• Every person is deeper than we see. Each one is made in the image of God, yet fallen. Each one has hopes and disappointments. Each one needs Jesus to cleanse and heal them.

    Essay: The Elegant Lady in the Basement

  • Guilty resting is lousy resting because you cannot fully concentrate on the activity. Your mind keeps jumping back to what work you think you should be doing.

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  • Parenting…requires great love, discernment, perspective and patience. These are not usually the characteristics associated with haggard parents caught in a whirlwind of their children’s activities, spending lots of time for little return and neglecting rest so that everyone is stressed out.

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  • You imagine an idealized past where a wholesome balance of work and rest were supported by a more relaxed, slower paced social structure—an agrarian setting, the Victorian era, or even the 1950s. But these past eras would lose their warm glow if you were transported back in time and actually experienced them.

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  • Politics are the motivations, posturing, planning, pressuring, scheming, influencing, deal making, convincing and deceiving that surround government.

    The Kingdom of Men [new book in draft]

  • There is another thing about politics. Everyone must play the game. There is no way not to participate.

    The Kingdom of Men [new book in draft]

  • Who are the ruled in Satan’s kingdom? The children of the devil. Interestingly, this relationship is described in family terminology not citizenship terminology. But if you think about it, so is the kingdom of God.

    The Kingdom of Men [new book in draft]

  • Kingdom confusion leads to political confusion.

    The Kingdom of Men [new book in draft]

  • If more Christians had thought about this question and answered it correctly, it would have saved a lot of trouble over the last two thousand years. But I am not going to cry over spilt milk. I am going to try to stop you from spilling any more.

    The Kingdom of Men [new book in draft]

  • Without the protection of the local government rulers, the Protestants would have ended up on Roman Catholic bonfires. Given that choice, I might have politicked for a church-state union myself.

    The Kingdom of Men [new book in draft]

  • If the government is persecuting you, you are tempted to see it as the sword of the devil. If the government is favorable toward you, surely it must be the hand of God.

    The Kingdom of Men [new book in draft]

  • If I were to wager on whether more evil occurred in the institution of government or the institution of family, I would put all of my chips on family.

    The Kingdom of Men [new book in draft]

  • I thought it would be clever to find a preposterous example…. So I looked for material from the European Union—that bureaucratic utopia. Facial tissue seemed promising. Do they make the Greeks blow their noses the same way as the Swedes? …I was soon lost in a bewildering trove of tissue standards, studies, commissions, tests and goals.

    Essay: Confessions of a Civil Servant

  • We drive up the cost with compliance requirements, and then we blame contractors for bilking the government. This results in…wait for it…even more expensive compliance requirements.

    Essay: Confessions of a Civil Servant

  • Bureaucracy attempts to endlessly apply rules to every detail in every situation. In theory this should result in clear and consistent government, eliminating the need for messy interpretation by the civil servants. But in practice it becomes more like a zombie apocalypse, with all of the rules overrunning civilization.

    Essay: Confessions of a Civil Servant

  • But what is different now is how something untrue is required to be acknowledged as true by everyone else.

    Essay: Loving the Ambassador-General, Cat Woman and She-Man

  • He was a Korean War veteran and was…well…crazy. Not dangerous crazy but a happy kind of crazy.

    Essay: Loving the Ambassador-General, Cat Woman and She-Man

  • If there must be totalitarian crimes, which is what hate speech is, let us at least insist on the right title. When we speak truth to the lie we are committing “love speech” not “hate speech.” The true haters are those who affirm the lie and further entangle those caught in it.

    From the essay: Loving the Ambassador-General, Cat Woman and She-Man

  • “My full title is Mr. Worldly Wiseman, but as it is the habit these days to shorten every name and dispense with formalities, I simply go by ‘Wise.’ No one makes a distinction between the long name or the short.”

    From The Pursuit Of Common Man

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