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Laudetur Jesus Christus

O Lord, You are our Savior and Redeemer, our Hope, and the Captain of our Salvation. You are called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. You are our Advocate, the Almighty God, the Alpha and Omega, the Ancient of Days, the Author and Perfecter of our Faith, and the Great Amen. You are the Only Begotten of …

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Antediluvian Man

“A sharp antithesis cuts a wide swath, Across the whole fabric of space and time, It’s divide sets kith and kin on separate paths, It’s jagged serrated edge altogether divides, With Cain to one side, and Seth to yet another, ‘Tis the tale of two cities, two destinies, two ways, Enoch and Enosh twin sons of different mothers, Till mighty …

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The Song of Jenny Geddes by J.S. Blackie

‘Twas the twenty-third of July, in the sixteen thirty-seven, On the Sabbath morn from high St. Giles the solemn peal was given; King Charles had sworn that Scottish men should pray by printed rule; He sent a book, but never dreamt of danger from a stool. The Council and the Judges, with ermined pomp elate, The Provost and the Bailies …

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Always Something New in London

Every year, I take a group of graduating seniors from Franklin Classical School to England. We usually visit London, Cambridge, Ely, Brighton, Chartwell, and Lewes. And of course, there are a host of must-see sights and sites in each of those places. In addition though, I always try to make sure each trip is unique–we try to see something new …

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Recent Gleanings from Milton

“The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him, as we may the nearest by possessing our souls of true virtue, which being united to the heavenly grace of faith makes up the highest …

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Just Start

“One of the most powerful strategies for changing behavior, changing the way we think and use time was this: Just Start.” Brigid Schulte “Sometimes it’s easier to act ourselves into a new way of thinking, than it is to think ourselves into a new way of acting.” Udaya Patnaik

Lord of Creation Reign

Hymn #443 in the 1875 Wesley Hymnal (or #431 in the Collected Works of John and Charles Wesley) is a remarkable call for faithful evangelism and intercession in the Muslim world: 1. Sun of unclouded righteousness, With healing in Thy wings arise A sad, benighted world to bless, Which now in sin and error lies, Wrapped in Egyptian night profound, With chains of …

2014: Best Non-Fiction

Here is my very subjective list of the best non-fiction books I was able to read in 2014, ranked here in no particular order: 1. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief by John Frame (P&R) This is a massive, magisterial work that sets traditional, orthodox, Reformed systematics within the compass of Frame’s triperspectival and trinitarian didactae. It is eloquent and …

Kippered

The great Swiss church historian, Merle d’Aubigné, visited Thomas Chalmers and his family in Edinburgh during the winter of 1840. Mrs. Chalmers served kippered herring for breakfast. Dr. d’Aubigné, unfamiliar with the dish asked, “What does kippered mean?” She replied, “It means kept or preserved.” Later, as he was taking his leave, d’Aubigné prayed a blessing on the household and …

London Eats and Treats

1. Pret a Manger: Charing Cross 2. Nero’s Coffee: St. James Piccadilly  3. Barbacoa: St. Paul’s 4. Wagamama’s: Tower of London 5. Jamie’s Italian: Covent Garden 6. The Eagle: Cambridge 7. The Borough Market: Southwark 8. West Cornwall Pasty: Victoria 9. Nando’s Peri-Peri: Brighton 10. Maoz Falafel: Leicester Square 11. Jamie Oliver’s Diner Picadilly