secular age

The Challenge of a Secular Age

We live in a secular age. Charles Taylor, in his massive book which bears the above title, poses the question, “How is it that 500 years ago it was almost impossible not to believe in God, but now it almost impossible to believe in God?” In the older worl ...

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21st Century Skills Require 25 Centuries of Context

My first brush with politics as a “full contact sport” came in 1973 when the Watergate hearings were televised gavel-to-gavel on black and white TV. The three networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, rotated their coverage from mid-May through August 1. I was eleven y ...

Think-Learn-Love-Live

Boiling It Down: Think. Learn. Love. Live.

I didn’t spend much time in the kitchen as a child, unless it was to get under Grandma’s feet, so I had to wait until I was married to learn how much fun cooking could be. I now know that certain things need to be boiled down before they are presentable. ...

Yes, We Are Thinking About Safety…All The Time

Recent events in South Florida are disturbing to those of us who teach and work in schools. On the one hand these events seem far away and removed; on the other, because active shootings so often target schools, they seem close. Some of us come to work ev ...

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Where do the Grads Go?

Current and prospective parents often ask what our students do after graduation from the School of Rhetoric. They’re really asking a couple of questions, “Where do they go to college?” and “What careers do they pursue?” My standard response is, “Anywhere ...

Looking Forward to Easter

My students in middle school chapel all agree with me that they look forward to Christmas. Along about  Halloween the stores are displaying their obnoxious Christmas sale signs, and by Thanksgiving, we are in full holiday mode. Truthfu ...

Character Matters Now

Wow!   The last several weeks have driven home to me a singular truth.  Character matters.  And what is character?  Someone quipped, “Character is who you are when you are by yourself.”  Watching the news recently has been pa ...