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September 29, 2017

 In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, the main character finds himself on an island paradise with the promise of immortality from Calypso, a goddess who loves him. With so much to appreciate, what could possibly be missing? Nevertheless, Odysseus cannot shake a deeper lo...

August 25, 2017

 When I was in high school, my church’s youth group was very small. As triplets, my sisters and I constituted about a third of the group! Therefore, I started a coalition of local youth groups that met periodically for larger events, and I called it “Eclipse.” The tag...

August 4, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg does it once a fortnight.
 
Bill Gates does it once a week.
 
Elon Musk used to do it twice a day.
 
Unfortunately, according to recent statistics, one out of five first year uni students has never done it at all. Not even once.

I’m referring to reading...

July 14, 2017

Shortly before the famous Battle of Agincourt in 1415, things were looking bleak for the British.  Really bleak.

On the morning of October 25th (the feast of Saint Crispin), the English troops found themselves outnumbered 5 to 1 by the French army. Having just marched 4...

June 21, 2017

Soon after preparing a discussion for a geometry class, I read a recent article about the future job market.  It noted that, according to a new report, 40% of jobs in Australia are likely to be automated in the next 10 to 15 years.  To thrive in the future workforce, e...

May 31, 2017

Can sincerely held moral convictions be wrong?

Two weeks ago I spent an entire school day with the Year 12 students at Toowoomba Christian College. From 9:00 am – 3:00 pm we discussed this question, which is the central focus of C. S. Lewis’ The Abolition of Man.

To se...

May 10, 2017

When you see something stunningly beautiful, what's the first thing you reach for? Like many people, I reach for a camera. But why? And what might this tendency have to do with why we go to university?

In a recent article, R. J. Snell (Director for the Center on the U...