Rules and Paradigms: Another look at prescriptive grammar

Way back at the start of this series, I talked about the difference between descriptive grammar, which discusses a language as it is, and prescriptive grammar, which discusses a language (someone says) it should be. While prescriptive grammar is often — and rightly — maligned for being artificial (for example, English speakers have been splitting … Continue reading Rules and Paradigms: Another look at prescriptive grammar

Fractal Faith

One of my areas of learning over the summer has been permaculture, particularly as people are applying it to communities. One of the most interesting conversations going on in that space is the problem of scalability: how to get the micro and macro to functioning together based on the same values and principles. A common … Continue reading Fractal Faith

In the News (Week ending July 13, 2019)

I'm trying something new here this week that may or may not become a recurring element on the blog: Some short reflections on news stories that I feel deserve comment. Without further ado: Hospitality and the Billy Graham RuleThe ‘Billy Graham Rule’? Candidate refuses to meet with women unless a man comes along For those … Continue reading In the News (Week ending July 13, 2019)

The Unruly and Abnormal Holy Spirit

Soviet dissident writer Aleksandr Solzhenitysn famously said that the line between good and evil runs not between states, ideologies, or people, but right through the middle of them. It seems to be the way of life in our fallen world, where even humanity’s greatest and most beautiful aspirations are marred by our ugliest traits. Lust … Continue reading The Unruly and Abnormal Holy Spirit

All Flame

Today is the great and holy feast of Pentecost, one of the most important feasts of the Christian year. Sadly it’s a feast whose significance is often undermined. In many churches, it will likely be reduced to a yearly reminder that Christians believe the Holy Spirit to be One of the Three Persons of the … Continue reading All Flame