance, twerks onstage in skimpy outfits, performs anthems celebrating the LGBT spectrum and identifies as bisexual. To her fans, especially the religiously inclined, she’s an icon of “provocative faith.”  To […]

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Andrew Klavan was there, and it warmed his formerly-secular-Jewish heart.  If you’re not familiar with Andrew, he’s a novelist and screenwriter whose memoir, The Great Good Thing: a Secular Jew Comes to Christ is on my reading list . . . er . . . as soon as it goes down to $2.99 for the Kindle […]

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The Books of Ferguson

After the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, blew the lid off race relations, three black men wrote books.  The first, published only a few months after Ferguson, was Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Kudos to Mr. Coates for using the grammatically-correct pronoun in his title (“between the world and I” […]

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