Do Christian Kids Need Christian Education?

By |2014-01-14T14:45:16-05:00August 16th, 2013|Tags: |

There’s nothing like having school-age children to get you thinking about education. Yes, I went to college for eleven straight years (from B.A. to Ph.D.), and yes, I have taught at the college level for eleven years, too. But I had never thought so much about education—specifically, what kind of education is best for [...]

Patrick Henry’s Warning About Infringements on Liberty

By |2019-04-04T12:31:14-05:00February 25th, 2013|Tags: |

At the conclusion of Virginia’s 1788 ratification convention, a meeting tasked with voting on the new Constitution, Patrick Henry strode to the assembly floor, convinced that the future of American liberty hung in the balance. In his mind’s eye, the great orator warned, he could see angels watching, “reviewing the political decisions and revolutions [...]

Five Compelling Religious Biographies

By |2018-12-21T14:42:24-05:00December 17th, 2012|Tags: |

People love biographies, and I am regularly asked to recommend good ones during the lead-up to Christmas. One of the most frustrating things about the bookselling business is that there is no necessary correlation between the prominent placement of books at the bookstore, or the review of them in newspapers and magazines, and the [...]

In Search of the City on a Hill

By |2014-01-05T20:36:00-05:00November 25th, 2012|Tags: , |

Richard M. Gamble. In Search of the City on a Hill: The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth. The phrase “city on a hill” has become inextricably tied to Ronald Reagan. Some Americans may even think that Reagan, rather than Jesus, coined it. Reagan routinely spoke of America as that “shining” city (a descriptor [...]

Religious Roots: Not All Turkey and Touchdowns

By |2018-11-21T19:39:17-05:00November 21st, 2012|Tags: |

The religious roots of Thanksgiving speak to the essence of America, and against the danger of over-consumption. The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony weren’t the first Europeans to settle in North America, nor were they the first permanent English colonists. But because of our annual celebration of Thanksgiving, and our hazy images of their 1621 meal [...]