The Well & The Shallows

"We have come out of the shallows and the dry places to the one deep well; and the Truth is at the bottom of it." ~ G.K. Chesterton

Mar

21

The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked And figs grew upon thorn, Some moment when the moon was blood Then surely I was born. With monstrous head and sickening cry And ears like errant wings, The devil’s walking parody On all four-footed things. The tattered outlaw of the earth, Of ancient crooked will; Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb, I keep my secret still. Fools! For I also had my hour; One far fierce hour and sweet: There was a shout about my ears, And palms before my feet. ~ G.K. Chesterton

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Mar

15

How NOT To Start A Religion!

So, you want to create your own religion, eh? Well, good for you; you’ve come to the right place. I’ll give you a checklist of things to be sure to avoid so that you will get started on the right foot. Be prepared to have the masses follow you as you gain wealth untold! Practically speaking, what are the sorts of things one ought to avoid when fashioning a new religion? Just follow these general guidelines and all should be well: [To read the full post, head over to my friends at Free Thinking Ministries. The are graciously hosting this post for me there.]

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Feb

19

Journalism and Politics

“Of course, politics and journalism are, as it happens, very vulgar. But their vulgarity is not the worst thing about them. Things are so bad with both that by this time their vulgarity is the best thing about them.” ~ GK Chesterton, All Things Considered, 1956

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Feb

18

An Apology

Another tattered rhymster in the ring, With but the old plea to the sneering schools, That on him too, some secret night in spring, Came the old frenzy of a hundred fools To make some thing; the old want dark and deep, The thirst of men, the hunger of the stars, Since first it tinged even the Eternal’s sleep, With monstrous dreams of trees and towns and wars. When all He made for the first time He saw, Scattering stars as misers shake their pelf. Then in the last strange wrath broke his own law, And made a graven image of Himself. ~ GK Chesterton

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Feb

17

Frank Thoughtlessness

“I am wondering what has debased the currency of current thought and speech, and why every normal ideal of man is now pelted with handfuls of such valueless pebbles, and assailed everywhere, not by free thought, but by frank thoughtlessness.” ~ GK Chesterton, Illustrated London News, October 22, 1932

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Feb

16

The Good, the good, and the Christian

On the Christian calendar, Lent is that time of year specifically set aside for Christians to focus their attention on their relationship with God over a period of 40 days as they prepare to enter Easter and remember Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection. It is meant to symbolize the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness after His baptism at the beginning of His ministry. Lent affords the Christian an intentional time of year to spend in prayer, service, and fasting so that the Christian may re-order their life around what is truly important and regain perspective by putting first things first. The Oxford Don, C.S. Lewis had something to say […]

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Feb

12

The Colson Way

“I never got to meet Chuck Colson. I wish I had,” writes Owen Strachan, author of The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World. After reading this book, I was left with that exact same sentiment, I wish I had met Chuck Colson. And in a way, Strachan makes it feel as if you had met him. While the book focuses on Colson’s life, it is not entirely biographical in nature. Strachan tells Colson’s story as a way to motive the reader to action. This book is as much about Colson’s life and his engagement with the culture through the lens of his Christian […]

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Feb

11

The Mystery

If sunset clouds could grow on trees It would but match the may in flower; And skies be underneath the seas No topsyturvier than a shower. If mountains rose on wings to wander They were no wilder than a cloud; Yet all my praise is mean as slander, Mean as these mean words spoken aloud. And never more than now I know That man’s first heaven is far behind; Unless the blazing seraph’s blow Has left him in the garden blind. Witness, O Sun that blinds our eyes, Unthinkable and unthankable King, That though all other wonder dies I wonder at not wondering. ~ GK Chesteron

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Feb

08

Staying Human While Being Humane

“There is a real philosophic danger which the friends of freedom must avoid. It is that of actually losing breadth of soul in the very effort to gain breadth of mind; to cease to be human even in the effort to be humane; to have the roots of one’s radicalism too much like the square roots in algebra and too little like the rugged roots in the forest.” ~ GK Chesterton, Daily News, June 18, 1910

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Jan

12

The Virtue of Silence

There are many virtues that a person ought to embrace because they makes us better people. One of the Founding Fathers of America, Benjamin Franklin, set out a regimen for practicing and instilling virtues in his life. Though he was not perfect, he had a noble and honorable goal. I decided that practicing virtuous living was a good and worthy goal, so I am focusing on one virtue per week. This week’s virtue is silence. This is not meditative silence like solitude. Rather, this is temporary silence where I pause before I speak. Silence is centered around three key questions to ask myself before giving an answer: (1) Is my […]

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