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The four questions that define a biblical worldview

“What we do flows from who we are.” ― Charles W. Colson Here’s my latest video post in which I unpack the specific elements of a biblical worldview. Whether or not the operating system of your life is Jesus 1.0, I hope you’ll watch and ask yourself how you answer the four questions that define […]

Loving Your Neighbor Means Not Wishing Him Out of Existence

Demography and why worldviews matter

“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” -Leviticus 19:18 (NIV) I’ve been doing some thinking about the false prophets of doom. Clearly, scaring people is an effective, if manipulative, way of getting people to do what you want. What motivated […]

Re-post: Man Proposes, God Disposes

Be careful what you wish for

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” -Proverbs 14:12 (ESV) What we wish we had and what the world actually contains are often two different things. As I have written previously here, ambition and restlessness — what some have called divine discontent — can […]

Other important stuff I wish I’d said about wisdom

Is it possible to say too much? Let's find out

“No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.” – C.S. Lewis from The Magician’s Nephew In a recent post, we discussed the need to distinguish between data, information, knowledge, and wisdom. As it happens from time to time, I hit “Publish” only to find some additional notes on the subject — you could call this […]

Does Religion Deserve the Blame for Paris?

The folly of painting with too broad a brush

“An appeaser is a person who feeds the crocodile in hopes of being eaten last.” – Winston Churchill Like many of you, I am feeling shock and anger at last Friday’s attacks in Paris. I have spent time in and around Paris and have friends there, so this is not purely academic for me. Despite […]

US Government to Replace ‘In God We Trust’ on Currency

It was only a dream... Or was it?

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – St. Paul (Philippians 2:3-4, ESV) I am going to take a risk today. I believe the words written above, and […]

What Are You So Afraid Of?

Don't let fear hold you back

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela It’s an interesting week to consider today’s topic. Last Sunday was the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, and […]

The How and Why of Saying No to Your Boss

Daniel and the Limits of Obedience

“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” – John C. Maxwell In a recent post, I explained the debt a man owes to his employer. (If you weren’t paying attention then, you can read it here.) In that post I presented a general rule that employees should […]

Why Every Man Should Strive for Work He Loves

The Dignity and Sacredness of Work

“From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation…” – The Book of Common Prayer (Rite II, Eucharistic Prayer C) Here in the US we’ve just commemorated Labor Day which, despite its origins as a celebration of trade unionism, […]

Is The Matrix Making You Fat and Numb?

Learning to look past the surface

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” – Proverbs 29:2 (ESV) In the movie The Matrix, there is a confrontation between Morpheus — the guide who helps Thomas Anderson become Neo — and Agent Smith, the nondescript enforcer of the meta-construct. Smith has taken Morpheus captive and […]