The shelves are almost up. Really. One way or another this room is going to be completed by Thanksgiving. In the meantime, the de-humidifier is running nearly 24 hours a day down in the basement, otherwise the books will just sponge up the water in the air. Here are my picks from (I would like to say from my shelves but…) the bins and boxes in the basement going into the weekend. Other selections from my reading list can be found here. Continue reading →
This election week has been a struggle for me. That’s unusual, because I don’t struggle with anything. I make a serious effort to remain centered around my God which by default means I am also centered around my principles. The sorting and ranking of my moral imperatives has been going on for fifty-plus years and by this time requires only the mildest of teaks now and then. While I have resolved the bulk of the conflicts between my principles, I occasionally face a divergence of principles. Usually, I can execute a solution swiftly and without drama. I know what’s under my control, and maintain peace with that which is not.
This past week students advocating for segregation at the University of Berkley, CA attempted to block some of their fellow students from attending classes. You can read about it here. It occurred to me: at what point point does such intense focus on the trivial render a functioning society ineffective? Continue reading →
“Hate” may be a strong word. Our children are often bored by what we find interesting. Most of us can relate. Like a feminist matron glumly watching a lovingly gifted special edition copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves sit on her daughter’s bookshelf year after year collecting dust, we often have to resign ourselves to our children’s individuality. Movies can provide a good barometer between generational differences. Continue reading →
Islam requires reformation. This needs to be said, therefore let’s stop dancing around the issue. To my knowledge Hindus, Taoists, and Buddhists generally don’t strap on bombs, and they don’t seek out soft targets in the Western World. One could make a valid case that the humanistic cults of the 20th century far out-striped even the best efforts of the Islam in wrecking carnage on the world.
This even allows for the Islamic rampage across the North Africa during the 7th century. Islam needs to undergo a reformation of its own.
Marriage, as we know it is all but gone. And it’s our fault. People will still get “married,” of course. Couples will hold a ceremonies in front of friends and family pledging to build a life together. For a little while longer, at least.
Reflecting on the day past or perhaps the day to come, a husband and wife share a moment.
Marriage has devolved into a mere cultural habit, effectively ceasing as a cultural institution. Regrettable, given my strong advocacy or Western Civilization.
Considering our recent social upheaval, the de-valuing of marriage was inevitable. No surprise, given the Church’s unconditional surrender to the State.
The reading list feature on this blog really has me thinking about what I’ve collected over the last 30+ years. Journaling about our efforts and progress with respect to the library renovation has been something of a focusing tool.
Christian Reformed Church, Midland Park, NJ. I miss opening up a hymnal. But then, I’m a church elder who carries his bible inside his phone now, so…
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Yesterday I had a front row seat at the Peace that passes understanding.
On September 20th, after a long struggle with infirmities that will befall all of us, Bernhard Spoelstra passed away. He was my sister’s father-in-law. The patriarch of an extended family, Mr. Spoelstra left behind a devoted wife and four loyal children. This is his legacy. And it is priceless.