Month: December 2015


Christians are Anti-Progress


Christians are often resistant to progress, sometimes when they shouldn't be.  I am resistant to the label because I don't think, in many respects, Christianity calls us to be inherently anti-progress.  But in one sense, I am OK with this label. The Good was traditionally understood to fall into the transcendent category. ...

The Myth Progress


The above quote is attributed to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. I don't think it's true. For one thing, I don't think it is necessarily the most dangerous phrase -- others are more dangerous. For instance, "because we've always done it this way, let's try something else" would be more dangerous when applied to...

An Inventory of Moments


Moment 1: I was about 6 years old when we moved from Montana to Michigan.  I was brought to my new school and left in the charge of Mrs. Smith, my new grade 1 teacher.  I sat alone in the classroom waiting for something to happen.  I imagine I was scared, but...

Time is Like a Lava Lamp


I don't know why we think that every minute is like every other minute; we certainly don't experience time in this way. Shakespeare knew it.  I was teaching Romeo and Juliet in my grade 9 class and noted several comments on the flexibility of time.  Among them: Sad hours seem long. --...