Writings by Cole Huffman


Category: Parenting

Walnut Street

Is nostalgia wasteful pining? Being stuck in bygones, wistful for more of what isn’t and won’t be? Is it just our inner Uncle Rico throwing footballs at his tripod, readying his 40-year-old self to be a high school quarterback again? Nostalgia has even been considered an illness, as in acute homesickness. I detoured into my old neighborhood on the way to Birmingham recently. While it has its problems, to never experience nostalgia is a kind of willed amnesia. And anyway, of late... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at May 3 | 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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Beyond the Shadow of a Devotional Doubt

In a recent sermon on Matthew 13:31-33—two word pictures Jesus directed at doubters of Himself and His kingdom—I quoted two authors on doubting. Many asked for copies of the quotes. I take it we all know and love a doubter or two. Here are both quotes in full with commentary in between: “Because the broader culture treats doubt as the apex of our intellectual experience, there are cultural incentives for those who embrace it. For young, culturally cosmopolitan evangelical... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at May 21 | 0 comments
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