Proverbial: Episode 46

After a month off, Proverbial is back. Available now, “A New Twist on an Old Favorite.” Up for consideration is Edmund Burke’s aphorism, “A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish tempter and confined views.”

The Writing Life

“Very few high school writing teachers are writers. Non-writers who teach writing are generally more optimistic (and more vocal) about the prospect of ‘making good writers’ out of high school students, which is why many parents believe their sons and daughters can become better writers while maintaining debilitating screen addictions, writing very little, and almostContinue reading “The Writing Life”

Other Compelling Lessons I Learned From “The Crown”

“While I appreciate the fact the so-called “Matthew 18 principle” prohibits gossip and slander, many Christians treat the “Matthew 18 principle” as a kind of theological-bureaucratic rigmarole that must be blown through before the real work of dismantling someone’s reputation or career can be “righteously” undertaken. I find it telling that the eighteenth chapter ofContinue reading “Other Compelling Lessons I Learned From “The Crown””


One of the most stunning turns of phrase in Scripture is the description of Christ as “the first born from the dead,” which we often take as a euphemism or a symbolic claim, and yet it really must be taken at face value to be appreciated.

Intellectual Honesty In An Age of Flattery

In the next several days, the mailing list will receive an invitation to a lecture entitled “Intellectual Honesty In An Age of Flattery,” which I am delivering online on the evening of January 21st. If you would like to attend this lecture for free, head over to and sign up for the mailingContinue reading “Intellectual Honesty In An Age of Flattery”