The First Declaration of Independence

In the late 18th century, a colonist began writing a manuscript that summarized the political unrest of his time. He produced a startling declaration read aloud in a political hall in Philadelphia: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them withContinue reading “The First Declaration of Independence”

Whatever Happened to Humor

If you’ve ever gotten into social justice discussions online, you’ve likely encountered a certain type of person, a person who seems almost incapable of expressing any emotion except grave concern. They could be progressives, or they could be conservatives, but their temperament unites them. They are very, very serious people. Perhaps the first thing youContinue reading “Whatever Happened to Humor”

A Glimpse of a Disciplined Life

One thing that always fascinates me when I read biographies is learning of other people’s habits. That’s especially true when the subject is extremely disciplined. Tim Chester’s Stott on the Christian Life is not quite a biography of John Stott, but it’s not far off. He gives an interesting glimpse of Stott’s normal, well-disciplined routines. Here isContinue reading “A Glimpse of a Disciplined Life”

The 9% Problem with Christians

Our worldview is one of the most important things about us. The English journalist and lay theologian G. K. Chesterton proved this point by using an everyday example: “For a landlady considering a lodger, it is important to know his income, but still more important to know his philosophy.” My own experience confirms the truthContinue reading “The 9% Problem with Christians”

Want to Be Faithful? Think Like a Farmer

I tried to grow a garden once. It didn’t go well. I had great aspirations when I planted it. I pictured a well-watered and neatly weeded patch of earth that would yield a steady supply of summer vegetables. I planted, watered, and weeded really well—at first. But then came the heat. The bugs. The weeds.Continue reading “Want to Be Faithful? Think Like a Farmer”

Who Should You Trust? Psychologists Have a Surprising Answer

Can you ever really know who to trust at the office? While there’s tons of research on the actions and behaviors that create trust, few studies have successfully identified what makes some people more trustworthy than others to begin with. Research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology does just that, showing that “guilt proneness”—a person’sContinue reading “Who Should You Trust? Psychologists Have a Surprising Answer”