Andrew Kern Dec 15, 2007
Here's a set of articles about the stories behind some Christmas carols. It's the little things that make it interesting, like that Armenian Charles Wesley wrote "Hark how all the welkin rings" and his rival, Calvinist George Whitefield, changed it to the present version. Each story also has some music to sing along to. No piano? No worries. You've got the internet!
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Andrew Kern Dec 15, 2007
We have received from the Enlightenment a rather boring, two-dimensional view of man. We have learned to regard ourselves in binaries such as mind/body, right brain/left brain, scientific/artistic. On a good day someone might speak of the mind and the heart, but usually by heart he means appetites or emotions, and both of those, on closer analysis, turn out to be bodily. I don't know if the connection is direct, but it seems to me that the rather feeble way Christians treat sin in the popular forum seems to me to bear a close relation to this simplistic, binary, two-dimensional view of man.
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Andrew Kern Dec 13, 2007
You cannot establish justice or be just if you cannot make judgments as to what is right and wrong. God help us if we continue any further down the path of "non-judgmentalism."
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Andrew Kern Dec 11, 2007
Analyze this argument attacking Intelligent Design and see if you can find anything logical, based on evidence, or any other way indicative of the scientific method and not harking back to mere authority or ad hominems. Let me know if you find anything.
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Andrew Kern Dec 8, 2007
We Christians have a different way of seeing things, of setting values, and that leads us to honor different heroes than those who see things more conventionally. We value God's blessed creation, for example, so we honor those who make the great discoveries. But we don't value it as an arbitrary, pointless thing that simply shows the depth of our brilliance by revealing its secrets to us. We value it as a delightful stewardship, so we honor those who care for it with wisdom and fortitude.
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Andrew Kern Dec 6, 2007
Poetry exists nowhere but in nature.
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Andrew Kern Dec 4, 2007
More from that same article
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Andrew Kern Dec 4, 2007
Even in England.
This is the trouble with education. No sooner have we got the hang of one new idea or method, learned how to do it, immersed ourselves in it and pinned our hopes on it, than it's swept away and another is shoved in. Now it's all quick-change again: lifelong learning and flexible or part-time courses suddenly aren't so important after all. All we really want now are courses that increase "employability, career prospects and earnings". I read it on a college website.
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Andrew Kern Dec 4, 2007
Brett Favre has been named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. This article makes for a great study in leadership. Coincidentally, the Packers have just hired a new CEO. This article makes for a nice little case study of what to look for in a leader and what's required for success. The Packers are now thought of as a top quality sports organization, but it was not that way when I was growing up.
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Andrew Kern Dec 4, 2007
If you're involved in school, you're involved in leadership. Here's an excellent entry from a leadership blog I like to visit on the need for humility among leaders. A checklist is provided of things to watch for in a "flawed CEO," and it's worth printing and reviewing every now and again for self-analysis or for hiring or development.
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