Don’t Use Any Stick To Beat A Dog

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Some people say, “I’ll use any stick to beat a dog,” but they better not mean it. A stick of dynamite, for example, would harm the one doing the beating as well as the dog.Most Evangelical Christian school history text books or homeschool materials  are written from a very . . . . Continue Reading »

Obvious Election Takes

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First, President Obama has a long time to get back on track, but voters are not thrilled with what they have seen so far. If the economy improves, he is in good shape, but if it is as it is today, there will be trouble in 2010. Still, that is a long a way away and President Obama is a phenomenal . . . . Continue Reading »

Obvious Truth: Conservative Not Republican

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My friends in the Democrat Party (and I do have such friends!) often miss an important point in their analysis of the future of the conservative movement. More people are identifying as conservative, but not as members of the Republican Party. Blame Bush and his spending if you must, but this is a . . . . Continue Reading »

Faerie Queene: A Cure For Mental Fatigue

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Think the Western Church is Jan Crouch or Borgia Popes?Believe that English Protestantism is Oliver Cromwell tyranny in service of the cultural values of Elmer Gantry?Read Spenser and take the cure.The notion that Protestantism, at least of sort, destroys the ability to produce great literature . . . . Continue Reading »

The Tsar’s Ministers Are to Blame

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We are now at the happy moment in politics where voters speak. Pundits must wait for the rest of America to vote and only then can they spin, massage, slice, dice and make Julienne fries of the results.Here is my prediction:If the Democrats win in New Jersey and lose in Virginia, it will be seen as . . . . Continue Reading »

The Problem of New Jersey Evil

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The Argument:1. New Jersey exists.2. New Jersey is governed by corrupt politicians.3. The people of New Jersey have the power to remove those politicians through voting.4. The people of New Jersey persist in reelecting the corrupt politicians.Therefore: the people of New Jersey are either-a. . . . . Continue Reading »

The Rest of Paradise: All Soul’s Day

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As Hebrews 11 reminds us we are a Faith with great heroes. Some men and women are given the grace to do great feats for God and this weekend the Church honored them. Today is a lesser known celebration: the Feast of All Souls, a day to remember all the faithful departed. Put mythically: If yesterday . . . . Continue Reading »

Never Alone: All Saints

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Today my last great-aunt went to Glory. She was a Christian and ready for death and now sees what before she only believed. On All Saints Day she will be with Peter, Paul, Cecilia, Agatha, Lucy, and all the members of the great, growing, and glorious family of God who stand in joy unspeakable.We are . . . . Continue Reading »

Reformation Day As Kwanzaa?

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Is Reformation Day the new Kwanzaa? If so, then it fits the definition for the Academic Sanctioned Shindig: a holiday with no connection to the folk or folk customs invented and celebrated by academics to make a point and to replace a phenomenally more popular party.I am all for remembering our . . . . Continue Reading »