Monday Coffee with Jack and Tollers

What Aristotle and Michael Scott Have in Common - Coffee with Jack and Tollers (Day 6)

What Aristotle and Michael Scott Have in Common - Coffee with Jack and Tollers (Day 6)

Knowledge of the fact differs from the knowledge of the reason for the fact. - Aristotle “Why are you the way that you are?” - Michael Scott to Toby Flenderson   Deconstruction is a popular buzzword in many circles today, especially those coming from strong religious or ideological persuasions. But the fact is, the concept and program of ‘deconstruction’ is nothing new. It started several hundred years ago with the Enlightenment* and with our culture's adoption of modernity. We live in what the sociologist Charles Taylor calls “a secular age.” And that secular age is obsessed with data, analytics, information,...

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Why You Should Re-Read 'A Letter From Birmingham Jail': Monday offee with Jack and Tollers (Day 5)

Why You Should Re-Read 'A Letter From Birmingham Jail': Monday offee with Jack and Tollers (Day 5)

MLK's letter should continue to be the prophetic manifesto for those who seek racial justice and equality. It will not due to discount it as only relevant to a situational past any more than it will due to discount the Pauline epistles as only relevant to their context. "So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

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Why You Should Make Resolutions (Even if You Can't Keep Them) - Monday Coffee With Jack and Tollers (Day 4)

Why You Should Make Resolutions (Even if You Can't Keep Them) - Monday Coffee With Jack and Tollers (Day 4)

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. - G.K. Chesterton

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Why Teenagers Give Cat Cadavers Names and Wizards Don't - Monday Coffee with Jack and Tollers (Day 3)

Why Teenagers Give Cat Cadavers Names and Wizards Don't - Monday Coffee with Jack and Tollers (Day 3)

Someone (somewhere that I cannot recall) once said, “If you want to really understand something, you have to kill it first.” There is something to be understood by killing something. But we rarely, if ever, have the power to resurrect it back to life once we’ve killed it. I think all of us recognize at the end of the day we much prefer the cat alive and with all its mystery over the cat dead and comprehended. 

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The Beautiful Paradox of Christmas - Monday Coffee with Jack and Tollers (Day 2)

The Beautiful Paradox of Christmas - Monday Coffee with Jack and Tollers (Day 2)

Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home. - G.K. Chesterton

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