Pro Bono

Pro Bono is a Latin term meaning “for the good.” This expression came to mind as I read an essay by G.K. Chesterton comparing two groups of people: the miserly and the thrifty. Thrift, Chesterton argues, is a virtue while the miserly life is miserable.

A thrifty person is one who maximizes resources for their thriving and the thriving of those they may serve. “Thrift,” Chesterton says, “in itself is always a thirst to make all things thrive, animal, vegetable, or mineral; to make them prosper and produce; to prevent their being wasted, or, in other words, destroyed.”

The thrifty person multiplies her resources. The miser hides all within their reach. The miser’s resources rust and rot behind a facade of being thrifty. But thrift seeks thriving. A miser guards, saves, protects, buries, resources keeping them from doing any good at all. Their treasures waste away tucked in the pristine cell of a savings account. They will be divided among strangers one day.

The miser is like the control freak, in the end they loose what they crave most. The person obsessed with control ends up losing control not gaining it. The person obsessed with accumulating and saving money ends up wasting it not saving it. As Chesterton teaches us, “the miser is not a more thrifty man but a much less thrifty man, for he wastes money more than a spendthrift.”

Are you miserly or thrifty? How are you using your resources to help others thrive?

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What To Do With Fallen Heroes

What are we to do with all our fallen heroes? Would it be better to not have heroes of the faith? Should we just assume and expect the worst?

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Brewing To Continue Soon

Perhaps you can call it a coffee break given the espresso motif of my blog. Whatever you call it, in order to focus on end of semester projects and a looming deadline for my next book, Theolatte will be closed for a few more weeks. Freshly brewed posts will resume at the end of May. Thanks for understanding!

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Your Weekend Worldview Reader

Here’s your Weekend Worldview Reader with links to articles, essays, reviews, and videos that I consider to be interesting or important from a biblical worldview perspective. Any work that I point to is not an endorsement, but rather an invitation for you to think deeply about your faith and the world around you.

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Living Water Plenary Sessions

Last week at Cedarville University the Center for Biblical Apologetics hosted its second annual conference. This year’s them was “Living Water: Living & Sharing the Gospel in a Sexually Broken World. Our key note speakers were Sam Allberry and Rosaria Butterfield. The video from the plenary sessions are posted below.

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Jane Austen

This weekend I made a digital sketch of the English novelist Jane Austen. She is one of my wife’s favorite authors. Like many of my other sketches, I have prints available on Etsy.

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Five Reasons You Might Be Experiencing Post-Easter Blues

Ho much of life is anticipation. We spend far more time looking forward to things than we do enjoying them. Some would argue, correctly I think, that we derive more joy from the anticipation than from the experience itself.

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