Faith Without Slot or Negligence

Enable me, by thy Holy Spirit, so to shun sloth and negligence, that every day may discharge part of the task which Thou has allotted me….” ~ Doctor Johnson’s Prayers. Edited by Eldon Trueblood. I love the challenge of this writing, but one can always get on the treadmill of, “I could have done more.”…

War Wreaks No Havoc On Education Or Virtue

“Even war, that sweeps away everything else like a winter torrent, cannot take away education.” – Plutarch. First century Greek Philosopher. There is much writing among the Greeks about virtue and what that included. Kind of struck me as the actual goal today of some educators is a values free education. I can’t say as…

Greek Philosopher Plutarch And Poor Teaching

Ancient Greek Philosophers are ingood training is the source and root of gentlemanly behaviour.teresting. I am reading a 1898 translation from Greek of “Plutarch’s Morals” (Moralia) written in the first century AD. Seems little has changed since ancient Greece. “The schoolmasters we ought to select for our boys should be of blameless life, of pure…

Five Kilometer C25K Run Challenge

I can hike all day. A brisk eight kilometer hike leaves me feeling fine and my legs feel very little strain. However, when you add running it changes everything for a big guy like me. So, I began a Couch To Five Kilometer running app today (C25K). It eases you into the ability to run…

Whatever You Think – But You will Think

I stumbled on this phrase today. “Whatever you think of Thomas Sowell’s arguments – you will think.” This phrase slapped me up the side of the head. What a powerful concept communicated in this statement. It was a book review I stumbled on. I have never heard of Thomas Sowell, didn’t know a thing about…

Even Socialists Have A Limit At 102% Taxation

The Author of Pipi Longstocking, Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, generates this interesting story. In 1976, Lindgren learned that because of tax laws requiring her to pay both income tax and employer’s fees, she would effectively be taxed at a rate of 102 percent. Though she was generally a supporter of the principles of socialism, paying…

Sitting Down from Applause

How do we grind people down with Stupidity? You find out who your real friends (and enemies) are by how they react to our applause. There are worldviews and ideologies I applaud. There are theologies I bow to. There are values I esteem. There are worldviews and ideologies I do not applaud. There are theologies…

Don’t Let People Maneuver You Into Taking Charge Of Them.

“And don’t let people maneuver you into taking charge of them. There is only one Life-Leader for you and them—Christ.” ~ Jesus Christianity in the west is moving toward simple expressions. With the declining attendance in traditional churches the resources to maintain those structures are disappearing. Over the next few decades we will see tens…

Playing Small Does Not Serve The World- It’s Certainly Not Enlightened

“You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.” ~ Marianne Williamson Have I been playing small? Yesterday was Easter Sunday. It was a a good day to celebrate life and hope. It was encouraging to me after a few months of reading about Communism, Socialism, Totalitarianism, and the writings…