Apparently, at 7 a.m. the high school janitor was hard at work because those halogen lights were already beaming above our heads as my wife and I said our “have a good day” and headed toward our perspective classes. I walked into my dark room, turned on the lights, and after making myself a …

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I’ve been thinking a lot about kindness lately. Not by choice. By way of the cute little love notes God leaves around the corners of my life. You know the way.

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You can see it all the way below where I sum up my abilities in a manner that makes all this a little more credible. I’m a professor, a lawyer, and an ethicist. You know enough about the first two prongs I’d bet. Professors teach. Lawyers litigate. But, what in the world does an ethicist do?…

Today, just as there was in the ancient world, there is a need for the people of God to assume the role of a watchman. If Christians do not share the gospel and warn the world that Jesus is the only hope for our future and is returning soon...who will?

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Well, tomorrow is the first day of school (this column was written Tuesday). Teachers have spent most of today putting last minute touches on their virtual classrooms (I put a blue lamp up in mine), as well as meeting with administrators. While walking through these revered halls, on the day…

Sometimes the dark side tries to bring us down and discourage us and if we continue down this dreary path, we will agree that our life is not worth much and no one really cares. However, there is some incredibly good news; the Bible as the highest standard of absolute truth clearly establish…

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The past two weeks, I’ve shared with you all some stories from the day our baby boy Jaxson was born back on July 8th. So this week, I just wanted to wrap up the story by telling you all about the extra few days we spent in the hospital before we were able to take Jaxson home.

“Go west young man.” Every time I visit my father in Oregon those words linger in my mind like a forgotten epiphany. Don’t tell the governor, but as our plane flew thousands of feet over the Midwest, my eyes fell over the vast planes and eventually snowcapped mountains, their icy tops mockin…

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You’ve heard TikTok hit the news cycles lately. There are some business, political, and legal forces carrying it into the spotlight. I want to explain the perceived risk of TikTok, which is only one that’s facing similar controversy. You may not use TikTok. There certainly are many people wh…

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She stood outside in the rain and lifted her hands toward an overcast sky. I wondered what it must be like to be that strong. To praise God in such sorrow. My cousin Teresa, although I’ve always viewed her more as an aunt, had just lost her husband. It would be hard to picture them not toget…

Within the Christian faith, we understand that an individual will not come to God on their own. The depravity of mankind and the lost condition of their spiritual state prevents everyone from having a desire to love and serve or even an interest in God until God intervenes. So, what can caus…

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Last week, I tried to tell you all as much as I could about the birth of my baby, but of course I just couldn’t fit everything into one column. So this week I wanted to share some more about what it was like for us and our parents when Jaxson entered the world.

While plundering through my library the other day, looking for something entertaining to read, I came across Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House.” I am not a huge fan of horror novels, mainly because they scare me, and not necessarily when I am awake. It is when I fall asleep that …

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The last time I mowed my grass at my rental house I’ve lived at for the last three years was much like my first.

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I commit to you that I will not be discussing election security in a weekly dosage as we countdown the days before that Tuesday. I could. There are enough concerns over election security from foreign influence to voting itself. Every election season the pickin’ gets riper for hackers to infi…

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I commit to you that I will not be discussing election security in a weekly dosage as we countdown the days before that Tuesday. I could. There are enough concerns over election security from foreign influence to voting itself. Every election season the pickin’ gets riper for hackers to infi…

The Christian worldview of life is about learning what God requires and willingly accepting the call to become a devoted disciple of Christ. This life-changing decision has everything to do with yielding mind, body, and soul to the Creator of heaven and earth. It’s definitely worth consideri…

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It has been over six weeks since I've written a column which is by far the longest I've gone since I started this thing back in 2013. But hopefully you all will give me a pass on my absence as I've been on paternity leave following the birth of my son, Jaxson Robert Hall.

On my desk in my classroom sits a bobblehead Batman whose demeanor remains as stoic as the day I placed him behind my keyboard. In some weird sense in my mind, he marches on; he keeps his plastic vigil of inanimate reflection here in this little classroom with its off-white walls and field o…

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Before my yammering about the newest privacy risks, and everything else fearful and loathsome about modern technologies and communications, indulge my quite public wishes to your and my editor, the wonderful Erin Cox, on her cats’ upcoming birthdays. I’m a cat guy myself, judge ye as you may…

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As I welcome in the big 3-0 today, I find myself reminiscing on the aspects of life I use the most energy and time.

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We are living in perilous times and now more than ever I’m reminded of the old saying that if we do not stand for something, we will fall for anything. However, the call to step forward as a soldier for the Lord does not imply that God needs us to defend Him physically, the Creator is more t…

It's not a coincidence that the same folks who wrongly predicted Kentucky would face a half-billion dollar budget shortfall at the end of the fiscal year on June 30 continue to pitch a gloom-and-doom scenario to pressure Congress to spend $1 trillion to bail out states.

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Although my wife and I attended different high schools and graduated at different times, being teachers afforded us some exciting moments we missed growing up together. So far, we have attended at least four different proms together. Our first slow dance at prom was "Just the Way You Are" by…

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No matter what side of the aisle you tend to walk along, you’re hearing from both main parties’ spokespeople that the upcoming general election will be scandalous. The 2016 results had one side cry “Foul!” at Russian interference, and the upcoming exercise of democracy has preemptively been …

I realize that church leaders must be real with their feelings because if the "human factor" did not come through our personalities, we would all seem very robotic. But at the same time, many feel pressure to be excited and happy all the time because they want to keep everyone pumped up, and…

Cookie-cutter online learning programs offered by Kentucky school districts during the COVID-19 shutdown in the spring failed to attract thousands of students and fell short in keeping multitudes of others engaged.

On my desk sits an old, brass nautical compass. Around its circumference are three screws I assume exist to bolt the apparatus to the stationary surface of a water vessel, but I am guessing. No matter, my compass is for aesthetic means as I do not own a boat, just a lot of books.

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Sometimes I consider the threats to our information security as all sitting along a nearly endless continuum. There are so many degrees of issues, maybe as many as there are positive outcomes from our technological progress during the past 50 years since the internet came to be. Last week, f…

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Every week I type up some thoughts and email them to our rock star editors. Each week those thoughts are published and either skimmed over or glanced at by each of you, the readers. Some weeks are more interesting, some more entertaining, some maybe are even lackluster by popular opinion. Th…

Christ as the rose of Sharon was willing to be crushed and this holy fragrance of love reveals the nature of God’s amazing grace. His blood was the ultimate sacrifice as it redeemed and paid for the sins of all who would believe and accept Him as their Savior.

Natalie Goldberg once said, “Stress is an ignorant state. It believes everything is an emergency.” What an accurate statement. Sometimes I feel like stress is a living creature that actually feeds on ignorance or the unknown, sometimes manipulating a person’s judgments.

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In about one month the new school year launches. Whether your student attends in person or remotely, there are commonalities. They’ll love and hate being in class. They’ll be part of future history lessons about the novel coronavirus pandemic. If they’re athletes, their sporting careers are …

They say good things come to those who wait. They also say the early bird gets the worm. I don’t know who they are, but they need to get together and get on the same page because all of these mixed messages are starting to give me whiplash.

I’ve spent the past two days in a funk. I’ve been quiet, withdrawn, and I’ve thrown myself into new projects around the house. I make mention of this often, but I’m a loner. I spend most of my time alone during the day. I’ve grown to enjoy it. I get this trait from my mother.

Within the Christian life, there are many pillars of truth which are critical to our spiritual development and one of these is discernment. The word may have several meanings, but mostly it’s associated with having spiritual sensitivity. Within the Biblical view it is used to identify whethe…

As an educator, there is nothing more upsetting or discouraging than seeing a once-promising former student who has fallen through the cracks of a social system that contains the ever-present reality of institutional racism. Educators see and feel the effects of childhood trauma in their cla…

It's been one of those weeks already, one where the whole world seems upside down. Sometimes I get tickled. I envision having all my ducks in a row, when suddenly one makes a mad dash for the pond, and I stumble and fall to catch it. That's how I've felt, I'm dashing here and there, swooping…

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I don’t use Twitter. Never tweeted. I crow about things too often, and then am treated to dining on said crow an appropriate number of times most would agree. I also never got hooked by Friendster, nor MySpace, Facebook’s wall where “edzuger” holds a place in its house is blank. Here, for yo…

I’m still about a month away from my one-year anniversary working for the Times-Tribune. I remember after getting the phone call saying I had gotten the job last summer, and after the initial shot of adrenaline, I soon caught a case of the “nervousness.” I think it’s normal for most people w…

As summer dwindles away and that crucial day when school officially starts gets closer, I feel a mounting anxiety that always accompanies the unknown. And even though there are “guidelines” and suggestions and rules, nothing prepares one completely for the unexpected. But training helps.

Someone mentioned the other day about how after pouring out some heated frustrations on one of their Facebook sessions, they had a headache and was terribly depressed. For those who read this column regularly, you know I do not talk a lot about politics or social issues. I just feel we alrea…

Back in February, caution was in order, as we knew little about the tiny COVID-19 virus whose threat loomed large. What else could we do but follow our leaders and public health experts? After four months of an impact compared to a bad flu season, many wonder why the extreme shutdown occurre…

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