Faith & Society

The Joys of Life

The Joys of Life

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Ricochet.com.

In an effort to squeegee politics out of my life for a long weekend, I recently attended several sporting events that highlighted my granddaughters’ skills in soccer and swimming.… More>

Grove City College 2017 Commencement — Featuring Distinguished Guest, Vice President Mike Pence

Grove City College 2017 Commencement — Featuring Distinguished Guest, Vice President Mike Pence On Saturday, May 20, Grove City College was honored to welcome Vice President Mike Pence as the 2017 commencement speaker. The large crowd of nearly 5,000 people gave Vice President Pence three standing ovations during his address. After his speech,… More>

Where’s Our Outrage?

Where’s Our Outrage?

After Katie Rich, a Saturday Night Live writer, tweeted last week that 10-year-old Barron Trump “will be this country’s first homeschool shooter,” she was widely lambasted on social media. Her inappropriate, insensitive remarks deserve to be widely denounced. No child … More>

The Center for Vision & Values Presents: Top 10 of 2016

The Center for Vision & Values Presents: Top 10 of 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. We celebrated an all-time high in website traffic, an exponential growth in social media (approaching 35,000 Facebook fans), and a record number of … More>

Tribute: Remembering the Man who Defended Grove City College before the Supreme Court

Tribute: Remembering the Man who Defended Grove City College before the Supreme Court

David M. Lascell, the lawyer who argued Grove City College’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case, died unexpectedly on Friday at age 74. Lascell was a gentleman, superb lawyer, witty, winsome, and just plain likable. He was a Trustee Emeritus and … More>

Obama’s College ‘Scorecard’ Doesn’t Measure Up

Obama’s College ‘Scorecard’ Doesn’t Measure Up

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The Department of Education has released its “College Scorecard,” a searchable college-affordability database that President Obama described as containing “reliable data on every institution of higher education.”

Unfortunately, that simply … More>

My Self-Control is Running on Empty

My Self-Control is Running on Empty

Self-control is more important than self-esteem. The ability to control one’s activities is more predictive of success than is intelligence. When it comes to self-control, research supports Ralph Waldo Emerson’s adage that “character is higher than intellect.” What does the … More>

Practice Resurrection

Practice Resurrection

Editor’s note: Dr. H. Collin Messer delivered the below Harbison Chapel address on April 30 in recognition of being chosen Grove City College’s 2015 Professor of the Year. In his talk Messer teaches us something important about Christ’s resurrection and More>

Great Expectations?

Great Expectations?

“If your children are no better than you are, you have fathered them in vain, indeed you have lived in vain.”

-Solzhenitsyn from “Cancer Ward”

Actually, I am not satisfied merely if my children are better than I am, for … More>

STREAMING VIDEO – 2015 – Ninth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

STREAMING VIDEO – 2015 – Ninth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

In the Ninth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture, “Reagan for the Millennials,” best-selling Reagan biographer and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Paul Kengor, interviews two special guests: Andrew Coffin ’98, Young America’s Foundation … More>

I Am a Conservative Western Christian

I Am a Conservative Western Christian

In my political views, I consider myself to be a conservative American. In my religious beliefs, I consider myself to be a conservative Christian. I am a conservative Western Christian. Sometimes, however, my two conservative bents seem to be in … More>

Truth and Fiction at Christmastime

Truth and Fiction at Christmastime

It strikes me that fiction plays a major role in our annual Christmastime celebrations. Our little children hear far more about Santa Claus, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, and other fictitious characters than about the Nativity. I don’t mean that as … More>

Dickens’ Christmas Mystery

Dickens’ Christmas Mystery

For fun Christmas reading this season, I highly recommend John Grisham’s “Skipping Christmas,” or Maeve Binchy’s “This Year It Will Be Different.” For a more thought-provoking read, however, I suggest Charles Dickens’ short story, “A Christmas Tree.”

Art work by … More>

My Imperfect Thanks

My Imperfect Thanks

Christian psychologist David Myers, in his writing and speaking about happiness, has suggested that long-term human happiness is not particularly dependent on our wealth or health. If you tell him that a year ago one person won millions of dollars … More>

God and Dick Scaife

God and Dick Scaife

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The American Spectator.

I was saddened to wake up the morning of July 4 and learn that Richard Mellon Scaife, Pittsburgh billionaire, conservative philanthropist extraordinaire, and spearhead of Hillary Clinton’s ominous “vast right-wing … More>

Daddy, daddy, are you OK?

Daddy, daddy, are you OK?

I took my first CPR course as a young adult, as required by my employer. I had taken an entry level job as a residential manager (houseparent), working with handicapped adults in a small group home setting. I was being … More>

Is heaven for real?

Is heaven for real?

The movie “Heaven Is for Real,” based on The New York Times bestseller of the same name, made an impressive debut last week. The film recounts the near-death experience (NDE) of then 4-year-old Colton Burpo as told by his father, … More>

Forgiveness Incarnate

Forgiveness Incarnate

On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate.

Our responsibility to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) requires us to practice forgiveness. Indeed, … More>

STREAMING VIDEO – C-SPAN BOOK-TV – 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative

STREAMING VIDEO – C-SPAN BOOK-TV – 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative

On February 21, 2014, Dr. Paul Kengor, political science professor at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, spoke before a sold-out audience at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. The event … More>

Mind Control

Mind Control

Ten degrees, below zero. Bitter wind chills. Snow to shovel. Nasty head cold. Stuffy and sneezy. Coughing. But I choose to control my thinking. I choose not to ruminate on todays’ struggles, real and difficult though they are. Instead, I … More>

Alone Again?

Alone Again?

Our elderly church member and friend had been widowed, again. When we visited his home, we saw that he had written on his calendar, “Alone again.” He was a man of strong faith, and he was not questioning the presence … More>

A miracle or coincidence?

A miracle or coincidence?

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Every now and then, something unforeseen and special happens—something that logic or reason would tell you is either impossible or that the odds against it happening are overwhelming. And yet those things … More>

Transformational Thanksgiving

Transformational Thanksgiving

Historically, the field of psychology focused on mental illness and dysfunction. Positive psychology developed as a unique new subdiscipline as recently as 1998. Instead of investigating the question of what went wrong, positive psychology seeks to understand the fulfilling aspects … More>

Bonding over baseball

Bonding over baseball

Editor’s note: Another version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

My cousin Drew is a 45-year-old veteran of the first Gulf War (1991), which he served aboard a battleship in the Persian Gulf. A former high school … More>

Intentional dementia

Intentional dementia

During Mother’s last few months, conversations were extremely difficult to follow because her mind seamlessly switched from one decade to another. Isaac Singer writes, “Sometimes she’d tangle one story with another and couldn’t find her way out” (In My Father’s … More>

In memoriam – An FBI life

In memoriam – An FBI life

Editor’s note: Edward S. Miller was a 1949 Grove City College graduate and a lifetime G-Man who left behind a trail of fascinating tales that merit remembrance. This article first appeared at The American Spectator.

America has lost … More>

My inheritance

My inheritance

The great 20th century novelist Chaim Potok wrote, in his novel, My Name Is Asher Lev, “You have a gift, Asher Lev. You have a responsibility.” My Mom had a gift of 89 years, 89 years to live her … More>

Alex Karras, RIP

Alex Karras, RIP

Alex Karras, the former Detroit Lions All-Pro defensive tackle and later a successful actor, died on October 10. I have vivid memories of him before he ever gained immortality as “Mongo” in “Blazing Saddles” or as the stepdad of “Webster.”… More>

V&V Q&A With Drs. Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter on “Getting Jefferson Right”

V&V Q&A With Drs. Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter on “Getting Jefferson Right”

Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, we interview the co-authors of ”Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President.” Dr. Warren More>

The Catholic Bishops v. Obama? President Obama and Justice Ginsburg on America’s “Rather Old Constitution”

The Catholic Bishops v. Obama? President Obama and Justice Ginsburg on America’s “Rather Old Constitution”

I’ve gotten some very interesting emails regarding President Obama’s mandate commanding Roman Catholics (and many evangelical Protestants) to violate their consciences by providing mandatory contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals. The emailers noted that Obama’s action will force Catholics to challenge … More>

Race, Segregation, and Heaven

Race, Segregation, and Heaven

The new movie, “The Help,” based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling book by the same name, continues to lead ticket sales at the box office. Both dramatize the extent and tragedy of segregation and discrimination in the South during the early … More>

Controversy Over Heaven

Controversy Over Heaven

The Red Hook section of Brooklyn recently renamed a street “Seven in Heaven Way” to honor seven firefighters who died trying to rescue victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center. The street was given this … More>

Thanks, Pop

Thanks, Pop

Father’s Day is a poignant occasion for me, as for many. I never knew my biological father, who died in an accident. Mom and I lived near Detroit with her oldest sister and her husband, who were childless. That’s how … More>

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and hell are in the news and on Americans’ minds a lot lately. “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” is currently number one on The New York Times Best … More>

Lost Religious Liberty Around the World

Lost Religious Liberty Around the World Guest Commentary

Americans take religious liberty for granted. Unfortunately, this most fundamental freedom is not protected in many countries around the world.

Religious liberty is the proverbial canary in the mine. If a state won’t respect this most basic freedom … More>