Category: Miscellany

John Calvin

Worthy causes of suffering

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, ESV) And thus Christian exhortations to endure suffering are of this sort: Whether we suffer poverty, exile, imprisonment, contempt, sickness, childlessness, or any such thing,...

Martin Luther


Don’t believe everything you hear. Don’t speak everything you know. Don’t do everything you can. — Martin Luther Quoted in Luther on Leadership by Stephen J. Nichols, p. 65.


An ordered life

From time to time, every man must pause for a moment of introspection. Is the life he’s living purposeful? Socrates stated that “The unexamined life is not worth living.” One tends to agree, but with the understanding that an unexamined life is unworthy not because it is unexamined but because, by...

3-61 CAV


A message from a friend today alerted me to a series of newspaper articles: “For Alex“. Alex was my friend. I can hardly think of him without tears. He was one of nine men who were killed in combat in Iraq with my unit. All of the Soldiers in that unit...


The Frog I Met

Here’s a nonsense poem I wrote in 1999 during my last semester in college at The University of Alabama. The Frog I Met (By Sparky) Running in the fields today, I met a bullfrog in the hay. Red with yellow polka-dots, He was an odd fellow from an odd lot. Frog...