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Chesterton on Timeless Virtues and Vices

book recommendations Jan 25, 2021

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874- 1936) penned around 80+ books, wrote hundreds of poems, an estimated 200 short stories, and about 4,000 essays (largely in the form of newspaper columns). He also wrote a handful of plays.

He was a critic (of literature and society itself, a historian, a novelist,...

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Bonhoeffer on Death

book recommendations Jan 18, 2021

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945) was a Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and a founding member of the Confessing Church. His books on discipleship— particularly The Cost of Discipleship— have been referred to as “modern classics.”

Bonhoeffer is...

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Melville & The Great American Novel

book recommendations Jan 11, 2021

The number of truly masterful American writers can probably be numbered on a single hand—James Fenimore Cooper, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mark Twain, Henry Adams, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and of course Herman Melville.  Each of these authors achieved great success during their lifetimes...

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J.R.R. Tolkien “On Fairy-Stories”

book recommendations Jan 04, 2021

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a English writer, poet, and academic. He wrote many high fantasy works, including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings— each carrying multiple layers of truth in parable form.

(Tolkien He was at one time a close friend of C.S. Lewis, both of  ...

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Childermas

christmas history pro-life Dec 28, 2020

Often called Childermas, this day on the Christian calendar has traditionally been celebrated as the Feast of the Holy Innocents.  It is a day that solemnizes the slaughter of the children of Judea by Herod the Great following the birth of Christ.

It has always been the focus of the...

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Word Play: Happy Holidays

christmas word play Dec 21, 2020

Happy Holidays!

Don’t worry. I’m not using that phrase because it is now the politically-correct thing to do these days. I know only too well that the banning of carols, crèches, and Christ from a season that only has a whit of significance precisely because of carols,...

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Word Play: Humbug

christmas word play Dec 14, 2020

Humbug is an old word of indeterminate etymology meaning “spectacle” or “hoax” or “jest,” often referring to some unjustified reputation or publicity.

Of course, the word is most often associated with Ebenezer Scrooge, a character created by Charles Dickens in...

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Word Play: Merry

christmas word play Dec 07, 2020

“Merry Christmas.”

It is likely that we will both say and hear that phrase more than a few times between now and Christmas. For us as believers, it serves as far more than a simple alternative to “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays.”

We know only too well...

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Would Your Family Know What To Do Next if You Died? (NavLife)

podcast Dec 03, 2020

This week we talk with Jim Blazevich of NavLife. Years ago, Jim learned (the hard way) that his wife wouldn’t know what to do if he passed.

Sure, he had life insurance the other “precautions” and measures we typically put in place, but there were still so many questions…...

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Christmas, the Gospel, and (Pro) Life

The Scriptures command a reverence for life. Embedded in every book and interwoven into every doctrine is the unwavering standard of justice and mercy for all: the weak and the strong, the great and the small, the rich and the poor, the lame and the whole, the young and the old, and the born and...

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