Whatever Is True

Left, Right, & Center. Understanding each other through the classical liberal tradition.


Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phil. 4:8

June 18, 2020

A flurry of corporate changes have followed in the wake of the George Floyd protests. Perhaps inspired by the Onion article suggesting that Aunt Jemima be replaced with Sheila, a bisexual black lawyer who loves skiing, parent company Pepsi Co decided to discontinue the...

June 18, 2020

Sixteen years ago I made a decision that I’ll never regret. I chose to jettison my traditional Ob-Gyn for a (illegal-at-the-time) midwife. I labored in a big blow-up swimming pool and had Asher on the bed. Two years later, Solomon came so fast that he was born right in...

June 8, 2020

I read a proverb this morning claiming that wisdom existed before anything else did, and that it's been there all along. Let's ask for wisdom now to navigate our current conversation with dignity and grace.

As I often do on this blog, I'll start with one side of our cul...

May 31, 2020

Those outraged by a system of unaccountable police abuse and mass incarceration, often racialized, have a tough question in front of them. How do we respond to the riots that broke out during the George Floyd protests? After all, the peaceful protests of black athletes...

March 20, 2020

Many of us are central planners ourselves; we are the ones who make the decisions for production and distribution in our households, businesses, and social institutions. When an emergency arises, we are the ones who decide how to respond. So it’s only natural that with...

November 12, 2019

Here's me talking to the kids at Faith Ascent this summer.

May 5, 2019

I Want My Children to be Free

In the days of the old republic, we talked of what it meant to be free.  We knew what slavery really looked like: a slave must not be allowed to read, must not be allowed to think, must not be allowed to reflect.  He must not rule any aspec...

April 13, 2019

(At a recent retreat, I wrote a paraphrased version of Psalm 139 as a form of contemplation. This painting is by Hilary Sylvester at Baruch designs.) 

“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast are the sum of them!”

Dear Lord,

You’re paying such close attentio...

April 10, 2019

I recently took a group of students to a conference at Georgetown University, and we tacked on a day to electrically scoot ourselves all over Washington D.C.  Don't get me wrong: I was thrilled to see the Air and Space Museum, and for my students to steep themselves in...

January 8, 2019

This talk was presented to faculty who gathered at a recent Urbana conference in St. Louis.

Hello, my name is Rachel, and I am a recovering sinner.  (Hi, Rachel).  George Stulac and John Inazu asked me to talk to you today about spiritual formation, and since I’m 100% c...

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