Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Saturday, December 07, 2002

Army did not go. Congratulations to the United States Naval Academy for their 58-12 drubbing of the Black Knights. The Midshipmen played against tough competition all year, and it paid off admirably in the most important game of the year.

At least the lopsided nature of the game freed up some time this afternoon for some much-needed exercise and catch-up on reading.

This week I began Plato's Republic, which I am reading in the original. The first part portrays a charming night-time feast and horse race, and a conversation about old age. Socrates communicates that attitude makes all the difference in the twilight years - not money or health. He also says that as the body decays, so also its physical desires, making it easier to focus on philosophy. I am hoping to finish the Republic before next summer, and the Critias by Plato as well. The latter is his "history" of the submerged continent of Atlantis, which he plays totally straight as fact.

Go Army.

Thursday, December 05, 2002

The dog crisis, day 2...

I still love my dog. God made dogs, they were a part of the original creation, in their unfallen state they were wonderful...

Under the positive guidance of good families they may attain some imitation of their unfallen state.

Border Terrier Info Page

Ultimate Guide to Border Terriers

How could you not love these noble but rascally animals?

Wednesday, December 04, 2002

Holy theological crisis, Batman!

Last evening I put the finishing touches on the Doctrine of Dogs. I must declare myself an unabashed lover of dogs. I'm like many of you who find them to be adorable, useful, funny, noble companions. Yet the Bible has a very consistent view of the canine species: they are held in contempt. How could this be?!?

I should be teaching this doctrine by Friday evening. Tune in to find out.

Monday, December 02, 2002

I also searched online today for a comparison of dispensational and covenant theologies. I found this excellent website: The Conservative Theological Society

There is a journal article there by Ronald M. Johnson, which outlines the differences between the two theological systems, and which I found to be quite excellent and helpful. It can be found on this page: "Systematic Theology is the Hermeneutic"

I will be teaching some of this material in January as a part of our Basics/Advanced series.

Courage and Faith.
Regarding Conrad Richter:

Richter wrote a trilogy on the pioneers of the Ohio country of the early 19th Century. The books are: The Trees, The Fields, The Town.

It is a remarkable journey from austere wilderness to civilization, all seen through the eyes of the Luckett family, but especially through the eyes of Sayward, beginning in her life as a girl to its conclusion many decades later. She experiences the gamut of frontier life, from joy to heart-rending tragedy. But there is an overall thesis which serves as a superb refutation to the 1960s generation of America. Richter establishes the pioneer generation, the one which endured the great hardships of the forboding trees of the wilderness, as truly phenomenal in their virtue. Sayward Luckett personifies their virtues in her willingness toward hard work and steel-jawed endurance of the difficulties of frontier life. He then goes on in the final book to develop a son of Sayward who personifies all that is anti-pioneer, and paints him with convincing brushstroke and color. Superimpose the World War II generation and the Vietnam generation over these two and you get the picture. I highly recommend these books!

The Trees (