Tag Archives: Karen Swallow Prior

The Error In “There Are No Stupid Questions”

A friend of mine teaches High School physics. He’s known for telling his students: “There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking them.” That sounds harsh, but he’s also one of the most popular teachers at the school. I … Continue reading

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Caring about Climate Change is Biblical

[Updated from the archives.] Denial of Overwhelming Evidence According to a report on NPR: Academies of science around the world agree that climate change is real and caused largely by burning fossil fuels. So do many professional scientific organizations. Polls … Continue reading

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When the Judge Gets Cross-Examined – my secrets revealed

[A lot of people ask me what it’s like being a trial court judge. The answers can be found in this interview Michelle Van Loon posted on her blog Pilgrim’s Road Trip back in 2013, and which she’s graciously allowed … Continue reading

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Writing Tips from Ernest Hemingway and Jack London on Inspiration

Karen Swallow Prior tweeted a link to some stats on word counts of accomplished writers; I'm with Ernest: The Daily Word Counts of 39 Famous Authors https://t.co/JuHED3vLTW — Karen Swallow Prior (@LoveLifeLitGod) January 4, 2016 Good choice, Karen. Hemingway only wrote … Continue reading

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Fierce Coffee Mugging

I have a new favorite coffee mug: If you want to learn about the mug’s logo, you can read: The Fierce Convictions of Hannah More – a review of Karen Swallow Prior’s biography of a poet, reformer and abolitionist. And for … Continue reading

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Jane Austen Novels and Hannah More’s Life – intersecting planes

Jane Austen and Hannah More were contemporaries in the late 1700s and early 1800s (even though More was born long before Austen and lived well after Austen’s death). Austen is known for her novels, and while she did not invent … Continue reading

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The Fierce Convictions of Hannah More – a review of Karen Swallow Prior’s biography of a poet, reformer and abolitionist

A Consecrated Pen In Fierce Convictions – The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (2014, Thomas Nelson), Karen Swallow Prior presents the life of a woman described by John Newton as wielding “a consecrated pen.” One might be tempted … Continue reading

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Saturday Quotable – Karen Swallow Prior on the Prodigal Son

Reflecting on Luke 15:11-32 It is hard, after all, to love a God of justice and righteousness and not to love those qualities overmuch. It strains our human frailty to hate rebellion, squandering, and wantonness – prodigality – and yet … Continue reading

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Ironic Detachment, The New Sincerity, And Me

I was recently introduced to the New Sincerity movement in a book review by Karen Swallow Prior where she explains it as, a trend within popular culture “that prioritizes the virtues of sincerity and authenticity over just about anything else” … Continue reading

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Crazy Norwegians and the Foolishness of the Apostle Paul

Old MacDonald better step aside, because now we have this new mind-blowing animal song.* This video is all kinds of awesome, but the best part for me is that I’ve discovered I speak Elephant: they toot and so do I! The … Continue reading

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