Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Cattle of the Sun: The Arrogance of Despair

In Book 12 of the Odyssey, Odysseus recounts how he and his men were stranded on an island which contained cattle belonging to the Sun God. They are told specifically that whoever eats these cattle will die. Yet we are … Continue reading

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No Whining

I whine a lot…not necessarily to everyone, but when I reflect on what I tell those with whom I frequently converse, or on what I tell God in my prayers, it is true:  I whine a lot (despite the sign … Continue reading

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Be Inauthentic

I find it interesting how some people tend to view manners as somehow hypocritical.  “After all,” they reason, “I am only putting on an act; it’s not how I really feel.  Manners are artificial and unnatural.”  In an age and … Continue reading

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“Spiritual Formation”

Because I had what many would call a demanding and teaching-based ministry when I was a youth pastor, I had many discussions with parents who wanted the youth group to be less like school.  Now, as the leader of a … Continue reading

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Orc-Minded Speech

I reread a lot of J.R.R. Tolkien this summer and I came across the following in The Lord of the Rings in one of the appendices on language (yes, I read the appendices). It reminded me of our duty to … Continue reading

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Come and Take it: The Texas-Sparta Connection

It’s  impossible to live in Texas without having heard about the Battle of Gonzales.  What many may not know is this battle’s connection to Sparta, Greece, and one of the great battles of the Classical World. First a refresher for … Continue reading

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