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Avoid ‘new’ philosophies

False, yet tempting philosophies, have existed for a long time. The church of Colossae was threatened by a heresy that included some elements of Jewish legalism, such as requiring circumcisions, requiring certain dietary laws, and strange mysticism. Similar philosophies exist today, and people constantly try to add to the Gospel. When they do that, they […]

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Economics Employment Faith

We need to listen to the generalists

Great news for generalists: specialists aren’t the only ones who bring value to society. David Epstein’s book “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” was one of my favorite books in 2020 and one that stood out the most. I remember being a bit surprised when I first saw the title. I had previously […]

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Faith

How to be filled and led by the Spirit

Ephesians 5:18 says to “be filled with the Spirit.” I used to wonder how you did that. It sounds so mystical and vague. I don’t see a “mighty rushing wind” or a “divided tongues as of fire” appearing and resting on people like what happened to the disciples in the early church as described in […]

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Faith

Seeing the Creator first

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1) When we stop to ponder the beauty of creation — whether a cardinal, or a hydrangea or any other creation — let’s not just appreciate the beauty. Let’s also ponder the magnificence of the Artist who created them. When […]

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Faith Politics Uncategorized

Inside the mind of the founder of modern conservatism

William F. Buckley, Jr. is a fascinating character. In some ways, he and Martin Luther are two of the most fascinating characters to me in the past 500 years.  They have some similarities. I realize this can be an odd statement on the surface, considering that Buckley was Catholic while Martin Luther castigated the Catholic […]