March 10th, 2014
Our congressmen spend money like they were a regiment of chimpanzees that got into a warehouse full of trade gin.
Douglas Wilson in “Rand Paul, National Review, and a View From the Cheap Seats”
March 9th, 2014
Fate (said Ukridge) is odd. Rummy. You can’t say it isn’t. Lots of people have noticed it. And one of the rummiest things about it is the way it seems to take a delight in patting you on the head and lulling you into security and then suddenly steering your foot on to the banana-skin. Just when things appear to be going smoothest, bang comes the spanner into the machinery and there you are.
P.G. Wodehouse in “Ukridge and the Old Stepper”
March 6th, 2014
In a recent Huffington Post article, Christianity Today’s Skye Jethani joined Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Merritt to condemn conservative Christian appeals to religious liberty in declining such services as photography and cake baking to same-sex wedding ceremonies. Jethani, of course, entitled his piece “An Evangelical Case for Gay Wedding Cakes.” No doubt his word processor inquired, “You typed ‘evangelical.’ Did you mean to write ‘Mainline Protestant liberal’ instead?”
Barton Gingerich in “Wedding Cakes, Evangelicals, and Philistinism”
March 2nd, 2014
[J]ust as now and then by virtue of special circumstances a people can experience moral improvement, so too it happens not infrequently that a people that has achieved a high level of flourishing and welfare nonetheless through prosperity and abundance has deteriorated and declined in terms of religion and morality, in terms of home life and family life.
Herman Bavinck, The Christian Family
February 27th, 2014
It is rather laughable to see the unchurched roll out the line of attack that defense of religious liberty – of preventing government from compelling the religious to participate in something they view as sinful – places proponents on the ‘wrong side of history.’ How droll. If you believe that our reality began with ‘let there be light!’ and will end with ‘behold, I make all things new’, being on the wrong side of human history is a given.
Ben Domenech in “Religious Liberty After Arizona”
February 19th, 2014
Of course, every man who is truly learned should be treated with dignity and respect. But every high altar dedicated to the great task of crowd control and keeping people in their place needs to have a dead cat thrown at it from time to time, and I have a pile of dead cats right here.
Douglas Wilson in “”As We Populists Like to Say”
February 15th, 2014
Now and then, in this work-a-day world, things do happen in the story-book fashion, and what a comfort that is.
Louisa May Alcott in Little Women
February 14th, 2014
I have little doubt that when St. George had killed the dragon he was heartily afraid of the princess.
February 1st, 2014
Then it was that Margaret, sitting alone with tears dropping often on her work, felt how rich she had been in things more precious than any luxuries money could buy; in love, protection, peace and health, the real blessings of life. Then it was that Jo, living in the darkened room with that suffering little sister always before her eyes, and that pathetic voice sounding in her ears, learned to see the beauty and the sweetness of Beth’s nature, to feel how deep and tender a place she filled in all hearts, and to acknowledge the worth of Beth’s unselfish ambition, to live for others, and make home happy by the exercise of those simple virtues which all may possess, and which all should love and value more than talent, wealth or beauty.
Louisa May Alcott in Little Women