Writings by Cole Huffman

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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Candles in the Wind

I hope I’ve learned by now to ache for the fallen pastor rather than pounce on him. God told Cain it is the impulse of sin to pounce. Self-righteous sin has especially strong quads. It doesn’t matter whether I personally know the fallen pastor. I know the job. It doesn’t matter whether his temptations beset me or not. Anyone is vulnerable to his basest desires. When it comes to the downfalls of public-figure pastors, we’re all in plaza seating in social media settings. I’m the young man in... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Apr 21 | 0 comments
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How's It Going At Church?

“I see Him looking at them as they lay on the ground, with the poignant abandonment of sleeping men: mouths open, heads thrown back, features relaxed, limbs limp and inert. So vulnerable, so fragile, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Alas, no, not even that—looking at them as God has looked at His creatures through the eons; disappointment without end weighed against inexhaustible love.” (Malcolm Muggeridge) I’m on Jeopardy! I’ve chosen “Potpourri” for $600, and the answer... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Mar 22 | 0 comments
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