Writings by Cole Huffman


A Wilderness Unto Ourselves

How do we know we’re making progress in our faith? Peter’s list of seven supplemental virtues comes to mind, as does the premium Paul puts on prayer throughout his letters, and the emphasis John puts on relational integrity. These are core competencies. The Bible also presents role competencies. Faithful fathers, for instance, don’t lord it over their kids. That doesn’t mean, by the way, that every kid in the wilderness of rebellion was sent there by an overbearing... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Aug 18 | 0 comments
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To See Behind Walls

God knows it’s not easy Taking on the shape of someone else’s pain                         —U2, “The Troubles” The finest definition of empathy I’ve found has it that empathy is the ability to become a naturalized citizen of another’s world. Naturalization, however, introduces its pilgrims to internal conflicts, for to make... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jul 12 | 0 comments
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Forsaking Family Egotism

Children can be a person’s proudest possession. But in today’s climate, Joseph Epstein writes, it is far from clear who, between parents and children, possesses whom. In the same essay (“A Son at Tufts, A Daughter at Taffeta”), he employs the term “family egotism,” which he attributes to Tolstoy. Epstein says family egotism roughly approximates to not caring if the whole world goes to hell so long as all is well with our little Kevin. An internment camp... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jun 8 | 0 comments
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