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Give Me Liberty: Patrick Henry’s Rhetoric

Aristotle defined rhetoric as using all the available means of persuasion. Although not every speech is designed to persuade, let's examine the rhetorical devices of a persuasive speech that has played a foundational role in our American experience: Patrick Henry's “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death." He spoke to [...]

By |2023-12-02T17:05:17+00:00December 2, 2023|Blog, Words Dr Blog|0 Comments

Parenting: the Authority Conundrum

The exercise of authority, whether in business, politics, or at home, is a difficult task, at least for those who wish to exercise it for the benefit of others and not merely for self-aggrandizement and the raw use of power. People in authority are in positions of service no less [...]

By |2023-11-30T19:03:15+00:00November 30, 2023|The Lazarus Chronicles Articles, TLC|0 Comments

“Be the Parent!” You Have the Right and Responsibility

Today, I begin a series of lessons on parenting. Drawing on my own experiences as a parent, my experiences with others in my ministerial career, and my readings from various experts. In particular, several of the topics I've chosen come from an article in First Things, October 2016, “Don't Ask [...]

By |2023-11-16T19:16:59+00:00November 16, 2023|The Lazarus Chronicles Articles, TLC|0 Comments

This Moment Is NOT Everything

Perhaps you've been encouraged to take advantage of your time because of hearing the mantra, “This moment is everything.” Maybe you have been captured by the Latin phrase, “Carpe Diem,” (seize the day), made famous by one of the worst movies ever produced. On the good side, each of these [...]

By |2023-11-10T17:38:36+00:00November 10, 2023|The Lazarus Chronicles Articles, TLC|0 Comments

A Father Counsels His Son on Rhetoric, Part II

A Father Counsels His Sons How to Use Rhetoric in Family Life Part II DEFINING POLICY AND TERMS Another area of the use of rhetoric is what the Roman orator Cicero called discussions about policy or the deliberative discussion. One domestic policy in our house concerned cleaning your rooms. Your [...]

By |2023-11-08T16:07:37+00:00November 8, 2023|Blog, Words Dr Blog|0 Comments

Mr. Hyde Just Won’t Go Away!

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. His novel tells the story of a good doctor who was transformed into the mysterious and evil Mr. Hyde by ingesting a strange potion. Little did Stevenson know that his novel would spawn a name descriptive of [...]

By |2023-11-04T01:25:10+00:00November 4, 2023|The Lazarus Chronicles Articles, TLC|0 Comments

A Father Counsels His Son on the Uses of Rhetoric

During my years as a minister, I often did premarital counseling. I liked it because I believe in strong marriages, and one good way to build them is to counsel young couples about what makes a marriage work. I spent a lot of time on communication: how to get your [...]

By |2023-10-31T21:17:09+00:00October 31, 2023|Blog, Words Dr Blog|0 Comments

Cicero: Integrity in Public Speaking

Among the many ancient masters of rhetoric in the Roman orator, Marcus Tullius Cicero. He was a lawyer and statesman during the days when Rome transitioned from a republic of laws to a dictatorship under the Caesars. He lived from 106 to 43 BC, and wrote extensively on rhetoric, philosophy, [...]

By |2023-10-26T20:48:23+00:00October 26, 2023|Blog, Words Dr Blog|0 Comments

Witnesses for the Defense (of Christianity)

A number of years ago, while working in my garage, I accidentally splashed a chemical in my eyes. My eyes weren't seriously damaged, and in the emergency room a nurse washed my eyes out. Nothing serious happened from it; unless you realize what an opportunity I was given. Once the [...]

By |2023-10-24T18:49:23+00:00October 24, 2023|The Lazarus Chronicles Articles, TLC|0 Comments

Assertions Are Not Arguments: William Wilberforce Provides Reasons for His Proposal

When I taught one of my writing classes, the students were required to write an argument paper. However, many of them could not differentiate between an argument and an assertion or statement. An article in Salvo Magazine demonstrated that even some textbooks can't tell the difference (here). An assertion is [...]

By |2023-10-20T22:44:51+00:00October 20, 2023|Blog, Words Dr Blog|0 Comments


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