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Do We Learn Better from Victories or Defeats?

July 6, 2017

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I always thought that I learned best from defeats rather than victories. I recently read a commentary on Psalms 20: 6-8 that got me to thinking. Those particular verses have to do with remembering and invoking the power of the Lord. The commentary also drew on Deuteronomy 7: 18-19 in which the Hebrews are reminded […]

Why Did We Separate Church and State?

July 3, 2017

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We tend to consider the Constitution as almost sacred script, not to be tampered with or changed, like the Bible. But, of course, we must interpret its grand principles since it was composed more than two centuries ago in another age. Today’s crazy world of social media was, for example, not even dreamed about in […]

The Keys to Our Future

July 3, 2017

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I am going to write here as an educator, not a capitalist, socialist, entrepreneur, one percenter, a member of the silent majority or rioting loudly in the streets exercising my First Amendment rights. That Amendment reads, by the way, just in case you don’t have it handy, when you’re trashing the campus: It “prohibits the […]

The Degradation of our Language

July 3, 2017

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I have seen the word “inappropriate” used often these days, as a substitute for something which should be labeled venal, wrong, sinful, immoral, lying and a dozen other “appropriate” words which I can think of. If we dip into our handy online Merriam Webster’s dictionary, we find inappropriate to mean: not right or suited for […]

For unto us a Child is born,

January 8, 2017

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  [And] Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace The words above are from the Old Testament, the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 9, verse 6, the New King James Version. It is, of […]

To Change or Not to Change, Part 2

January 8, 2017

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To Change or Not to Change, Part 2 Last week we took up the question of how much of the past needs to be preserved in a rapidly changing world which seems invariably to favor the new. We took a brief look at the Christian church, and the subject of teaching, then and now. We […]

To Change or Not to Change, Part 1

November 29, 2016

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William Shakespeare of course put the phrase into English coinage a lot more eloquently than me: To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles, That was Hamlet’s soliloquy in […]