This Time It’s Different

I'm still slogging my way through Moby Dick. I'm currently on ch. 105, so I only have 30 chapters left to read. It may be the most overwrought book I have ever read, and I am flabbergasted that high school kids could work their way through this thing, or that teachers would want them to. …

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On Seeing the World and Holiness

Another great insight from Moby Dick (this one from ch. 16, "The Ship"): Captain Peleg asks Ishmael why he wants to go sailing. Ishmael's answer is that he wants to see the world. Cap'n Peleg tells him to "take a peep over the weather bow." What did Ishmael see over the weather bow? "Not much," …

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Obedience

I'm reading Moby Dick right now. Herman Melville is not the place I would normally go to receive spiritual advice, but the following, from ch. 9, "The Sermon," is pretty good: And if we obey God, we must disobey ourselves, wherein the hardness of obeying God consists.