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Three Things I Love About Easter

Some days I aspire to be a semi-competent armchair theologian. This is one of those days. #1 Candy Yeah, let’s get that one out of the way. It’s the 800 pound chocolate gorilla in the room. It’s no where as deep as the next two, but I have to think even Dr. Atkins got his … Continue reading »

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Old School Resolutions

Don’t forget to give us some Facebook love. Please like us and share us on your wall. Now is a time of year when many people begin thinking about New Year’s resolutions or at least begin to think about thinking about them. Some of the more common ones are lose weight, get fit, quit smoking, … Continue reading »

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Bribe Your Children With Candy

My day job has me working with hundreds of educators. The ones I seem to have the best connection with are the ones that are  the most — surprise — Old School. These are the teachers, principals and counselors that embody the most Old School values and common sense despite the ton of paperwork, testing … Continue reading »

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Making Boys Into Men: A Small Step

A few months ago a friend of mine, Aaron, and I were discussing Vern Poythress, a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.  Dr. Poythress had taken an unusual approach to raising his sons. Dr. Poythress essentially has borrowed from the Jewish tradition of  training and ceremony that is the bar mitzvah and put it … Continue reading »

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A Singer, Billy Graham & Quiet Time

While you’re here, do the Old Man a favor and “like” OSR on our Facebook page. It’s another Theology Thursday Discussing religion in a blog dedicated to Old School Rules feels like discussing with a widow the $100,000 her late husband owed you. Sure, it needs to be done, but that doesn’t make it any less potentially awkward. The … Continue reading »

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Old School Romance Novel

I visit Challies virtually every morning. I think of the site as the Drudge Report or Huffpo of the reformed theological universe. (That’s meant as a compliment!) One of today’s topics is romance novels. This morning he linked to a “pro” viewpoint. A few weeks back he linked to a “con” viewpoint. In the con … Continue reading »

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Old School Rules of Parenting

Wesley’s 16 Rules Right now I have six kids in my house, ranging in ages from 4-1/2 years to 1 month. I am up to the task. OK, let’s get real. The Smokin’ Hot Wife is up to the task. Though I like to think I cover it well, there are moments when I feel … Continue reading »

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OSR @ The Movies: Gran Torino

I love this movie. I grew up with many Walt Kowalskis. Capable men. Tough men. At times, grizzled men. Men that drank beer without opining on its taste or hops. Men that were flawed. Men that had a less than genteel sense of humor. To borrow a line from Walt’s priest, the movie was “bittersweet.” … Continue reading »

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I Have Cracked The Rob Bell Code

Rob Bell is a guy who until recently, had dyed blonde highlights and spanky-lookin’ trendy eyeglasses. Not Old School. Recently he wrote a book. He called it “Love Wins”. I think he called it that because the title, “Heresy, Twisted Scripture, Ignore God’s Justice and 2,000 Years of Christian History” seemed, well, too wordy. (If … Continue reading »

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Why I like small churches

*Before you get caught up in my opinionated opining, don’t forget to click the link at the top of the page and “like” Old School Rules blog on Facebook. Be sure to subscribe, too. OK, let’s get started. It’s another Theology Thursday Discussing religion in a blog dedicated to Old School Rules feels like discussing with … Continue reading »

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