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Word Play: Y'all

word play words Apr 26, 2021

I find there is a particular charm in the linguistic gymnastics of the Southern lexicon. Among my favorite uniquely Southern terms are: cattywampus, lolollygag, piddling, tarnation, and conniption. I also take great delight in picturesque descriptions like: plumb tuckered, fixin’ to, tump...

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Word Play: Stormy

word play words Apr 19, 2021

“It was a dark and stormy night.”

Edward Bulwer-Lytton penned those words, the opening sentence of his 1830 novel, Paul Clifford. Teachers and critics have often-mocked and parodied the line as an overwrought example of purple prose.

Despite Bulwer-Lytton’s florid melodrama, he...

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Where do we go from here? (part 2)

podcast Apr 15, 2021

A group of about 50 Franklin, TN businessmen and women, educators, local magistrates, and law enforcement officers asked Dr. Grant to address the current cultural climate in our nation.

From a Biblical worldview perspective, what should we be doing?

How should we be thinking?

By looking back at...

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Word Play: Portmanteau

word play words Apr 12, 2021

While perusing the dusty shelves of an antiquarian bookshop recently, I ran across a well-worn copy of Rich Hall’s Sniglets, under a stack of Calvin and Hobbes classics. Subtitled, Words that Don’t Appear in the Dictionary, but Should, the little illustrated paperback is a collection...

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Where do we go from here? (part 1)

podcast Apr 08, 2021

A group of about 50 Franklin, TN businessmen and women, educators, local magistrates, and law enforcement officers asked Dr. Grant to address the current cultural climate in our nation.

From a Biblical worldview perspective, what should we be doing?

How should we be thinking?

By looking back at...

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Word Play: Once Upon

word play words Apr 05, 2021

“Once upon a time…”

When we hear those very familiar words, we know that whatever follows is likely to be a story—perhaps a fairy tale or a fable or a morality tale.

“Once upon a time, there were three little pigs.”

Or, “Once upon a time there was...

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Word Play: Myth

word play words Mar 29, 2021

These days, there is hardly anything more dismissive than saying that something is a myth. Urban myths are fake news. Ancient myths are old news. They are legends, fables, fairy tales, pulp from the rumor mill. They are lies even larger than statistics.

According to Merriam-Webster, a myth is...

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Word Play: Mail

word play words Mar 22, 2021

I love reading letters. And, not just the letters addressed to me in the post. I love reading the letters of great men and women of the past. I have dozens of books in my library that catalog the correspondence of heroes like Samuel Rutherford, Thomas Chalmers, Charles Spurgeon, Andrew Bonar,...

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Word Play: KJV Words

word play words Mar 15, 2021

In his classic book, The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul bemoans the absence from our vocabulary of certain, once-familiar, King James Version words. It wasn’t so much the loss of antiquated verb forms like walketh and talketh, or sayest and mayest that bothered him. It wasn’t obsolete...

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Word Play: Jargon

word play words Mar 08, 2021

In his 1915 Cambridge lecture, On Jargon, Arthur Quiller-Couch, declared, “There is metaphor; there is ornament; there is a sense of poetry. But, no such gusto marks, no such zeal animates, the practitioners of jargon. Jargon stalks unchecked in our midst. It has become the language of...

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