Author Archives: Steven Jones

MLK vs Gandhi: The Path of Bonhoeffer

Martin Luther King, Jr and Mahatma Gandhi stand as shining examples of the power of non-violent resistance  to overcome profound injustice.  The similarities in method between the two have oft been noted, as has the one’s (Gandhi) influence on the … Continue reading

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Mary’s Unexpected Christmas: How to Handle When God Interrupts

I wrote previously about how Christmas is not about having the perfect celebration. Christmas is about God interrupting our plans. He does so for His glory and our good. He has a grander plan that is coming true and He is inviting … Continue reading

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Stop Trying to Have a Perfect Christmas

The way we celebrate Christmas reveals a great deal about us. Our society is celebrating in a huge way and we get swept along with the hysteria.  Somewhere along the way, we realize the radical commercial nature of what is going on … Continue reading

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You Should Take Latin

“You should take Latin.” I bombard every student I meet on campus with this phrase. So much so that normally students see me coming and instead of running away turn to meet me and see how long it takes for … Continue reading

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I hate the metric system

I know the title probably upset all my friends who are either European, or scientific, or of the forward thinking academic persuasion.  But I do…I hate the metric system.  Maybe not with the burning fire of a thousand white hot … Continue reading

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Two Roads Diverge: Mary and Martha

Text: Luke 10:38-42 Martha is mad Mary isn’t doing anything.  Martha wants credit, thanks, encouragement, and help.  She blames Mary for being idle. She blames Jesus for letting Mary be idle. We know Jesus rebukes Martha and praises Mary.  We … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Discipline of Chicken Wings

 I love chicken wings. But I don’t just enjoy eating chicken wings because of their obvious deliciousness. I do it as a spiritual discipline.   Before you dismiss me as either being sarcastic or idiotic, hear me out. I am being … Continue reading

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How to Anger English Majors

I love languages.  I specialize in the “dead” languages of Greece and Rome.  But the history and development of languages has always fascinated me.  I was hooked the first moment I heard about Indo-European (which was first hypothesized by William … Continue reading

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The Jones Hegelian Movie Hypothesis

Summary of the Jones Hegelian Movie Hypothesis:  Every movie is the Hegelian synthesis of two previous movies. Every truly great idea has a birth narrative.  This particular idea was conceived while I was departing the theater at the conclusion of … Continue reading

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Shepherding a Child’s Thumos

Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart. -Colossians 3:21 When it comes to parenting, the verse I keep coming back to as the cornerstone of my parenting philosophy is Colossians 3:21.   Paul commands us … Continue reading

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