Wordsmithy | Part Five

Chapter Five—The Memoirs of Old Walnut Heart In which Wilson emphasizes that writing what needs improvement is always the first step to improving your writing. Chapter Six—Ancient Roman Toddlers In which Wilson points out that the study of dead languages is by no means the worst way to improve your handling of the language you…

Friday Findings—December 2

True Leadership Is Sacrifice, Not Privilege “Christian leadership — in the home, the church, and elsewhere — is not for those clawing for honor and recognition, but for those most ready to fall to their knees and be inconvenienced by the needs of others. They are those who, in a sense, have their house sufficiently…

Charles Spurgeon… Yet Speaking

It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master—Matthew 10:25 No one will dispute this statement, for it would be unseemly for the servant to be exalted above his Master. When our Lord was on earth, what was the treatment he received? Were his claims acknowledged, his instructions followed, his perfections worshipped,…

Cae•sa•re•a Mar•i•tim•a

Caesarea Maritima was located on the Mediterranean coast about 65 miles northwest of Jerusalem. It became the residence of the Roman governors of Judea, including Pontius Pilate, who would only come to Jerusalem for large feasts such as the Passover and other important events. Founded by Herod the Great, it was named in honor of…

Towing the Tow Truck

As I rode behind a tow truck that was pulling another tow truck the other day, the first thing I thought to myself was, “that awkward moment when you are a tow truck that needs a tow truck yourself.” You are on your way to help, and now you, the helper, are in need of…

And I Quote… November 28

Just as language itself creates culture in its own image, each new medium of communication re-creates or modifies culture in its image; and it is extreme naïveté to believe that a medium of communication or indeed, any technology is merely a tool, a way of doing. Each is also a way of seeing. Neil Postman,…

Wordsmithy | Part Four

Chapter Three—Word Fussers and Who-whomers In which Wilson offers the other side of the coin so forcefully tossed in chapter one—namely that having something to say by no means guarantees that you will have the ability to say it. Chapter Four—Born for the Clerihew In which Wilson points out that writers in a rut may…

C.S. Lewis… Yet Speaking

There is something which unites magic and applied science while separating both from the “wisdom” of earlier ages. For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how…

Cen•tur•i•on

A Roman Centurion was the equivalent, more or less, of a non-commissioned officer in American military today. Typically promoted from the ranks, a centurion would normally have charge of 100 men (a “century”), though the actual number could be somewhat flexible depending on circumstances. As there were no Roman legions stationed in the land of…