Education & Hope

Haarlem is a beautiful little Dutch town on the River Spaarne, 15-minutes by train from Amsterdam. Founded sometime in the 10th century, in 1245 it was granted city status or stadsrechten and was made the capital of the province of North Holland. By the 14th century, it had become a mercantile...

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Education & Culture

culture education family Nov 12, 2018

“A nation at risk.”  That is how the United States Department of Education once described our country’s educational crisis.  It was true then.  It still is.

The vast educational monolith in this country is a dismal failure:

  • Teacher competency is down. 
  • ...
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Faster

We are so tragically, malignantly impatient.  Everything is moving faster and faster in our lives.  We have instant access to the  internet right on the phones in our pockets.  We do business “at the speed of light.” 

Speed and efficiency defines almost...

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Immediately

gospel urgency Oct 22, 2018

Poet, literary critic, and novelist, Arthur Quiller-Couch, was best known for his incomparable anthology, The Oxford Book of English Verse. As a lecturer at Oxford beginning in 1886 and a professor at Cambridge from 1912-1944, he taught an entire generation of English writers how to write. ...

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Lost Words

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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The Magdeburg Confession

government reformation Oct 08, 2018

By the 16th century virtually no one disagreed on the fact that the West needed to be reformed.  What they disagreed on was what that reform should entail and how it was to be effected.  In frustrated tension, dozens of competing factions, sects, schisms, rifts, rebellions, and...

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Meaning It, Believing It, and Living It

culture discernment prayer Oct 01, 2018

It is one of the great ironies of our day that Christians can pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven,” and not actually mean anything by it. Indeed, it is a stunning paradox that we can live as if such a prayer could not be answered. Even worse, we can live as if such a...

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Resounding Nehemiads

Jeremiad.

Definition: "an elaborate and prolonged lamentation; a cry of woe; and expression of righteous indignation."

Nehemiad.

Definition: "an elaborate and prolonged humiliation; a cry of grief; an expression of righteous repentance."

Well might we plead the case for an outpouring of Jeremiads...

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Reluctant Revolutionaries of the American Republic

american revolution Sep 17, 2018

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Thomas Jefferson

“I confess that there are several parts of this Constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I...

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Self-Examination As a Check Against Idolatry

The years leading up to the Scottish Disruption and those immediately afterward produced some of the most remarkable servants of God in the history of the church.  Andrew Alexander Bonar (1810-1892) was a member of that galaxy of brilliant, Reformed Scots preachers, writers, and missionaries...

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