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Taming the Tongue

June 14, 2021


A few months ago, we looked at how words are perhaps the most important element in determining who we are and what we do. The geek word for the study of words is etymology, but let’s stick with words we can all relate to easily without having to open our online dictionary. I recommend Merriam-Webster’s, […]

Teaching with James

March 12, 2021


In earlier columns we dealt with different aspects of research and teaching. We examined teaching in general as one of the three principal missions of a modern university—teaching, research, and service. We also explored the “Socratic method” of teaching. Today let’s consider another approach, in this instance by one of my favorite Biblical teachers, James, […]

Compassion, or Unconditional Love

February 17, 2021


This column started out in the bathing area of a local pet shop. For ten bucks (plus tax) you get access to a huge tub, shampoo, warm water, a waterproof apron, and as much time as you need with your dog to give him a great bath. There’s a warm air dryer with a long […]

Can You Be a (True) Christian and Still be a (Successful) Politician?

February 17, 2021


Can you be both a true Christian and a successful and effective politician? I am using Christians simply because we are still a Christian nation, at least statistically. If I were writing in Iran, well, I would probably be beheaded so let’s leave that option off the table. At the core of the differences between […]

Advice to the ex-President from a Christian

January 31, 2021


Now that we have moved on from the transition to President Biden from ex-President Trump, I thought to ask my wife Louise, a Christian like me, what advice she would have for Mr. Trump as he moves into another cycle of his life. My own advice would be simple: get over it Dude and play […]

Truth and Christmas

December 25, 2020


“You promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” the court clerk asks the accused on the stand to repeat, with her hand on the Bible. “Oh, but of course,” she lies, knowing full well her version of the truth is at odds with the indictment handed down by the […]

The Great American Awakenings, Redux

November 16, 2020


We tend to think of ourselves pretty much at the center of the universe, and, in a way of course, we are. We are alive and everyone before us is gone, and those before us are unborn and in the future. But we are tied to the past, personally by our memories, and collectively as […]

Christians in America

October 25, 2020


Not too long ago I read an article, “After the Culture War,” by Barton Swain in his column on “Politics” in the WSJ, October 3-4. When I see the words “culture” and “wars” these days, or someone who actually calls himself a political something-or-another, or in this case a political writer, I usually turn to […]

2020 Election Reader

October 10, 2020


Your Essential Christian Guide to the 2020 Presidential Election Who to vote for? Why should I even vote? What difference will it make? This short book–you can read it in less than an hour if you are not interrupted–will answer some of your questions, and, most important, suggest that the answers are in the Bible, […]

and a woman named Damaris

August 9, 2020


In the Book of Acts, which is really one of the best historical sources for the story of Jesus’s followers and disciples after his Resurrection, there is a short account of the Apostle Paul visiting the Areopagus in the city of Athens during his many missionary travels. The Areopagus fulfilled many functions in ancient Athens, […]