God’s Prescription for Anxiety and Fear

God’s Prescription for Anxiety and Fear

We are living in a time when fear, anxiety, depression and economic hardships are crushing down on so many people, and Christians are not immune to those troubles.. Trusting God in these times will stretch our faith and make us stronger in the process.
A Little Bit of the Griswolds in Us All

A Little Bit of the Griswolds in Us All

I tend to spend a great deal of time thinking about the future, and I doubt that I’m in the minority in that. For most of us, this is at least partially a byproduct of our jobs. Each year from the middle of August until the end of May, hardly a day goes by that…
Bricks, Mortar, and Wishful  Thinking

Bricks, Mortar, and Wishful Thinking

We are constantly told that in-person, "bricks and mortar" instruction is much better for students than online learning. The truth of this statement seems self-evident, but when evaluating the claim, we need to employ a common economic class assumption to the task. That assumption is expressed in the Latin phrase, ceteris paribus, which, in simple…
Teacher Health Insurance: A Bitter Pill

Teacher Health Insurance: A Bitter Pill

Imagine you have been badgered into going to lunch at a popular, but expensive restaurant. Each entree is an clashing combination of ingredients you would never consider combining and the final results are an assault on your southern taste buds. You are very hungry, however, and know this will be your last chance to eat…
Shopping as a Traitor to the Carbs

Shopping as a Traitor to the Carbs

Imagine you’re attending the biggest social event of the decade, and everyone who is anyone received an invitation. Famous actors, politicians, religious leaders, business titans and a who’s who from the world of sports will be there, but unfortunately for them, so will you. Yes, you received an invitation weeks ago, but you felt yours…
Risking the Lives of the Unvalued

Risking the Lives of the Unvalued

I am a very introspective person, an INFJ to be specific, and as such, I am capable of spending hours a day in quiet deliberations. Writing helps me distill those reflections down to something that is well thought out, encouraging, and hopefully, wise. I do not claim to be a fountain of wisdom. As a…
What Faith Looks Like in a Pandemic

What Faith Looks Like in a Pandemic

In less than 2 weeks, I will walk back into my school building with other teachers for the first time since early March. That, of course, is subject to change because plans are apt to be revised when your school is near the epicenter of a COVID-19 hotspot. Recently, a teacher from another part of…
Carry On Like Normal

Carry On Like Normal

Despite starting in my in mid-30s, I began my teaching career as every educator does, as a very green newbie. Over the 12 years I spent at my first school, I rose from being a novice, teaching geography to bored freshmen, to a department head lecturing to GT students in Advanced Placement classes.  My way…
Big Assumptions, Big Risks

Big Assumptions, Big Risks

Thinking about the choice between online only learning and returning to regular classes reminds me of a scenario I share with my economics classes: Assume you could put seatbelts on every new school bus produced each year for $100 million. Further assume that all kids would wear the seatbelts and, as a result, 3 children…
Faith, Fear and Feeding the Wrong Wolf

Faith, Fear and Feeding the Wrong Wolf

The News: US returns to 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a day and officials warn pandemic will only get worse  (CNN) God: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27…
Unbonded

Unbonded

Do you remember the toughest teachers you ever had? I do not mean the ones that held you to high standards in their field of study. Tough graders make accomplished writers, mathematicians, and economists. The tough ones I remember tended to be generally disagreeable people. Some were cold and acerbic; others were more brash and…
Give Yourself Away

Give Yourself Away

I am waking up this morning at a hotel in the shadow of Kyle Field in College Station. It is a vast structure with a dignity that is rare among football stadiums. On games days, it is packed with excited fans engaged in a collective effort to cheer on their team to victory. While I…