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Cell Phones, Silence, and Solitude: Finding Stillness in a Noisy World

“Whether or not it draws on new scientific research, technology is a branch of moral philosophy, not of science.” ~ Paul Goodman During my 16 years in the classroom, I’ve witnessed the unbelievably rapid transformation of mobile phone technology. At one point, I overheard a brutally honest conversation between a group of senior boys. They felt …

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Transgenderism in the Ancient World

As Clement looked around his cosmopolitan city, the open displays of transgenderism broke his heart. Grown men wore bleach-blonde feminine hairstyles, donned see-through women’s clothing, smelled of perfume, and had their bodies shaved in public salons where passersby could observe the spectacle. Though males biologically, these men “detest[ed] the bloom of manliness,” as Clement put …

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Charles Simeon: Influence that Affects Eternity

On Saturday November 19th 1836, Charles Simeon (1759-1836) was buried in a vault in the world-famous chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.  Despite wanting a simple funeral, his was probably the most remarkable the town had seen.  Every shop was closed and University lectures were suspended.  An enormous procession saw eight Masters of colleges and …

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The Decline of Biblical Languages

In 1816, Harvard University published a circular letter in response to enquiries about admissions standards for ministry students. Candidates for admission, it said, “must be thoroughly acquainted with the grammar of the Latin and Greek languages” and “be able properly to construe and parse any portion” of the Greek New Testament.1 Fast forward to the …

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