Matt Bianco Nov 28, 2017

Dear A—,

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Matt Bianco Nov 10, 2017

What do you call a thing that is so "normal" to you that you couldn't imagine how life would work without it, but is so rare everywhere else that others wonder why you do it at all? What would even qualify for that description? I imagine sugar might be close. Americans, apparently, eat far more sugar than the rest of the world. Is sugar such a "normal" part of our lives that we couldn't even imagine life without it, whereas the rest of the world wonders why we use so much of it? Testing fits in this category.

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Andrew Kern Oct 24, 2017

Jesus said, "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you."

The enemy does anything he can to keep us from asking, seeking, and knocking.

Three effective things include:

1. He convinces us that it has already been given and there is no more need to ask, that we have already found and there is no more need to seek, that the door has already been opened and there is no more need to knock.

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Brian Phillips Oct 23, 2017

As a young man, Benedict left his hometown of Nursia, journeying to Rome to continue his education. His time in Rome left him deeply troubled, the city apparently overcome by paganism and depravity. Eventually, Benedict simply tired of people. Seeking solitude and quite, he moved to a cave near Subiaco (about 30 miles east of Rome).

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Matt Bianco Oct 16, 2017

Dear A—,

I hope all is well! As promised, I am writing to offer you any advice I can as you start out your journey with your new family and teaching. This is the first letter, but I hope our correspondence will continue for as long as it proves to be helpful.

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Andrew Kern Oct 9, 2017

Everybody loves math when they know it. When they don't, they think they hate math. What they really hate is not knowing it. 

Everybody loves Bach's Mass in B Minor if they can hear it. When they can't, they think they hate Bach's Mass in B Minor. What they really hate is not being able to hear it. 

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Andrew Kern Aug 10, 2017

The following passage from 1 Corinthians 3 sits on a plaque over the door in my family room at home. 

Omnia enim vestra sunt
Vos autem Christi
Christus autem Dei

My friend Marc Hays had it specially burned for me to thank me for my role in the CiRCE apprenticeship, from which I was resigning when he gave it to me last summer. 

The words are from when Paul is summarizing his argument against division with the infantile Corinthian church. 

I have long revered this passage as a cure for Christian stoicism. 

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Angelina Stanford Aug 8, 2017

This post is part of a series called The Fellowship of the Inklings where I attempt to blog my way through reading The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski.

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Andrew Kern Aug 8, 2017

Over the past year the angst of the previous decade that arose from the anxiety of the previous half-century has been condensed into a few books that explore how Christians should respond now that we are marginalized by our ever-more secular culture. 

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Angelina Stanford Jul 4, 2017

This post is part of a series called The Fellowship of the Inklings where I attempt to blog my way through reading The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski.

In the Prologue, the Zaleskis orient the discussion of the Inklings in exactly the same way that I do. They are speaking my language!

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