Today is the two hundred seventy-seventh anniversary of the birth of the Trumpet of the Revolution, Patrick Henry, Esquire.
Ever since I can remember, Patrick Henry has been one of my heroes. He was a tireless defender of liberty, and his stirring cry of “Give me liberty or give me death!” is one of the most well-recognized phrases in American history.
However, it is sobering – though worthwhile – to consider that, less than three hundred years after his birth, the union of states which he helped found has descended, in many respects, to greater … Read the rest
If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all.” – Jacob G. Hornberger, 1995
Growing up, I was an average Christian conservative. Though I wasn’t old enough to vote, I considered myself a Republican – mostly because I came from long lines on both sides who had always voted red. I waved the flag, ate apple pie, sang the Star-Spangled Banner, and diligently recited the pledge of allegiance when given the opportunity.
I believed the American colonies had justly revolted against the British crown in 1776, … Read the rest
Note: I walked into my first Communicators for Christ conference expecting to get over my dread of public speaking. The last thing I expected was for it to change my life. But it did.
Dear Institute for Cultural Communicators (ICC),
I hated public speaking.
By the time I graduated from high school I had spoken in front of people five times – yes, I can list every single instance – and the fifth time had been a two-minute graduation speech that I delivered with my word-for-word speech script held tightly in … Read the rest
I think it was the summer of 2008 when I first read Alex and Brett Harris’s book, “Do Hard Things.” Prior to reading the book, I knew nothing about the twin brothers or the “Rebelution” movement they had started two years prior.
At the age of sixteen, they had started the Rebelution blog as a “teenage rebellion against low expectations.” Their premise was simple: people today don’t expect teenagers to contribute anything worthwhile to society; many don’t even think teenagers are capable of such productive actions. Our society is built … Read the rest
We spent the last two weeks looking at God’s story and the anti-story, and how those stories have played out, both in the history of the world and in our society today. We were challenged to consider what story we have bought into, who we are allowing to author our story. We covered a lot of territory, some of which I plan to revisit down the road. But today – and for the next week – I want to shift gears and share with you some of my story.
Teach Them Diligently
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