Learning FROM Literature

From First Thoughts

Before we move too far beyond the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I thought I’d post one more thought about the subject. After I’d had my moment when babies became real (see my last post), I had an overlapping experience that greatly shaped my understanding of literature.While I teach . . . . Continue Reading »

When Babies Became Real to Me

From First Thoughts

January 22nd is the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. In anticipation of the events marking this date, I thought I’d tell the two-part story of when babies became real to me, whether in utero or in bassinets.As a high school guy, my world rarely included babies. None of my friends had . . . . Continue Reading »

No Justice / Know Justice

From First Thoughts

Recently I opened a jury duty summons for one of our local courts. My report date hasn’t arrived quite yet, but I’m looking forward to the possibility of serving. I’ve only been empanelled once and it was a nightmare; I’m hoping for a better experience this time. The accused . . . . Continue Reading »

One-Child for the One World

From First Thoughts

This past Thanksgiving, my extended family hosted some college students from Asia for the big meal. As we were making small talk, I opened my mouth and had a little roasted foot to go with my lunch: I asked the Chinese students if they had brothers or sisters. They don’t, of course, because of . . . . Continue Reading »

Learning from Mary’s “Calling”

From First Thoughts

My wife and I were discussing Mary last night in light of her visitation in Luke 1:26-38. Lisa was thinking as a mother, considering the weight of Mary’s burdens: having a child under unusual circumstances, raising that child with the knowledge that his life would make a history-making . . . . Continue Reading »

“Our Hearts Are Restless . . .”

From First Thoughts

“Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.” (Augustine, Confessions (Book 1)The longing of our hearts for something more, something beyond ourselves is powerful. Intuitively, we know that we need something to complete our broken hearts, . . . . Continue Reading »